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Today Tanya Kaanta reviews Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh. The Kindle edition is 384 pages, published by Piatkus.
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During a rare white Christmas at Brambledean Court, the widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, defies convention by falling in love with a younger man in the latest novel in the Westcott series.
After her husband’s passing, Elizabeth Overfield decides that she must enter into another suitable marriage. That, however, is the last thing on her mind when she meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party. She simply enjoys his company as they listen to carolers on Christmas Eve, walk home from church together on Christmas morning, and engage in a spirited snowball fight in the afternoon. Both are surprised when their sled topples them into a snowbank and they end up sharing an unexpected kiss. They know there is no question of any relationship between them, for she is nine years older than he.
They return to London the following Season, both committed to finding other, more suitable matches. Still, they agree to share one waltz at each ball they attend. This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds, as each dance steadily ensnares them in a romance that forces the two to question what they are willing to sacrifice for love. . . .
This is the sparkling fifth novel in the Regency romance Westcott series by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh – perfect for fans of Grace Burrowes and Stephanie Laurens
The Westcott Series:
Someone to Love
Someone to Hold
Someone to Wed
Someone to Care
Someone to Trust
Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.
Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby. Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name. In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full-time. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling ‘Slightly’ sextet and ‘Simply’ quartet. She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.
Learn more about Mary Balogh at her website https://marybalogh.com/about/
💫Review by Tanya Kaanta
I adore Mary Balogh and Someone to Trust did not disappoint. This book, in particular, reminded me of Georgette Heyer’s works. I haven’t always been in love with all of the Westcott books but this one pulled me in from the beginning and had me reading through the night. Maybe it’s because the theme is so unique in historical romance: An older woman who marries a younger man. And Ms. Balogh does it so beautifully.
Elizabeth Overfield is a widow and practically “on the shelf” at the age of thirty-five. She heads to London for one last chance at finding marriage. As her last marriage ended in disaster and was based on love, she’s ensured herself that stability and a calm demeanour will make a wonderful husband.
Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, might possibly be the catch of the season. He’s twenty-six and looking for a bride. Though he does not appreciate the meddling of his mother.
What Lady Elizabeth and Lord Hodges don’t expect is to find a natural connection, a friendship, and an attraction.
He was well aware that other people might not agree. She was fair-haired and trim of figure and had a face that was amiable more than it was obviously lovely. But his life experiences had taught him to look deeper than surface appearances to discover beauty or its lack. Lady Overfield was perhaps the most beautiful woman he had ever met. There was something about her manner that exuded seemingly unshakable tranquillity combined with a twinkling eye. But she did not hoard it. Rather, she turned it outward to touch other people.
I love this description Colin has of Elizabeth. It shows of a man who is interest in the heart of a person rather than the exterior, and how Elizabeth is just the woman full of generosity and love.
Despite all odds, we will eventually get our Happy Ever After, though both our hero and heroine work desperately for it. And as a reader, it is ever more sweet and satisfying in the end. I highly recommend this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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