I finished "The Secret Pearl" last night, as I really like Balogh style and as Amazon never stopped showing this title to me, I was happy for it to be put in the list.Balogh has quite a repertoire. Each set/series has a theme and an atmosphere of its own. One book of hers that was just shocking and horribly grim in the events described was "The Secret Pearl." I don't think it's part of a series, but it sure laid out the tragic aspects of life in a bald way and I was a bit surprised by that.
I didn't recognize Balogh first, it was a really harsh beginning that struck me.
I couldn't say better, a stressful one until the end.I read this book some time ago, it was very painful, I put the book aside a few times, I didn't want to read it any more, but I got over it and finished. Emotional rollercoster, fear and anxiety and relief at the end, I couldn't wait for the end and a happy ending.
Furthermore, I still didn't read other authors but Balogh is very good at making you believe that it can't finish well even when you know that it is happy ending books!