Posted by: Jennifer | September 19, 2007

Simply Magic – Mary Balogh

Balogh, Mary. Simply Magic. (New York: Delacorte, 2007), 9780385338233.

Main Characters: Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf and Susanna Osbourne.

Series: Miss Martin’s School for Girls in Bath 

  • Simply Unforgettable – Frances Allard and Lucius Marshall
  • Simply Love – Anne Jewell and Sydnam Butler
  • Simply Magic – Susanna Osbourne and Peter Edgecombe, Viscount Whitleaf
  • Simply Perfect – Claudia Martin and Joseph Fawcitt, Marquess of Attingsborough(yet to be released)

My Thoughts:

I kind of have a love/hate relationship with Mary Balogh’s works – some I absolutely love and others I can’t finish. I was actually a bit surprised by how much I enjoyed Simply Magic. I was hooked right from the start. Susanna Osbourne and Peter Edgecombe, Viscount Whitleaf are wonderful characters who seem so right for each other – in spite of the problems that threaten to separate them. Initially, Susanna wants nothing to do with Peter. She recognizes the Whitleaf title from her family’s past association with the Edgecombes. Susanne certainly has reason to try and distance herself from Peter. However, he is persistent – and eventually, Susanna allows herself to actually like Peter and become his friend.

The issues that threaten to separate Susanna and Peter surround her father and his suicide. Peter’s mother played a role (a rather significant one), in Charles Osbourne’s decision to take his own life. One the aspects I thought quite fitting was the way in which Peter works to help Susanna find closure. He pushes her to talk to the family with whom she once lived and to learn about her father’s last wishes. I do think that I would have found it difficult to forgive Peter’s mother for her role – she is definitely an unlikable character. All in all, this book made me happy!



  1. […] Sinclair. Simply Love, the story of Anne Jewell and Sydnam Butler, is the second book. Third comes Simply Magic, the story of Susanna Osbourne and Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf. Simply Perfectis the fourth […]

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