• Title: The Wood Nymph
  • Author: Mary Balogh
  • ISBN: 9780451146502
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Wood Nymph How could she love a man whom she could only despise How could Lady Helen Wade possibly love a gentleman like William Mainwaring handsome and wealthy as he might be How could she love this object of
    How could she love a man whom she could only despise How could Lady Helen Wade possibly love a gentleman like William Mainwaring, handsome and wealthy as he might be How could she love this object of her two older sisters matrimonial designs How could she love this cad who was shockingly involved with another man s wife How could she love this rogue who shamelessly employHow could she love a man whom she could only despise How could Lady Helen Wade possibly love a gentleman like William Mainwaring, handsome and wealthy as he might be How could she love this object of her two older sisters matrimonial designs How could she love this cad who was shockingly involved with another man s wife How could she love this rogue who shamelessly employed his seductive skills on an innocent young country miss he came upon in the woods especially when he was so successful in planting Eros s arrows and when his willing victim was Helen herself

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    1. One of Mary Balogh's older titles and one I knew little about before starting and I'll admit I was a bit worried after reading a few chapters.Heartbroken at the loss of Elizabeth in A Chance Encounter, William Mainwaring retreats to his country estate and meets the unworldly Helen Wade in the woods one day. She soothes his soul until he flees in panic after seducing her. He then faces the almost impossible task of redeeming himself in her eyes.Lady Helen Wade and William Mainwaring came together [...]

    2. The Wood Nymph was published in 1986, making it a very early Mary Balogh book. It is a sequel to A Chance Encounter. It begins with a chance meeting of William Mainwaring and Lady Helen Wade in a forest glen on his property. But he does not know that Helen is a Lady. She is dressed in a simple dress and she tells him her name is Nell. Both William and Helen are inexperienced virgins. That may explain how they came to making love twice.After the second time they made love, Helen tells William she [...]

    3. I have mixed feeling about this book. It could have been a 4 star. It could have. For 2/3 of the book I can understand the heroine's acts, considering her eccentric nature. As a matter of fact, she is an interesting character: a bit spoilt in her eccentricities, yet so down-to-earth and carefree. But then nearing the end, she became a bit too much. As for the hero, I understand why some people may find him a jerk during the first half. But, again, I think his character development is good. He's [...]

    4. In this very early Balogh title, the hero is a 31 year old virgin, due to having been raised in virtual isolation from society by his reclusive grandfather. The heroine is very young, naive, and an eccentric 'child of nature'. Bringing this improbable couple together makes this a rather tortuous read. However, there are scenes and motifs that Balogh uses more effectively in later novels: tree climbing, swimming, observations about the difficulty of capturing the beauty of nature in art, and idea [...]

    5. This book surprised me. I went into reading this thinking I was making a mistake, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. However, I really enjoyed this book. The only qualms I have with it is that the ending felt cut off. I would've given four stars if the ending had been extended enough to tell how they had settled into life together and how her friends/family/society considered them.

    6. A bit sexist and Madonna-Whorey. The girl acted like a twit in the latter half. The man was a self-indulgent, self-righteous blowhard at times. The poetry and contemplation of nature parts of the book were enjoyable.

    7. For all the searching and trying to borrow a copy, not one of Mary Balogh's best efforts. It only gets three stars because Elizabeth and Robert from the first book in this "series" "A Chance Encounter" make a reappearance and make the story palatable.William is the hero and trying to heal the heart broken over Elizabeth returning to her estranged husband, Robert who happens to be William's best friend. William is easing his sorrow by checking out all his properties in England and Scotland. At hi [...]

    8. Supposedly what happens to Mainwaring after he gets rejected by heroine on first book. It was too flighty. And dunno. Just weird and off-putting.The heroine is described as an immature child and I am deeply uncomfortable with the idea of a grown man lusting over romanticised childlike qualities, irrelevant to age or something.

    9. I'm pleased to see that a number of Mary Balogh's earlier romances are now available in digital e-book format, and so have purchased them, as much to see how my favorite romance author has matured in style and content over the years, as to simply enjoy some lightweight reading after several weeks of Medieval mysteries and murders. The Wood Nymph hit the spot with a romance that is more character driven than a plot with hidden secrets or dark mysteries to be solved. Perfect for an evening or two [...]

    10. One of the very few Baloghs I don't own but it's just not worth the huge prices being asked for it. Such a wet dish rag heroine -- and rather idiotic too. Morgan Bedwyn is a much more poised, honourable version of the heroine of The Wood Nymph. You'll want to read it tho, especially if you enjoyed "A Chance Encounter".

    11. Estrelas - 4,5 William foi bem criado pelo avô, porém muito isolado no campo e cresceu tímido, sem muito contato coma as pessoas, visto que o avô era um ermitão. Sendo assim quando o avô morreu, ele vai para cidade e torna-se mais sociável e faz amizade com Robert Hethering. Por coincidência ele se apaixona pela a esposa do amigo sem saber e quando estes reatam, ele desiludido se refugia no campo.Lá ele encontra uma jovem (Helen), em suas terras e eles começam a ter um relacionamento e [...]

    12. Staid and traditionalWhile certainly not the worst romance novel I've read, there is not much here to excite the modern reader. Too much interior monologue as characters debate their own shortcomings, not enough hot sex, and a female protagonist who talks about how she needed a man who would make decisions for her and "be strong." Bleh. The writing is bearable, but the story and characters are outdated and bland.

    13. I liked this book a lot, though not my favourite of this author, it was sweet. I do think that the characters were a little immature, and perhaps underdeveloped, but they had redeemable qualities.

    14. Well written and I enjoyed most of the book, except the last few chapters. They were mostly inner thoughts of the H/h and I found myself skipping parts and sighing in annoyance.

    15. short. nice, but a little strange. helen is very young and immature, although she recognizes this and grows up within the story.

    16. I love how Balogh's couples are full of human flaws. The book had the potential of being twee, but in the end if felt real.

    17. The story of Lady Helen Wade, the youngest of a country Earl's daughters, and William Mainwaring, their rich new neighbor.Helen is a naive girl, used to living in her own little world, daydreaming and being generally unconventional. She enjoys spending time in the woods, where she has a favorite spot, and has avoided meeting the visiting Mr. Mainwaring by escaping there.As luck would have it, William is a pretty introverted individual himself, and values some alone time. In one of his walks in t [...]

    18. Charming ending for poor William MainwaringI hope that Helen and William are very happy. They are each unusual characters and deserve one another. The request that William plan for her is a bit odd, but maybe that is an expression of Helen's desire to live a life of dreamy freedom.

    19. Disappointing taleUnusual for Ms. Balogh , a kind of silly story Both the protagonists are ninnyhammers they deserve each other. No real story line. A lot of prosing on and on about feelings of two people who come across as dumb bunnies

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