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Question about the Bedwyn Saga by Mary Balogh

 
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mirole



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:36 am    Post subject: Question about the Bedwyn Saga by Mary Balogh Reply with quote

I have read most of the books from the series ( Slightly Married, Slightly Scandalous and Slightly Tempted) which I enjoyed (the last one the least).

I am very much interested in the Duke of Bewcastle's story but there was no reference whatsoever to his personal life in Slightly Tempted. The last I heard from the previous books was he was in a relationship with a mistress.

Do I need to read through the next book just for the sake of bits and pieces of his story or can I safely proceed to Slightly Dangerous?
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PatW



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are only interested in his personal life, by all means skip to Slightly Dangerous.

Slightly Sinful, Alleyne's book has a great vignette of Wulfric at the end but it isn't necessary to read it first IMO.
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mirole



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, PatW.
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LFL



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Pat, Slightly Sinful is IMO the weakest in the series and you won't miss much on the Wulfric front if you skip it. The most important Wulfric moments in the earlier books IMO are in Slightly Married, when he comes to Aidan and Eve's aid, and in Slightly Tempted, when Morgan observes him in a vulnerable moment. If you've read those, I think you're good to go on to Slightly Dangerous.
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mirole



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you too, LFL.

Yes, I remember these moments from the previous books.

I just did not want to miss if the death of his long-time mistress was mentioned in Slightly Sinful.
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LFL



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't remember anything like that. I think they just part company, and it's referenced in Slightly Dangerous.

How did you like the Bedwyn books you read?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mirole wrote:
I just did not want to miss if the death of his long-time mistress was mentioned in Slightly Sinful.


It's covered in the beginning of Slightly Dangerous
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His mistress does die and, I think from memory, that he is actually with her right to the end. Copy is boxed up until building works complete. It is referenced towards the start of SD.

Vulnerable moment in Alleyne's book is directly related to moment in Morgan's book that someone has already mentioned.

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mirole



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, everyone. I am now convinced that I can skip one book and proceed to SD.

LFL: I love Mary Balogh. Sheís one of my go-to authors when I get frustrated after reading some awful, week or so-so romances (others are Linda Howard, Sandra Brown and Georgette Heyer).
I still have a lot of books that I have not read by each of these authors.

On the whole I loved the books in the Slightly series and the prequel Ė The Summer to Remember. I love the family and characters, descriptions of life in town and on the estates.

Of the three books Iíve read so far, I liked Frejaís book the most, then Aidanís but Morganís not so much. What I did not like was that in my mind it was a bit unfocused, as if MB did not quite know what to write about and how to develop their story. Also Gervase for me was a bit too reminiscent of Josh, Frejaís husband. Same laughing eyes, lazy smile. So it was a bit repetitive for me. Hís behaviour in the middle of the book was inconsistent with his character I thought.

Still, reading Mary Balogh is a great pleasure for me and Iíll continue reading her books.
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