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The Arrangement

(The Survivors' Club #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  8,767 ratings  ·  1,047 reviews
Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both th ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Dell (first published February 17th 2013)
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Ignacia It's a short story about the woman that Vincent didn't want to marry, Philippa Dean, who apparently was already in love with someone else when she met…moreIt's a short story about the woman that Vincent didn't want to marry, Philippa Dean, who apparently was already in love with someone else when she met him. It's called the Suitor and I requested it from my library as an ebook option. I haven't read it yet, but I've started the next book in the series and it's good. Not The Affair as stated at the end of The Arrangement! Published title is The Escape for book 3.(less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Blind Beauty Stars



Some Spoilers

I have to be honest I was a little worried when I started this book. After reading The Proposal (book 1) and finding it lacking, I had prepared myself for a long winded, boring read when I picked up this book. I am so glad I gave Mary Balogh another chance. I loved The Arrangement. This book was so sweet. Vincent Hunt was everything I love in a hero. Vincent was sweet, protective, loyal, smart, charming, understanding, honorable, and totally sexy. Being bli
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Anne
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dawwww. Sweet story about a couple of nice kids who get married and then fall in love.
Plus, he's a hot blind guy! My dream man...

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Kathleen
I am drawn to blind heroes. Also to blind heroines, as in The Parfit Knight, Dearest Rogue, and Surrender to the Earl. My fascination with blindness began in childhood, when we studied the life of Helen Keller.

I love to root for the underdog, especially a gallant character who beats the odds — any kind of impairment — as does malformed Miles in the space opera The Warrior's Apprentice, and ungifted Tavi in the fantastical Furies of Calderon.

But let's talk blind heroes. We have many historical
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, romance
Bumping from 3.5 stars to 4 stars on reread. This is a good, thoughtfully written Regency romance that doesn't gloss over a lot of the relationship issues in the ways that too many other romances do. (For example, their sexual relationship is more realistically written than the norm. It hurts Sophia at first, though she's still into it, and it takes them a while to really figure it out.)

This Regency romance is distinguished by the fact that the hero is blind. He's handsome, kind-hearted ... and
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Vintage
Yep. My third Re-read. Or wait, I guess that is my second Re-read as there is just the Read initially then ....

Anyhoo, still charming, still well written. Wonderful MOC romance where two likable and not boring characters fall in love. Bumping to 4 stars.


Making a liar out of me regarding a recent post, but what we have here is a slow-burn, sweet romance by two very nice, but interesting characters. Mary Balogh can be hit or miss ranging from realistic to uncomfortable, but her Survivor's Club fro
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Ingie
"Review" written July 18, 2016

3.7 Stars - Simply perfect lazy summer-days HR listening

The Arrangement is in all ways delicate touching and beautifully told, but perhaps not the most fast paced or exciting historical by Mary Balogh. Either way very flattering and romantic about a "mouse" (aka wallflower), Miss Sophia Fry and a blind gorgeous young sweet noble man, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh.

My third in a pleasant HR series with quite unique (a bit damaged) main characters. I like them all.
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Jacob Proffitt
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steamy, romance
Wow. I'm seeing a lot of tepid reviews for this book and I wonder if I stepped into a parallel universe or something. I guess bear that in mind if you're reading this review—my response seems to be an outlier and I'm at a loss to explain why that might be.

Because this book gave me all the feels! It's interesting to me because both Vincent and Sophia have kind of the same problem to start; they've allowed themselves to be passively swept up in life's events and feel the need to assert themselves.
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Anna
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: lovey-dovey
(Review originally posted on LibraryThing for the Early Reviewers program. Link here: http://www.librarything.com/work/1267...)

I try to be thorough when I write reviews, so I started with the first book in the series, "The Proposal." Honestly, without exaggeration, I could not care less whether the couple in that book ever worked things out. I had zero interest in the heroine, the hero didn't do it for me, and frankly, the writing wasn't fantastic. Under ordinary circumstances, I probably wouldn
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Stacey is Sassy
A sweet love story.

I'm getting a lot of use with my new Romance Package on Audible. Books that I had always planned to read but never got around to are where I'm getting the best use. The variety is good and if they keep up with this level of quality, I will definitely keep using it.

The Arrangement was a sweet love story about two people looking at creating a new path in their life. Our heroine has always been the little mouse sitting in the corner unnoticed. She has been neglected by her loved
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Books&Friends
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Learn from Mary Balogh, the Master
** Just a little "snarkiness" moment first** this could also be called my Enough rant.
Some authors haven't met an adjective or adverb they didn't like and they want to cover their pages with them. I guess they think you can't have romance without purple prose. Seriously you can. just read a Mary Balogh story.
So throbbing members, unbridled lust might do on occasion - hey who doesn't like a bit of that - but it does get repetitive and even boring .Personally I li
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Jan
I liked but didn't love this book. The hero Vincent, who was blinded at war, was drawn realistically, from the anxiety and panic attacks he occasionally suffered, to his frustration and impatience with his family who tried to do everything for him and never stopped hovering and fussing.

The heroine, Sophia, had been treated very badly by some of her selfish relatives and just by unlucky life circumstances in general. Somehow she retained some pride and self-esteem, however.

Two damaged people wh
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Kiki
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Aly is so frigging bored
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This book, like the 1st in the series, was like a breath of fresh air. I was in no mood for drama or stupid decisions and this book delivered perfectly: it is a story of 2 damaged people who heal each other and make their relationship happy, and most importantly, work when almost everyone was skeptical.

