Simply Perfect

Written by Mary Balogh
Review by Nan Curnutt

Simply Perfect is the fourth and final installment in Mary Balogh’s Simply series set in Regency England, where four teachers from Miss Martin’s School for Girls find the men of their dreams. This book is about the schoolmistress herself, Claudia Martin. Ms. Martin is old enough to be considered on the shelf. When the Marquess of Attingsborough arrives to escort her to London, she tries to keep a professional distance, but finds herself drawn to him in spite of her dislike of the aristocracy, and in spite of the fact he has a beautiful, perfect fiancée. Soon the marquess is sharing his deepest secret with Miss Martin and asking for her help. This draws the two even closer together.

Mary Balogh is a skillful and prolific novel writer. Her main characters are independent and forward-thinking for their time. This novel is no exception, and although the secondary characters lack the depth she usually infuses in them, this novel is a satisfactory conclusion to the Simply series.