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Someone to Cherish
“The seamless plotting and enticing characters make this a romance to be savored. Balogh is in fine form, and this may be her best Regency to date.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Someone to Romance
“Pitch-perfect…a riveting, fast-paced narrative…Regency fans will be delighted.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Someone to Remember
"Wistful yet hopeful, the story is a needed addition to a genre that usually celebrates the romances of younger protagonists."—Kirkus Reviews
"…A charming novel, slowly paced and sweet, perfectly reflecting the gentle middle-aged woman at its center."—Shelf Awareness
Someone to Trust
“The balance between sweet and bitter produces a complex and winning love story.”—Publishers Weekly
“The sheer perfection of Balogh’s prose in the fifth superbly written installment in the Westcott series marries her rare gift for crafting realistically nuanced characters to produce another radiant Regency historical romance by one of the genre’s most resplendent writers.”—Booklist, starred review
“With tenderness, humor, and infinite finesse, Balogh turns the classic younger woman/older man pairing on its well-worn ear in another sigh-worthy [novel] that readers are sure to savor.”—Library Journal, starred review
“The quiet, authentic intensity of the characters’ emotions is a hallmark of Balogh’s work, and it is a pleasure to experience each heart-wringing moment in this romance made for warming a winter night.”—BookPage
Someone to Care
“A love story nearly perfect in every way.”—Booklist, starred review
“A story that is searing in its insight, as comforting as a hug, and a brilliant addition to this series. Another gem from a master of the art.”—Library Journal, starred review
Someone to Wed
“With her signature voice and steady pace, Balogh crafts a thoughtful, sweet Regency-era love story to follow Someone to Hold.”—Publishers Weekly
“Balogh’s delightful ugly duckling tale may be the nonpareil Regency romance of the season.”—Booklist, starred review
About the Author
- ASIN : B08HHT7F75
- Publisher : Berkley (June 29, 2021)
- Publication date : June 29, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2407 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,470 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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15 months after the tragic death of her husband, the much-beloved Reverend Isaiah Tavernor, Lydia is ready to put away her mourning and even considers taking a lover. After Isaiah’s death, Lydia made the surprising choice to stay in town rather than return to her father’s house – much to her father and brother’s disapproval. She purchased a cottage and for the last year has lived completely alone, but not that her mourning is over, and she has eased back into society, she admits she is lonely. After being married for six years, she has no desire to give up her freedom, but that doesn’t mean she wants to spend the rest of her life alone. So when Harry offers to escort her home after dinner at a mutual friend’s house, Lydia does the unthinkable and asks Harry if he is lonely, implying they could become lovers.
Almost immediately, she regrets asking and tries to back away from the implication, but Harry is intrigued and convinces her to at least get to know him, so they can decide later what kind of relationship they might have. After spending some time together, Lydia tells him she can’t be his lover, and even being friends might be too much – Harry tries to respect her decision, but neither can seem to walk away. Add into the mix the fact that someone is spying on Lydia AND Harry’s family is planning a 30th birthday ambush and things in this quiet town start heating up!
This was a very sweet, well-written book with extremely likable characters. I have been looking forward to Harry’s story since the very first book and much like his family, I have worried about him. He is a good man, who has had so many bad things happen in his life, that it would be easy to become bitter, but Harry always seemed to be fine and has had the support and love of his family, but even with that support, Harry is not as happy as he would have everyone think, and when Lydia asks if he is lonely, he realizes that he is and sees a kindred spirit in her. This book is filled with emotion, secrets, well-meaning family members, a very cute dog, mild love scenes, peeping toms, and very slow-burning romance that leads to a very satisfying HEA and as a bonus, the reader gets to catch up with the Westcotts as well as their extended family! This is the eighth book in the series and while I recommend reading the books in order for the best reader experience, this book could easily be read as a standalone title.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
Lydia’s challenges, and her mixed-up solutions, make perfect sense to me in the context of her background, and Harry is as good-hearted and delightful as the rest of the Westcott family, and as on-the-wrong track as Lydia in terms of how he’s decided to solve his life challenges.
But the best part is that I smiled throughout, especially the final chapters, smiled at other Westcotts being themselves, smiled about Harry’s excited dithering after Lydia fnally said yes, smiled about the confused collision of plans surrounding the wedding,,,and the free-flowing, magical way they worked out anyway. And these days, who wouldn’t welcome a bunch of smiles?
Romance novels are in many ways modern fairy tales, and this one is on my favorites to re-read someday list.
Lydia was a delightful heroine and it was nice to see Harry's story. However, there was just so much rehashing of old territory. We got a big review at the start of the book, then Harry thought about the Great Disaster, then Lydia thought about the Great Disaster from the village POV, then Harry told Lydia about the Great Disaster...I know it's the formative event of his life, but after 8-9 books it's rather tedious.
I feel like the plot was very cute and sweet but so much time was in Lydia and Harry's heads thinking about the Great Disaster when we could have gotten a bit more exciting plot lines. This plot was really quite straightforward and not especially compelling. I don't need murders and kidnappings, but this was pretty tame and everything was very easily resolved. I appreciate the lack of a grand misunderstanding that would have been easily solved by people just talking to each other, but a little more excitement would have been nice.
I have really enjoyed this series but this book isn't my favorite in the series. It's sweet but a bit bland. I will always look forward to Mary Balogh books, but I hope that we start moving somewhere new where we don't have to rehash the history of 9 books at the beginning, middle, and end of each new book.
It's a typical Balogh story, filled with slow-burning romance and lots of family. It takes Harry and Lydia a while to acknowledge their attraction which I really like. No jumping into lust and insta-love for these two. Lydia is feisty, but it's something she had to grow into. And Harry finally grows up, realizing with his heart as well as his brain that the Great Disaster wasn't Anna or Alex's fault. It's a very enjoyable read, though it helps to read the rest of the series first in order to keep track of various family members.
Top reviews from other countries
So it the last of the series? Perhaps not, I felt there were hints towards the end of the book that the Lamarr twins might come back centre stage . Let's see. I await developments with interest.
A decade ago he suddenly found his status completely changed by his father's bigamy . Overnight his rank and his fortune had been removed.
He has spent this period in the army During the Peninsula Campaign he is sent home wounded, and after Waterloo he almost dies. The family have helped pull him through.
Unsurprisingly , sickened by the brutality of war, all he desires now is a quiet life, and to be left in peace,
His family remember the spirited, youth that he once was , and hope they can again raise his spirits.
Lydia is the widow of the previous vicar and has a small cottage and lives alone. The vicar was a charismatic preacher who died heroically after saving a boy from drowning, but his wife is self-effacing and timid. She realises that she has had a joyless marriage to a selfish man and would perhaps enjoy a love affair...
However, I think this series is getting a bit tired and repetitive. There is a lot of rehashing of the families history that were recorded in previous books. It is unfortunate as the first Westcott book was excellent as were some of the others in the series.