Review of “Someone to Trust” (Westcott #5) by Mary Balogh

Balogh, Mary. Someone to Trust. New York: Berkley, 2018. MP
Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399586101 | 369 pages | Regency Romance

5 stars

Someone to Trust is another fabulous installment in Mary Balogh’s beautiful Westcott series, bringing love to people who have faced heartache. And it was all the more rewarding, because I had grown to love Elizabeth over the course of the past four books, and hoped that she would someday find someone who would make her happy, given all the heartache she endured at the hands of her first husband.

And I was not disappointed. I love how both she and Colin have been betrayed in their past and have had trust issues with those close to them, and this is what binds them together, in addition to the physical attraction.

I’m also glad we got closure (somewhat) with Colin and Wren’s mother, as the situation was not fully addressed in Someone to Wed. While I would have preferred to see Lady Hodges get her just deserts for the way she treated her children, I can respect that she is their mother and that Colin wins by not giving into her whims.

I would recommend this to fans of historical romance, as there really are few authors who write true and authentic-feeling historical romance better than Mary Balogh.

Review of “Someone to Care” (Westcott #4) by Mary Balogh

Balogh, Mary. Someone to Care. New York: Berkley, 2018. 

Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399586088 | 372 pages | Regency Romance

4.5 stars

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.

Review of “Someone to Wed” (Westcott #3) by Mary Balogh

Balogh, Mary. Someone to Wed. New York: Berkley, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-0-399-58606-4. Print List Price: $7.99.

5 stars

Mary Balogh is one of the authors I discovered last year, and while I have yet to truly dive into her backlist, I have enjoyed some of her recent titles, including the first two in the series, especially book two, Someone to Hold. As such, I had high expectations. But unlike some other books, this one did not disappoint.

Alexander, the new Earl of Riverdale was one of my favorite characters ever since the first book and I loved him even more as the hero of this one. I love that he isn’t your typical alpha hero, but he proves he is definitely hero material and worthy of the heroine a number of times in this book, including when he defends Wren against those who try to snub her.

Wren is one of those characters who can be hard to write in a way that is sympathetic and not overly tiresome. When a character is so self-conscious about their physical appearance, they feel they are unworthy of love, it takes a strong backstory to make them likable, and other authors I have read have failed in this regard. But Wren’s arc is so well done, giving you just enough that you root for her, and keeping you guessing until the big reveal towards the end.

And as Balogh extends her cast of characters even further to include Alexander’s family as well as Wren’s brother, that makes me curious as to the length of the series and the possibility of more books about them after the release of Viola’s book early next year. I most definitely want a book about Colin, who I loved before he even appeared on the page, as well as some of the other Westcotts and Radleys.