A Chance Encounter

A Chance Encounter[PDF / Epub] ☉ A Chance Encounter Author Mary Balogh – Heartforum.co.uk After a disastrous episode that left her with a broken heart and a reputationthat was nearly ruined, Elizabeth Rossiter sought safety by taking a positionfar away from London society But now, the one After a disastrous episode that left her with a broken heart and a reputationthat was nearly ruined, Elizabeth Rossiter sought safety by taking a positionfar away from London society But now, the one man in the world she had hopednever to see again moved into her life.

Mary Jenkins was born in in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When A Chance PDF or she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curlingMary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in as A Masked Deception under her married name In , she retired from teaching after years to pursue her dream to write full time She has writtenthan seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

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  • A Chance Encounter
  • Mary Balogh
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  • 12 July 2017
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10 thoughts on “A Chance Encounter

  1. Lyuda says:

    1.5 stars.I m so glad this wasn t my first book by Mary Balogh because I don t think I would ve read anything else by her and this would be unfortunate As it is, I m a huge fan of the author 45 books and counting But this story I don t even know what to say, except, to defend this as the author s earlier effort and to appreciate her later improvements.The beginning was very promising with shades of Persuasion in it I was content and happy to immerse in the narrative But it didn t last lo 1.5 stars.I m so glad this wasn t my first book by Mary Balogh because I don t think I would ve read anything else by her and this would be unfortunate As it is, I m a huge fan of the author 45 books and counting But this story I don t even know what to say, except, to defend this as the author s earlier effort and to appreciate her later improvements.The beginning was very promising with shades of Persuasion in it I was content and happy to immerse in the narrative But it didn t last long The first warning bells sounded when the dreaded Big Misunderstanding appeared to be the main vehicle driving the plot and the main reason for the protagonists long separation And then the sound of warning bells turned into a huge cacophony with the big revelation somewhere in the middle It didn t make any sense, it was preposterous, it was so out of realm of possibilities that I had to go back to see if I m reading Mary Balogh So weak was the motive and circumstance for the two lovers to be apart that the author had to keep explaining how the divide between these two could have happened Theshe over explained, theconvoluted and unbelievable it became and theI disliked the characters Definitely not the story I would recommend

