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One Night for Love

(Bedwyn Saga)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  5,729 ratings  ·  416 reviews
One reckless man . . . One passionate woman.

Enter the world of Mary Balogh—the glittering ballrooms and vast country estates of Regency-era England, where romance, with all its mystery, magic, and surprises, comes vibrantly alive.

It was a perfect morning in May...

Neville Wyatt, Earl of Kilbourne, awaited his bride at the altar—when a ragged beggar woman raced down
Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published August 1999 by Dell (first published 1999)
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”He said nothing to the woman at his side. He could not yet trust the reality of what had happened, of what was happening, even though he held tightly to the apparition and could feel her small hand in his own.

He was remembering…”

Synopsis: A bride’s nightmare upon a nightmare comes true, but sometimes crashing a wedding can turn out…. OK???

Sympathizing with a Wedding Crasher??!!!: Me? Sympathizing with a woman who crashes the wedding of a lord and lady and has the AUDAC
I’m on a Mary Balogh kick.

This was good. Four stars in some places.

The heroine stops the hero from marrying another woman literally at the altar, but it’s no cutesy scene. The consequences are devastating for the other woman and even the heroine.

Lily is an illiterate, fun, sweet gyspy-ish girl as she was raised traveling with the British army with her Sargeant father. There’s a hint of Mary Sue about her, but she’s not annoying. The hero had married her to protect her, but thinks she is killed s
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
One Night For Love is the first prequel to Mary Balogh's Slightly series. A Summer to Remember is a continuation of the events in this book and the two are best read in order.

Neville Wyatt met Lily Doyle during the war when she was 14 and he was 23. He felt a deep affection for her, but he knew that nothing could ever happen between them because of the difference in their social position (not to mention their ages). He was the heir to an earldom and Lily the illiterate daughter of a common sold
Buddy read with Aly & Maru

Neville Wyatt, future Earl of Killbourne, was going through a rebellious stage when he joined the army and went off to fight in the Napoleonic war. The last thing he expected was to fall madly in love with the daughter of a common soldier and he knows deep down that there couldn't ever be a future for them. However, when her father is shot in battle he makes a promise to the dying man to protect Lily and it gives him the perfect excuse to marry her. Unfortunately when t
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
First, I have to admit that I generally enjoy books by Mary Balogh. Her characters are likeable and the plot is usually well developed.

However, I struggled reading One Night of Love. I read first few pages and put it down to read two or three other books. I found myself in no mood to carry on. Finally, I decided that I have to finish it or put it down once and for all. And here I started skipping pages cause I was not interested enough. The first one third was all together rather boring. So I m
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book took me a lot of patience and over a year to read. Yep. It was the first ever Mary Balogh book I tried to read, and I’d actually given up on it and figured she may not be for me. After seeing so much praise for her, I finally dipped my toes back in with A Matter of Class. Which thankfully was a quick, fun novella that made me realize she is for me. I have since read others I love (hello Longing!) and my stubbornness about reading order and knowing I wanted to read this series is what k ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Re-read 4 September 2015
Buddy-read with Maru and Sarah
A great book :)
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a unique and well-written story! I thought Lily, the heroine, was very strong-willed and intelligent. She was very kind, too. Watching her grow into the person she was meant to be was great. The hero, Neville, was also smart, very protective of those he considered family, and very honorable. If there is one big fault I have with this book, it is that I wish his character had been explored more. Still, I liked him and Lily together. There was a mystery that I found very well-done, as I was w ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was definitely my least favorite Mary Balogh book. It just did not work for me. I only pushed through to have a better background for group read of A Summer to Remember.
One Night for Love is my very first Mary Balogh read, and I assure you, it wouldn’t be my last.

One Night for Love is an overwhelming love story, in it being wonderful and extraordinary. It was overwhelming that it made me dizzy. But don’t get me wrong, I was dizzy in a good way.

Neville Wyatt, the new Earl of Kilbourne, was born into a respectable family. Everything was planned for him. Up to the simple things to even his future wife. His life was completely drawn for him. Until he rebelled and j
Andrea AKA Catsos Person
FYI. First this book, and then next A Summer to Remember are both "prequels" to the Bedwyn family's "Slightly" series.

I found it hard to swallow/accept that a peer from rank and status obsessed England (at the time that this book took place) would marry someone who was practically an illiterate, barefoot and then have her be accepted by his tonnish family and friends!

I need an HR writer to create (to some degree) an illusion that the characters are behaving, have the attitudes that are consiste
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
One Night for Love is not a personal favorite of Balogh's novels. In fact, I actually very strongly considered DNFing about a third of the way through. But I am very glad that I listened to reviews and pushed on at that point, because this is a thoughtful and sweet romance that stands out in some interesting ways that made it well worth the time I spent.

The heroine Lily shows up at a church to interrupt the proceedings, revealing that the groom was already married to her. It sounds dramatic, and
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Historic Romance Such depth!

Highly recommended. This is my first Mary Balogh book, how did I not know about her?

In my mind, a well-written romance must include tragedy, but that's a problem for me, because I don't like angst. That explains why I am so impressed with this book, Ms. Balogh manages to blend tragedy and romance to sheer perfection, without one ounce of angst.

