The Proposal

. 9780440245308. Balogh, Mary. Only Beloved. Signet: NAL. (Survivor's Club, Bk. 7). 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780451477781. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698411326. (LJ 4/15/16)
OrangeReviewStarSeven survivors of the devastations of the Napoleonic Wars gather once a year to raise a glass or two to "absent friends" and celebrate (or commiserate) that they all survived. None of these survivors (six men and one woman) have had an easy time of it in the years since the war, and their peace of mind and happily ever afters are every bit as hard won as those in any contemporary military romance. This seven-book series shows that the difficulties of reentry into civilian life aren't restricted to modern times. Balogh is never to be missed.

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