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The Escape

(The Survivors' Club #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  6,461 ratings  ·  687 reviews
✼ ✼ Bonus Content: This edition includes the novella The Suitor ✼ ✼

After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is
Mass Market Paperback, 394 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Dell
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Cassandra I haven't read this particular book, but I do know that Mary Balogh's novels usually have sex scenes in them. They're fairly restrained though.…moreI haven't read this particular book, but I do know that Mary Balogh's novels usually have sex scenes in them. They're fairly restrained though.(less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 Stars

This book was enjoyable but very wordy and slow. I feel reading Mary Balogh books would work better broken up instead of many at once as they are so slow. The writing style feels a lot like Jane Austen. Which is nice it's just the first half of the books nothing happens and it can get a bit boring.
 ❀ Minesha ❀
Reviewed for Buried Under Romance


Big historical romance fan, are you?

Well, are you bored of:

* Rakes with mistresses at seventeen. Seriously? Did your mama never teach you about respect and equality?
* Matrons who yather on and on about snaring a wealthy husband.
* Stitch, sew, horseback riding, water colors, anyone? Balls and poor excuses for flirting?
* Miscommunication. Iloveyou declarations after sex. No PTSD after heroine kidnapping.
* Filthy rich nobs who hunt. Oh you pathetic sonofa *Shh*. Oh
Written September 2, 2015

4 Stars - Solid good m/f HR in a great audiobook edition. I enjoyed!!

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I just finished the 10:30 hrs audiobook narrated by the very best and always fantastic Rosalyn Landor. So very good, mature and touching. No big drama, no suspense, just two grownups talking, feeling and experience new feelings and situations. ~ I just want more from this author and narrator.


The Escape is the third novel in the Survivor's Cl
Duchess Nicole
"I want to dance...

The best way to describe this novel...and any book by Mary Balogh, simply lovely. It really was.

Ben and Samantha have both been touched by war. Ben was nearly crushed by his horse, crippling his legs. He can get around with canes but is in constant pain. Samantha's husband of seven years has recently passed away after six years of being an invalid. Her life has been a constant torment, nursing a husband who never loved her and living under the thumb of his overly p
A gentle read about two characters you can respect. Ben had been severely wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, and will never be able to walk without canes again. Samantha has spent the last months of her life tending to her late husband who was also severely wounded in the war.

The difference between Samantha's husband and Ben is that Ben is a man of integrity, whereas her late husband was not. Her late husband's family is also extremely repressive and puritanical in their beliefs, and they have kep
‘The Escape’ is Book 3 in Mary Balogh’s Survivor's Club Series and portrays the survivor story of Major Sir Benedict Harper, an ex career military officer who has been badly lamed by battle injuries in the Peninsular Wars.

After several years of focusing on his physical recovery and attempting to walk with canes, Ben is deeply depressed. He confides to his fellow members of the Survivors Club that he must finally accept that his physical disabilities are permanent and that the military career h
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Mary Balogh writes splendidly. I always think of her as the Godmother of Regency Romance. Not because she's a senior writer, but because her works are understated, laid-back. Most of HR authors write stories which could be set in modern times; partly because of actual plots, partly because of some heroine's mannerisms which simply do not belong to that era, and mostly because of the narrating voice. Balogh has a beautiful and fitting voice, where I always get carried away to the tim
Juliana Philippa
4.5 stars. Am really enjoying this series! They all happen within a short time period, some of them overlapping. Balogh does a good job each time of explaining back story and etc., but I do think they're still probably best read in order.

This story is super lovely. I love, love Benedict; Balogh is one of the few romance writers who frequently writes heroes that are not drop-dead gorgeous, and sometimes are even not physically perfect (can you imagine? perish the thought!!). He's so lost at the b
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
This is book three of a series that I really don't recommend skipping around in; I mean each subsequent book has enough of the previous couples that it'd be awkward not knowing their details (it's a romance series, so it's not like you'd spoil the endings...). This one is on par with the others, though not the favorite that The Arrangement was.

I liked the couple well enough. It took them way, way too long to admit they liked each other, but I liked them well enough along the way so I was never t
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, The Escape, is book #3 in the Survivors' Club series.

