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. He also might suffer from depression. He certainly seems to have many of the symptoms and his friends invite him to their homes. He chooses instead to go to his sisters. His own home has been taken over by his brother’s family and they are not exactly restful.
Samantha McKay had attended to her husband for years after he too had been wounded during the wars. After her husband passed away, her sister-in-law has stayed to make sure that she behaved as a respectable widow. She is being smothered by the darkness and the widows weeds and the depressive nature of her sister-in-law. She had become a widow only four months before she accidentally met Ben.
Neither liked the other at first because of the suddenness of the dangerous meeting. They remained annoyed with each other until they suddenly realized that they were attracted. I have to admit, it was quite the meeting.
Their home lives were in turmoil and neither one were secure with their homes. As things get even more unpleasant she remembers that she was left a cottage. It was perfect timing to remember this as her future was looking even bleaker.
When she decides to go to her inherited cottage in Wales, Ben accompanies her there on the week long trip in order to keep her safe. It is a very interesting trip. They find themselves tempted by one another.
This is another magnificent story about wounded returning soldiers that have no hope of finding love and happiness. Mary Balogh brings the survivors lives out in the open and let them find a spot in the readers heart.
Mary Balogh shares their struggles during recovery and the hopelessness that sometimes surrounds him. Mary’s characters are always well formed and full of life. They have personalities that make you feel like they are friends by the end of the book.
This is a book worth reading. It is one of my favorites in the series. This is a historical romance and it has some sweet scenes. I did not find it explicit at all. Mary Balogh writes with such beauty that it is a comfortable read.
The Escape is available in paperback, Kindle Edition and on AudioBook at Amazon