The heroine, Sophia, was orphaned at 15 when her rake of a father dies in a duel. She's shuffled 1st to a self absorbed aunt, who dies after 3 years, and then to the family of another aunt. They m
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Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

This is the second book in the fun Survivors’ club, and I just love seeing friendships in romance both men and female friendships are so fascanating and endearing to witness. Mary Balogh is an author is so rich in her historical detail and I feel like everytime I read her, I feel like I have jumped right back in time and is one of the best to read for regency romance. And as a plus for this book, the audio format is narrated by Rosalyn Land
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Petra
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - pretty much middle of the road. Not much romance in it - I mean there is a love story but very bland one.
Caz
The performance, by Rosalyn Landor, is terrific, so gets an A, but the story isn't the strongest; B-.

For some reason, I have managed to read and/or listen to books three and four in this series, The Escape and Only Enchanting before listening to this, which is book two.

Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh is just twenty-three and has been blind for the past six years, the result of a battlefield injury which also left him unable to hear. Returned to England both blind and deaf, he was terrified, enra
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Mou
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started the first book then somehow the blind viscount caught my interest and I suddenly find myself reading "The Arrangement". And I loved the book. Mary Balogh is amazing.

The book has all the elements I liked and cherished. I loved the hero and the heroine is what he needed a strong, kind-hearted partner.
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Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
I loved this sweet, poignant, character-driven, marriage-of-convenience story which is written with warmth, depth and emotion.

This is the second book in the series about a group of survivors of the Napoleonic Wars, all left scarred (emotionally, physically or both) by their experiences, who form a close bond while convalescing. The Arrangement is Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh’s story.

At 23, Vincent is the youngest member of the Survivors’ Club and, as a result of an act of recklessness, he los
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Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maybe I need to stop reading MB books for a while. It's getting monotonous. I'd still give this 3.5 stars rounded to 4, but I'm getting tired of the same sort of sameness.

Vincent is a lovely man. He's young, blind, brave, sweet, a gentleman down to the roots of his hair despite being so young (23 years old!).

Sophia is a fine heroine. Nothing special, and certainly very loving with Vincent, but... meh. She never irritated me, and I really liked that she saved him from being trapped into a marriag
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BJ Rose
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, a-regency
I love The Survivors' Club series! There's something about triumphing over seemingly disastrous situations that gets to me every time - and Mary Balogh makes you feel it right along with her characters.

Vincent was blinded in battle at the age of 17 (I believe), and his loving and helpful mother and sisters are certain the solution to his problems is marriage to, of course, a woman of their choice. So to try to get back his independence, he flees his family and plans to hide out while he figures
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Tin
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
It took a blind man to see: Sophia Fry has been invisible for most of her life. She lives quietly in her uncle and aunt's home in Barton Coombs, the unwanted poor relative whose presence is only minimally tolerated. Her only form of expression are her sketches of the things around her and always with a mouse on the very edges of the page.

It took a woman of meager circumstance to set him free: Vincent Hunt is a young man of twenty three, who was blinded in battle at the young age of seventeen. Wh
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Ilze
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mary Balogh's latest series is about a group that call themselves the Survivors' Club, since they have all survived a severe physical or emotional trauma that happened because of the Peninsular War with Napoleon's forces. This story is about Vincent, Viscount Darleigh, whose retinas were burned in an explosion. Vincent is by nature adventurous and sociable, although he has lived as a recluse with his family for several years. Before that he lived for a time with George, the Duke of Stanbrook, th ...more
Sruthi
This was insanely sweet and I expected it to be boring to some extent at least but I think it was rather nice and pleasant.
And I am looking forward to read the rest of the survivor club series. Since my college started I am reading my books at a stretch again and it is both beautiful and dreadful not being able to finish it in a single go.
OhWell
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, mary-balogh
A mild and gentle story, just what I needed after a book I had high hopes for, and which turned out to be a dud... We're talking of a completely different genre, so I’m not trying to compare the two.

I am comparing The Arrangement with other Mary Balogh novels. The main characters are young, sweet and so well suited it's impossible not to like them. The plot itself does not stand out in any way though. The marriage proposal reminded me of the one in A Promise of Spring, as it was offered to prev
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Jacqueline J
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nice little story. Not as angsty as Ms. Balogh's early work but there was some depth here. The hero is blind from an accident in the war and his issues mostly deal with how to live with his disability without everyone pampering him. The bride he accidently ends up with helps him along with that of course. There wasn't a lot of conflict between the two of them. While it was nice to see these two nice people help each other out and fall in love, this lack of conflict between the main couple made ...more
Marielle
Sweet.
A blind hero and a marriage of convenience.
The premise was a bit (ahum) far fetched. Of course he wanted to help, but this solution was not the only possible way that could have been accomplished. Maybe the last possible solution in a long line. But well, I read on and accepted the situation. The rest of the book was sweet. The hero and heroine were sweet. And it was very good to read a book where the hero did have other thoughts in his head besides thoughts about the heroines looks.

I'm
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Keri
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I like the series overall so far, but I struggled a bit with our blind hero. He wanted to stop allowing his mother and sisters to take control of his life. He thought having a wife would do that. So instead of finding your own backbone you want your wife to be your backbone instead? That is called spineless. Now it didn't quite play out that bad and I was ok with it in the end, but I still fell the rating valid, but am looking forward to the next one. ...more
Rachel C.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series, but this one was even better. Vincent and Sophie were an awesome couple and I like that they had a sort-of more standard relationship for the time period (if anything can be called standard in a historical romance novel). I love how the author makes these characters so realistic; I feel like it really gets me hooked in a way that doesn't happen very often. Loved it. ...more
Julie
The Arrangement is the second book in the Survivors Club series. This book is published by Random House and is scheduled for a September 2013 release. I would like to thank the Librarything early review program for the this ARC paperback copy.

This is the story of Vincent, a member of the survivors club. Vincent was blinded by canon fire during the war. Since that time, his mother and sisters have hovered over him until he has felt like he was suffocating. His mother has decided that it's time fo
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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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