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Simply Magic (Simply Quartet #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  4,274 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews
On a splendid August afternoon Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever seen . . . and instantly feels the icy chill of recognition. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, is utterly charming—and seemingly unaware that they have met before. With his knowing smile and seductive gaze, Peter acts the rake; but he stirs something in Susanna she has nev ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 433 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Dell (first published March 27th 2007)
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Aug 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved Peter--what a kind, wonderful character.

But: It is a mistake to listen to three Mary Balogh's in a row. The parallel elements from book to book get grating:
-- the heroine's belief that each encounter will be the last time she sees the man so she'll store it away to pull out later when she's old and still a spinster;
-- her steadfast belief that she can't marry the man and her repeated refusals because of that;
-- the belief that Fate keeps throwing people together until their love works ou
I've given this an A for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

While I’ve enjoyed the previous two books in this series, Simply Magic is my favourite so far. It’s the story of Susanna Osbourne, another of the group of friends who are teachers at Miss Martin’s School for Girls in Bath, and Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, who met each other briefly – once – when they were children, but whose lives have taken them in very different directions since then.

Fani *loves angst*
I liked the first part much more than the second.

The first half was a sweet, tender love story. Old-fashioned, but still nice. In the second part, the shadow of the heroine's past, concerning her father's death, is cast and darkens the mood considerably. Little by little we learn the secrets behind his death, but though a huge tragedy is always hinted, it seems rather mudane to the reader (at least this one). When the truth comes out, it is indeed more shocking than expected, but by then I had a
A two weeks vacation away from her school she teaches, Susanna Osbourne meets with a man unknowing to him entwined with her past she longs to forget, and soon a man she longs her heart to forget.. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf is charming, kind gentleman, when he first lays eyes on Susanna he feels he’s finally met “the one” their paths soon divided only to lead back to one another and their love......

Simply Magic’s story entwines with Simply Love, but from of the POVs of Susanna and Pete
Nov 30, 2016 marked it as couldnt-get-past-the-sample  ·  review of another edition
Excruciatingly boring. I did not make it past Chapter 2, to be honest. Susanna Osbourne rubbed me the wrong way right off the bat. When Viscount Whitleaf greets her with an inanity (something about her being as radiant as a spring day), she instantly labels him a phoney, idle, womanizing half-wit and proceeds to set him down quite rudely. She really did sound like the cliche of the uptight, judgey schoolmarm. Hero was the typically bland, I-have-sowed-my-wild-oats-and-now-I-need-to-settle-down-b ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is third in a series, and unfortunately, lots of developments from the previous books are evident here. So I recommend reading the others first. Though that's kind of a slog and the payoff isn't that great.

This story had lots of potential. Peter is pretty awesome and I love what Balogh does with him. It isn't often that you see a man so kind and willing to please. I love that he knows he likes making others happy and that he takes care with the people around him. And not just the pretty lad
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Susanna Osbourne meets Peter Edgeworth, Viscount of Whitleaf and thinks him a flirt. She's not wrong. Peter decides to befriend her because the voice in his head compels him. They fall into a light friendship that resolves in a quickie on a hilltop. Which resolves into them meeting up again and again and again until everyone is exhausted and they can be married.

1. HERE'S THE THING: this was fucking great, except that it wasn't.

2. What I mean by THAT is that it is so well-written and Peter and
2.5 stars
My biggest problem was that the narrator changed her voice for the heroine after using it for the first 2 books. It was like she was another character.
It started great but kinda flopped for me halfway..
Zel Polev
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si poteva scegliere un titolo più azzeccato per questo romanzo? Non credo, perché anche io l'ho trovato semplicemente magico.
La serie Simply, a cui appartiene essendone il terzo, è meravigliosa, all'altezza di quella dei Bedwin per me. I personaggi bucano le pagine e diventano vivi, con le loro storie toccanti e drammatiche, con i loro dubbi e incertezze, che li rendono imperfetti e intensi. Peter e Susanna hanno lasciato il segno nel mio cuore per questo amore che cresce piano, si confonde nell
I always feel like Lucy Honeychurch from "A Room with a View" when I'm reading Mary Balogh.

