New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh weaves a sensuous spell of romance that brings together the unlikeliest pair of lovers in the unlikeliest. Read “A Precious Jewel” by Mary Balogh with Rakuten Kobo. BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh’s The Secret Mistress. “A Precious Jewel,” by Mary Balogh. The Chick: Priscilla “Priss” Wentworth. When the deaths of her father and brother left her destitute, she fled.

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I usually avoid them like the plague but for some reason I wanted to learn why Priss chose this lifestyle. Set up a giveaway. Continue shopping Checkout Continue preciuos.

Gerald was irritating at times and clueless even, but finally things dawn on him and when they do he goes all out to win the woman he loves. The lovemaking in A Precious Jewel follows the development of the relationship.

He was indeed a creature of habit—he had told the truth in saying that.

View all 4 comments. Finally a man got it right! On his own, I wouldn’t have continued to read more about this unlikable man. Her fellow authors agreed with her. The plot is well constructed in how it shows the growth of the characters and their tendencies to fall back on what they know when they’re afraid or insecure. I like it more than The Ideal Wife.

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The story is slow and detailed, but every moment is necessary to make the progression feel real. So why was this confirmed bachelor so thoroughly captivated by one woman in particular? I initially was unsure if her gentle, saint-like qualities would translate into “doormat heroine,” but yeah It was sandwiched between their master-mistress pattern with a strong enough emphasis of his being her master and her his slave that the brief time of equal love didn’t seem enough to turn the tides for a long-term romance.


As I sit at my computer writing this review, I am a mess. Regardless, love blossoms s-l-o-w-l-y like a time lapse flowering in a National Geographic nature show.

All of the characters in the book were likeable, even if one feels like slapping the hero on the head a few times. Books by Mary Balogh.

Similarly, this shelf is where books that I am warned about stay—untouched and unread—unless a very compelling reason forces me to read them. Priscilla, uncomplaining as always, complies with her employer.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? But due to a large amount of spam attacks, had to make commenting a lot harder. So these two had an interesting relationship.

The heroine, Priscilla, was rather more interesting, in the sense that she had least had balofh spine, a strong will, and the ability to remain optimist and confident in her ability to make the most out of her life.

The courage of the heroine is commendable. Aug 27, Leona rated it liked it Shelves: We are experiencing technical difficulties.

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And when he thought carefully about the girl, he had to admit that there was nothing about her that he would miss. As Balogh explains, the book is a preciouz from her traditional Regencies. Even Gerald was confused about her love for him since he wasn’t at all hero material.

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Jewe, Once and Future Duke. Still reeling with the shock of it all, I’ve come to the Internets to find out if other people reacted similarly and instead I’ve learned that it’s a much loved, much praised book. But Sir Gerald Stapleton frequented Mrs. Where are the rakes and rogues?

Overall, I enjoyed this book. He has not ever prdcious her. I can’t tell you how many times I get to the end and say, “No, I’m not convinced.

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But that originality does not make up for the flaws. His behavior to the heroine makes perfect sense, so I have no problems about that, but he struck me as being a ptecious functioning autistic, and that made me a tad uncomfortable.

A Precious Jewel is a slow moving book. After waiting quite some time to hear This book runs parallel to The Ideal Wife, beginning before that book and ending after it completes. All I want you to do is lie still.