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Someone to Care (The Westcott Series) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2018
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“[A] story that is searing in its insight, as comforting as a hug, and a brilliant addition to this series.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“A love story nearly perfect in every way.”—Booklist (starred review)
Praise for Mary Balogh
"One of the best!"—New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn
"Balogh is today's superstar heir to the marvelous legacy of Georgette Heyer (except a lot steamier!)."—New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
"With her brilliant, beautiful, and emotionally intense writing, Mary Balogh sets the gold standard in historical romance."—New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz
About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley (May 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399586083
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399586088
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1 x 6.81 inches
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Instead, Balogh spends too much time introducing person after person from previous stories, tying them together on their various family trees, rehashing the stories of preceding couples, re-assuring her readers that they are still blissfully in love, or in the case of individuals, like Harry, still alive. Pages and pages and pages are devoted to them. And that’s just the families linked to the h, Viola.
Then she spends too much time devoted to the close and extended family of the H, Marcel (Why include the cousins? The expensive wedding? They add nothing to the story, clogging up an already huge number of paragraphs on their concerns etc.)
And then there are people in inns. And the housekeeper at the cottage. And the coachman. And Marcel’s cook and steward. And so on and so on.
Just some of them would have sufficed. Just some of Viola’s family up close (even though I get it that Balogh wanted to show Marcel what family love truly is) for most of the story. Just some of the others in a too voluminous cast of characters.
If Balogh had diminished this list, she could have concentrated more on Viola and Marcel, her daughters and son, as well as his twins. In my view, Marcel’s realisation of the consequences of abandoning his children, and his subsequent attempts to redress the hurts he has inflicted on them, are one of the redeeming and powerful themes in this story, and it required even more space.
As does the romance between Viola and Marcel. Currently, it offers little new, with the exception of the ages of the respective characters. I liked that she is two years older then him, already in her forties when he is celebrating his fortieth birthday. But little else is different. Self-indulged, promiscuous rake, with no heart, meets anguished, virtuous woman who takes one look at him and soon decides to fall into bed with him. Of course, that could have happened, but it’s been done to death in HR land. So it requires an unusual twist. Instead, the sex was hot, but ho-hum - since when has a h and H not had amazing sex from the get-go (seven times on the first night after almost two decades of celibacy for Viola)? And since when has a HR heroine not worried for a few minutes about the morality of her choice, instead of what should have been the real fear of becoming infected by a virtual stranger who she knows has slept with at least one different woman a month for the previous seventeen years?
Balogh does come into her own, however, when she charts the insecurities of the two lovers - her fear that she is unlovable and his fear that he will never deserve to be loved, the begrudging realisation of love (on his part) and the real fear (on her part) that he will never change.
I rate this at three to four stars - I’ve upped it because of the marriage proposal and the pearls at the wedding, both of which I loved.
The basic premise of the whole series is that Viola’s husband died and it was then discovered that he was already secretly married when Viola married him thus rendering her marriage invalid, her children illegitimate and disinheriting her son. The series follows the fortunes of some of the principals in the family group which is large. For some reason Balogh crams every single one of them and all the cumulative additions from previous books into every single story. In this book that device has finally become irritating. I sincerely hope in future Balogh resists this tendency though if there is anything clear about the author’s own values it is that she loves large families and Christmas.
This story is primarily a character study of how Viola was traumatized by a loveless marriage, a faithless husband and the ultimate betrayal of all she believed, and her struggles to come to terms with that and move ahead. In that context the book is successful. Marcel’s story is comparatively simplistic and in most respects boilerplate. His angst from a tragedy many years ago led him to a hedonistic lifestyle that he just stops, easy peasy.
I have loved Balogh’s books since I first read one some 30 years ago. There have been a few clunkers mostly when she tries farce which simply means her characters are unbearably stupid. Her stories are character driven, not sex driven. She doesn’t shy away from sex but it is not cosmic, no one is screaming. It exists as an element in the plot and character development, and is not the whole purpose of the book as in so many lesser romance novels.
I will continue to follow this series, but will do so with much lowered expectations.
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To an extent, MB is hoist with her own petard - reading the Westcott novels to date, I find myself identifying characters and scenarios with earlier novels - the Mistress series, the Survivor series, the Bedwyn series, etc. Often she gives her heroes and heroines really heart-wrenching reasons for the way they are - emotional or physical abuse, physical disabilities - and they find their way through with their chosen partners. However, much as I sympathised with Viola's back story, Marcel's story did not seem reason enough for him to embark on the life he chose to lead after his children were born, and for such a long time; they both came across as self-absorbed and selfish.
Elizabeth, whose book comes next, has always appealed to me as a character, so I hope her story reflects that - but I do hope MB scales back on the extended family!
The book concerns itself with Clara's missing body parts as she awakes each morning minus a toe or eyebrow. What could be causing these terrible events? Or ... who? What exactly is afoot?
It is not long before a hero arrives by pedalo to solve the mystery. Doctor Frank Spank, repulsed but intrigued by fat moth-eaten Clara, decides to get to the bottom of things using his tried and trusted method of botched supposition and whataboutery -- with hilarious consequences for all of fictional South America!
Ladies like me, aged over 70 , do not grow out of romance and this one really does get to the heart strings.