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Someone to Honor

(Westcott #6)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,087 ratings  ·  341 reviews
Abigail Westcott's dreams for her future were lost when her father died and she discovered her parents were not legally married. But now, six years later, she enjoys the independence a life without expectation provides a wealthy single woman. Indeed, she's grown confident enough to scold the careless servant chopping wood outside without his shirt on in the proximity of ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Berkley
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Princess under cover
I hate to say it, but Mary Balogh has lost her touch.

This is the lowest rating I have given to any of her books, including the not so polished earlier books.

I don't know what happened, but in recent years, her novels have gotten more and more boring, less and less romantic, and most of the time, I don't even really like the MCs.

I don't have a whole lot to say about this novel. I pre-ordered it, even tho that's a rare thing for me to do these days. I won't be pre-ordering anything else by this
Barbara Rogers
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: xx-2019-read
Series: Westcott #6
Publication Date: 7/2/19
Number of Pages: 400

OMGoodness – I cannot believe I’m giving this author 3-stars. It is a pleasant enough story, well written, etc. but bland. I have not read any of the other books in this series, but I understand they have all been great – and I do intend to read the earlier books because I’m sure I’ll like them. Many – if not all – of the characters from the earlier books make appearances in this story.

Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert (Gil) Bennington is
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
4.5 Stars

You don’t need to read the previous books to enjoy Someone to Honor, but there are quite a few characters/couples that show up from previous installments that won’t mean much to you if you don’t. Also, you wouldn’t feel original big shock that Abigail and her family feel at finding out they were illegitimate (since their father wasn’t actually married to their mother because was married to another woman). The impact of that doesn’t come through as much six books later, but if you go in
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steamy, romance
This is sixth in a series and a lot of characters from the extended Westcott family are important characters in this one. I highly recommend reading these in order.

This is fast becoming my favorite romance series of all time. Five of the six books so far have been personal five-star reads. I'm pretty sure that's unprecedented (uh, for me, I mean). I've been eagerly anticipating Abby's story because she was one of those most centrally hit with the reveal of her father's perfidy in the first book.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was welcomed back to the Regency England world of the unconventional Westcott family who endured a great family scandal and it made them rally and show an inner strength most didn't know they possessed. I enjoy this series of a family who take their turns finding love and happiness in their own unique ways, but this was one of my favorites (yes, I say that a lot with this series). This broody, slightly bitter, stone-faced hero with a tender heart won me over from the start. The betrayal of the ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals.

The heroine ofSomeone to Honor, the sixth book in Mary Balogh’s series about the Westcott family is Abigail Westcott, the younger daughter of the late Earl of Riverdale. She was approaching her come out and her eighteenth birthday when her father was discovered to have married her mother bigamously, meaning that she and her siblings – sister Camille and brother Harry – were illegitimate and that Harry could not inherit the
Another winner from Balogh!

Balogh brought her A game to Someone to Honor. I absolutely adored this historical romance; it has everything that I love about Balogh in it - complex characters, a truly realistic obstacle to overcome, and a lovely, quiet, emotional romance. Abby and Gil were perfect foils for one another. I especially enjoyed Gil's journey to better accepting himself and his worthiness for Abby and her family. Who doesn't love a self-conscious hero? There's just something so
*The Angry Reader*
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historicals, arcs, 2019
*ARC received for an honest review*

I enjoy Mary Balogh’s books. There’s a lot of character focus. Plenty of plot. Frequently the hero or heroine has something emotional to overcome. There’s a sweetness to the healing in her books.

I struggled to see Gil and Abigail as a couple. The things he’d been through kept him locked within himself. She was kind and accepting of his struggles. But I’m not sure that I saw their connection.

I still enjoyed the book. It’s like herbal tea - always good. Always
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The writing was lovely, as always. Balogh does characterization so well. The thing that the H/h most wanted was just to be understood.. I felt the emotions through the pages and there were several moments that were very touching. (Their wedding was particularly romantic to read about)

Not much happens in this story. There are no kidnappings, mysteries, evil bad guys. It's just two people trying to find happiness. Very typical of this series.

