Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: Someone to Care

Someone to Care Someone to Care by Mary Balogh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Le sigh* There is no feeling quite the same as closing a book and realizing there's a happy smile on your face because you enjoyed it so much, but hated to see it end.

We need a word for it.

Mary Balogh is always one of my favorite authors, but with this fourth Westcott tale she brought me catnip: Older protagonists, second chance at love, adults with real adult problems who deal with these problems as adults do, Regency era, and interesting secondary characters.

Viola Kingsley was once known as Lady Westcott, Countess of Riverdale, until she learned her lying, dead scum of a supposed spouse was already married (See Westcott #1, Someone to Love). Now plain Miss Kingsley with three illegitimate children, and grandchildren, Viola has been trying to hold it together and rebuild her life. She thinks she's doing OK until a man from her past--Marcel Lamarr, Marquess of Dorchester--sees her alone in a country inn. Incidentally, I loved how Marcel is described as "fearfully handsome" and it becomes a running gag through the novel.

If you're not already a fan of Mary Balogh there's an extensive backlist of good series and stand-alone books to begin your journey into her writing. With Someone to Care she continues her reign as one of the top Regency writers today.

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