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Someone to Wed

(Westcott #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  7,847 ratings  ·  897 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Berkley
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Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$1.99 Kindle sale, June 11, 2019. One for the Regency romance fans.

Someone to Wed is a lovely Regency romance 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
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
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

Someone to Wed 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
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is third in a series and I highly recommend that you read them in order. The extended family is broad and a lot of them show up in all the stories and that can be confusing if you’re coming into that newly here. All the books are outstanding, so at least starting at the beginning shouldn’t be a burden.

This one became my favorite, no question. And it has been a whole week since I finished, so I’m afraid this review won’t be as good as it could have been. Which sucks, but it was still too raw
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
Penny Reid
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh man, this one started out SO GOOD!! I had that expectant feeling in my chest at the build up, and then their (view spoiler) Along the way, what could have been passionate and exciting became . . . tepid? With two MC's so entirely free of making poor ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, another delightful read from the Wescott series! I loved how Wren gradually shed her reclusiveness and how Balogh described her thought processes as she did so. The slow burn romance is so sweet! A wonderful read, and my favorite in the series so far.
Geri Reads
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
This took a while for the story and the romance to take off. Wren is a very, very shut down heroine due to a horrific childhood as a result of a large port stain birthmark and one bad mama. Her back story is worth reading.

Adopted and raised by a loving aunt and uncle she is that rare entity, a businesswoman in Regency England. MB makes it work without making Wren a strident, corset-burning feminist. The h is very wealthy.

The hero is the now heir to the Westcott title after the previous Earl died
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3 stars

3, maybe 3.5 stars - I liked it. It was nice to see Wren blossom with the help of Alexander's family and her own teancity/courage. Her first 10 years were filled with neglect, derision and isolation. This is a slow burn. Wren is wealthy - she inherited a lot of money when her aunt and uncle died. Although she offers a MOC to Alex (he came into a title & estate needs a huge cash infusion). Alex does not readily accept. He understands that he needs to marry for $$, but he also wants to like
I won't rehash my review of the book, which is HERE.

The audio version - narrated by the incomparable Rosalyn Landor - is every bit as enjoyable as the print version - possibly even moreso given the extra emotional nuance conveyed by Ms. Landor, who is just brilliant at getting into the heads of the characters she narrates.

Highly recommended.

h o l l i s
I'm sorta starting to regret my determination to catch up on this series in preparation for my ARC of book four because I have a sneaking suspicion I might have liked it better had I not experienced all these up and down reads for my first foray in Balogh's writing.

"Do you value yourself so little that you believe only your money gives you any worth at all?"

Strangely, in some ways, SOMEONE TO WED was my favourite of the Westcott series so far because the arrangement between this couple was
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
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
More than just Someone to Wed

I am really enjoying the Westcott series and Someone to Wed was an excellent addition. We meet two very original characters in Alexander, Earl of Riverdale, and his someone to wed, Wren Heyden, a very rich woman looking for a husband.

Wren is a recluse who has spent nearly all of her life hiding behind her veil. When her beloved aunt and uncle passed away within days of each other, she decides that she wants her own family to love. Keeping close to home, she looks at
Luana ☆
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I read this book a couple of years ago I have no idea why I started the series with this book as it is the third. It is not that I didn't fully understand it, but i certainly didn’t appreciate it. Now that i am in the flow of the messages that Mary Balogh wants to send with this series, I appreciate it much more.

As I said in my previous reviews of book 1 an 2, this is not a series to read if you like a steamy romance. Because every single one is tepid. But I enjoyed a lot the storyline and
Genre - M/F Historical Romance.

I have read few books by Mary Balogh in the past and liked it but none are from this series. I went into the book with the expectation of reading a marriage of convenience trope but the marriage came quite late in the book and the focus was more on relationship development and hurt/comfort.
I was not surprised by the characters and writing style which had a distinctive Mary Balogh serious tone, perfectly suited for a Historical setting.

