Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Someone to Wed

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 negl...

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  • Ira

    This is going to be a quick review!:)

    I love Mary Balogh’s books and this one too, every time I read it, I feels like been watching those BBC period drama!:) it feel authentic 😍.

    Also, her heroine mostly a real woman, not 18 years old simpering miss!

    This one is no difference, the heroine is a 29 years old successful business woman.

    Usually with other authors, the heroine in this age will giving up man and feel permanently stay on the shelf. But this one? She used her money and tried to buy a husba

    This is going to be a quick review!:)

    I love Mary Balogh’s books and this one too, every time I read it, I feels like been watching those BBC period drama!:) it feel authentic 😍.

    Also, her heroine mostly a real woman, not 18 years old simpering miss!

    This one is no difference, the heroine is a 29 years old successful business woman.

    Usually with other authors, the heroine in this age will giving up man and feel permanently stay on the shelf. But this one? She used her money and tried to buy a husband! 😂😂😂

    Well, you know find a tittle guy who desperately need money😜.

    So, that’s how our H and h met.

    Unfortunately thought behind those bravado, the heroine had a tragic childhood which made her a recluse and stay away from everyone. While it made me frustrated reading it I can understand until I’ve got to read the villain’s POV! Goodness me, she is too cartoonish to be afraid of!

    If Wren is only 19yo, I can understand her more but a successful 29yo woman? Nah..

    And the scene with those two young men, good grief, give me a break!!

    But those situations is not ruin the story, it just me I think, sigh.

    Beside is only one chapter toward the end, so there you go, I like it but I like Anna and Avery’s story in Someone to Love more:)

  • Mei

    What would you do if you had a big mark on your face?

    When I was young even having a pimple was a huge tragedy!

    Sometimes I watch a TV show where plastic surgeons remove scars from peoples' faces and here I felt sad that such an option was not available to Wren. I don't even know if modern medicine could help her...

    I admired Wren at the end of the book very much! I don't know if I would have such courage!

    And I loved Alexander (and his family too!) even more for appreciating Wren for herself with

    What would you do if you had a big mark on your face?

    When I was young even having a pimple was a huge tragedy!

    Sometimes I watch a TV show where plastic surgeons remove scars from peoples' faces and here I felt sad that such an option was not available to Wren. I don't even know if modern medicine could help her...

    I admired Wren at the end of the book very much! I don't know if I would have such courage!

    And I loved Alexander (and his family too!) even more for appreciating Wren for herself without judging her from only her appearance!

    The love part of the story here is slow growing and very tender. At the beginning neither Wren nor Alexander are even attracted to each other! Here there's no lusting at first sight!

    Wren was righteously cold and business-like, but at the same time determined. She wants her own family and children. She think that with her blemish no man will want her, but she's rich and probably it would be possible to find a honorable man who will wed her for a part of her inheritance. To her it's the only way...

    Alexander is in dire straits. He knows that he must marry a heiress - he doesn't want to, but that's the only way. But when summoned and proposed by Wren, he's aghast! It is just not done! Man proposes, not a woman! And she also dare to make it a business!!! But he's also intrigued.

    So they agree to become acquainted before deciding anothing about marriage. And so it starts...

    It is really a sweet love story. I could see Alexander's opinion changing, his feelings getting engaged, his tenderness and admiration growing.

    Also you can see Wren being dragged out of her shell, acquiring her confidence and overcoming years of hiding her face.

    Just beautiful.

  • Lyuda

    Mary Balogh is my comfort read. She waves her magic and creates emotionally satisfying world of complex relationships between strong, likable and honorable characters without relying too much on evil villains or annoying misunderstandings. Her stories tend to have more characters’ introspection as opposed to melt downs or limitless arguments.

    The story, third in the series, is no exception and I would say it’s my favorite in the series. I loved both protagonists. I don’t know if it's possible to

    Mary Balogh is my comfort read. She waves her magic and creates emotionally satisfying world of complex relationships between strong, likable and honorable characters without relying too much on evil villains or annoying misunderstandings. Her stories tend to have more characters’ introspection as opposed to melt downs or limitless arguments.

