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Simply Unforgettable

(Simply Quartet #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  6,608 ratings  ·  426 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh returns to the seductive world she knows so well—Regency England—in a new novel filled with her trademark wit, sensuality, and breathtaking storytelling. With this, the first in a dazzling new quartet of novels, Balogh invites us into a special world—a select academy for young ladies—a world of innocence and temptation. Drawing ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 422 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Dell (first published March 29th 2005)
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Jun 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I've been struggling to write this review for days, collecting my thoughts and, I confess, trying to find a reason to raise my 3-star rating. Sadly, I found none. :( 3 stars isn't bad in my rating scale, but I'm not used to giving Ms. Balogh less than 4 stars. I love her writing and the romantic feel she always evokes in me when I read her books, but alas, I'm disappointed to say that she missed the mark in this one.

Simply Unforgettable is the first installment in the Simply series, a quartet of
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caught in a snowstorm and stranded in a small inn, Frances Allard, Lucius Marshall feel a spark of dislike that turns into a flaming attraction and a night of passion, but when they go their ways, they still a deep pull that memory wouldn’t fade, and Lucius is determined to have Frances one or another, as Frances fights to keep her past a secret or lose your heart to Lucius

The first in the Simply series by Mary Balogh, was a good start for the series, but along the way it ended up being flat a
Addie H
Jun 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: zz-rereadfavs
I am re-reading all my 5 star rated romance novels. There are 60 on my shelf. This is book 27.

(Tropes: Opposites Attract, Unrequited Love, Wallflower/Spinster, Forced Proximity)

This is how my 27th re-read held up.


Downgraded to 1 star

Lucius is rude, self-centered, heavy handed, arrogant, narcissistic, temperamental, a meddler, manipulative, a tyrant, selfish, self-centered, entitled, a bully, inconsiderate, irresponsible, has a ridiculous high opinion of himself, treats everyone beneath him, a
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
List of things Renae doesn't enjoy: meddling, high-highanded heroes who don't understand the word "No"; enemies to lovers romances than spend too much time on the enemies phase (I.e. 80% of the book); kissing books without kissing; Big Secrets that cause pointless drama and necessitate a Big Reveal.

List of things happening in Simply Unforgettable: see above.

Obviously, this was not the book for me.

I love (rather, have previously loved) Mary Balogh because she writes novels that are honest and tru
DNF @ 50%
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I lasted longer than I thought I would. I was planing on quitting this 20 pages in to be honest but decided to at least read up to the couple's ‘one night of passion’ that seems to be the big moment readers love. And even then I did A LOT of skimming afterward to just get to the half way mark. There were so many things that didn't work for me or just plain bugged the crap out of me.

So I knew this wasn't for me the minute I found out the dreaded 'heated night of passion
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, steamy, audiobook
While I liked the characters on their own, their interactions were pretty painful. Both had the reckless tendency to do things "for the other" that were mostly destructive. Frances keeping her stupid secret forever was pretty contrived, too, particularly when she knows she loves him really, really early. And keeping that secret from readers even as it becomes important to the actions of the characters always pulls me out of a story (because we're supposedly in the heads of the characters, so hav ...more
I've given this an A for narration and a B for content at AudioGals, so 4.5 stars.

Mary Balogh’s Simply series, in which the heroines are four teachers working at a select school for young ladies in Bath, was originally recorded in the mid-late 2000s, but has been unavailable for some years and was never – as far as I know – made available digitally. After years of wishing on my part – and that of a number of fellow Balogh/Landor audiobook enthusiasts – these recordings are at last being re-r
Brian Johnson
I haven’t read Mary Balogh before, so it’s possible that my giddy enthusiasm for this beauty of a historical romance is partly heightened by the rush of feeling that accompanies the discovery an author beloved to many but whom you have somehow overlooked and are now only belatedly recognizing as a kindred spirit and the architect of many future happy hours. Regardless, I loved this novel.

