Someone to Wed
A Wescott Novel #3
Category: Regency Romance | Historical Romance
by Mary Balogh
Penguin Random House/Berkley Publishing Group
E-Book | Nov 07, 2017 | 384 Pages
Mass Market Paperback | Nov 07, 2017 | 400 Pages
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Hold.
When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can’t afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life. . . .
A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past. . . .
I love how Mary Balogh explores issues through her heartfelt British-Regency romances. Her books are well-written, with well-developed characters and unusual. This is the third in the Westcott series; the series deals with several aspects of illegitimacy and estates in 19th century England.
This one deals with personal value, appearance, beauty and self-esteem in a way I thought different from any romance I had ever read. Along with the importance placed on physical appearance throughout history Balogh explores the spectrum of how people, particularly women, behave(d) around, and value themselves on their appearance. There are some fascinating twists that are set-up in advance so while it is a twist it doesn’t slam you in the face.
I like books where the tables are turned. In this the presence of a fortune and the need for a fortune and who asks whom to marry. Why is it okay for the man to ask when he needs money but if a woman with a fortune were to ask, it is somehow emasculating. Wren’s independent wealth and business experience put her on a more even level than if she had just been a member of the ton. While she is reclusive, she is not fearful – indeed she’s forward.
Trust and opening up one’s heart is another aspect of this story that is really moving. We’re often presented with just the “mean girl” side of the Ton. In this case we get the mean girl (perhaps the progenitor of the species) but we also see the nobility of the titled and the wealthy.
And, that’s unusual; but this is an unusual series with an interesting new premise. If you add in the excellent writing, grasp of the period and great characters, it is a winner on many levels! I urge you to give it a shot.
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