    The story, third in the series, is no exception and I would say it’s my favorite in the series. I loved both protagonists. I don’t know if it's possible to create a better romantic hero than Alex. He’s kind, patient, honorable dream-man. He is a perfect man for the emotionally scared heroine. It’s she who made a difference for me in the story. My heart went out to her right at the beginning even when she appeared stiff, defensive, cold, and at times, even hostile. She had good reasons for it. Her courage to face and overcome the demons and to venture outside of her lonely cocoon was truly admirable. The two protagonists were made for each other.

    I smiled and sighed with contentment at the end. This story is exactly what I needed.

  • Caz

     is the third book in Mary Balogh’s series following the fortunes of the Westcott family as its members struggle to put their lives back together after the revelation of a long-buried family secret impacts all of them in many different ways.  The author once again proves herself to be incredibly skilled at examining the detail and minutiae of relationships – both romantic and familial – and in her ability to make her char

     is the third book in Mary Balogh’s series following the fortunes of the Westcott family as its members struggle to put their lives back together after the revelation of a long-buried family secret impacts all of them in many different ways.  The author once again proves herself to be incredibly skilled at examining the detail and minutiae of relationships – both romantic and familial – and in her ability to make her characters’ dilemmas and insecurities feel understandable and realistic.  These aren’t ‘flashy’ books; the focus is very much on the characters and how they adjust to the fact that the lives they had imagined for themselves are suddenly taken away – and how they come to understand that perhaps the very thing they have regarded as a disaster might just have changed their lives for the better.

    When, after his death, it was discovered that Humphrey Westcott, the Earl of Riverdale had married his countess while he was already married to someone else, the consequences were far reaching.  His ‘wife’ retired from society to reside with her brother and took to using her maiden name again, and their three children – two daughters and a son – were declared illegitimate, meaning that the supposed heir, Harry, a happy-go-lucky young man in his early twenties, could no longer inherit the earldom.  That honour now falls to Alexander Westcott, the late earl’s nephew, although it’s an honour Alexander could have done without.

    When we first met Alex in 

    , he had spent the better part of the last five years working on making good his family finances and setting his Kent estate, Riddings Park, to rights.  A young man who takes his responsibilities very seriously, Alex was at long last looking forward to settling into the life of a country gentleman and had expressed his intention of looking about him for a wife, hoping to find a woman with whom he could happily share his life.  But his dreams of love and a quiet life of obscurity were shattered when he became the Earl of Riverdale. He has inherited the entailed properties that come with the title without being left even the smallest amount of the money necessary to run them, meaning that Alex is now faced with the prospect of marrying for money rather than for love as he’d hoped.

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  • Tina

    I put this book on my TBR because Mary Balogh is an autobuy for me, not because I was necessarily excited for Alexanders' story. Frankly, Alexander wasn't all that exciting in the two previous books.

    But Balogh transforms Alexander into a truly great hero in this one, he rather blossoms honestly.

    This story seems rather an allusion to beauty and the beast with the gender roles reversed. In fact, like she did in the first book of the series where she throws romance novel convention out the window a

    I put this book on my TBR because Mary Balogh is an autobuy for me, not because I was necessarily excited for Alexanders' story. Frankly, Alexander wasn't all that exciting in the two previous books.

    But Balogh transforms Alexander into a truly great hero in this one, he rather blossoms honestly.

    This story seems rather an allusion to beauty and the beast with the gender roles reversed. In fact, like she did in the first book of the series where she throws romance novel convention out the window and makes her her hero in that book code rather effeminate (I always picture Netherby as looking kinda like a Caucasian version of Prince with his lace and eyeliner) she codes Wren, the heroine here, somewhat masculine-ly.