From the very first chapter, when plain-seeming school teacher Frances Allard and frivolous-seeming Viscount
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
After enjoying the Bedwyn series and being a little sad to see it over, I was not ready to let go of the Bedwyn world. While the Simply Quarter, is focused on four women teaching at a school for girls in Bath and all having their own reasons for choosing a career, it does possess some loose connections to the Bedwyn series so I was gungho to press forward with this next series.

Simply Unforgettable introduces quite the contrary pair who had a long road of misadventures to happiness. Lucius needed
Brittany B.

Wow! Hard to rate this book. So what I decided : 5 stars for the first 40%, and 3 stars for the rest.
3.5 Stars for this first book in the Simply series.

Here's the dilemma: This book has the most charming beginning. I adored the way the couple met and fell in love. I was so sure this would be a quirky, passionate love story.

But Mary Balogh turned it into an historical soap opera. The number of anticlimactic revelations was underwhelming. The heroine's past was so complicated with nonsense that
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
Simply Unforgettable is the first book in the Simply series by Mary Balogh.

Francis Allard is a teacher at Miss Martin's school in Bath. If you have read the Slightly series you will recognize this as the school that Freyja Bedwyn patronizes. She is mentioned in this book but only as the anonymous patron who supports the school.

Francis meets Lucius Marshall during a snowstorm and they spend two passionate days together at an inn waiting for the snow to melt. After the storm is over, he takes he
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook Review

Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors as well as the narrator, Rosalyn Landor who makes this book all worth the listening. A romantic story of Frances and Lucius takes place on an abandoned road in a blizzard that leads them to an inn and an illicit affair for a few days until it is safe to travel. The both go their separate way until they meet up later at a concert in Bath. The banter between the two characters throughout the story was entertaining. The story was nice but di
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the book and the main characters. The way they got to know each other because of being snowed in was lovely.

I had some problems with the actions (or non actions) of the couple. But as I was able to hear their thoughts, I could understand them, even when they annoyed me. How I wished they had told each other what they were thinking! I was quite frustrated with them at times. And where is the line between persistence (which I can admire) and high handed ignorance of the other persons wish
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I love about most Balogh romance is that she shows the most haughty, snobby, and proud men and women get humbled by love and its intensity. I would've normally hated someone as haughty and frivolous as Lord Sinclair....someone who did things for the pleasure of the moment without thinking of the consequences especially to someone less privileged in life...but boy did he make a 180 degree turn from that. He definitely did a lot of groveling and pleading and threatening and downright admittin ...more
Juliana Philippa
Pardon the pun, but this book was "simply forgettable" for me [2.5 stars:]

The first in Mary Balogh's Simply Quartet, SIMPLY UNFORGETTABLE was unfortunately not so for me. I am a huge Mary Balogh fan, but this is my least favorite book of hers and I actually had to stop myself from skimming parts at the end (which is just unheard of for me). Meanwhile, I have continued on to the second book of the Quartet, Simply Love, and found that book highly enjoyable - I recommend just skipping to that one.

