Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh | Westcott #3
Publication Date | November 17th, 2017
ARC from the publisher
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Someone to Wed is a story about a man who finds himself in a most unexpected position, and a woman desperately seeking company and affection. The new Earl of Riverdale is in need of a wealthy wife, and conveniently, a well off heiress proposes marriage. But make no mistake – Wren and Alexander’s story (and marriage) is not rushed by any means; this is definitely a slow burn story. After being born with a birth mark on one half of her face, Wren has spent most of her adult life in limited contact with other people in an effort to shield herself from their reactions. Alexander, on the other hand, comes from a loud, boisterous family, and can imagine life no other way. I love Alexander and Wren’s story. There was nothing but honestly between them, and Alexander was so attentive when it came to Wren. I loved the way his family treated her, giving her all the love and affection she’d never had. They adored Alex and it was clear they wanted him to marry for love and not money, despite the situation he found himself in. While I did love Wren and Alex’s story, I did have a few issues with it. While this book could definitely be read as a stand alone, there were a few times I found it hard to keep such a large cast of characters straight. On the other hand, I enjoyed a lot of those characters, and I’m glad I get to go back and read their stories, and get to look forward to others. The other issue I had was how quickly Wren found her backbone. There was one scene in particular where she gave a piece of her mind to another character, and it just felt rushed, out of place, and inauthentic. I think maybe if more time had passed I would have been able to buy it, but as it was, it just felt too incredible.
While I did have a few issues with this story, I really enjoyed it overall. Especially Alex’s character. If you like stories where the ice queen thaws, I think you will like this one, too.
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