    Alexander is always described as otherworldly handsome and proper and his estates needs rescuing by money. Whereas Wren is "tall as man" and "athletic" and she is a business mogul who runs a glass factory and brings in dolla-dolla bills to help him fix all his estates. Also she is the one who proposes to

    . And while she is not technically a beast -- she has a big birth mark on one side of her face which has made her a recluse and she hides in her big estate all alone -- her life is in somewhat of a suspension until Alexander breaks the spell.

    But the story isn't just abut her surface scars, the bigger issues surrounding them are much deeper. The fun of the story is watching their somewhat unconventional courtship play out and then watching as Alexander and his family dive under that surface and help her heal. There seems to be a theme that runs throughout all three books so far and that is one of parental/parentage secrets and lies and the resultant scars those secrets have left that the adult children must work out.

    And speaking of Alexander's family -- this is the third book in the series so if you've read the other two you know that the Westcott family is ginormous. And they all make an appearance. I rather like the chaotic lot of them and to see how they are all faring after the monumental scandalous revelations from the first book. Thank goodness Balogh includes a family tree in the beginning.

    Really good book. My second favorite of the series.

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    Wren has hidden herself away from the world but without her aunt and uncle, she has grown lonely. Deciding that her inheritance should be good for something, she decides to buy herself a husband.

    Alexander was happy in his life but now finding himself an earl of an impoverished estate, his life has been turned upside down.

    What starts off as a business propositi

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    Wren has hidden herself away from the world but without her aunt and uncle, she has grown lonely. Deciding that her inheritance should be good for something, she decides to buy herself a husband.

    Alexander was happy in his life but now finding himself an earl of an impoverished estate, his life has been turned upside down.

    What starts off as a business proposition could end up being a fairy tale.

    Third in the Wescott series we come to Alexander's story. The previous two books set the storyline of the previous Earl of Riverdale dying and exposing that his second marriage was bigamist. His three children are declared bastards while a daughter from the first marriage is found in an orphanage and suddenly legitimate. I did not read the previous two books and appreciated how Balogh smoothly and organically explained how Alexander became the Earl. Balogh relayed important information and characters but didn't info dump and in fact integrated all those previous characters into this story, creating a believable and familial world. You could feasibly start the series here.

    The star of this story and where most of the heavy emotional lifting comes from is our heroine Wren. She was born with a large birthmark covering half of her face and a mother who puts vanity above all else. When she is ten, her aunt takes her from her home and eventually she and her husband adopt Wren. Unfortunately, those important formative years with her cruel mother keep Wren from having any self-worth. Wren always wears a veil to cover her face unless around her aunt and uncle. When they die she becomes incredibly lonely and decides to buy a husband. Her new neighbor, the Earl of Riverdale, is third on her list for potential husbands but he may be just too good looking.

    You'll feel awful for Wren as she uses an ice queen persona to keep her pain and self shielded. Balogh masterfully created a perfect hero for Wren in Alexander. He perfectly complements the situation by being wary of the heroine's pain but also acknowledges it; there are no quick simple solutions in this story. This wasn't even a slow burn but a slow thawing; you'll need to wait until around the half-way mark before our couple starts to really get moving.

    I appreciated this building and forming of their relationship but I also thought the second half dragged on a bit. This is definitely not a "modern" historical, characters and mannerisms stay true to the time period, emotions and actions are a bit more constrained. While the larger cast of characters helped create a full world, it also stole away from my lead's romance more than I would have liked, the story had a tendency to slowly meander.

    Alexander's sister and mother and how they engaged and tried to understand Wren brought such a wonderful warmth to the story; I love when women characters kindly engage with each other. Alexander and Wren were such intelligent characters but I did think Wren’s internal declaration of love felt a bit quick as I don't think the "special" connection with Alexander had been quite made yet, he was the first and only man to show her attention in her life.

    A little slow and meandering towards the end but Wren will have you emotional and incredibly happy that she found the handsome Alexander.

  • ♥Rachel♥

    Oh, this book! I just loved it so much!