My heart broke for Lily, a heroine I will not soon forget. She clung to an unrealistic dream to make it through the horror tha
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
One Night for Love is the story that leads to Mary Balogh’s beloved novel, A Summer to Remember. (Which leads to the Slightly series and the Simply series.) Not only is it a good story in and of itself, it adds a lot of detail to the character of Lauren, the heroine of ASTR. Just as Neville is about to marry Lauren, his childhood friend, a woman in worn cloths enters the church. Neville instantly recognizes Lily, his wife, who he thought had been killed in an ambush by the French in the war in S ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even though this story was filled with every contrived and cliched historical romance plot ever written, from amnesia (not a big part but mentioned in chapter 2), secret wedding, first spouse not really dead and shows up at second wedding, rags to riches, servants secretly raising child of peerage to save her life, evil family villain, etc etc etc... I still loved this book!
In particular, I loved Lily. She was refreshing and sweet. I loved how she and Neville never gave up on their love for e
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like Lily, I give her 5 stars and only 3 stars for Neville.
I don't like him much:(

The storyline rather dark for this one, the whole situation really bad because the hero is weak, his decision destroyed the women who love him.

He lied to everyone to suit his need, I know he loves Lily but his action incredibly selfish!
Halfway in the story I'm glad Lily left him, because I couldn't convince with his love declarations to her. But I do believe him later on.

Note, if you have rape trigger, you probab
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Buddy read with Aly and Sarah :)

Loved this story!! Really looking forward to the rest of the series
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-mary-balogh
But all her life Lily had been led into difficult situations, none of them of her own choosing..."

For some time, Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney have been interchangeable in my mind, both being romance authors who have written regency romances. I've now read a few books by both authors and can now tell the differences between these two prolific authors beyond this surface similarity.

Which, is to say, Mary Balogh is in top form with One Night for Love, satisfying my craving for class differences
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
After having read eleventy billion Balogh books, most n0tably The Bedwyn Saga (six books), The Simply Quartet (4 books), The Survivor's Club (seven books) - all loosely connected and shares some characters across the books and series, I decided to revisit this book that jump started it all.

This one begins with a lovely cringey moment where Neville, Earl of Kilbourne is waiting at the altar for his bride. He is to marry Lauren, his childhood friend and cousin who waited patiently for him to go o
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book opens with a young woman, Lily looking like a beggar making her way to an estate. When she appears at the home of the Earl of Kilbourne the servants mistake try to give her a coin and send her on her way. The next morning as the Earl's fiance Lauren is about to walk down the aisle to marry him, Lily appears and the Earl, aka Neville, recognizes her as his wife.
They had married 18 months ago while in Portugal in the Penisular wars. The marriage was quick and occured to offer Lily protec
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who digs a story of love overcoming all extraordinary circumstances
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I loved the first half of this book. A rebel aristocrat besotted with an illiterate girl he met at war? I would definitely fall for that and I did :) My only complaint while reading the first half was that Neville keeps calling Lily’s name in return Lily keeps saying “yes.” After a while it became too repetitive. Has anyone else noticed this?

Lily is the daughter of a poor sergeant. After her mother’s death, she spent all her life with her father at ba
4.5 stars

This is only my third Mary Balogh book. Of the other two I've read, one I loved and the other I didn't like at all. I think, however, of Mary Balogh as superior to most HR writers because she writes some of the most historically accurate books I've read. I rarely get the feeling I did while reading this book. It was almost like reading Jane Austen. The aristocracy, all high and mighty, looking down on the rest and being harsh with their expectations and rules, even those among their ran
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
What the hell was this even about? I finished it yesterday and what I basically remember is that the heroine was an earthy illiterate fairy child and the hero was a starchy Earl or something? They get married while overseas during The War and end up thinking the other is dead for a while and then the heroine shows up on the doorstep of the hero's wedding. Then after telling everyone that they're married, it turns out that they're not REALLY married, and there's a bunch of plot devices to show ho ...more
Tutti Dolci
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, series, kindle
I'm surprised to see that many people rated this story so highly.

Yes, it was sweet (and at times, bittersweet), but for the most part, it was oh-so-boring. Took me almost a month of stops and starts, but FINALLY finished it. Didn't DISlike it, but it lacked passion. And not just in the obvious sense.
Sam (AMNReader)
Balogh has an interesting style, doesn't she? I was not totally convinced when I read my first book by her, but this one felt utterly perfect for the moment. I adored the free-spirited and joyful (but not at the cost of her being realistic) heroine, and the hero was...doting. Devoted. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Rachel McMillan
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good one. The guy is a dish. The plot is romantic at turns but also tragic. There was also a whiff of mystery that I spent the whole of the book untangling.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-own, sweet-romance
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

I've cried a gallon LOL
At the beginning it was so... sad. Three people suffering and no one to blame, what an embarrasing situation!

It was real love, you know :))
Pauline Ross
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect. The end.

Hmm… I suppose I should write a bit more than that. Let’s start with the premise. Neville Wyatt, the Earl of Kilbourne, is awaiting his bride at the altar. She’s Lauren Edgeworth, friend and neighbour, educated and accomplished, a perfect English lady, exactly suited to becoming a countess. Neville is happy about it, his bride is thrilled, since she’s been in love with him for years and waited while he went off to the war in Portugal, and all their friends and relat
Sarah Z
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This was an odd one for me. I love Mary Balogh and the thing about some of her books is that even when some of them start off slow, she always wins me over in the end. This one just didn't quite get there.

One of my main issues with this book is the first two thirds of the book. It was just so slow and I just couldn't connect with the characters. I had to force myself to pick it up and read a little before I put it down again. I loved the last third of the book, but it was almost too
Aug 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: no one
A silly, trite and oh so predictable regency romance (2.5). The story opens as Neville Wyatt Earl of Killbourne is preparing to wed his childhood friend and in walks the bedraggled Lily - the wife he thought dead and no one knew existed. Back flash to a year ago when Neville served in the military and Lily's father died and Neville married her for protection - a bit of a stretch there as her father was a sergeant and Neville heir to an earldom and a major. Oh well. They have "one night of love" ...more
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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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