Sir Benedict Harper has tried to get on with his life after his horrific physical damage acquired on the battlefield during the Peninsular wars. He walks with crutches and had done his recovering with the other members of the Survivors' club at George Crabbe, Duke of Stanbrook's home.

Samantha McKay had attended to her husband for years after he too had been wounded during the wars. She had become a widow only four months before th
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
Firstly, bonus point for the cover. MB seldom has hot men on her covers, and despite the little I see of him on this cover, that man is HOT. Not completely consistent with the image of Ben Harper in my mind, based on his descriptions, tho, but, hey, always happy to have HOT inspiration for my imagination as I read.

Ben is an officer crippled by war. He's incredibly brave and through and through a gentleman. I love this type of hero!

Samantha is a widow. She was married to a gorgeous soldier who wa
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Major Sir Benedict Harper survived the Napoleonic Wars with major injuries to his lower extremities, limiting his mobility. So while exploring his mobility with a horse (pun somewhat intended), he nearly tramples Samantha McKay, stunning widow, and forgets to apologize. After this profanity-filled meet-cute, Ben follows Samantha to the wilds of Cornwall for angst and affairs!!

1. So, OF COURSE, we can't leave any familial stone unturned!! So when it was revealed that Samantha's estranged grandfat
I've given this an A for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, which probably makes it somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars, so I'm rounding up.

This is the third book in Ms Balogh’s Survivors Club series of books that follows a group of war veterans who were physically and/or mentally wounded in the Napoleonic Wars.

In The Escape, our hero is Sir Benedict Harper, whose legs were so badly damaged that he was told he would never walk again. Through a combination of his own sheer bloody-mind
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: balogh-mary
ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest opinion:

Imagine walking on a path through a dark forest, alive with vines trying to hold you back, forever struggling to seek the light and escape, but lost for days on end. It takes every ounce of your strength and endurance to keep going forward until, finally, after many trials, you are free. When you finally step into that brilliant breath-stealing light filled with beauty, you find a new world unlike any you have known or experienced before. You are n
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to four.

I'm a bit torn on how to rate this one. I knew it was part of a series, but since I hadn't read the first books, I didn't have the emotional connection with the characters from the previous books that other readers would have. Because of that, the final chapters ending up being a tiny bit of a drag while all the "Survivors" were traipsed out for the ultimate HEA for everyone. Those who have read the prior books and had connections with the other "Survivors" would lik
Sheila Melo
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE ESCAPE is the third novel in the Survivor’s Club Series. The Survivor’s Club is a group of people who recovered together from injuries they received during the Napoleonic Wars. They recovered at the estate of the Duke of Stanbrook and meet annually to reconnect. They constitute what would in modern times be considered a support group. The prior two books were THE PROPOSAL and THE ARRANGEMENT.

This book is about Sir Benedict Harper who received serious injuries to his legs during the war and h
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous, classy storyteller Mary Balogh is, she never disappoints. Her story lines are original, interesting and captivating. This particular series is so addictive, 6 men and I woman, all affected in some devastating way by participation or connection with the Napoleonic war. This is the third in the series and Ms. Balogh has cleverly reminded us of the involvement of the others without boring, long winded explanations. There are quite long periods between publication of each of The Sur ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Escape by Mary Balogh is a 2014 Dell publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

After being just a tiny bit disappointed in the last Survivor's Club novel, this third book in the series gets back on track in a big way.
Benedict ( Ben) Harper and Samantha McKay are both scarred by the Peninsular Wars, but in different ways. Ben has finally accepted he will never be the virile, active man he once was after being wounded. He
Olga Godim
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
3.5 stars
In this book, #3 in the Survivors series, the hero Benedict had lost the use of his legs in the war. Now, a few years later, he is healed as much as he could. He walks slowly with two canes and he doesn’t know what to do with his life. His dream of a military career was crushed together with his legs during one of the battles against Napoleon. He drifts through life, searching for directions.
The heroine Samantha buried her husband a few months ago. During his long illness, she was a dut
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have gone back and forth on star rating and let myself mull it over before committing. MB is a hostage to fortune really because my expectations are so ridiculously high and I really enjoyed the last one I read in this series, 'The Proposal' (although it wasn't quite a five star read for me) and the truth is I didn't enjoy this one as much so I wondered how I could give this the same star rating. Basically folks, I'm massively overthinking the GR star system and it'd all be better if they'd just ...more
This series just keeps building on itself so that each new Survivor story is as good as the last with each new couple fighting different and yet similar barriers. This is Ben's story and that of the woman perfectly suited for him. The book was all the enjoyable, engaging things that I have come to expect from the author over the years touching several emotions and leaving me well-satisfied at the end, ready to see the next Survivor see his or her happily ever after.

