Mary Balogh, historical romance author. I’ve quit reading Mary Balogh and I miss her. However, she hasn’t written anything that has engaged me as a reader since the 90’s. It went downhill for me with Silent Melody. Then she released her Slightly series and I found a few of them quite boring. Authors do reach a peak and what do you then when your work seems to hit a plateau?
Just keep on writing, baby, I guess and hope nobody notices that the plots and characters are recycled. Well, guess what? We notice. Is the romance genre limiting? I mean how many different ways can you write a love story? I’m just playing devil’s advocate here. In historicals we have the same list of professions/occupations: Dukes, servants, highwaymen, peasants, thieves, Bow Street Runners, earls, mistresses, Lady’s, and the victor’s daughter. Same conflicts: need an heir, secret identity working undercover for His Majesty, low born/high born, on the marriage market with no prospects, widowed and independent, rakes looking for love and finding it with a clueless virgin. If I missed any then I haven’t read it yet.
Anyway here are some of Mary Balogh’s best books for me:
- Thief of Dreams (1998)
- Heartless (1995)
- Snow Angel (1991)
- The Temporary Wife (1997)
- Indiscreet (1997)
- The Secret Pearl (1991)
If your a Mary Balogh fan, what draws you to her work today? What are some of your favorites by this author? If you haven’t read her yet, why not?