First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh kicks off her newest family series with a book that seems eerily familiar. I'm not quite sure why, but First Comes Marriage seems to echo both themes and characters from Slightly Dangerous, the finale to her Bedwyn series.

Now, First Comes Marriage is not a bad book. It is a bit formal and exact, tending to show the attention to detail that comes from Balogh's background as a Signet Regency author. If I hadn't read the OTHER book about an effervescent female lead character and a stuck up nobleman, I might have enjoyed it a bit more.

The good news is that the secondary characters in this series are MORE interesting than the leads--which means that the subsequent installments (issued monthly) should provide a bit more entertainment. One has to wonder if Balogh is unaware of how much she copied herself. Or if she's running out of stories to tell.

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