Our heroine, Wren is a practic
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
A hurt/comfort trope (at least that's what we called it in my fandom days) done right. I really think MB excels at this trope. She takes someone broken and heals them with romantic (and other kinds) of love. It was the point of her Survivors series and she returns to it here.

Heroine #3 is rich and orphaned by the deaths of her adoptive parents. She was given away by her mother because she was born with a disfiguring strawberry birthmark covering the left side of her face. She has lived as a veil
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible

Another wonderful book in the Westcott series! And I so enjoy listening to Rosalyn Landor’s narration. ❤️

Both Wren and Alexander were fabulous. I love a strong heroine and Wren was that. And Alexander was so damn sweet. Loved him too! ❤️❤️
Joana V.
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
Review originally published at Romancing Romances.

Mary Balogh is one of my all-time favourite authors. Her books are always feel-good books, they make me happy. And this one was no exception.

I have to say, even if I do love a good rake/rogue book, I miss the beta heroes so much. And Alexander Westcott is a beta hero. And it made me so happy.

He’s a practical man, who had a title and property dropped on his lap without any warning – and property/land that desperately needs money. And Alex is a go
Juliana Philippa
She was well aware that she was different. She was not warm or open in manner and never could be. She seemed incapable of showing her feelings. She was not ... Oh, she was not a thousand and one things other people were without any effort.

was she, then? She did not want to define herself for the rest of her life with negatives.
What an enjoyable read! I just recently finished Book 2 in the series, Someone to Hold (my review), which was absolutely lovely, but it's not a required read
I can't say enough how I love Ms. Balogh's novels. This one hit home for me as I had a friend from school who had a birthmark that too covered her left side of her face. She was picked on a lot however I never let her appearance deter us from becoming close friends.

I truly love the fact that the H/h were both older mature individuals who knew what they wanted and needed in their lives to make them somewhat a whole person. Although there seemed to be not alot of romance and intimacy between the t
Jul 01, 2022 rated it liked it
When Alexander Westcott, the new Earl of Riverdale, is summoned to his neighbor's house, he's rightfully shocked when she proposes marriage. Wren Heyden, it turns out, is both rich AND horny. But Alex wants to like his wife, so they decide to court or something.

1. Is it a marriage of convenience when they've already pretty much determined they they really, really like one another and are well on their way to mutual love? I think not.

Rated 4.5 - SOMEONE TO WED by Mary Balogh exemplifies her skills in characterization. I adored our heroine, Wren, from the very beginning, even though she was determined and overbearing. It was easy to see through her haughty behavior as a barrier she used as much as her veil.

Miss Wren Heyden inherits Withington House and her uncle’s glass factory, after the couple she claimed as her parents die within a week of each other. Considering herself a businesswoman first, she intends to buy herself a
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, regency
2.5 to 3 stars. There were aspects of the book that I liked, but overall, it was just okay for me. Somehow I never really warmed to Alexander and Wren, and their romance fell a little flat for me.

Alexander has recently and unexpectedly inherited a title and a run-down estate. A neighbour near his new estate, Wren is a bit of a recluse due to her awful childhood, and the fact that she has a large purple birthmark on her face, about which she is understandably quite self-conscious. But Wren has an
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, the pace of the book is slow. Alex and Wren’s story is about as far from insta-lust as a romance can be. They meet and part and meet again and gradually come to understand their feelings for each other. They don’t so much fall in love as they grow in love. This is one of the things I valued most in this book, having read a surfeit of books based on a romance variation of Caesar’s description of victory: I saw, I lusted, I came. A book in a Balogh series invites readers into a world ...more
Heather *coffee and flowers*
This was a sweet romance. I've read three of Balogh's books before, and I'm still not sure if I'm a fan. What drew me to this one was the fact that the heroine has a purple birthmark on her face. This isn't mentioned in the synopsis, and I probably wouldn't have picked the book up if I hadn't learned of this from reading Tadiana's review.

I really enjoyed Wren as a character. Her growth and insecurities were well-described and realistic. A lot of the story was dull for me however, and that's prob
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more

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