"Mother doesn't like me playing Beethoven. She says I'm always peevish afterwards."

I feel the same when I'm reading Mary Balogh, which is a testament to her writing.

That said, I absolutely loved this one. I stayed up far too late reading it because I just couldn't put it down. This one gave me ALL THE EMOTIONS. The character development was really well done. It was really nice to read about a genuinely ni
Kathy Davie
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Third in the Simply Quartet Regency romance series which carries on from Balogh's Bedwyn Saga and revolving around four teachers at Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath, England. The couple focus is on Susanna Osbourne and Peter Edgeworth.

The action takes place while Anne Jewell and her son, David, are in Wales ( Simply Love , 2 (8)). It's been two years since events in Simply Unforgettable , 1 (7).

My Take
Poor Peter had done everything expected of him, including fall in love. Who knew he coul
Lady Wesley
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5+ stars!

I like Mary Balogh, so I expected to enjoy this book; but I was surprised that I absolutely loved it!

Susanna Osbourne is a teacher at Miss Martin's school in Bath. She has no family, since her mother died in childbirth and her father died when she was twelve. She was sent to Miss Martin's by an anonymous benefactor as a charity student, and she remained to become a teacher. She is quite happy and content with her life.

While visiting a former teacher, who is now Countess of Edgecombe (se
Rosina Lippi
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This absorbing, immensely appealing novel is the third in Balogh's series of regency romances, centered on a group of friends who teach at a private girls' school in Bath. Susanna Osbourne is one of those teachers, a gentleman's daughter who has been alone in the world since she lost her father and her home at age twelve.

That early trauma has given her depth, complexity and a cautious nature. Susanna's satisfaction with her life and career doesn't waiver, even when she meets Viscount Whitleaf,
Finished this one early morning. I really enjoyed it. Their relationship was sweet and made me happy. It was my favorite of the series so far!

I'll write a review in a bit.
Renae (Romantic Parvenu)
This is another quiet, comfortable romance from Mary Balogh. Simply Magic is easy-going and honest, a story of two grown-ups figuring out both themselves and each other. At this point I wonder if I'm starting to sound like a broken record, since nearly all of Balogh's romances fall neatly into the "mature and understated" category. But, well...if you do it well, why fix it? Granted, this Simply series is far from the author's best. But it makes for easy, light reading.

The story here is between S
Galena Sanz
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Después de leer Simplemente enamorados me quedé muy sorprendida con Mary Balogh y con lo mucho que me había gustado el libro. Es, sin duda alguna, una de mis autoras favoritas de novela romántica, y con razón.

Aún así no esperaba mucho de este libro, creía que sería más típico, pero me ha gustado mucho, no tanto como el anterior, pero ha estado muy bien. Se vuelve a dar importancia al desarrollo psicológico de los personajes y a la evolución de su relación. Aunque hablamos de la temática de novel
The Simply Quartet is not my favourite of Balogh's many delightful series.

Book one, Frances' story, grew uninteresting with the female mc's quest to music stardom (yawn) and the love interest, I can't even remember him at all. Book two, featuring unwed mother Anne's story was full-speed ahead fascinating, with relatable choices, a haunted, dramatic past, wonderfully unique secondaries, and a deliciously complex love interest whom I fully remember. This one, book three, fell into middle-of-the-r
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
This was a really fantastic book! Loved their relationship, and how they were connected, there was one secret that she kept for a good long while of the book from us readers! Loved it, need to finish rereading this series!
KindleJo Jo
I needed a book hug, so I went back and read this series . *le sigh*
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
SIMPLY MAGIC: Girl, Interrupted

Of course they love each other. She remembers him from childhood and, subconsciously, he recalls her. They belong together. Except there is a huge tragedy, HUGE, keeping them apart.

I have pretty much loved everything I’ve read or listened to, by Mary Balogh. This is not my favorite book in this series, nor in her opus.

