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Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on November 5, 2019
In the last Westcott book, we learned a surprise about Mathilda’s past- she had a disappointment in love and so had he and then they met again with that old magic still there. I needed that story… and, here it is. It was all I could have hoped for in a reunion romance.
Someone to Remember is the seventh installment of the Westcott series. Each could be read standalone in a pinch. However, the further one gets in the series, the harder it is to read standalone since there is a great deal of family togetherness and references back to their connections.
Mathilda, oldest daughter of the Dowager Countess, has long since been on the shelf. She has been living out her days fussing over a mother who doesn’t need the fussing. Her life is gray and she tries to be content. Until she encounters Charles once again while on a family mission for her niece Abigail. He is all that she remembered and regrets. She pushed him away when her parents declared him unsuitable and has wondered for over thirty years if she was right to do so- he certainly lived up to his rakish reputation. But… Now, they are in company again and she knows that she never stopped loving him, but can it still matter?
Charles once loved Mathilda and they spoke their love and then she pushed him away because of his reputation. If he had the rep before that, he certainly added to it afterwards and didn’t give it up until later. His encounters with her are unsettling and he’s angry with her for making him feel when he thought he got past all that decades before. But, he can’t stay away from her and finds himself escorting her to the places where their tenderest moments happened. Dare he try again with an older, mature Mathilda? Would her answer be different?
This was a long novella and this second chance reunion romance fit into that shorter page count perfectly. It was as developed as the author’s longer works, brought out the emotions, and engaged the reader with the characters and their romance. I liked how it explored their past and why it didn’t worked, who they were then and now, and how a renewed romance would work in their present. Mathilda has to step out of the gray shadows and she is a lovely personage when she emerges. Charles is right there to encourage her even while coming to terms that his own behavior in the past led to her rejection and now he must show that he’s not that young rakehell and that his family would welcome her with open arms. For those who wanted a bit more with Gil and his father, this is explored a little, too.
This one was light and full of tender romance and I adored it. Now, I’m looking forward to the next Westcott series installment. This is a great series for those who love Regency era romance with a focus on family and personal growth as much as the slow-burn lightly spiced romances.
My thanks to Berkley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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