Simply Magic (Simply Quartet #3) by Mary Balogh

Simply Magic (Simply Quartet #3)

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.On a splendid August afternoon Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever seen . . . and instantly feels the icy chill of recognition. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, is utterly charming—and seemingly unaware that they have met before. With his knowing smile and seductive gaze, Peter acts the rake; but he stirs something in Susanna she h...

Details Simply Magic (Simply Quartet #3)

TitleSimply Magic (Simply Quartet #3)
Release DateMar 27th, 2007
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency

Reviews Simply Magic (Simply Quartet #3)

  • Lois
    Loved Peter--what a kind, wonderful character.But: It is a mistake to listen to three Mary Balogh's in a row. The parallel elements from book to book get grating: -- the heroine's belief that each encounter will be the last time she sees the man so she'll store it away to pull out later when she's old and still a spinster; -- her steadfast belief that she can't marry the man and her repeated refusals because of that;-- the belief that Fate keeps ...
  • Caz
    I've given this an A for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.While I’ve enjoyed the previous two books in this series, Simply Magic is my favourite so far. It’s the story of Susanna Osbourne, another of the group of friends who are teachers at Miss Martin’s School for Girls in Bath, and Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, who met each other briefly – once – when they were children, but whose live...
  • Fani *loves angst*
    I liked the first part much more than the second.The first half was a sweet, tender love story. Old-fashioned, but still nice. In the second part, the shadow of the heroine's past, concerning her father's death, is cast and darkens the mood considerably. Little by little we learn the secrets behind his death, but though a huge tragedy is always hinted, it seems rather mudane to the reader (at least this one). When the truth comes out, it is indee...
  • Rane
    A two weeks vacation away from her school she teaches, Susanna Osbourne meets with a man unknowing to him entwined with her past she longs to forget, and soon a man she longs her heart to forget.. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf is charming, kind gentleman, when he first lays eyes on Susanna he feels he’s finally met “the one” their paths soon divided only to lead back to one another and their love...... Simply Magic’s story entwines w...
  • kris
    Susanna Osbourne meets Peter Edgeworth, Viscount of Whitleaf and thinks him a flirt. She's not wrong. Peter decides to befriend her because the voice in his head compels him. They fall into a light friendship that resolves in a quickie on a hilltop. Which resolves into them meeting up again and again and again until everyone is exhausted and they can be married. 1. HERE'S THE THING: this was fucking great, except that it wasn't. 2. What I mean by...
  • Jacob Proffitt
    This is third in a series, and unfortunately, lots of developments from the previous books are evident here. So I recommend reading the others first. Though that's kind of a slog and the payoff isn't that great.This story had lots of potential. Peter is pretty awesome and I love what Balogh does with him. It isn't often that you see a man so kind and willing to please. I love that he knows he likes making others happy and that he takes care with ...
  • Teresa
    Not since "One Night for Love" have I so disliked a book by this author. And it's not so much dislike as it was mostly boredom and frustration. I get that Peter was supposed to be amiable but potentially lacking depth early on but nothing ever progressed to make me feel like he developed stronger by the end. He might be nice as a real life person, but as a character, he was incredibly dull. I can't even remember much of the plot or character deve...
  • Lu
    Sweetness: 5/5Hotness: 3/5Suspense: 3/5Plot: 4,5/5Hero: Sweet alphaHeroine: Working/ independentSuch a lovely story. Susanna is a school teacher, previously a charity student at the same school after running from home in consequence of a tragedy. Peter is a Viscount since age 3, overprotected by his mother, a person in search of himself.First social standing and then family secrets stand on their way to love each other fully, but relentlessly Pet...
  • ShoSho
    2.5 starsMy biggest problem was that the narrator changed her voice for the heroine after using it for the first 2 books. It was like she was another character.
  • Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
    3.5 stars
  • herdys
    It started great but kinda flopped for me halfway..
  • Zel Polev
    The first half of this book was a bit of a bore to just alright. The characters depth were pretty shallow and well, it wasn't terribly interesting. The book really picked up on the second half though after they separated. Peter was coming to terms with not forgetting her and contriving reasons to see her. It was love in slow motion. Meanwhile, Susanna had been disappointed and falling out of love with him. He redeems himself in her eyes though an...
  • Molly
    I always feel like Lucy Honeychurch from "A Room with a View" when I'm reading Mary Balogh."Mother doesn't like me playing Beethoven. She says I'm always peevish afterwards."I feel the same when I'm reading Mary Balogh, which is a testament to her writing. That said, I absolutely loved this one. I stayed up far too late reading it because I just couldn't put it down. This one gave me ALL THE EMOTIONS. The character development was really well don...
  • Kathy Davie
