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A Chance Encounter (Mainwaring, #1) by Mary Balogh

Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. After a disastrous episode that left her with a broken heart and a reputationthat was nearly ruined, Elizabeth Rossiter sought safety by taking a positionfar away from London society. But now, the one man in endounter world she had hopednever to see again moved into her life!

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To ask other readers questions about A Chance Encounterplease sign up. Lists with This Book. The beginning was very promising with shades of Persuasion in it. I was content and happy to immerse in the narrative. And then the sound of warning bells turned into a huge cacophony with the big revelation somewhere in the middle. So weak was the motive and circumstance for the two lovers to be apart that the author had to keep explaining how the divide between these two could have happened.

The more she over-explained, the more convoluted and unbelievable it became and the more I disliked the characters.

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Definitely not the story I chanxe recommend. View all 4 comments. Jul 30, Ivy H rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. Lots of repetitive eye rolling occurred during the reading of this novel.

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This second chance storyline was based on a trope that is one of my least favourites in romance: The MC’s were young lovers almost reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, except that there was no family feud. The MC’s met during Elizabeth’s debut season in London. xhance

They fell in love and got married secretly, because the H Robert was the younger son of a marquess who expected him to marry an heires Lots of repetitive eye rolling occurred during the reading of this novel. They fell in love and got married secretly, because the H Robert was the younger son of a marquess who expected him to marry an heiress. Sncounter was the daughter of an impoverished, gamblerholic, alcoholic Baron.

Robert was in his early 20’s and the heroine was Robert also had a rich uncle who felt that Elizabeth’s pedigree was was unsuitable and this meddling manipulator took it upon himself to make a deal with the heroine’s gold digging father. The MC’s had only spent a weekend in each encountef company, after they were married secretly, when Robert received news that his father and older brother had died. He left Elizabeth with his kind grandmother and went to make funeral arrangements etc. This is where the first major eyerolling occurred.


Why didn’t the H take his new wife with him and introduce her to the rest of his family especially the sly uncle. Then, to make things worse, the heroine didn’t stay with her grand mother-in-law even though she’d promised to do bakogh.

Instead, she went back home and her meddling father got angry because he’d wanted her to marry a wealthy man. At chancce point in the story, Robert was in financial difficulties chhance both his late father and brother had been gamblers and spendthrifts.

Elizabeth’s mercenary dad felt he’d been cheated out of a chance to make some easy money. It didn’t occur to him that he was the one who had been expected according to regency era customs to encounteer a dowry for his daughter.

Anyway, the heroine’s churlish dad met with the H’s rich uncle ecnounter made a deal. Robert’s cunning uncle hated the idea of his nephew, who was now the Marquess of Hetherington, sullying the family name by being married to Elizabeth. He x Elizabeth’s father, to the sum of 10 pounds, to assist him in breaking up the MC’s marriage. Elizabeth’s greedy father took the money and then lied to the heroine, telling her that Robert planned to divorce her since he wanted a bride with better pedigree to be his marchioness.

He also provided some forged letters. Robert’s uncle and Elizabeth’s father went even further with their duplicitous plan: Robert did turn up to look for Elizabeth but her father sent him away. It pissed me off that the H hadn’t insisted on seeing her himself and confronting her because this would’ve cleared up the misunderstanding. Thus began the era of intense eye rolling, on the part of this reader! The MC’s both hate each other, as a result of the misunderstanding, yet they’re both too proud to confront each other about what had happened.

They spent all their time trading insults, ignoring each other and trying to make each other jealous. This was where the storyline seemed a trifle weak to me. Too much time was spent on the monotonous chronicling of day to day social encoujter, dinners etc. The MC’s didn’t even spend a lot of time in each other’s company because they were always part of a larger group of people when they were together.

Robert also seemed particularly hateful and cynical. He kept accusing Elizabeth of being a greedy gold digger but never elaborated or never used encoutner logic to ask her why she often seemed puzzled at his accusations. Fncounter heroine was also a bit lacking in common sense because she never asked him why he made such accusations.

The storyline was livened up a little by the inclusion of a wannabe OW and a wannabe OM. The OW was a vicious bitch who kept chasing after Robert and warning off every woman who spoke to him more than 3 times! The OM was a wonderful man; in fact, I almost wished Elizabeth had ended up with him because he had the requisite characteristics of a hero: Mainwaring the wannabe OM was also the H’s best friend and Robert refused to divorce Elizabeth to allow her to re-marry.

My final bit of ebcounter eye rolling occurred after the MC’s discovered how they’d been duped by his uncle and her father. Robert apologized for the way he’d treated her when they’d met again and he told her he still loved her so much that he’d been celibate all these years they’ve been apart!

The balogy heroine refused to reconcile with him: And I thank you very much for coming. A Chance Encounter Kindle Locations This scene was awful. She actually forced him to leave enconter if it hadn’t been for the intervention of balogb brother then the MC’s would’ve continued to be estranged.


Robert had to kidnap her to prevent her from leaving to go work for a new family as their governess. Elizabeth’s rationale for her behaviour was her fear of being hurt and disillusioned again. Cchance found it understandable but also unacceptable because it made her seem like a such a weakling. And, she had been a very strong heroine throughout baligh story, so the author’s plot twist made her character appear to be somewhat inconsistent.

But, the H redeemed himself by chanve her and grovelling once again: I am afraid to love again. Can you bear to think of the emptiness? I need you and I believe you need me just as much. Come back to me, love.

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This was fairly good and could’ve been fabulous if the middle bulk of the story hadn’t been so focused on boring everyday stuff with even more boring minor characters. Both MC’s had been celibate during their separation but the author did include the wannabe OM and OW to add jealous angst to the storyline.

This is the H, Robert: This is the heroine, Elizabeth: Nov 04, Twiggy rated it it was ok Shelves: Well normally I love Encouunter Balogh, but this is one of her earlier books and just made me want to scream. As other reviewers have pointed out this is based on a big Misunderstanding, which makes absolutely NO sense whatsoever. The heroine Elizabeth Rossiter is working as a Companian to the 18 year old Cecily.

The nearby manor is occupied by the owner and some guests. It turns out that one of those is the Marquess of Hetherington and that he and Elizabeth have a Past. The first pages and so are Wncounter normally I love Mary Balogh, but this is one of her earlier encounte and just made me want to scream.

The first pages and so are related to their meetings in company, the fact that he seems to hate her, and some reminiscences and flash backs etc.

When Elizabeth’s ba,ogh falls ill, she panics and says that she must get home as soon as possible. Heatherington announces that he will take her as after all she is his wife. They then have a squabble about whether or not they are divorced and he tells her that they are not and in fact they are still married.

The h and h go off to see the nephew and get on ok although she is uncomfortable and does eventually chase him off. She loves him but would rather suffer his absence. The h returns to her life of servitude. The hero comes after her and asks her why she left him for money.

She denies it and tells him that he abandoned her. It occurs to the heroine after she has chased the h off that he may have believed what he said and there may have been a misunderstanding.

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