One Night for Love (Bedwyn Saga Series)

One Night for Love (Bedwyn Saga Series)

by Mary Balogh

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One reckless man . . . One passionate woman.

Enter the world of Mary Balogh—the glittering ballrooms and vast country estates of Regency-era England, where romance, with all its mystery, magic, and surprises, comes vibrantly alive.

It was a perfect morning in May . . .

Neville Wyatt, Earl of Kilbourne, awaited his bride at the altar—when a ragged beggar woman raced down the aisle instead. The cream of the ton saw him stare, shocked, then declare that this was his wife! One night of passion was all he remembered as he beheld Lily, the woman he'd wed, loved, and lost on the battlefield in Portugal. Now he said he'd honor his commitment to her—regardless of the gulf that lay between them.

Then Lily spoke her mind . . .

She said she wanted only to start a new life—wanted only a husband who truly loved her. She had to leave him to learn how to meet his world on her terms. So Lily agreed to earn her keep as his aunt's companion and study the genteel arts. Soon she was the toast of the ton, every inch a countess fit for the earl, who vowed to prove to his remarkable wife that what he felt for her was far more than desire, that what he wanted from her was much more than . . . One Night for Love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307796097
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Series: Bedwyn Saga Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 47,301
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling, multi-award-winning author Mary Balogh grew up in Wales, land of sea and mountains, song and legend. She brought music and a vivid imagination with her when she came to Canada to teach. There she began a second career as a writer of books that always end happily and always celebrate the power of love. There are over four million copies of her Regency romances and historical romances in print.

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Despite the early hour and the chilly weather, the yard of the White Horse Inn in Fetter Lane, London, was crowded and noisy. The stagecoach for the West Country was preparing to make its daily run. Few passengers had yet boarded; most were milling about anxiously to see that their luggage had been properly stowed. Hawkers attempted to sell their wares to passengers for whom the day would be long and tedious. Grooms bustled about their business. Ragged children, when they were not being shooed back into the street, darted about, feeding on the excitement.

The guard blew his horn, a deafening warning that the coach would be departing within a few minutes and anyone with a ticket would be well advised to climb aboard.

Captain Gordon Harris, looking smart in the green regimentals of the Ninety-fifth Rifles, and his young wife, who was warmly and modishly dressed, looked somewhat out of place in such inelegant surroundings. But they were not themselves passengers. They had accompanied a woman to the White Horse in order to see her on her way.

Her appearance was in marked contrast to theirs. While she was clean and tidy, she was undeniably shabby. She wore a simple high-waisted cotton dress with a shawl for warmth. Both garments looked well worn and well washed. Her bonnet, which had perhaps once been pretty even if never quite modish, had clearly shielded its wearer from one too many rainstorms. Its wide brim was limp and misshapen. She was a young woman--indeed, she was so small and so slight of frame that she might at first glance have been mistaken for a mere girl. But there was something about her that drew second, more lingering glances from several of the men who were busy about their various tasks. There were beauty and grace and some indefinable air of femininity about her to proclaim that she was indeed a woman.

"I must be getting into the coach," she said with a smile for the captain and his wife. "You need not stay here any longer. It is too cold to be standing about." She held out both her slim hands to Mrs. Harris, though she looked alternately at both of them. "How will I ever be able to thank you sufficiently for all you have done for me?"

Tears sprang to Mrs. Harris's eyes, and she enfolded the young woman tightly in her arms. "We have done nothing of any great significance," she said. "And now we are abandoning you to travel on the stage, the very cheapest form of transportation, when you might have gone more respectably by post chaise or at the very worst by the mailcoach."

"I have borrowed enough from you," the young woman said, "without indulging in needless extravagances."

"Borrowed." Mrs. Harris removed a lace-edged handkerchief from her reticule and dabbed at her eyes with it.

"It is still not too late to alter your plans, you know." Captain Harris took one of the young woman's hands in both of his own. "Come back to our hotel with us for breakfast and I shall write that letter even before I eat, and send it on its way. I daresay there will be an answer within the week."

"No, sir," she told him quite firmly, though she smiled. "I cannot wait. I must go."

He did not argue further but sighed, patted her hand, and then impulsively pulled her into a hug as his wife had done. By that time she was in danger of losing the inside seat he had quite adamantly insisted upon. He had even slipped the coachman a tip to ensure her a window seat for the long journey to the village of Upper Newbury in Dorsetshire. But a large woman, who looked as if she might be ready to take on any coachman or any army captain who dared cross her, or indeed both at once, was already settling herself into the only window seat still available.

The young woman had to squeeze herself into a middle seat. But she did not appear to share the captain's wrath. She smiled and lifted a hand in farewell. As she did so, the guard's horn blew again as a warning to everyone nearby that the stage was about to begin its journey.

Mrs. Harris's gloved hand was still raised in an answering farewell wave after the stagecoach had rumbled out of the yard, turned onto the street, and disappeared from sight.

"I have never in my life known anyone so stubborn," she said, using her handkerchief again. "Or anyone so dear. What will become of her, Gordon?"

The captain sighed once more. "I fear she is doing the wrong thing," he said. "Almost a year and a half has passed, and what seemed like madness even at the time will doubtless be a total impossibility now. But she does not understand."

"Her sudden appearance is going to come as a dreadful shock," Mrs. Harris said. "Oh, foolish girl to have refused to delay even a few days while you wrote a letter. How will she manage, Gordon? She is so small and so frail and so--so innocent. I fear for her."

