Review: The Escape by Mary Balogh


The Escape
by Mary Balogh
Series: The Survivors’ Club, Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by Dell, 2014
E-book, Purchased
394 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings.

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 at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws – until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms.

Includes Mary Balogh’s charming short story “The Suitor.”

And was that what his problem was? That wherever he went, he had to take himself with him? Was it in denial of that fact that he had decided to travel? The eternal quest to escape from himself, from the body that slowed him down, made him grotesque and ungainly, and stopped him from living the life he wanted to live?


It might have amused Samantha that Sunday service had become the big outing and social event of her week, if it had not also been so pathetic.


  • I like Mary Balogh’s writing very much.
  • The setting in Wales sounds wonderful. (I want to visit Wales!)
  • I like all the characters in the series so much and it’s nice to catch glimpses of them in each book.
  • Ben is an inspiring character. He refuses to give up and he refuses to feel sorry for himself. However, he’s also not sure what to do with his life. He always thought he’d be a military officer and now that that’s impossible he’s lost his way.
  • Both Samantha and Ben must make a journey both to Wales and to decide who they really are and where their lives are going.
  • Ben is completely different from Samantha’s deceased husband who never tried to do anything for himself and insisted Samantha wait on him all the time.
  • The whole Survivors’ series deals with the effects of war on the survivors. Sometimes there are physical injuries, sometimes psychological injuries and sometimes both.
  • The way Ben and Samantha meet is pretty funny. Neither of them reacts well and they don’t want to see each other again, but Ben knows he needs to see her to apologize. They gradually see each other more as Samantha becomes friends with Ben’s sister.
  • The way Ben and Samantha fall in love is wonderful. I really feel they are in love and will stay in love.


  • No jeers!

And a few thoughts . . .

The Escape
The Escape
  • I like Mary Balogh’s writing very much. She does a great jobs Making her characters unique. I always feel like I know them when I’m finished with her books.
  • I didn’t read The Suitor so I can’t comment on that story.
  • The above cover is apparently the cover of the Kindle edition (according to Goodreads). I like it much better than the cover I saw when I bought my Kindle book. (However, it does look a little too modern for me.)
  • The next book in this series–Only Enchanting–is due to come out at the end of October 2014. It is Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby’s story. I can’t wait!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “Review: The Escape by Mary Balogh”

  1. I have to read this one! I tried a few weeks ago but was in cold medicine fog and just couldn’t get into it. I’m definitely going to have to pick this one up soon! I do love Balogh’s character and her books are always home runs for me. I love the Welsh setting. Visiting Wales in on my wishlist as well!


  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I really liked it, too. Balogh is so good at characterization, and at creating real, believable relationships as well as emotional tension that doesn’t depend on ridiculous misunderstandings or a lot of the other overused tropes. I can hardly wait for Flavian’s book! I did read “The Suitor” and enjoyed it — it’s the story of the young woman that Vincent’s family chose for him to marry, and what happened to her after he ran away.


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