Balogh, Mary. Someone to Care. New York: Berkley, 2018.
Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399586088 | 372 pages | Regency Romance
Someone to Care is yet another fabulous installment in a fabulous series. Viola has been through the wringer emotionally since the events that opened up the first book, Someone to Love, and it was wonderful to finally see her get her happy ending.
Viola was already a relatable character in her appearances in the prior books, and I loved getting to know her better from her own perspective. She is still struggling to deal with the fact that everything she once thought had been true of her life for the past twenty-three years had been a lie, and I love how this pain is reckoned with. And it was nice to see her finally do something for herself by running away and engaging in a week or two of passion, after sacrificing everything for a “husband” who ill-used her and children who are grown and no longer depend on her for everything.
While I wasn’t sure about Marcel at first, as he seemed like a strange choice for Viola, given the way she’d been burned, he grew on me as the story progressed. He too has regrets and past demons, leading him to push those he loved away. And ultimately, despite his reputation, he did treat Viola well throughout the book, not to mention the scene where he goes after her at the end is absolutely sweet.
I also love the continuing interplay between the various family members, especially as new family continues to get added to the mix. While I do still think we could benefit from a character guide for the non-Westcott characters that are relevant to each story, in addition to the family tree, Balogh manages to juggle this large cast of characters well, and, while a reader who jumped in in the middle of the series might be a little confused, the developing relationships are a treat for readers of all the books.
I would recommend this book (and series) to fans of sweet, heartfelt historical romances.