Reading a story by Mary Balogh is always a pleasure because she does it so well and delivers a well-crafted historical romance. ~ Amanda, Guilty Pleasures
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. . . .
Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh is a Regency romance at its finest and one not to be missed. It is Beauty and the Beast but in reverse and shows the heroine that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Wren Heyden is a wealthy businesswoman and is convinced that she is going to have to use her wealth to buy herself a husband. She wants a marriage and figures if men can do this why can’t she? Lucky for her she has a new neighbor who needs the means to repair his country estate and could use a bit of cash. Alexander Westcott doesn’t know what to think at first of her marriage proposal and is taken back by her boldness. He sees getting involved with Wren would be a whole heap of trouble considering she hides herself behind a veil and that her tight composure holds tight a world of pain and trouble. He doesn’t know what to think but is definitely intrigued by her.
Mary Balogh nicely creates characters that are flawed and complicated and show genuine feelings in the situations they find themselves in. The heroine Wren has defined herself by her facial mark and lives a reclusive life. She wonders if she has the courage to push herself out of her comfort zone. It took baby steps but she stretched herself with each new person she met and each new experience she does. Her fears, her strengths and struggles are expressed throughout the story making my heart ache for her for the life she has lived and the one she wants. The journey wasn’t easy but Wren learned something new about herself when she challenged herself to take a chance.
Alexander Westcott recently inherited the title of Earl of Riverdale and felt he had no choice in marriage when he knew he needed a woman with wealth to help him rebuild his estate. He could have ignored his responsibility but that is not who he is. He is an honorable man and intelligent to understand the bigger picture. He is a gentleman and protects the women in his family. He dreams of marriage with affection and respect so Wren’s offer doesn’t guarantee he’ll have those if he pursues this with her. When things fall apart with Wren and he returns to London for the Season, he sees what his choices are and isn’t satisfied. Wren isn’t your typical woman and has a trunk load of issues, but it would be a way to a means, and will keep things interesting. His love for Wren came softly over the course of their relationship when he learns more about this woman and how much she expands her world to include him and his big family.
Someone to Wed is the third book in the Westcott series but can read as a stand-alone without feeling lost when coming in midstream. There is a slew of characters and the author does explain the where Alexander fits in the mix and how he came into his inheritance. No worries on trying to learn them all because you can always go back and read the previous stories. Wren grew up feeling unwanted and unloved but it her aunt and uncle to show her that life is what you make of it if you are willing to go for it. She didn’t believe them but Alex keep telling her that she is only hurting herself by not trying. Reading a story by Mary Balogh is always a pleasure because she does it so well and delivers a well-crafted historical romance.
One of my go-to authors of historical romances is Mary Balough. Her Westcott series is fun and interesting and you never know what kind of twist she is going to put into her stories. ~ Kittty, Guilty Pleasures
One of my go-to authors of historical romances is Mary Balough. Her Westcott series is fun and interesting and you never know what kind of twist she is going to put into her stories. And, Someone to Wed was no different.
Wren and Alexander were one odd couple. She was a recluse due to her appearance and Alexander is a reluctant Earl. She is looking for someone to wed to fulfill her dream and he’s looking for someone to wed to help with the finances at his estate. But, to be invited and interviewed for the position? No, that was not what he was expecting when he was invited to Wren’s home.
Both of them were intrigued with the other. Wren was pushed past her comfort zone and Alexander was amazed that she was as entertaining as she was. Wren fell in love with the handsome and sweet Alexander. He was hoping to just help her out of her self-imposed solitary confinement and maybe get a good friend out of the deal. But, when he sees the one woman he can’t get off of his mind helping a little child, he has no choice but to face the feelings he is starting to have for the intriguing Wren.
Mary Balough had me smiling throughout this story. The way Alex treated Wren and finally made her feel comfortable enough to take off the veil was brilliantly written. I love the way she brought Wren out of her shell and had her accepted by society. I loved how Wren stood up to the people who wanted nothing to do with her. I loved how the one person she missed in her life came through and supported her through a very rough time. I guess I just loved everything about this beautifully written romance.