First by this author...looking for something similar to Lisa Kleypas. This was not similar, but it was pleasant, if a bit slow.
Olga Godim
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
3.5 stars
A very likable book, but I suspect it would be quite forgettable. The protagonists: a rich and powerful Lucius Marshall, a viscount, and Frances Allard, a poor schoolteacher from a girls’ school in Bath. They meet on the road during a snowstorm and spend a couple of unforgettable days together at an empty, snow-bound inn. They build snowmen. They have fun. They have sex. Then they part, but they can’t forget each other.
The rest of the book follows their travails, as they meet again and
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I'm probably being a little hard on this book, but many times did he have to offer to marry her while she refused him before the author even bothered to explain WHY she couldn't marry him? Maybe she was trying to increase tension, but as I've said many, many, many times before (broken record), withholding information does not create tension. Just the opposite -- it's annoying. If I'd known her problem, I might have been able to sympathize with her. Instead, I had to assume she w ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I'am a fan of Mary Balogh, and all of her books that I have read thus far, that being said I enjoyed this book but the heroine Francois Allard drove me crazy. I understand there has to be some conflict and drama, yet this woman was an absolute idiot in my opinion. She had several chances for love and happiness, yet she kept throwing them away because at first she didnt believe Viscount Lucious Sinclair really loved her. Well when she discovered he really did she still refused him based on propri ...more
Put it down 10% in because of dickbag hero; picked it up again and enjoyed it in a procrastinatey manner. Then, about 65-70% in, I was committed enough to keep reading but spent the rest of the book yelling at the heroine to tell the hero exactly how much of a giant dickbag he was being. To my surprise and moderate gratification, she did, as well as a couple of other well-executed put-downs. I just - ugh. This book is built around the conceit of the hero and heroine saying goodbye to each other ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this one, even though the reviews here were not that great among my GR friends.
I loved the way Lucius did not give up on Francis even though he should have. She was a bit much on the good byes however. I loved the way Lucius (again with the stupid names) set down the woman everyone thought he was supposed to marry. I wanted to applaud him and yell HAH! take that beotch!
Well at last now I can finally read the one I had been waiting for.. Simply Love It all has to do with my o
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighthearted Regency Romance; Persistent Heroes
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Simply Unforgettable is the first book in Mary Balogh's Simply Quartet, which follows four teachers at Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath. I didn't realize until I'd already started reading it that this series is essentially a spin-off of her Bedwyn Family Saga, which I probably should have read first. I didn't have any trouble following Simply Unforgettable, but I have a strong feeling that Miss Martin herself was likely introduced in the Bedwyn books and there may h
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
Lovely story with very talented h, hiding from her past when she meets the H. Their first meeting was great fun, they each annoyed the other, then they started to share and enjoy a sweet moment in time. When he returned to his real life, he hated that he couldn't out her out of his mind, but she was determined to never think of him again. But fate worked against him, and although others are trying to marry him off to a family friend, he just couldn't see anyone but her. It was so good, especiall ...more
It shouldn’t be hard to write men who listen when women say no. 😡
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, romance
I listened to this on unabridged audio and was very quickly bored and easily distracted. It's a shame because Balogh is usually one of my go-to author's when I'm in a slump.

This book was so disappointing in so many ways. It's full of cliches and ridiculous behavior. You have the virgin schoolmarm who is beautiful but doesn't know it and the high society rake who must marry a high born lady to pacify his granddaddy. These two conveniently get stranded together (without chaperone) during a snowsto
Jun 06, 2009 rated it liked it
I was really torn on this one. I LOVE the way Mary Balogh writes and this books was no exception. I was infuriated at the storyline, though. It was frustrating to have the hero pursuing the heroine throughout the ENTIRE book and NEVER know why she keeps refusing (in very curt and rude ways)until the last couple of pages of the book.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - this book has mixed reviews but I loved it; especially the audio version. Mary Balogh and Rosalyn Landor are a wonderful combination. A beautiful, gently moving story with a gorgeous hero and worthy heroine. And there's a bit of 'An Officer and a Gentleman' moment. There's more Mary Balogh audio books becoming available in the UK; I need the rest of the series please.
I haven't read much by this author but she seems to be well loved by many romance readers. The other book I read was just okay for me. I liked this one but didn't feel the "WOW" factor from it. I will probably to continue to give this author a chance to wow me.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
We all know that Mary Balogh is the Queen. But as I often say, Queens sometime have annus horribilis times. While the Simply series may not quite qualify as annus horribilis, this series certainly didn't have the spark as the previous Bedwyn series - as much as I wanted differently, I could not immerse myself into any of the stories. Let's look at the four stories which comprise the Simply series.

These stories are actually connected to the Slightly, aka Bedwyn series. If you remember Freya Bedwy
Christine (KizzieReads)
This story was okay. I loved the ending, of course, but the beginning was slow and dull for me. It ramped up about halfway through, but it had so much repetition that it grew monotonous. There were other parts that bothered me as well. When Frances dances twice with Lucius, she felt that she had to give in sexually, as she saw herself as a tease. Then, after a man touched her hand, she again thought she was a tease. Even though it is a historical romance, that was a bit much.

The other problem I
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more

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