In The Arrangement, the second book in her Survivors Club series (The Proposal is the first), Mary Balogh has created a sweet and charming romance. Vincent has been blinded in war and has escaped to his cottage, away from his sisters and mother, to avoid their smothering and matchmaking. A kind and caring man, Vincent dreams of being more independent. Sophia has had a difficult life, knowing little love or affection from family. At a local gathering, Sophia finds herself in the position of rescuing Vincent from a husband-hunting cousin but is punished by being banished by her home. Vincent comes to her rescue and proposes and arrangement. As these two characters come to understand each other and as their relationship grows, they offer each other love, respect and independence. Mary Balogh is a master at creating characters are likeable, appealing and believable and stories that are touching and filled with both humor and romance. (Don’t let the cheesy cover prevent you from reading this one!) If you enjoy books by Mary Balogh, you might also like Mary Jo Putney or Jo Beverley.