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Someone to Wed (A Westcott Novel) Mass Market Paperback – November 7, 2017
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Praise for New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh
“Mary Balogh sets the gold standard in historical romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz
“Today’s superstar heir to the marvelous legacy of Georgette Heyer (except a lot steamier).”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
“I loved this book. I read it in one sitting and it made me smile a lot and cry a little.”—Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
“Balogh always crafts stories that are powerful, poignant, and romantic, but what makes them extraordinary is how she beautifully balances emotional intensity with sensuality.”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick)
“Balogh continues to create engaging characters, clever dialogue, and sweet romance.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Mary Balogh has written more than one hundred historical novels and novellas, more than thirty of which have been New York Times bestsellers. They include the Bedwyn saga, the Simply quartet, the Huxtable quintet, the seven-part Survivors’ Club series, and most recently, the Westcott series, including Someone to Hold and Someone to Love.
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Wren Heydon has a port wine birthmark on the left side of her face and has spent 20 years living as a complete recluse who wore a veil whenever she did interact with people. But, her loving Aunt and Uncle have died and while they left her a company to run and great wealth she is lonely and longs for marriage and children. Wren is methodical selects some prospects needing money and sets out to buy a husband. The book opens with third prospect Alexander, Earl of Riverdale. While it is obvious there are other books of the Wescott family, which I have not read, I had no trouble keeping up with the story and who's who.
What follows from that first meeting is just amazing. I am a prolific romance reader and found Wren unique, with her brains, money and most of all courage to face her demons and venture outside of her lonely cocoon.
Alexander is her perfect mate, gorgeous with honor and best of all empathy to those in his life. Watching the two of them coming together as Wren ventures into the world without the protection of her veil brought me at several points to tears and the ending left me with a smile wishing the book would continue. Definitely a desert island keeper. Now to definitely read the previous books in the Westcott world.
The story itself took was slow and pondering with almost half of the book devoted to persuading the heroine to agree to what she suggested in the first place - namely to wed the Earl to whom she essentially proposed. The Earl fairly quickly agreed to her suggestion that he marry her to acquire sufficient wealth to restore the run down estate he had inherited. He was patience itself. Nevertheless, getting to the wedding took forever, and we never got to see whether or how the Earl's estate, Brambledean Court, was restored.
I suppose that I was expecting a different type of story based on the book's description and title. Next time, instead of my usual automatic purchase, I'll wait awhile for more reviews to get a better sense of the actual story.
Alexander Westcott has inherited the title and properties of the Earl of Riverdale. It was never something he sought. It is certainly not something he wants. There is an estate that has literally been run into the ground. To restore the estate and provide for all the people who depend on income and housing will require much more money than Alex has.
When he is invited to the home of a neighbor, he believes it is simply another time for him to become acquainted with people in the area. It is something much different.
Miss Wren Heyden is a wealthy young woman who has inherited a hugely successful glass business and other properties. Since her Aunt and Uncle died over a year ago, she has lived alone. Wren has lived the last 20 years of her life as a hermit. She has a purple birthmark that covers the entire left side of her face and that mark has kept her isolated from the world. She has never gone in public without being veiled. No one except her late Aunt and Uncle and the servants have seen her face.
Wren learned to run the finances and her business from her late Uncle. Her Uncle and Aunt provided an education and a great deal of love and support for her. In the past, Wren has chosen to keep herself separate from the world. Now she wants to marry and have a family. Alex is her third prospect. She is aware of his need for a great deal of money and she has a great deal of money to offer.
Wren has not really considered the consequences of her actions. It soon becomes clear to her. Her past has made her terrified of being humiliated in front of others. But, she does not realize that Alex is a man who is very involved with his family. He is an earl who leads a somewhat public life. Living as a hermit is no longer an option for Wren.
When the courtship begins there are ups and downs. Alex is a quiet man who is kind hearted and open by nature. Wren is not trusting of anyone and does not believe that anyone can look at her and not see a horror.
Wren is exposed to Alex's family one or two people at a time. Her cold and distant manner becomes more and more difficult to maintain. She is being warmed up inspite of herself.
The plot is measured in its progress. Every page adds more depth to the story of Wren and Alex and what has brought them to this place. We see the Westcott family and all of them are devoted to one another. There has been difficulty and pain in the past. No one has escaped unscathed. The difficulty and pain has helped create a family that welcomes Wren with open arms.
This is the third in a series. But, the explanations and background information allow a new reader to be comfortable within the story.
Wren and Alex are wonderful characters. I liked Alex more than Wren. He always considered his actions with the welfare of others in mind. He is kind and gentle and loving but he is heroic when it is needed. He is simply easier to like.
Wren comes a long distance from her self imposed isolation to understanding what a family is and how much love there is to share. She has difficulty meeting people until it is obvious she must surrender to the inevitable.
The love in this book is like a character which grows and develops as the story moves forward.
I am a fan of Mary Balogh. I have loved her writing since I was first introduced to her books. This has gone to the top of my list of favorites.
If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.
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