I loved Abby, she was thoughtful and knew herself well.
Lady Wesley
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Really, about 3.5, rounded up, even though it’s a bit dull. Mary Balogh gives the reader a subtle story of two people who feel that they never fit in finding not only one another but also their dreamed-of places in the world.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

The entire Westcott series is the story of one family making lemonade out of what initially were some rather bitter lemons – with no sugar at all.

Humphrey Westcott is dead, to begin with. And that’s a good thing for him, because if he hadn’t died before the series opened, the line to kill him would stretch for miles. The late and totally unlamented Humphrey was a bigamist, a fact that was only discovered after his unexpected death.

The series is the story of
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is good to be in Mary-Balogh-world again (and apropos to reading-pair her with Betty Neels; see my previous review on The Moon For Lavinia): a world of grace, depth, and beauty, brought like a well-sprung carriage to a believable HEA-conclusion. I haven’t read the Westcott series before, but was over the moon, Lavinia’s, to read and review Someone To Honor (Wescott #6); it tropishly-ideal marriage-of-convenience narrative was mere icing on the Balogh-wedding-fruitcake.

No one can write
Tracy Emro
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up.

Lt Col. Gilbert "Gil" Bennington returns to England with Harry Westcott. Harry barely survived Waterloo and now almost 2 years later, he is still weak and ill - he asks Gil to stay with him in England until he recovers, Gil agrees and then wishes he hadn't when Harry's family shows up. Gil is not a fan of the nobility and has his own reasons for returning to England. The primary reason is to regain custody of his young daughter, who is currently living with his late wife's
An extremely pleasant romance novel. Which I intend, perhaps, as faint praise, but in no sense the damning sort.
Amber Dawn
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I sighed more through this than I have over any romance novel. I smiled and giggled and tremendously enjoyed falling in love with the entire Wescott and Bennington family.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well written BUT boring and dull in every other way. Unlikeable heroine, lackluster plot, monotonous rendition based on self-pity, bland attraction and prosaic sex. I gave up by chapter 6 and then skimmed to finish only because its Balogh. Next book features the dead-beat father of this book's hero. Not excited.
Two people paying for their parent’s mistakes

Abigail and Gil are both illegitimate. She born a lady and then dispossessed of her title and social standing upon discovery that her father had being bigamous. He born in poverty, illegitimate son of a nobleman and a washwoman.
This book is not excessively romantic. Most of the time the MCs are not fully aware of their true feelings for one another.
As with other books in this series, the story evolves slowly and the treasure is underneath. Feelings
I really liked this.

It was a slow book (which I knew getting into this because this is not my first Balogh) but it was well done. I've always liked Abigail - from the moment we met her at the age of 16 in book 1 when her entire world collapsed around her like a wooden building. And seeing her here, as a young woman trying to understand herself and her place in the world meant a lot to me. I really liked Gil as well and found him a good match for Abigail. However I will be honest, if we haven't
Tracy DeNeal
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Settling down with a Mary Balogh novel is like coming home on a winter’s day and snuggling by the fireside sipping on hot tea. Relaxing, refreshing and oh so restorative.

The Westcotts are such a remarkable family. One must pay attention from the first to understand their connections and interconnections. Yes, it may tend to confuse, but go along with it and understand that they are all family. Once you get there, you’ve got it.

Gil and Abby take center stage this time. Gil has an
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mary Balogh remains one of my auto-buys because I like how she teases out and works with a lot of different types of themes in her romances.

In the first Wescott Family novel Someone to Love (my hands down favorite of the series so far still), the background story of one man's bigamist marriage and how that turns the lives upside down for his come-from-nowhere unknown legitimate daughter was soapy goodness. But beyond that book it set up a lot of ripple effects for his once legitimate but now
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SOMEONE TO HONOR: Deep Take on Illegitimacy
An examination of family values in Regency England against the backdrop of illegitimacy.

