Review: Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Review: Someone to Wed by Mary BaloghSomeone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Series: The Westcotts #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Berkley on November 7, 2017
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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. . . .

The Delight

He needs a rich wife; she needs a husband to look past her flaw.  Can they make it work?  I loved the set up for this marriage of convenience scenario for Alex Westcott and the enigmatic Wren Heyden.  If anyone knows how to bring two unsure, hurting and even slightly hostile strangers together and convince me they are The One, its the clever pen of Mary Balogh.


Someone to Wed is book three in the Westcott series that begins with a startling chain of events that is still rippling outward to encompass each member of the Westcott family.  I suppose this one can be read out of order in a pinch, but the premise behind Alex’s situation and all the history of his family make much more sense when the books are gotten to in order.

Alex is an honorable, dutiful man who’s been handed a bum deal not once, but twice.  If he wishes to do the right thing by the people relying on him, he must sacrifice his own dreams and needs and take a rich wife sooner rather than later.  Wren’s seeming cold, calculating offer sends him reeling, but not half as much as her icy inner pain that he can see when she lifts the veil.  She thinks her facial blemish is holding her back, but Alex looks her in the eye and tells her truly that it is the blemish on her soul that keeps people back.

Their slow progress to respect, understanding, liking, and more is painful and agonizing.  Wren must go from being a near recluse and peel back her abrasive shell that protects her from the potential of people being disgusted by her.  I appreciated how the author made her unlikable in the beginning, but still with a touch of something that kept me rooting for her and reading on until I did start to warm to her right along with Alex.  My heart broke for her when her secrets finally came out.  Alex had stood stalwart and loyal to her from the beginning, but this wonderful, amazing man had me in love with him when he worked to heal and restore Wren through tenderness and affection.  He always saw her as beautiful even when she hid behind her cold, harsh facade.

Someone to Wed requires patience for it to unwind and reveal its romance and character growth.  It carries along the story of all the Westcotts with Alex getting the limelight.  I continue to be impressed with the series that focuses on how one man’s terrible choices are affecting so many and how they find a way to make it work for them.  I can’t wait to get to the next installment in the series which I strongly recommend to those who like gently paced, in depth historical romance.

My thanks to Penguin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I really enjoyed this book, too, Sophia. And when I read your review, I realized she’d almost taken historical romance (ones I’ve read recently,) and switched it around so that it was the heroine who was the unlikable one at first. Usually it’s the other way around with the alpha hero I loathe, but can’t wait to love. LOL

    Fantastic review!

    • Yes, you’re right. It is much more unusual for the heroine to be the abrupt, unlikeable one. She did that with one of the characters in her The Survivor’s Club series with the one woman survivor.

      Thanks, Angie!

  • New book for me and love that cover!!!

    • It’s part of a lovely series as book three. Balogh’s writing is fantastic.

      You said it. I think this is one of my favorite covers this year. Love the way the sun highlights the historical model.

  • I like when the romance isn’t fast and that we see it developped along the story like that

    • Yes, exactly. The slow moving ones are great when other parts of the story are just as engaging and it makes sense to keep the romance moving along at the lower speed.

  • That package does look fantastic. I thought about signing up and realized that I already kept myself busy with what I take for review and what I already have on my shelves. Maybe I’ll get it at some point.

    Oh that’s a bummer that this one isn’t part of the package. I wonder if any of her other books are, particularly the ones from earlier in the series.

    • Um I don’t think so. I think I looked for that as well- the first one one particular.

  • I’ve read the first one in the series but haven’t picked up the others….Looks like Mary Balogh’s creating a great family saga! Have to pick these up in the new year 🙂 Thanks x

    • You’d probably be okay if you wanted to go from book one to this one, but yes, this is turning into quite the family saga. I can’t wait to see what she does with the next one.

  • RO

    I like that this isn’t ‘wam bam, thank you mam’ kind of story, and that it has some real meat. Relationships take time to grow and mature, and I like how the storyline sounds. Hugs… and Happy Friday Super Sophia! RO

    • Yes, this is a very satisfying build of a relationship and I loved that, too. Enjoy your Christmas weekend, Radiant Ro! 🙂

  • That’s great! You’re in for a treat when you try your book. Though, if its part of a series, her books do tend to connect.

  • Can I just say that that cover is gorgeous?!? The story sounds really good to. I haven’t read her work before so I will need to go back to the beginning of the series.

    • You most definitely can say that, Carole. I think it was one of my favorite covers ever. Yes, this series is one of those that really needs to go in order so the overall story thread makes sense.