Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh
Matilda Westcott has spent her life tending to the needs of her mother, the Dowager Countess of Riverdale, never questioning the web of solitude she has spun herself. To Matilda, who considers herself an aging spinster daughter, marriage is laughable – love is a game for the young, after all. But her quiet, ordered life unravels when a dashing gentleman from her past reappears, threatening to charm his way into her heart yet again.
Charles Sawyer, Viscount Dirkson, does not expect to face Matilda Westcott thirty-six years after their failed romance. Moreover, he does not expect decades-old feelings to emerge at the very sight of her. When encountering Matilda at a dinner hosted by the Earl of Riverdale, he finds himself as fascinated by her as he was the first day they met, and wonders whether, after all these years, they have a chance at happiness together. Charles is determined to crack the hard exterior Matilda has built up for more than three decades, or he will risk losing her once again . . .
Book Review by Tanya Kaanta
Fans of historical romance, rejoice! Mary Balogh is an all-time favorite of mine and she has just released this beautiful novella about second chances. And our heroine is not some simpering young miss, rather she’s in her fifties, beautiful inside and out, and finally ready to allow love into her life.
Thirty-six years ago, Matilda Westcott had love and was persuaded to end the liaison. Her parents convinced her that her romance with Charles Sawyer, now Viscount Dirkson, was one of immature infatuation. Charles had a reputation as a womanizing rake who would never settle down. Believing her parents, Matilda let Charles go and remained a spinster, caring for her mother, the Dowager Countess of Riverdale.
Fast-forward thirty-six years. Viscount Dirkson and Matilda find themselves very much in each other’s paths. Charles is now single, and he and Matilda realize their love for one another has never waned.
The novella takes us on a journey of second chances. Where Charles is able to prove his devotion and love to Matilda, and Matilda finds her voice, realizing she does want and deserve love after all. It’s a slow burn, and a sweet romance. But the feels are still present – in spades.
If you’re looking for a quick read during this holiday season that will warm your heart and make you believe in true love at any age, Someone to Remember is the novella for you. And when it ended, I yearned for more of their story. I almost felt robbed it was a novella and not a full length. But then I felt grateful that at least I had a peek into Matilda’s happily ever after. And now I’m ready for the next Westcott installment, due out in 2020. Which, if you’ve been following the Westcott series, will be Jessica’s story. If you haven’t read any of the Westcott’s, you’re in luck. You can nestle with any of the stories as they can be read as a stand-alone. Though I’d recommend starting with the first, Someone to Love.
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