  2. Ivy H says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Lots of repetitive eye rolling occurred during the reading of this novel This second chance storyline was based on a trope that is one of my least favourites in romance the grand misunderstanding trope The MC s were young lovers almost reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, except that there was no family feud The MC s met during Elizabeth s debut season in London They fell in love and got married secretly, because the H Robert was the younger son of a marquess who expected him to marry an heires Lots of repetitive eye rolling occurred during the reading of this novel This second chance storyline was based on a trope that is one of my least favourites in romance the grand misunderstanding trope The MC s were young lovers almost reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, except that there was no family feud The MC s met during Elizabeth s debut season in London They fell in love and got married secretly, because the H Robert was the younger son of a marquess who expected him to marry an heiress Elizabeth was the daughter of an impoverished, gamblerholic, alcoholic Baron Robert was in his early 20 s and the heroine was 18 Robert also had a rich uncle who felt that Elizabeth s pedigree was was unsuitable and this meddling manipulator took it upon himself to make a deal with the heroine s gold digging father The MC s had only spent a weekend in each other s company, after they were married secretly, when Robert received news that his father and older brother had died He left Elizabeth with his kind grandmother and went to make funeral arrangements etc This is where the first major eyerolling occurred Why didn t the H take his new wife with him and introduce her to the rest of his family especially the sly uncle Then, to make things worse, the heroine didn t stay with her grand mother in law even though she d promised to do so Instead, she went back home and her meddling father got angry because he d wanted her to marry a wealthy man At this point in the story, Robert was in financial difficulties because both his late father and brother had been gamblers and spendthrifts Elizabeth s mercenary dad felt he d been cheated out of a chance to make some easy money It didn t occur to him that he was the one who had been expected according to regency era customs to provide a dowry for his daughter Anyway, the heroine s churlish dad met with the H s rich uncle and made a deal Robert s cunning uncle hated the idea of his nephew, who was now the Marquess of Hetherington, sullying the family name by being married to Elizabeth He bribed Elizabeth s father, to the sum of 10 000 pounds, to assist him in breaking up the MC s marriage Elizabeth s greedy father took the money and then lied to the heroine, telling her that Robert planned to divorce her since he wanted a bride with better pedigree to be his marchioness He also provided some forged letters Robert s uncle and Elizabeth s father went even further with their duplicitous plan they intercepted letters that the MC s had been sending to each other Robert did turn up to look for Elizabeth but her father sent him away It pissed me off that the H hadn t insisted on seeing her himself and confronting her because this would ve cleared up the misunderstanding The MC s meet again about 6 years afterwards and at this point in the story, Elizabeth is employed as a governess companion and Robert s become a wealthy marquess Thus began the era of intense eye rolling, on the part of this reader The MC s both hate each other, as a result of the misunderstanding, yet they re both too proud to confront each other about what had happened They spent all their time trading insults, ignoring each other and trying to make each other jealous.This was where the storyline seemed a trifle weak to me Too much time was spent on the monotonous chronicling of day to day social events, dinners etc The MC s didn t even spend a lot of time in each other s company because they were always part of a larger group of people when they were together Robert also seemed particularly hateful and cynical He kept accusing Elizabeth of being a greedy gold digger but never elaborated or never used his logic to ask her why she often seemed puzzled at his accusations The heroine was also a bit lacking in common sense because she never asked him why he made such accusations The storyline was livened up a little by the inclusion of a wannabe OW and a wannabe OM The OW was a vicious bitch who kept chasing after Robert and warning off every woman who spoke to himthan 3 times The OM was a wonderful man in fact, I almost wished Elizabeth had ended up with him because he had the requisite characteristics of a hero he was tall, dark, handsome, rich and he proposed to her But Mr Mainwaring the wannabe OM was also the H s best friend and Robert refused to divorce Elizabeth to allow her to re marry My final bit of exasperated eye rolling occurred after the MC s discovered how they d been duped by his uncle and her father Robert apologized for the way he d treated her when they d met again and he told her he still loved her so much that he d been celibate all these years they ve been apart The stupid heroine refused to reconcile with himWhat are you saying he asked incredulously I mean that I must go now, she replied I am sure John will be in his office if you wish to take your leave of him Good bye, Robert And I thank you very much for coming She smiled brightly and extended her hand Mary Balogh A Chance Encounter Kindle Locations 2947 2949 Severn House Kindle Edition This scene was awful She actually forced him to leave and if it hadn t been for the intervention of her brother then the MC s would ve continued to be estranged Robert had to kidnap her to prevent her from leaving to go work for a new family as their governess Elizabeth s rationale for her behaviour was her fear of being hurt and disillusioned again I found it understandable but also unacceptable because it made her seem like a such a weakling And, she had been a very strong heroine throughout the story, so the author s plot twist made her character appear to be somewhat inconsistent But, the H redeemed himself by persuading her and grovelling once againI can t, she whispered I am so afraid, Robert I am afraid to love again I know, he said, but I am afraid not to Look ahead, Elizabeth Ten years Twenty years Thirty Can you bear to think of the emptiness I cannot I need you and I believe you need me just as much Come back to me, love Please Elizabeth felt the tears springing to her eyes Mary Balogh A Chance Encounter Kindle Locations 3031 3034 Severn House Kindle Edition This was fairly good and could ve been fabulous if the middle bulk of the story hadn t been so focused on boring everyday stuff with evenboring minor characters Safety information There s no cheating Both MC s had been celibate during their separation but the author did include the wannabe OM and OW to add jealous angst to the storyline This is the H, Robert This is the heroine, Elizabeth

  3. Twiggy says:

    Well normally I love Mary Balogh, but this is one of her earlier books and just made me want to scream As other reviewers have pointed out this is based on a big Misunderstanding, which makes absolutely NO sense whatsoever The heroine Elizabeth Rossiter is working as a Companian to the 18 year old Cecily The nearby manor is occupied by the owner and some guests It turns out that one of those is the Marquess of Hetherington and that he and Elizabeth have a Past The first 120 pages and so are Well normally I love Mary Balogh, but this is one of her earlier books and just made me want to scream As other reviewers have pointed out this is based on a big Misunderstanding, which makes absolutely NO sense whatsoever The heroine Elizabeth Rossiter is working as a Companian to the 18 year old Cecily The nearby manor is occupied by the owner and some guests It turns out that one of those is the Marquess of Hetherington and that he and Elizabeth have a Past The first 120 pages and so are related to their meetings in company, the fact that he seems to hate her, and some reminiscences and flash backs etc When Elizabeth s nephew falls ill, she panics and says that she must get home as soon as possible Heatherington announces that he will take her as after all she is his wife They then have a squabble about whether or not they are divorced and he tells her that they are not and in fact they are still married Problem No 1 divorces were only obtained through act of paraliament and could not ever be done quietly None of Elizabeth s friends or employers have an issue with her living apart from her husband Problem No 2 this would have been a huge issue and made her unsuitable for society and especially to be the governess companion to an 18 year old The h and h go off to see the nephew and get on ok although she is uncomfortable and does eventually chase him off She loves him but would rather suffer his absence The h returns to her life of servitude The hero comes after her and asks her why she left him for money She denies it and tells him that he abandoned her They part acrimoniously.It occurs to the heroine after she has chased the h off that he may have believed what he said and there may have been a misunderstanding She goes to see her brother who alerts her to the fact that their father had received a sum of 10,000 after their wedding They suspect their father and the H s uncle had conspired to keep the lovers apart She writes to Heatherington asking him to come to her She gets a brush off response from his secretary She closes her heart and decides to take another position with a man she identifies as a mean spirited lech The h turns up , tells her he has discovered the truth and that he didn t have his secretary write to her in those terms and in fact has been to London, Scotland and Paris within the past 2 weeks He loves her , it is all a misunderstanding, they can make a go of their marriage.She accepts it s a misunderstanding and that it was not his fault but rejects him out of hand the reasons were beyond me She is all set to go off with the creep but instead finds herself with Heatherington as they drive off to Devon and after a bit of a kiss and conuddle , they all live hea By the end of the book I was ready to bash the heroine s head in The whole premise on the misunderstanding appeared to be that the uncle did not think the h was good enough for his nephew who should marry a wealthier woman etc This is all very well, had the separation been achieved before they married but was entirely pointless thereafter It was hard to credit that the uncle would have been so pompous and yet was willing to tolerate the thought to divorce socially ruinous or else the thought that there would be no legitimate heir to the title thereafter Also if the h s father had been so interested in money, he would have revisited the plan after the hero inherited his money Ridiculous and annoying

