Today I’m giving away a print copy of the second book, SOMEONE TO WED, in Mary Balogh’s Wescott series, to one lucky commenter. Entering is as easy as leaving a comment. Winner will be listed here this week. Good luck!
UPDATE: The winner is NATASHA PERSAUD
Congrats, Natasha! Please email me at contact at smittenbybooks dot com with your snail mail address to collect your book. Also, don’t forget to include the title in your email. You have 3 weeks claim your prize.
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Release Date: Nov 7, 2017
Series: A Westcott Novel
Heat Level: Warm
Publisher: Penguin Group
Mary Balogh is a legend in the Regency Historical genre; so many amazing books not to mention multiple series that I have on my ‘Keepers’ shelf. I highly recommend picking up the Huxtable Quintet books if you enjoy this 3rd addition to the Westcott Family Series. Ms. Balogh’s books tend to be well-rounded and very character-driven, which makes them a pleasure to read if you enjoy a more complex story line.
Alex Westcott, the newly minted Earl of Riverdale, never wanted a title nor the obligations that came with one. He was content with his wealthy land owner status and building his simple country estate. But then catastrophe hits his extended family and he finds himself saddled with the crumbling Riverdale estate and in dire need of funds. Wren Heyden is a recluse with a massive estate and a successful business but no one to share it with. She wants love and a family and she is willing to buy it for herself, if necessary.
Enter the Earl of Riverdale… even if he was third on the list.
And so begins an on-again, off-again romance that neither one of them expected. Wren is deeply scarred both inside and out but Alex might just have the compassion and strength to bring her into the light. Well, maybe his horde–ahem—family will have a little something to do with it too. They will risk everything they have for the chance at a love that will complete them both and mend years of heartbreak and pain.
I tend to hesitate when picking up a book that is part of a series when I have not had the pleasure of reading the other books in the collection. In this case, I was determined to let this novel be my introduction to this new family drama in hopes it would suck me in and encourage me to discover the stories of other characters featured in this book. My gamble absolutely paid off. I was able to focus on Wren and Alex rather than the complexities of the layered stories that each new character in the Westcott saga introduced. I will definitely pick up the previous two books and look forward to further installments of this series. This book gave me a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of characters I want to get to know better and immerse myself in their love stories. But first there is Alex and Wren.
I found myself completely engrossed in this book for the first 200 pages. I read the first two-thirds of it in one sitting, looking at the clock at 3am and realizing that I needed to put the book down and sleep. I found the development of the roots of Alex and Wren’s love to be sweet and beautiful with, admittedly, a tear or two shed as I read through his attempts at healing her scarred soul. A man who is tall, smart, handsome, and sensitive in a strong masculine way is the embodiment of sexy in my book. His support of her just screams strength and made me fall in love with him just a little bit as I devoured each chapter.
But then it all fell rather flat. I felt like I was a bit let down as I neared the end of the book and it took me a while to figure out why. The entire book builds towards this climax that never really happens and the book ends in a gentler way that, honestly, disappointed me. I had all this anticipation for that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when a truly beautiful love story comes to fruition through all obstacles. But, in this case, the obstacles were just not that big and everything just worked itself out in a logical way which made me feel a little lost. This by no means implies that the book is bad or not worth the read; it absolutely is and I recommend it wholeheartedly. I just did not get the POW that I felt the beginning of the book was setting me up for. That being said, I enjoyed Alex and Wren’s story very much and I think this sweet love story is one that should be enjoyed by any true historical romance fan.