    Since Wren has lost her aunt and uncle, Wren has been lonely. She wants a marriage and hopes for all that comes with it: respect, trust, affection, and children. As a wealthy woman she sets out to buy a husband, since she doesn’t think she could acquire one any other way. She’s heard of Alexander Westcott’s predicament, inheriting the title of Earl of Riverdale with the massive estate of Brambledean, long neglected, and in need of a mountain of money to re

    Oh, this book! I just loved it so much!

    Since Wren has lost her aunt and uncle, Wren has been lonely. She wants a marriage and hopes for all that comes with it: respect, trust, affection, and children. As a wealthy woman she sets out to buy a husband, since she doesn’t think she could acquire one any other way. She’s heard of Alexander Westcott’s predicament, inheriting the title of Earl of Riverdale with the massive estate of Brambledean, long neglected, and in need of a mountain of money to repair and restore. So, Wren makes Alexander and offer of marriage.

    Alexander Westcott always thought when he married it would be for love, but that was before he unexpectedly inherited the title of Earl with Brambledean, its people and properties dependent on its prosperity. He doesn’t have the money to restore it the way it should and if he doesn’t take a bride for money it will be years of struggling to get the estate back on course. Wren Heyden’s offer is practical, and he feels like he could respect and eventually have affection for her, but Alexander’s afraid by the deep pain he thinks lies under her surface. Could she get past that to truly let him in? If not, would he be content such an emotionally remote marriage?

    Wren had so many barriers at first, I wasn’t sure a romance between her and Alex could be possible. They start off as so practical without the promise of love, it was a little depressing, but oh, things change and progress, and I fell in absolute love with their emotional journey!! Once their course was settled the romance was slow steps, but always going forward. No ridiculous, dramatic setbacks.

    Wren didn’t have any family to speak of, so I was very moved that Alexander’s family stepped up and gave Wren the support and friendship she needed. It was impossible to feel lonely with his cousins, aunts and uncles by her side, but I most appreciated Alexander’s mother and sister welcoming her into the family so warmly.

    Mary Balogh’s writing stirred up so many emotions, had me tearing up here and there with all the feels! She brought Wren and Alexander to life, to the point they felt real that I was genuinely touched by all the trials they overcame to find their HEA! Someone to Wed is tied as favorite in the series with Someone to Hold, the previous book, and now I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    A lovely Regency romance, to be published in November, that I downed whole in one evening. It's by one of the better-known authors in the field, Mary Balogh. The unique plot point here is that the heroine, Wren, has a large purple birthmark on one side of her face that she considers disfiguring, and she's been a hermit for many years, always wearing a veil in public. Notwithstanding that, she's also an intelligent, accomplished businesswoman who's taken over her uncle's glassworks business.

    Now h

    A lovely Regency romance, to be published in November, that I downed whole in one evening. It's by one of the better-known authors in the field, Mary Balogh. The unique plot point here is that the heroine, Wren, has a large purple birthmark on one side of her face that she considers disfiguring, and she's been a hermit for many years, always wearing a veil in public. Notwithstanding that, she's also an intelligent, accomplished businesswoman who's taken over her uncle's glassworks business.

    Now her aunt and uncle (her beloved adoptive parents, who took her in after a distressing childhood that Wren refuses to discuss with anyone) have passed away. Wren is lonely, almost 30, and very rich, and so she comes up with the idea of essentially bribing some nice, respectful man to marry her, treat her well and give her babies and sex (not, however, in that order :D), and put up with her isolated ways.

    Enter Alex, who's unexpectedly inherited a title and needs lots more money to whip the accompanying estate into shape. He's young and handsome, and he's not sure why he should even consider Wren's offer to him. There are lots of other rich heiresses around, and with his title and looks he shouldn't have any trouble finding a wife. She's clearly a very damaged soul, which is far more distressing to Alex than the mark on her face. But Alex is also a kind and thoughtful man. Perhaps something might be worked out? They decide to get to know each other slowly, with lots of bumps in the road along the way.

