Author: Mary Balogh
Provided Synopsis: After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.
Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms.
Review: In The Escape, the somewhat recently widowed Samantha needs to flee from the overbearing rules of her late husband’s family. Rather than be forced to live according to the desires of others she chooses to remove herself to Wales, which was the home of her deceased mother before she fled to London. Major Sir Benedict Harper had become acquainted with Samantha by way of a horseback riding accident gone wrong, and considers it to be his duty to accompany her to Wales for protection. In Wales, Samantha discovers a home she can be a part of and a family she never knew she had. Along the way, she and Benedict manage to fall in love.
Unfortunately, instead of being involved within this story I coasted through the pages aimlessly; towards the end of the book I was so bored with the predictability and long-windedness that I began to skim to the end. In my opinion the problem with the pairing of Samantha and Ben is that I was told they had fallen in love rather than shown it. Yes, the two of them have conversations to open themselves up to one another, but I did not feel any emotion beneath the dialogue to fuel this romance. I wanted a lot more from this story than what I received.