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review 2017-04-11 06:09
She was a lady. She isn't anymore.
Someone to Hold (A Westcott Novel) - Mary Balogh

Camille had been a lady all her life, cold and aloof and as arrogant as a British aristocrat and a daughter of a wealthy earl could be. Until one day, after her father’s death, she discovers that her life has been a lie. Her late father, the earl, was never legally married to her mother. Camille and her siblings are all illegitimate and have not a cent to their names.

The story of this book is the story of Camille’s self-discovery. She is trying to figure out who she is if not a rich and powerful noble lady. She is also trying to find out how those who are not rich and powerful, those she had always considered beneath her notice, live.

I didn’t like Camille or her story very much. She remains cold and aloof even when knocked off her pedestal of money and title. She is trying – I’ll give her that – but her fumblings are halfhearted at best. And she uses those weaker and poorer than herself – the orphan children – as an instrument of her self-discovery. She doesn’t think of what will happen to the children after she leaves them behind. They are just a means to an end. Through them, she is determining how to exist without being a rich lady.

In the end of the book, she accepts money from her legitimate sister as her due. Struggling to keep food on the table is not for Camille. In fact, everyone becomes rich in the end of the book, as if the money problems should always be rewarded by inheritance or kindness of relatives. Nothing like that has ever happened to anyone I know, so I didn’t believe this happy ending for Camille either.

The romance between Camille and her young beau doesn’t play a large role in the story. It almost seems an afterthought, because the author is a romance writer, and her publisher expected at least a token romantic line.

On the whole – a very average novel. I did enjoy it... somewhat. I like Balogh’s writing style and I have read most of her prolific output, but this particular book is one of my least favorite of hers.

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review 2017-03-13 18:34
Someone to Hold (Westcott #2) by Mary Balogh
Someone to Hold (A Westcott Novel) - Mary Balogh

 

 

 

 

 

With her parents’ marriage declared bigamous, Camille Westcott is now illegitimate and without a title. Looking to eschew the trappings of her old life, she leaves London to teach at the Bath orphanage where her newly discovered half-sister lived. But even as she settles in, she must sit for a portrait commissioned by her grandmother and endure an artist who riles her every nerve.

An art teacher at the orphanage that was once his home, Joel Cunningham has been hired to paint the portrait of the haughty new teacher. But as Camille poses for Joel, their mutual contempt soon turns to desire. And it is only the bond between them that will allow them to weather the rough storm that lies ahead.

 

 

 

 

The blurb on Someone to Hold doesn't really do justice to what this book is really about and whats more is that the book doesn't really hold weight to what the blurb describes.

I'm willing to take some of the credit for not liking this installment so much in comparison to the last book but I couldn't seem to slip into Camille's headspace other than her life seemed to be a set of circumstances set by the decisions made by the others in her life. Camille was neither hot nor cold and never really stepped into the spot light despite being a little too self absorbed. However I couldn't really blame her for that considering what had been done to her. At the same time I felt like she really kind of needed to grow up which I don't really feel she did at any point in the book.

I still think Someone to Hold is worth the read just to be in and a part of the Westcott series which to my relief was much lighter on the family dynasty thing that got a little too long in the tooth the first time.

Mary Balogh

 

 

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text 2017-03-06 17:40
Irresistible By Mary Balogh $1.99
Irresistible (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse #3) - Mary Balogh

Sophia Armitage does not consider herself attractive. Even her late husband treated her more as a companion than a lover when she accompanied him to war. But Sophia hopes to enjoy a Season in London as her niece makes her social debut—until, that is, her hopes are dashed when she is faced with a threat she can reveal to no one. Then she meets Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne, an old army friend, and falls in love with him even as she must discourage his growing passion for her. Nathaniel can sense Sophia's unhappiness and fear, but does not understand that his attempts to protect and help her can only bring about her downfall...

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review 2017-02-23 16:18
Someone To Love (A Westcott Novel) - Mary Balogh

Anna Snow always wanted to know who her parents were, having grown up in an orphanage she never knew, but she had a few vague memories. Now she receives a summons to go to London to meet a Lawyer and there she finds a different future from the one she had planned. It turns out her father didn't wait for her mother to die before marrying again and now she has inherited the family fortune and his children are disinherited. Now she has responsibilities beyond her wildest dreams and she has to marry.

 

Avery Archer is the Duke of Netherby and keeps everyone at a distance, now he finds himself drifting towards Anna and he finds her interesting.  A relationship develops but can it survive all the stresses?

 

I liked the characters and how Avery wins the duel.  Anna is very determined to be her own person and you can see the hardships in doing that here. I enjoyed the read and found it very difficult to put down.

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review 2017-02-23 01:05
Historical Christmas Romance
The Heart of Christmas (A Handful of Gold, The Season for Suitors, This Wicked Gift) - Mary Balogh,Nicola Cornick,Courtney Milan

The Heart of Christmas is a trio of holiday books by three different authors.

A Handful Of Gold by Mary Balogh is a fast paced read.  Ms Balogh has gifted us with a story that embraces the holiday season.  Julian and Blanche's story is full of drama, humor, spice and Christmas spirit.  The characters in this story are phenomenal.

The Season For Suitors by Nicola Cornick is another story that celebrates the holiday season.  Sebastian and Clara's story is a fun story full of drama, humor and hard-headed, stubborn hero.  

This Wicked Gift by Courtney Milan is Lavinia and William's Christmas tale.  Ms Milan has penned a story full of drama.  There are bits of humor hidden away and some spice is always a good thing.  

All three of these books are well-written and populated by amazing characters.  I enjoyed all three stories and look forward to reading more from Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick and Courtney Milan soon.

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