Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh
(A Westcott Novel)

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Balogh exhibits a fine understanding of how unmet expectations, painful father issues, and identity struggles can both restrain a person and lead to liberation. This Regency romance dives deeper than most and will satisfy fans and new readers alike.
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A reversal of fortune befalls a young woman in the latest Westcott novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss and Someone to Love.
 
Humphrey Wescott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune and a scandalous secret that will forever alter the lives of his family—sending one daughter on a journey of self-discovery...
 
With her parents’ marriage declared bigamous, Camille Westcott is now illegitimate and without a title. Looking to eschew the trappings of her old life, she leaves London to teach at the Bath orphanage where her newly discovered half-sister lived. But even as she settles in, she must sit for a portrait commissioned by her grandmother and endure an artist who riles her every nerve.
 
An art teacher at the orphanage that was once his home, Joel Cunningham has been hired to paint the portrait of the haughty new teacher. But as Camille poses for Joel, their mutual contempt soon turns to desire. And it is only the bond between them that will allow them to weather the rough storm that lies ahead...
 

About Mary Balogh

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Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The Secret Mistress, the acclaimed Slightly and Simply novels, and the five titles in her Huxtable series: First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, Seducing an Angel, and A Secret Affair. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.
 
Published February 7, 2017 by Jove. 396 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 27 2016

While his surprise fortune feels a little too close to the plot of the previous Westcott novel, one can look past it to the richer drama of human intimacy. Likewise, the reappearance of a two-dimensional comic villain seems pat, but only a hardhearted reader will be dry-eyed at the characters who become Camille and Joel's family by the end.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 13 2017

Balogh exhibits a fine understanding of how unmet expectations, painful father issues, and identity struggles can both restrain a person and lead to liberation. This Regency romance dives deeper than most and will satisfy fans and new readers alike.

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Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Feb 07 2017

As always, there is a depth of emotion that enchants and a twist on character motivation that captures readers’ attention even as the leisurely pace slows the story down.

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Excellent
Reviewed by John Charles on Apr 11 2017

Written with an irresistibly wry sense of humor and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters, the second in Balogh’s exceptional Westcott series, following Someone to Love (2016), is another gorgeously written love story from the queen of Regency romances.

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