  4. Gilgamesha says:

    I have not read one book that has handled the misunderstanding trope as well as Duran in the Duke of Shadowsthe search continues.

  5. Renae says:

    What The Fuck.I love Mary Balogh I adore her She is my favorite historical romance author 10 10 would recommend her books Well, all her books except this one Imagine the lackluster offspring of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, but with an extra large dose of screamingly aggravating melodrama A Chance Encounter is one sustained Big Misunderstanding that goes on for 6 years and an entire novel It s absurd and made me want to tear my hair out This book is so terrible and nonsensical an What The Fuck.I love Mary Balogh I adore her She is my favorite historical romance author 10 10 would recommend her books Well, all her books except this one Imagine the lackluster offspring of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, but with an extra large dose of screamingly aggravating melodrama A Chance Encounter is one sustained Big Misunderstanding that goes on for 6 years and an entire novel It s absurd and made me want to tear my hair out This book is so terrible and nonsensical and unbelievable What was Balogh thinking Elizabeth and Robert met and fell in love in their salad days, and then they eloped Shortly after the wedding, something Bad happened, and they were separated by evil relatives, who made each believe the other had abandoned them They then spend the next 6 years hating each other, until they meet by chance at a country ball They then spent the next 200 pages hurling insults at each other and otherwise being nasty.Did it ever occur for them to sit down and say Dearest, why the fuck did you abandon me two days after our elopement NO, of course not.Obviously, it all gets sorted out and they live Happily Ever After, but in the meantime, this book got on every one of my nerves This was especially the case because for some reason Balogh only gives readers Elizabeth s point of view Imagine being stuck inside the head of an emotionally unstable, bitter woman who refuses to think rationally about anything for the entire book It was terrible.At one point Robert even comes to Elizabeth and is all okay, let me hear your side of the story but Elizabeth is just shrilly saying IT DOESN T MATTER ANYMORE I VE BEEN UNHAPPY FOR 6 YEARS AND I M JUST GOING TO BE UNHAPPY FOREVER and then pouts in silence, refusing to have an adult conversation What the fuck, guys There has never been such a case of manufactured conflict as this one

  6. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:

    Pride Prejudice meets Persuasion with a dash of Sense Sensibility This is third in my journey through Mary Balogh s earlier novels the one s that are available at all , and it s my favorite so far, despite the story being entirely dependent on people not communicating, something I do not like.Elizabeth yes, she s really named Elizabeth, and her personality is the wit of Elizabeth Bennet combined with the practicality of Elinor Dashwood with the quiet suffering of Anne Elliot works as a c Pride Prejudice meets Persuasion with a dash of Sense Sensibility This is third in my journey through Mary Balogh s earlier novels the one s that are available at all , and it s my favorite so far, despite the story being entirely dependent on people not communicating, something I do not like.Elizabeth yes, she s really named Elizabeth, and her personality is the wit of Elizabeth Bennet combined with the practicality of Elinor Dashwood with the quiet suffering of Anne Elliot works as a companion to a young girl in a country town Said town bubbles over with excitement at the news that Mr Mainwaring is arriving to his home in the area and bringing friends with him The small town anticipates romantic possibilities and new diversions This part is all PP.Mr Mainwaring s friend, Robert, is a handsome, charming earl, who Elizabeth unfortunately already knows and hoped never to see again Details are not revealed until near the end, but it s clear that they were once together and he broke her heart Second chance romance is never my favorite trope, precisely because it almost always relies on the lovers not communicating, which is not a sign of a healthy relationship Expect these two not to communicate despite so many situations just screaming for them to do so IT IS FRUSTRATING.Still, despite all of those flaws, I totally got the feels with this one Balogh s skill at developing the secondary cast is improving immensely, and I delighted in almost everyone introduced The way that the Rowes accept her as one of their own even once they learn the truth is lovely and exceedingly open minded for the time Mr Rowe s Cinderella jokes with Elizabeth are precious Elizabeth s charge Cecily is adorable and naive, but not the empty headed flibbertigibbet of Persuasion It s a whole town of nosy, caring people, and I would totally move there.And, though the fact that they won t talk is frustrating as are a couple of problematic lines , I did really feel for the relationship between Elizabeth and Robert They re both so angry, but he finds it hard to stick to that anger and not default to hisjovial personality Initially, I did hope she would go with Mainwaring, rather than Robert Denning, but he won me over in the end It smelodrama than I typically like, and it may be tied into my love of Austen s novels and characters but I had a hell of a lot of fun and some feels so whatevs