SIMPLY MAGIC depends on the “jumping to conclusions” and “tragic history” trope causing an enormous change in
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
audiobook 10 discs. Rosalyn Landor. Suzanna Osbourn(23), the school teacher and Peter Edgeworth(26), Viscount Whitleaf. Suzanna once met Peter when she was young and was a neighbor, but his sisters did not let him play with her by the lake. When they met years later, he did not remember her. Suzanna thought he was just a rich flirt, but discovers he was more as they tried to be friends while Suzanna was visiting Francis for 2 weeks. Peter suffered from something 5 years ago. His mother is trying ...more
Susanna Osbourne is a teacher at Miss Martin's school in Bath. She has no family, since her mother died in childbirth and her father died when she was twelve. She was sent to Miss Martin's by an anonymous benefactor as a charity student, and she remained to become a teacher. She is quite happy and content with her life.

While visiting a former teacher, who is now Countess of Edgecombe (see Simply Unforgettable), she happens to meet Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf. He is handsome and charming,
Ana T.
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Book nº 3 in the Simply Quartet this one tells the story of Susanna Osbourne, another teacher at Miss Martin’s School for Girls in Bath.

While visiting Frances, a former teacher and the heroine of the first book in this series Susanna meets Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitcleaf. It’s immediately obvious that there is some kind of secret in Susanna’s past as she recognizes him and is decided to avoid him. The problem is that Peter feels himself strangely drawn to her and looks for her company. He i

Author: Mary Balogh
Published: 2007
Length: 326 pages
Setting: Bath and parts of Rural England. Regency.
Sex: Not frequent. Explicit.
Hero: Viscount.
Heroine: Teacher. Singer. Orphan.
Trigger: Heroine's father committed suicide when she was very young.

A happy romance but rather slow and in a soft focus. Not much happens and the conflict, which should have been quite insurmountable, was ultimately breezed through with hardly a whisper. Well written, enjoyable, but not memorable or even worth recommendin
Jul 09, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Balogh fans
I'm a die-hard Mary Balogh fan. Even when I don't have time to read, I consume the extra caffeine to stay up all night reading a new Balogh. That said, I think she's getting a little lazy with the stuff lately. This one and the previous book, Simply Love, are a tad bit... er, boring. And easy. The dialogue is superior, and the characters are believable. But there isn't much plot, which is a pity. Although Balogh's strength is the extended character sketch, I do appreciate her forays into plot. ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is so much to like about this story, there's a bit of a mystery, a sweet romance that flows really well, and I feel like Mary Balogh almost always makes her H/h likable. With that said however, my main grievance in this book is (spoiler) that Peter doesn't renounce his mother, maybe renounce is too harsh a word, but for heavens sake, she was the catalyst to Susanna's father's death and she never really shows any actual sincere remorse over it! And, Peter tells Susanna that he will never sh ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, storici
La storia di Peter e Susanna è semplicemente magica, davvero!
La trama è ben sviluppata e i personaggi sono tutti ben descritti.
Il segreto nel passato del padre di Susanna è ben nascosto, non ci ero arrivata per niente, anche se poi le motivazioni che hanno portato William a un gesto così estremo non mi sembrano così forti ma tant'è.

All'inizio pensavo che Peter fosse un povero burattino nelle mani della madre (personaggio discutibile), ma per fortuna riesce a tirare fuori la sua spina dorsale e
Z romansami jestem trochę na bakier. Gatunkiem zainteresowałam się wyłącznie z powodu Georgette Heyer. Jej powieści, w których akcja dzieje się w okresie regencji, to na dobrą sprawę komedie z przygodą i obyczajami oraz wątkiem romansowym w tle. Za mało dla miłośniczek pełnokrwistych romansów, w sam raz dla pozostałych. Tyle słowem wstępu.

Do twórczości Mary Balogh podchodziłam dwukrotnie, tylko ta z 'Magicznym Oczarowaniem" skończyła się zwycięsko. Wielokrotnie miałam ochotę przerwać lekturę i r
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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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“There is nothing worse, is there," she said, "than a past that has never been fully dealt with. One can convince oneself, that it is all safely in the past and forgotten about, but the very fact that we can tell ourselves that it is forgotten proves that it is not.” 38 likes
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