Someone to to Honor follows the general format of this series, one or more of the love interests was born out of wedlock. Actually, this entire series is an examination of illegitimacy during the Regency/Georgian periods. The great disruption in the Westcott family, that is, the discovery that Abigail and her siblings are
Sonya Heaney
Something I need to get off my chest: WHY has nobody in any review I've read so far commented on how ridiculous it was that the illegitimate son of a washerwoman was able to go to London and pick up a special licence to marry the heroine?

However, there's something about this author's books that really works for me. Yes, there are too many characters to keep track of, and yes, they're slower-paced than most books now, but they work. The subtlety in a subgenre that is over-the-top so often these
Eh, I was just bored. I don't have much more to say except (plot spoilers) (view spoiler)
Mary Balogh has outdone herself in Someone to Honor, the 6th Westcott book. Abigail Westcott’s story begins three years after Someone to Trust, Elizabeth and Colin’s romance. Despite spending the intervening years with her mother, Viola, who is married to the fashionable Marquess of Dorchester, Abby shows no interest in finding a husband. The Westcott family likes to worry about its members and enact loving and elaborate plans for their future, but Abby politely refuses to play along.

Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: balogh-mary
Without knowing the author in advance, I could open any book and immediately know I am reading a book by Mary Balogh. She has such a distinctive, unique style of writing which always draws me in. The story is never rushed. Instead, you are taken upon a leisurely journey where you learn about the characters, the background, the setting and the story line itself. It is always a terrific journey that you can savor. "Someone to Honor" is just that way and another terrific addition to the Westcott ...more
Jul 22, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
For some reason I couldn't finish this one. I couldn't connect to the main couple and Gil was boring me to death. I also found the whole business around his daughter tedious and distracting.
Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
Mary Balogh's Wescott series is a dependable four star series and the trend continues with Someone to Honor. There are other historical authors I enjoy more but Mary has a great way of writing her heroines to be independent and truly likable which continues to bring me back for more.

Abigail has been present in other books as the 'disgraced' daughter of a peer who found out she was illegitimate. Now though she is wealthy, she has no title and no marriage prospects which is she content with as
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mary Balogh has the ability to create relationships between characters that's based on desirable traits and understanding between the hero and heroine, not just sexual desire. So her stories have the strength to strongly pull on my heart strings. Someone to Honor did this again. This is another well written historical romance in the Westcott series. Don't forget to have your tissue ready for a happy-tears HEA!

I received an advanced readers copy from a giveaway in exchange for my honest and
Holly Bush
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abigail Westcott loses what she considers her birthright when it is discovered after her father’s death that his first wife was dying from consumption, but not dead, when he married Abigail’s mother for her vast dowry. Abigail, her sister Camille, and her brother Harry, at the time thought to be the next Earl of Riverdale, are suddenly bastard children in the eyes of society, and are no longer treated as members of the ton. Her sister finds her place and marries an artist of some renown (Someone ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a pleasurable read!

And now it's Abby Westcott's story!
Although a different take, the trope was familiar. The Waterloo and Peninsula Campaign veteran, a hero with a past. The emotionally wounded young woman who's at last coming to grips with who she is. A problem or two to be solved and a rather startling solution.
Both leading characters are making momentous decisions that will come around but the getting there is tricky. Of course there's a problem or two to be solved! Somehow!
Some quite
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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 ...more

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“Sometimes one does wonder if one lives quietly from choice or if in reality one is merely waiting for something that may never come.” 1 likes
“Miss Abigail Westcott, he had concluded during the past week, when he had watched her far more than he had wanted to and far more than was good for him, did most of her living inside herself. Like an iceberg, she showed the merest tip of her totality to the world, even her family. Perhaps especially to them. He wondered if they realized it.” 0 likes
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