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The Temporary Wife

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,709 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
Miss Charity Duncan has no illusions when she agrees to the marriage proposal of Lord Anthony Earheart. The arrogant aristocrat makes it painfully clear what he wants from her. Will Charity agree to be the wife he needs to enrage the father he hates? Of course. Will Charity then depart from his life in return for the money she and her family desperately need? Of course. Is ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Signet (first published 1997)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, romance
I've finally landed on the Mary Balogh novel that really warms my heart. I saw this book recommended by someone, somewhere, and found a copy at my local library. It's chockfull of Regency romance tropes, but it pushed all of the right romantic buttons for me.

In The Temporary Wife, Anthony Earheart is the oldest son and heir to a duke, from whom he's been estranged for the past eight years, living the wild life. The duke is now ailing and wants Anthony to come home and, by the way, marry the pro
A great rags to riches/marriage of convenience story. Lord Anthony Earheart, soon to be the Duke of Withingsby, was such a tortured character. His pain and stubbornness regarding his self imposed exile was stressful. He was so pained, so hurt it was sad watching him trudge through life with such a chip on his shoulder. Charity was a wonderful heroine who managed to penetrate Anthony's armor of coldness. His feelings for her were unwanted but he eventually admitted what he had so adamantly refuse ...more
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it

This started off as somewhat of a struggle for me as it reminded me greatly of another of Mary Balogh's novels "Ideal Wife" which was "cute" and annoying at times- not one of my favorites.
The Temporary Wife may have had the common thread of a rushed marriage of convenience with the hero thinking he married a plain mouse of a woman, that is where the common thread ends and the story truly begins.

Charity Duncan had that quiet strength with a deeply underlining bit of common sense that helps he
My first Mary Balogh and I am hooked. If you are looking for historical research, accuracy, and a lot of torment and upheavals, this is not for you. This is Escapism at its best. A light, fluffy, Regency romantic comedy in the manner of Lisa Kleypas, where the players sound suspiciously modern and things like plausibility, class structure, and social conventions don't mean a hoot. I absolutely adored every bit of this story! If I have to nitpick, I would say that I wish the heroine was not such ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anya by: Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I was so pleasantly engrossed that I spent quite a sizeable amount of time busy with this book when I had two practical exams the next day for which I needed to study. This was my first Mary Balogh and definitely not my last. I'm so excited to read Slightly Dangerous now!

Thank you, Tadiana for bringing this book to my notice. ^.^
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one but I think my expectation were a little too high. I expected him to be more of an asshole. He wasn't that bad, overall.

OK, so I borrowed this book from the library. I needed another book to read like a hole in the head. I have enough paperbacks and ebooks at home but I have just started to read a few of Ms. Balogh's short stories in some anthologies. Run-on apologies. I was intrigued. Let's blame the book for my excitement.

Yes, I am slow to discover this author. I seem to like the older books before someone becomes popular. What can I say except this book hit me in all the right spots. I didn't w
Jacob Proffitt
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
I finished this days ago, but have found writing a review daunting. Most of that is because I just loved Charity so much. She's kind and determined and strong and really, truly cares about helping people, even when they don't deserve and reject her efforts. The thing is, Balogh has Charity drop like a boulder into the still lives of Anthony's staid family. And her kindness disrupts a decade of stagnation and despair and overcomes all obstacles and even heals breaches of trust and betrayals. Each ...more
Tiffany Reisz
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a much needed break from Derek Raymond's gritty noir, I treated myself to two Mary Balogh novels. I think the only reason this gets 4 stars is because I read A Promise of Spring right after and enjoyed it even more.

The first love scene in this book is one of the better ones I've read in a historical. And for the record, just because I am a BDSM erotica writer, I prefer for my reading pleasure sex scenes that are more emotionally-driven that graphic with physical description. Balogh is a maste
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 18, 2015 09:46AM  
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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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“Tonight he would do anything in the world for her.
Tomorrow he would begin to set her free.”
“And I need you, my love," he said. "I need you so much that I panic when I think that perhaps I will not be able to persuade you to come back with me to Enfield. I need you so much that I cannot quite contemplate the rest of my life if it must be lived without you. I need you so much that—Well, the words speak for themselves. I need you."

"To look after Augusta?" she said. She dared not hear what he was surely saying. She dared not hope. "To look after Enfield? To provide you with an heir?"

"Yes," he said, and her heart sank like a stone to be squashed somewhere between her slippers and the parlor carpet."And to be my friend and my confidant and my comfort. And to be my lover.”
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