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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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review 2018-04-11 17:20
The Temporary Wife/A Promise of Spring - Mary Balogh

The Temporary Wife was originally published in 1997 and A Promise of Spring in 1990 and while she has improved as a writer, I found this duet quite a good read.

A Temporary Wife: Charity Duncan wants to help her brother support their other siblings by working as a governess but the last place she worked she was thrown out of for defending a maid from the man of the house. When Lord Anthony Earheart offers her marriage instead and a rather large stipend afterwards for annoying his father by her very presence she agrees. But then love gets in the way of the plotting and I was drawn in and couldn't put it down.

A Promise of Spring is the story of Grace Howard and the younger (!) Sir Peregrine Lampman who rescues her when her brother dies and leaves her without a future. She has secrets in her past that could come back to haunt her and an ex-lover who won't take no for an answer may spoil her chances at happiness.

Both were fun, light reads.

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review 2018-03-27 17:38
Someone to wed - Mary Balogh

As I was growing up one of our neighbours had a port-wine stain on her skin and one of my class-mates had one too, I only found out about the classmate much later in my acquaintance, she had it almost always covered by makeup. I know how stressed she was if her makeup wasn't covering it. But my neighbour never covered hers, she was a shy woman and I don't believe she ever married, this story was what I wished could have happened to her, a nice marriage to a man who stopped seeing her difference and a lot of compassion shown by people to her. Wealth hath it's privelidges. I saw the stares and comments by people during the 20th Century, they were not good.
Wren Hayden knows what it's like to be rejected by people. Her parents gave her to her aunt who provided her with a loving household to grow in. Her uncle gave her purpose in the glass-works and she now wants something more, she realises that her face will not induce anyone to propose, but her fortune might. She approaches Alexander Westcott with an idea, he marry her and she gives him the funds to help his failing country estate, but Alexander wants more than a business arrangement.

I liked the story and the characters and how he supported her. Charming and fun read.

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