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review 2019-01-07 17:23
the mother finds love
Someone to Care (A Westcott Novel) - Mary Balogh

So when the Earl of Riverdale died it was discovered that he had a bigamus marraige.  This is a tale of his one-time countess Viola who is trying to get a sense of herself after allthe fuss and noise has died down.  She bumps into the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr, whom she was attracted to before.  So they run away and have some fun, only their families find them and they're engaged suddenly.


There was a lot of assumption and a lot of pearl clutching by various parties but there was also a lot of romance and two characters who needed each other.


There were times where it dragged a bit and where things felt a little forced but overall it was entertaining.

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review 2018-12-22 12:46
Seasonal romance
A Christmas Bride / Christmas Beau - Mary Balogh

Two stories set at Christmas.


The first features the wealthy Edgar Downes who has promised his elderly father that he will find a wife, preferably a titled wife.  The widow he finds is damaged and she believes he's out of her class, she also has secrets that haunt her.  The two of them find that leaving each other behind may not be as easy as it looks.


Christmas Beau has the Marquess of Denbigh trying to settle a score with Judith Easton, a widow who jilted him for another man years ago.  There were times when I just didn't like either characters in this story but overall it ended well.


Not a bad pair of seasonal romances but in some ways it felt rushed and soemwhat trite.

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review 2018-12-17 17:19
older woman
Someone to Trust - Mary Balogh Someone to Trust - Mary Balogh

Elizabeth Overfield decides that she really should enter into another marriage, her last husband died and blamed her for his woes, she's trying to forget them but echoes keep coming back.  

She's an older widow and he's a very eligible bachelor but there's an attraction here and they both want more than what's being offered to them, they keep coming back to each other but there's 9 years between them with her being the older. He also has to deal with his mother's macinations.

The initial meeting is at the Westcott Christmas party and they both leave expecting to leave the attraction behind, but fate intervenes and it will change everything.

Loved the story and the characters, great fun.

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text 2018-05-08 20:32
Someone to Love By Mary Balogh $1.99!
Someone To Love (A Westcott Novel) - Mary Balogh

Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune that will forever alter the lives of everyone in his family—including the daughter no one knew he had...
Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage in Bath knowing nothing of the family she came from. Now she discovers that the late Earl of Riverdale was her father and that she has inherited his fortune. She is also overjoyed to learn she has siblings. However, they want nothing to do with her or her attempts to share her new wealth. But the new earl’s guardian is interested in Anna…
Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, keeps others at a distance. Yet something prompts him to aid Anna in her transition from orphan to lady. As London society and her newfound relatives threaten to overwhelm Anna, Avery steps in to rescue her and finds himself vulnerable to feelings and desires he has hidden so well and for so long.

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review 2018-05-01 22:51
Someone To Care
Someone to Care (A Westcott Novel) - Mary Balogh

Title: Someone to Care
Author: Mary Balogh
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Someone to Care" by Mary Balogh

My Thoughts...

This was quite a interesting Victorian historical fiction read by this author will capture your attention from the first chapter. I liked this captivating story of Viola Kingsley and Marcel Lamarr who reconnected after many years and find a second chance at love and life. What brought this story up to this point? Well, from a loveless marriage for 23 years to find out at her husband [the Earl was a bigamist] death Viola Kingsley wasn't marriaged at all and her children were illegitimate. 'Being cast out of proper society after learning her marriage and life as a Countess' was a farce she decides to leave the area for a home by herself he meets Marcel Lamarr [an old flirt, a rogue who she rejected 14 years ago] and they decide to run away together and this is where this story will take off.

To get the rest of this intriguing story you will just have to pick up "Someone to Care" to find out the rest of the story which will become somewhat a complicated life as we learn more about Viola and Marcel's feelings for each other that slowly grows into a slow friendship and then develops into love.

However, they had both had 'experienced great pain in their life and dealt with it quite differently.'  I will stop here and say if you are into a 'older heroine and hero' getting their HEA then this engaging read would be for you.

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