Longing #2020

Longing By Mary Balogh Longing Sian Jones had been to Britain s finest schools but manners and French lessons did not erase the stigma of being a lord s illegitimate daughter Perhaps she would have been content among Welsh ironwor
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  • Author: Mary Balogh
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  • Longing By Mary Balogh Sian Jones had been to Britain s finest schools, but manners and French lessons did not erase the stigma of being a lord s illegitimate daughter Perhaps she would have been content among Welsh ironworkers, her mother s people, had not Alexander, Marquess of Craille, arrived to run the mine he inherited.
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    1. Mary Balogh

      Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in 1967 She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full time She has written than 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.

    102 thoughts on “Longing”

    1. I ve given this an A for narration and A for content at AudioGalsOriginally published in 1994, Mary Balogh s Longingis a standalone novel set in the author s Welsh homeland among the mining community of Cwmbran The romance between the local landowner, an English marquess, and the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman and a working class woman is set against the backdrop of the last days of the Chartist Movement, and the Newport Rising, so the novel as a whole has a strong and fascinating historica [...]


    2. Reviewed for THC ReviewsI usually enjoy stories that break from the norm of historical romance, and Longing is just such a book, exhibiting a number of unique qualities The typical Victorian romance would probably be set in England amidst the backdrop of ton balls and house parties, but Longing is set in a small industrial village in Wales Although the hero owns a large, ornate castle, very little of the action takes place there, and except for a couple of brief afternoon teas, none of the usual [...]


    3. Closer to 3.5 stars Hiraeth she said It is an old Welsh song It touches me here She pressed her hand to her left breast and flushed and removed the hand when she noticed his eyes followed the gesture What is it about he asked Hiraeth means she sketched small circles with her hand for a moment it is difficult to translate Longing Yearning It is the longing one feels for perfection, for the absolute For God That reaching beyond ourselves The yearning that is never fully satisfied, except perhaps i [...]


    4. Longing is unlike most Mary Balogh books In fact there s only one other book that I would compare to it Truly which I read last year and loved Like Truly, this one is set in Wales and it deals with the living conditions of the working class The men and women who worked on the mines for the big land owners who, not only paid them low wages, but also owned the taverns and the shops where that money would later be spent.In this story we have on one side the workers who are trying to create unions a [...]


    5. This is a very unusual historical romance, and might not be for everyone If you loved North and South, this might be the book for you It s very intense and historical, and definitely not an easy read if all you are looking for is a sweet romance In the introduction, Mary Balogh writes that this book is very precious to her because it is set in her native Wales, and her love for the country and the people really shines through It is set in an early 19th century Welsh mining town, which the hero, [...]


    6. I m beginning to think I like Mary Balogh s backlist than her current novels Perhaps it s because books like Longing remind me of the books I loved as a young girl the historical fiction that gave one a sense of place and time and that allowed one to learn about the time period while exploring the growth and relationships of a specific character Like her other Topaz novels, Longing is set in Wales The hero, an English widower landowner, Alexander, returns to the Welsh castle his family owns He [...]


    7. He felt something some longing, some yearning that he could not quite grasp or name Some sense, perhaps, of being an outsider in something that was beautiful Some sense of being in a place where he did not belong but wanted to belong Some sense of home.Wow, ok This was the book that made me finally gooh now I get it, why everyone seems to love Mary Balogh I had attempted a few books and after some research, apparently the wrong books and just thought she might not have been for me But this book, [...]


    8. Frankly, I didn t love this book It was written well enough to give it three stars but that s about it for me The love story was quite underdeveloped and in my opinion basically non existent Yes he had the hots for her and she thought him super cute as well, but that s attraction not love How they went from the former to the latter was never really developed organically through the story but instead stated I mean, just because you make the characters say it to each other doesn t mean that you ma [...]


    9. This book made me feel It made me feel rather unhappy, and incredibly stressed through most of it, it had a lovely hopeful upward trend towards the end and it was a great story, about a town and a community than a couple You become, for better or worse usually worse quite absorbed in their tribulations For all that it really lowered my mood, I could not put it down and it stole my entire Sunday, originally meant though it was for brief diversion read Honestly though I am now in dire need of som [...]


    10. I started reading and thought another period romance this should be a lighthearted read before bed each night It turned out to be so engaging and with so many SHOCKS that I had a hard time putting it down and read the entire thing in 3 nights It is wonderfully written and the characters are rich and fully developed which was such a treat The descriptions of the valley and the town it was so well done I could picture it in my mind as I read I HIGHLY recommend this book


    11. Balogh was born in Wales and often shares that she spends time there every year with her family Longing is set in Wales and it should probably be read while you listen to Welsh choirs an important plot device I d give it a higher grade but it s just a bit too sad for me.


    12. Mary Balogh has remarked that amongst her lengthy backlist, Longing is one her favorite creations because it embodies her passion for Wales, the land of her birth Wales is the ever present character throughout the book In Longing , Balogh celebrates the beauties of the Welsh terrain, language, music, and culture which sustained the spirit of the impoverished 19th c coal mining communities, vulnerable, desperate, and simmering for revolution However, against this rich historical and cultural back [...]