"For as long as I have known Lily," Captain Harris replied, "she has looked much the same, though admittedly she is thinner than she used to be. The appearance of fragility and innocence are largely illusory, though. We know that she has been through a great deal that would severely test the roughest and toughest of my men. But she must have experienced worse things that we can only imagine."

"I prefer not even to try," his wife said fervently.

"She has survived, Maisie," he reminded her, "with her pride and her courage intact. And her sweetness too--she seems not to have been embittered. Despite everything there still appears to be more than a touch of innocence about her."

"What will he do when she arrives?" she asked as they began to walk back to their hotel for breakfast. "Oh dear, he really ought to have been warned."

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One Night for Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely story. It is definitely a romance for grown-ups: Two people in love, unashamed of expressing their feelings, staying true, no regrets. Both Lily and Neville are admirable and affecting characters, and the author doesn't put artificial barriers in their way for the sake of the drama. Truly enjoyed this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my very first romance book i ever read. and it always has been my favorite! i just love the chemistry between neville and lily. i'll never ever forget the story. if you liked that one you'll like the following book that follows Lauren, the girl he left at the alters story. then the bredwyn family stories following that!
CherryBlossom More than 1 year ago
I read this novel in one sitting. It is a easy read and full of love and promise. Lily is the main character along with Neville, the Earl of Kilbourne. They had met and fallen in love in another lifetime of war and fear. He was of the ton and she was merely a soldier's daughter. Her soldier father dies on the battleground and Neville, his superior officer, promises to care for his daughter Lily. He immediately marries her and protects her from being captured by the French. The French will treat her with care and will not harm her as long as they know she is married to an English officer and a gentleman. Lily is shot and left to be dead. Neville also receives a small graze on his forehead that leaves him unconscious. He returns to his life back in England and prepares to marry Lauren, a childhood friend. Suddenly, Lily appears at his wedding. Neville is stunned to see her and surprises his bride to be and his guests by telling them she is his wife. He had thought her to be dead and now she is before him dressed in beggars clothes. Lily tries to be the Countess she has become. She can not read or write. She has no talents. She does not know how to be an upper class lady. She only wants to be free and carefree. Lily learns to become a lady by a tutoring Elizabeth. She still is madly in love with Neville but leaves him because she has no self worth to be a Countess. She finds someone is trying to kill her and she does not know the reason. Neville tries to court her once again to make him his bride. The trials she must go through is worthwhile reading. Their love is as deep as can be and her past is resolved slowly but surely. I enjoyed the book and look forward to more of Mary Balogh's stories. Cherry Blossom
Ross79 More than 1 year ago
Wow i love this book it makes your imagination fly! it makes you wish u where lily all i have to say is WOW!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolutely beautiful, romantic, love story. So refreshing. This is my first book by MB. It will not be my last. Her writing is so touching, drawing you so close to the characters. The relationships are very well developed. I cried in sadness and in joy. So many historical romance novels today are just lust/sex. This one has a love so strong. So refreshing to read a novel with depth. Thanks MB.
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Anniik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting book. It's the first book in the world of the Bedwyns - while they are not in this book at all, Lauren, the jilted bride in this book, continues on to marry Kit Butler in "A Summer to Remember." While perhaps not the best written of Balogh's book, this book has its own charms. Lily is an interesting character - ethereal, beautiful, but not quite real, while Neville is honorable and kind and wants only to do the right thing. Watching Lily come into herself is interesting as well. I enjoyed this book a great deal despite the strange aura it passes on to the reader.
Misfit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A silly, trite and oh so predictable regency romance. The story opens as Neville Wyatt Earl of Killbourne is preparing to wed his childhood friend and in walks the bedraggled Lily - the wife he thought dead and no one knew existed. Back flash to a year ago when Neville served in the military and Lily's father died and Neville married her for protection - a bit of a stretch there as her father was a sergeant and Neville heir to an earldom and a major. Oh well. They have "one night of love" and then Lily is believed to have died after suffering from a gunshot wound. Now flash back to present and Neville's got a sticky wicket on his hands with an illiterate lower class wife, although he is still in love with her. The story continues as Neville's aunt Elizabeth takes Lily in hand to teach her to read, dress and act the part of a lady and of course she's a smash and all the _Ton_ think she's the greatest thing since sliced cheese. There's also a mystery about her true parentage and she has several mysterious accidents -- is someone trying to kill her? Did I make that sound exciting enough to make you run out and buy this? I hope not, as while reasonably entertaining as a regency romance it's certainly not the best out there either. One dimensional characters (with incredibly silly names at that) and a very very predictable plot (figured most of it out before page 100) all add up to a very average read IMO, although it does well enough for when one is in the mood for a mid-work week non brain taxing read. If you are dead set on reading this, get it from the library first and then buy it if you love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few of Ms. Balogh's books. She has never disappointed. I equate this story even with Ms. Syeele's Zoya. A true live story and I greatly enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of joy and pain. Read it and weep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out quite contrived but got much better as it went on.
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silentkey More than 1 year ago
very well written and enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the only books i have read by this author, book was ok, i agree w/the other post that plot of the book was stretched but then again that's why they call it fiction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He smiled and waited for her to turn da shower on then after a few minutes he sat on her bed and ate a few chocolate chip cookies. He qent downstairs and asked the maid for some vodka. He got the vodka and walked back to her room
Guest More than 1 year ago