  7. Christine says:

    Very unbelievable Since the backstory is told through a series of rather annoying flashbacks, it wasn t until the end that I realized just how far fetched the premise really was I mean, I can understand paying off an unsuitable woman before she marries your nephew, but after That would only make sense if they actually did get a divorce, but since they didn t she was told they had a divorce, he knew better , the premise was utterly unfathomable.

  8. Kathryn says:

    Possibly the least overwrought long separation, big M isunderstanding HRs out there none of the revenge nonsense that many of the other ones typically employ but is still true to its type, which is why I like it.Not a 5 because the ending last 10 or so pages should have just been cut out Which begs the question of what good is a story such as this without even a decent ending But I do like my share of angst, confusion, and not real betrayal, so I m giving this a 3.5.

  9. Tina says:

    2.5 stars.Sigh I hate to rate this book as low as I do because really, it is not a bad book But it is definitely an infuriating one I give Balogh a bit of a pass because this is one of her early books.The book starts in a smallish village where a Miss Elizabeth Rossiter is the governess companion of a beautiful young lady The village is abuzz because the owner of he largest, most prosperous property is coming for a stay and is bringing some sophisticated friends from London As is usual in t 2.5 stars.Sigh I hate to rate this book as low as I do because really, it is not a bad book But it is definitely an infuriating one I give Balogh a bit of a pass because this is one of her early books.The book starts in a smallish village where a Miss Elizabeth Rossiter is the governess companion of a beautiful young lady The village is abuzz because the owner of he largest, most prosperous property is coming for a stay and is bringing some sophisticated friends from London As is usual in these books, the local gentry want to have a series of social rounds with the visiting nobles and marry off various children One of the visitors is Robert Denning, Marquess of Hetherington And it is soon obvious that he and Elizabeth have a past And oh yeah, he hates her The first part of the book is all question marks Why does Robert despise Elizabeth so What is the nature of their past relationship Slowly, Elizabeth reveals their relationship through flashbacks And at the midpoint of the book, Robert throws down a bombshell.And this is where I find the book really infuriating Everything that has happened in the past and even going forward, hinges on the Grand Misunderstanding It gets to a point where Elizabeth s intransigence just makes you want to slap her And it doesn t help matter that the entire story is told 100% from Elizabeth s POV Robert is really enigmatic His responses to her, his reactions and even some of his words are incredibly cryptic.So this book was just frustrating I would not rec this to newbies to Balogh I d probably only recommend it to Readers who are familiar with her work and who are interested in completing her backlist

  10. Jackie says:

    A new ebook edition of one of Balogh s earliest 1985 Signet Regencies, with a young lovers parted through misunderstanding thrust unexpectedly together again plotline Balogh does a great job of holding back the exact nature of the relationship between twenty six year old governess companion Elizabeth Rossiter and Robert, Marquess of Hetherington, giving short flashbacks of their previous encounter, creating good tension so the surprise reveal mid book is really a suprise I usually don t have A new ebook edition of one of Balogh s earliest 1985 Signet Regencies, with a young lovers parted through misunderstanding thrust unexpectedly together again plotline Balogh does a great job of holding back the exact nature of the relationship between twenty six year old governess companion Elizabeth Rossiter and Robert, Marquess of Hetherington, giving short flashbacks of their previous encounter, creating good tension so the surprise reveal mid book is really a suprise I usually don t have much patience for a misunderstanding tearing the apart plot the misunderstandings so often could be cleared up with just a short conversation between the parties But perhaps because this novel is written entirely from Elizabeth s point of view and thus readers are not privy to Robert s motivations , the misunderstanding here worked for me As did the echoes of both Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion

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