    It's a heartwarming story, if a little facile, especially in the last half. Alex is a paragon, and a man who feels bound by his duties to the people working on his estate. He very much wants to make life better for them, and is willing to set aside his own desires in order to achieve that. Wren is a more memorable character, trying to muster the courage to do things -- meet new people, go out in public, kiss a man -- that she's never done before.

    Lots of references and characters from the prior books in this Westcott series. It was a little distracting for me since I haven't read those books, but if you've read them you should be pleased to catch up with those characters.

  • Julie

    Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh is a 2017 Berkley publication.

    A tender, but redemptive love story, that gave me so many feels!

    While this series has been quality reading up to this point, as is most anything Mary Bologh pens, I was still suffering a bit of a book hangover from the ‘Survivor’ series, which was absolutely amazing. Up to this point the first two books in the Wescott series have failed to really grab me in the same way.

    However, this third installment was the perfect remedy for my pre

    Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh is a 2017 Berkley publication.

    A tender, but redemptive love story, that gave me so many feels!

    While this series has been quality reading up to this point, as is most anything Mary Bologh pens, I was still suffering a bit of a book hangover from the ‘Survivor’ series, which was absolutely amazing. Up to this point the first two books in the Wescott series have failed to really grab me in the same way.

    However, this third installment was the perfect remedy for my previous lethargic response to the Wescott saga.

    Alexander has been a wonderful character in this series and I am so happy he got his own story. With an inherited title, came a country estate in dire need of repair. With limited funds, his only choice is to marry for money.

    It was therefore quite fortuitous when he is summoned to the home of Wren Heyden, a wealthy businesswoman who is looking for a husband. Her marriage proposal, which would simply be an a marriage of convenience,but one Wren hopes will quell her soul deep loneliness, and provide her with children, is very tempting to Alexander, and he can’t dismiss it out of hand.

    The couple agrees to see how well they might get along before making any decisions, but this task is more difficult than it should be, due to Wren’s extreme social anxiety and awkwardness around other people.

    Can the couple find a way around their differences or will Wren's insecurities prevent her from making a commitment?

    Wren’s years in seclusion has made her appear aloof, or cold, when nothing could be further from the truth. She has endured so much, most of it needlessly, but with Alexander’s openness and willingness to draw her out, to encourage her to step out into the open more often, Wren flourishes.

    Alexander may need to marry for money, something his family is very sad about, but every day he spends with Wren, the deeper he falls in love with her. He admires her unconventionality, her lack of pretentiousness, her intelligence, and incredible courage and inner strength, and so did I!! She is a most remarkable character, one that is both vulnerable and inspirational.

    This story touched my heart! I loved this couple and their journey together!! The characters are front and center, there is no childish, immature angst, but the emotions and feelings of these richly drawn characters pulled at my heart, and, moved me deeply, evoking sincere empathy and compassion, which is Mary Bologh’s signature touch.

    This is, quite simply, a beautiful love story, the kind we ALL need a lot more of!

    4.5 stars

  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥

    There's plenty to like in Someone to Wed, Mary Balogh's third installment in her Westcott series.

    It's a fantastic MOC story, something that Mary Balogh does really well. Great, well-developed characters. Wren is such a strong, layered character. She knows what she wants and while she presents this cold and aloof behavior on the outside, her heart is passionate. But years of self-imposed seclusion and loneliness did a number of her, which made her all the more endearing and likable in my opinion

    There's plenty to like in Someone to Wed, Mary Balogh's third installment in her Westcott series.

    It's a fantastic MOC story, something that Mary Balogh does really well. Great, well-developed characters. Wren is such a strong, layered character. She knows what she wants and while she presents this cold and aloof behavior on the outside, her heart is passionate. But years of self-imposed seclusion and loneliness did a number of her, which made her all the more endearing and likable in my opinion.

    I really liked Alexander, too. I liked that at very beginning, there's no feelings or even an attraction between them. Their relationship grew from chapter to chapter and I was swept away with the slow burn romance between these two characters.

    If you're a fan of both slow-burn romances and the marriage-of-convenience trope, I highly recommend this book.


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