    13. My first experience with this author met with an unfortunate dead end, the book being abandoned due to irritating sniping and relationship interactions that drove me up a wall So it was with a smidge of hesitation that I embarked on another work by Balogh Yet, the pretty cover yes, I m a cover slut , the intriguing story premise surrounding the romance, and the author s reputation made me decide to give another go here Paid off in spades First off, I tip my hat to Balogh in her efforts to give u [...]


    14. 2.5 5 DNF 65% A rare unfinishable one from Balogh for me and my first audiobook ever The interesting plot premise is of the English marquess hero and coal mine owner coming to Wales to inspect and take charge of his estate and mine during the height of the industrial revolt for increased worker s right The heroine, a widow and daughter of the mistress of a nearby nobleman, had returned back to live with her maternal grandparents in her home town after the death of her mother The hero was a nice [...]


    15. I don t usually care for period novels that feature class conflict It is a topic that cannot be treated casually in an historical context without being insulting, and it certainly can t stand background to a romance tale However, I think Balogh manages to bring it off well enough here My only complaint would be how abrupt the ending was I would have appreciated an epilogue as well, since the aftermath of the hero and heroin s decision is what I think is most interesting How will everyone react W [...]


    16. This is a re issue of 1994 romance set in South Wales in the days of the Industrial Reveolution It is excellent writing, story, characters, social context and historical cultural realism A weeeeee bit of Loving the hills the name says it drawn from a moving welsh traditional song Hiraeth which is heard in the story, and unfolds as a gentle theme throughout the book of longing for home love social harmony An honest, beautiful book Highly recommended.


    17. was looking for escape fiction with nothing objectionable, but there probably is no such thing Anyway, I read ite good and the bad I would elaborate but maybe someone will enjoy the good parts and be able to ignore the boring parts Of course this is a romance as that is what this author writes Unlikely coupling unlikely behavior, but sort of respectful rendering of Welsh culture during early industrial age.


    18. Wanted to read something a bit lighterI can t say this is lighter, but what a super book very moving in its reflection on belonging and not belonging word which has longing in it, of course The setting of the Welsh was one I seem to have encountered frequently in recent reads Excellent read.




    19. Deeply Emotional Tale of Two People Socially Far Apart Such affairs are unequal things, are they not All pleasure and convenience for the man, all danger and humiliation for the woman And ostracism from a deeply religious community like this, I do not doubt We will fight it, then, Sian You are my daughter s governess I am your employer I am the Marquess of Craille you are an ironworker s granddaughter Yes, we will fight it THE STORY Alexander Hyatt, Marquess of Craille, comes to Wales to see his [...]


    20. Not only my favorite Mary Balogh, I think it is one of my favorite historical romances because the author manages to convey such love, such yearning, such longing for Wales, which is her homeland The main character, Sian Jones, is half English and illegitimate her Welsh mother was the mistress of an English landowner, so Sian and her mother weren t accepted by their small Welsh community whilst this relationship went on, and she lived the life of an outsider in a cottage on the outskirts Sian s [...]


    21. I m surprised at how much this book upset me I realize that it s an older title and I think that is evident in the style and subject matter I found myself unable to read it without my modern sensibilities, and frankly, there was just too much non consensual power play for me to find it at all palatable I understand that in some ways the point of the book is that Alexander will get over his ignorance and prove to be an ally to the unions in this welsh mining epic, but I just can t get over a coup [...]


    22. This is an unconventional romance book, and I loved it Pretty much every convention there is about how a love story should play out in this genre was broken, except for their being two POV characters, the ultimate hero and heroine There s a gaping wound of a love triangle, a worker s revolt, an English overseer who realistically takes a while to get up to speed on his mines and mills, subthemes on gender and class and so many Welch names that there s a pronunciation guide at the front of the boo [...]


    23. 4.5 stars I really, really enjoyed this Alex was a great hero and Sian was a great heroine I loved that equality for women was addressed on every level, from place in the home to bed to society at large I liked that there were stakes and that both of the characters were practical and confronted the problems that their differing social statuses presented I liked the North and South esque background plot with the workers I liked that the supporting cast was rich and complicated And I liked the fac [...]


    24. Longing is set in a Welsh mining town during the Industrial Revolution and revolves around the burgeoning labor movement of the 1830s It s definitely not a light and fluffy romance novel in fact it feels strange to call it that at all, even though it has a romance at its center The story was just as much about class conflict, the struggles of the working poor, the strength and pride of the Welsh people, and the beauty of Wales itself as it was about the love story between an aristocratic mine ow [...]


    25. To me, this is the most Welsh of Mary Balogh s books to the point that all of the dialogue and nearly all of the prose is written with a Welsh cadence For a native English reader, it is difficult to adjust to that The content of the book is very difficult, in no sense a light romance but far of a historical political fiction with a romance to the side It is violent, and dark, and complex Probably not for everyone.


    26. Vintage Balogh Loved all the historical details included in this book Also liked how the main characters struggle with what is right and what is acceptable A bit repetitive Also, Alex the hero seems too good to be true Did not have the magic some of Balogh s other books, like Slightly Dangerous.


    27. Romance genre often scoffed at, but this author has fabulous characters and true to life situations plus interesting historical background Her books are always a great read and she gets better with each book.


    28. The worst book by this author I have ever read, and I have read them all Dialogue was stilted and boring, the characters were without humor or conversation Plot was convoluted, contrived, and dull there was nothing about this book I liked.


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