    Third in the Simply Quartet Regency romance series which carries on from Balogh's Bedwyn Saga and revolving around four teachers at Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath, England. The couple focus is on Susanna Osbourne and Peter Edgeworth.The action takes place while Anne Jewell and her son, David, are in Wales ( Simply Love , 2 (8)). It's been two years since events in Simply Unforgettable , 1 (7).My TakePoor Peter had done everything expecte...
  • Olga Godim
    Well written but average as historical romances go. I liked the heroine Susanna, but the hero Peter was such a wet dishrag, aimless and spineless, even his general kindness didn’t make him more attractive to me. I like my alpha males in romantic fiction. This guy didn’t make the cut.
  • Lady Wesley
    5+ stars!I like Mary Balogh, so I expected to enjoy this book; but I was surprised that I absolutely loved it!Susanna Osbourne is a teacher at Miss Martin's school in Bath. She has no family, since her mother died in childbirth and her father died when she was twelve. She was sent to Miss Martin's by an anonymous benefactor as a charity student, and she remained to become a teacher. She is quite happy and content with her life.While visiting a fo...
  • Rosina Lippi
    This absorbing, immensely appealing novel is the third in Balogh's series of regency romances, centered on a group of friends who teach at a private girls' school in Bath. Susanna Osbourne is one of those teachers, a gentleman's daughter who has been alone in the world since she lost her father and her home at age twelve. That early trauma has given her depth, complexity and a cautious nature. Susanna's satisfaction with her life and career doesn...
  • Anne
    There is so much to like about this story, there's a bit of a mystery, a sweet romance that flows really well, and I feel like Mary Balogh almost always makes her H/h likable. With that said however, my main grievance in this book is (spoiler) that Peter doesn't renounce his mother, maybe renounce is too harsh a word, but for heavens sake, she was the catalyst to Susanna's father's death and she never really shows any actual sincere remorse over ...
  • Catherine
    Finished this one early morning. I really enjoyed it. Their relationship was sweet and made me happy. It was my favorite of the series so far!I'll write a review in a bit.
  • Renae
    This is another quiet, comfortable romance from Mary Balogh. Simply Magic is easy-going and honest, a story of two grown-ups figuring out both themselves and each other. At this point I wonder if I'm starting to sound like a broken record, since nearly all of Balogh's romances fall neatly into the "mature and understated" category. But, well...if you do it well, why fix it? Granted, this Simply series is far from the author's best. But it makes f...
  • KimberlyRose
    The Simply Quartet is not my favourite of Balogh's many delightful series. Book one, Frances' story, grew uninteresting with the female mc's quest to music stardom (yawn) and the love interest, I can't even remember him at all. Book two, featuring unwed mother Anne's story was full-speed ahead fascinating, with relatable choices, a haunted, dramatic past, wonderfully unique secondaries, and a deliciously complex love interest whom I fully remembe...
  • Louisa
    This was a really fantastic book! Loved their relationship, and how they were connected, there was one secret that she kept for a good long while of the book from us readers! Loved it, need to finish rereading this series!
  • Amanda
    A very sweet book. I felt like the heroine was a little too stubborn about being a martyr and the mystery of her father was drawn out for a long time. But I liked their relationship and friendship and all the scenes that they spent together.
  • KindleJo Jo
    I needed a book hug, so I went back and read this series . *le sigh*
  • Lori Long
    Loved it.
  • Sm
    I love the covers in Balogh's Simply series - simple and elegant!alas, I cannot say that I have the same love for the stories behind the the case of simply magic, I thought the heroine was less annoying than the previous two (Francis and Anne), but then the hero of the story, Peter, made up with his own brand of wishy-washy, mindlessly happy-peppy annoying selfI think I was even more disappointed because things started off so well.(view...
  • Stephanie
    SIMPLY MAGIC: Girl, Interrupted course they love each other. She remembers him from childhood and, subconsciously, he recalls her. They belong together. Except there is a huge tragedy, HUGE, keeping them apart.I have pretty much loved everything I’ve read or listened to, by Mary Balogh. This is not my favorite book in this series, nor in her opus.SIMPLY MAGIC depends on the “jumping to conclusions” ...
  • HK
    audiobook 10 discs. Rosalyn Landor. Suzanna Osbourn(23), the school teacher and Peter Edgeworth(26), Viscount Whitleaf. Suzanna once met Peter when she was young and was a neighbor, but his sisters did not let him play with her by the lake. When they met years later, he did not remember her. Suzanna thought he was just a rich flirt, but discovers he was more as they tried to be friends while Suzanna was visiting Francis for 2 weeks. Peter suffere...
  • AlexLovesBooks
    Susanna Osbourne is a teacher at Miss Martin's school in Bath. She has no family, since her mother died in childbirth and her father died when she was twelve. She was sent to Miss Martin's by an anonymous benefactor as a charity student, and she remained to become a teacher. She is quite happy and content with her life.While visiting a former teacher, who is now Countess of Edgecombe (see Simply Unforgettable), she happens to meet Peter Edgeworth...