The Gilded Web

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress. From one of America's most beloved storytellers comes a classic love storythe breathtaking tale of a man and a woman caught in a web of temptation and seduction. All she wanted was to escape the hot, crowded London ballroom. But moments after stepping into the bitterly cold night, she is seized by a pair of strong hands and spirited away. Fully expecting to be ravished, sheltered Alexandra Purnell instead finds herself at the mercy of the man who saved her from certain scandal. Edmund, Earl of Amberley, is bold and sensual, tempting Alexandra to be reckless for the first time in her life. But as passion ignites, Edmund's offer of marriage takes Alexandra completely by surprise. Now a woman who craves her freedom above all else is about to discover how far one man will go to protect and possess the woman he loves.

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By Christine (Fort Myers, FL) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 11, 2010
The issues the heroine had were unbelievable in general, especially so given the historical setting. She goes from being completely submissive (to an ogre of a father) to rejecting marraige (to someone she loves) because she wants to assert herself and be free. The pacing, dialogue and character... ...more
By Charlene (Lawrenceburg, KY) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 23, 2010
I liked all the characters in the book, with the exception of the heroine, Alexandra, and her father. Alexandra was so wishy-washy that I wanted to smack her. She had it made and still kept whining. ...more
By Carolyn F. (Carmichael, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · May 21, 2010
Alexandra drove me bananas and I thought Edmund would be better off without her. That's the only reason I gave this book a bad rating. ...more
By Pınar (Istanbul, 34, Turkey) · ★☆☆☆☆ · October 19, 2014
Böyle sıkıcı kitapların yazılması kanunen yasaklanmalı. Yazarın içine Cartland kaçmış sanırım. Ara ara da kendine gelip günümüz hikayeleri gibi yazmış. Ama olmamış yine de. Akşamdan beri bitireceğim diye içim bayıldı. Müsaitseniz size aşık olabilir miyim tarzı kitaplar, bu türde pek çekilmiyor. H... ...more
By ѕєяєηιтι (İstanbul, 34, Turkey) · ★★★☆☆ · December 30, 2013
sıkıldım yaaaw. karakterler çoğu yerde anlamsız davranışlar sergiledi.. başlangıçta aslında çok ilgimi çekti konu ama sonrası gelmedi..

3 yıldız bir yıldız yazarın hatrına ...more
By Linda (Cleveland, OH) · ★★☆☆☆ · October 06, 2010
This is early Mary Balogh reissued and she's grown as a writer since then, that's a very good thing because if she'd have stayed at this level she wouldn't be as popular.

First of all, she crams too much in when there are sequels afoot. The minor characters that will star in their own books take t... ...more
By Lady Wesley (Washington, DC) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 15, 2012
Ugh. A very unsatisfying Mary Balogh book.

I alternated between feeling sorry for the heroine -- whose religious fanatic father was unloving and downright abusive -- and feeling completely out of patience with her. To an extent, I could understand her overwhelming desire for "freedom," even thoug... ...more