This is the third book in a se
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: authors-a-b
This is the 3rd of the Survivor's Club series of books by Mary Balogh. It is about a group of people overcoming their physical and emotional scars they have gotten by the Napoleonic War. It is a journey for them all to heal mentally as well as physically...this is what reinforces their friendship.

Always enjoy MB's novels however this one was a little slow but didn't disappoint. It was wordy but well written and I did love the main characters. Enjoyable series so far but I liked the second story
Lisa Kay
Pillow Fight!
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Wonderfully narrated by the Queen of Historical Romance Reading, Rosalyn Landor. What can I say? She’s brilliant. I wish she read all this series.

I must start out saying that Mary Balogh is an “auto-buy” author for me. Love her understated romances, where the heroes and heroines are likable, enjoyable, and believable. However, I’ve put off reading her Survivors’ Club series because I was hesitant to read anything bittersweet. I’m
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I encountered Sir Benedict in previous books in this series and looked forward to his story. I really enjoyed the way the author portrayed him as severely injured and carrying many physical and emotional scars, yet still masculine and competent. The secondary characters in this story really added a great deal of depth and richness to the overall book. I thoroughly enjoyed Benedict's sister as well as the nasty family of Samantha's deceased husband and all the various people Ben
3.5 stars. I was looking forward to this one, so my expectations may have been too high. It was a nice, sweet romance. I thought the pacing was very slow. The focus seemed to be on Samantha instead of Benedict (and I would have preferred it the other way.) I liked the beginning and end with the other members of the Survivors Club. It looks like Imogen's book may be the next one, maybe I'll like it better. ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
My favorite of the series so far. The build up was slower and quiet but then it just snuck up on me. I found myself feeling emotional in spots. And I always love a Wales setting.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another highly enjoyable installment in the Survivors' Club series. This time the hero is Major Sir Benedict Harper, who had his legs crushed by a horse falling on him during a battle in the Napoleonic Wars. Benedict is determined to get the use of his legs again, and at the time of the story he is able to walk, painfully, with the use of 2 canes. The heroine is Mrs. Samantha McKay, a widow still in mourning for her husband, who recently died of wounds that he sustained in the wars about 5 years ...more
4 Stars

I received a free e-ARC of this book from Dell via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

An emotional and sweet story between two people who find themselves in difficult situations and discover that their true happiness comes when they are together. Readers had not spent much time with Ben, but his presence was always felt by the other Club members so I was excited to learn more about him. And, I'm happy to say, I found it be another worthy installment that left me with tears in my e
Kathie (katmom)
I haven't read the first books in this series. I was quite impressed that Ms. Balogh got us all caught up without doing a huge info dump on us. The back story was incorporated very naturally at the beginning of the book.

Sir Benedict is at a loss. He doesn't feel at ease at the estate that his younger brother is managing (quite well) without him. He wasn't supposed to inherit it anyway. That honor was to go to his elder brother. But when that brother died, then Ben was so badl
4.5/5 . Lovely to return back to the masterful writing of Balogh after some more ordinary fare. This slow-brewing love story is pure unadulterated historical romance, my favourite kind of HR, where there are no grating anachronistic language or behaviour and romance is the focus without the distractions of baddies or a mystery/crime solving plot. Where the emphasis remains on the characters and their dialogues and the language flows as smoothly and fluently as Baileys on ice.

It tells of the fri
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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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