Only a Promise (Survivor's Club #5)
Signet / June 9, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital
Ralph Stockwood prides himself on being a leader, but when he convinced his friends to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, he never envisioned being the sole survivor. Racked with guilt over their deaths, Ralph must move on...and find a wife so as to secure an heir to his family’s title and fortune.
Since her Seasons in London ended in disaster, Chloe Muirhead is resigned to spinsterhood. Driven by the need to escape her family, she takes refuge at the home of her mother’s godmother, where she meets Ralph. He needs a wife. She wants a husband. So Chloe makes an outrageous suggestion: Strike a bargain and get married. One condition: Ralph has to promise that he will never take her back to London. But circumstances change. And to Ralph, it was only a promise.
In the fifth book in her Survivors’ Club series, Mary Balogh proves that she can take a marriage of convenience, one of the oldest and most frequently used tropes in romance fiction, and create a story that is original and unmistakably Balogh. Only a Promise is a tale of two unhappy people uncertain of their very identities who marry with limited expectations and in the process discover themselves as well as a happily-ever-after.