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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #17

Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

So, the novel I'm featuring is...

                                    The Secret Pearl  by Mary Balogh, published in 2005
                                                  Goodreads | Amazon

He first spies her in the shadows outside a London theatre, a ravishing creature forced to barter her body to survive. 

To the woman known simply as Fleur, the well-dressed gentleman with the mesmerizing eyes is an unlikely savior. And when she takes the stranger to her bed, she never expects to see him again. But then Fleur accepts a position as governess to a young girl…and is stunned to discover that her midnight lover is a powerful nobleman. As two wary hearts ignite–and the threat of scandal hovers over them–one question remains: will she be mistress or wife?

To find out more about Mary Balogh and her books, click the links below:
                                          Website | Goodreads | Facebook

In a sea of governess romances, this one is quite unique. For one, the kid isn't actually important here and appears just a few times. No neglectful father here, either. Just one duke who recognized that the young woman whom he deflowered one night has become governess to his nephew (unknowingly since neither knew the other's identity). Fleur was forced to barter her body when she became destitute, and she never asked for someone to notice her, or become interested in her. But there is one big obstacle in their HEA, and that's the duke is already married. What follows is one of the most heartbreaking stories I've read (which does end in HEA, I promise) and one of Mary Balogh's best, in my opinion.

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World and Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading for their pick of the week. :-)

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)

Happy Reading! 


  1. Oh gosh Mary!!! I super hate married Dukes and infidelities!!! Even if the marriage is loveless! Plus I also dislike heroines selling their bodies. It just makes me cringe thinking about it but they make the story so much more real and touching and everything a good book needs. I will think about this.

  2. This was the first Mary Balogh book I read and I was worried about the infidelity (and didn't quite like how Balogh resolved that part) -- but Fleur was so compelling (and this really was her story) --

  3. Very, very intriguing. I'm interested to see how the author pulls off the infidelity whilst having you rooting for the couple. I'll definitely have to check this one out :)

  4. Hmm, not sure if I'll ever read this one. But it takes guts for an author to write something around such a premise. :)

  5. I am a big fan of Mary Balogh's books but this book was one of the ones by her that I didn't quite like.

  6. This story devastated me, but in the best sense. I loved both characters and thought Balogh handled the difficult subject matter very well. Great choice this week!

  7. I haven't read this one yet, but I want to. I really love this author. She does fantastic work. Great pick.



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