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Someone to Honor

(Westcott #6)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,696 ratings  ·  472 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 la ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Berkley
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Gretchen This is fairly clean for a romance; there are a couple scenes of married sex, though not graphic. I have only read books in this series and not any ot…moreThis is fairly clean for a romance; there are a couple scenes of married sex, though not graphic. I have only read books in this series and not any others works of Mary Balough so cannot speak to those.(less)

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Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh is a 2019 Berkley publication.

Another lovely romance from Mary Balogh!

This sixth installment in the Westcott series is centered around Abigail Westcott, who, six years after her life was forever altered, has accepted her lot in life and is now enjoying her independence.

However, because her brother Harry is returning home from the war, with a long recovery ahead of him, she decides to stay with him for at least a little while. What she did not expect, was for H
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 a
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.
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 n
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
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 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it more than the previous.
Nice story
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 of Someone 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 Riv
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 endearin
Two stars for my simply not connecting to the story.

Dreary with a boring and at times unpleasant hero and boring heroine.

Much better in the series.
*The Angry Reader*
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs, historicals
*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
This one was OK. It kinda sagged in the middle for me and I took a break before going back and finishing. I was getting nearer the end and things were wrapping up but I still had 15% or 20% to go (on my kindle) and I kept thinking, what can happen now? Where is the plot going? When all of a sudden at 89% I hit the epilogue and the book finished at 91%. That was confusing. The rest of the book was previews for other books. Hmmm. I wish I'd known that. I might have made more of an effort to push t ...more
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.
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.
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
Juliana Philippa
4.25 stars
This book was a lovely addition to the Westcott series—which as a whole, is fantastic. Don't feel like writing an extensive review right now, but I'll say that both characters were extremely likable and I probably got the most emotionally involved in this book, compared to the others. My heart broke for Gil who has had such a rough time in life and now is separated from his daughter and might lose custody of her; it was very, very affecting.

He and Abby don't really start off as "enemie
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.
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 deeply-
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 b
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
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.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this a few days ago, but life has gotten in the way now that I've suddenly become a full-time teacher for my children who are staying home from school to practice some good social distancing. So I hardly know what to say about this story. I enjoyed it. It was weird to read this one after reading Someone to Remember out of order. I already knew the story of Gil's father and his tragic romantic history, so I didn't jump on the "my father is horrible" bandwagon for this story like I was ...more
Meh, I didn't care about this one.

The central conflict of the book is the custody battle the hero fights for his daughter with his late wife's parents. It just felt like a modern problem to have (though I'm not saying it's impossible at the time of the book). It also seemed like Balogh wanted to have it both ways with the hero - he's a bastard with very humble beginnings, has worked up all by himself in the military, but now is so well to do it's unbelievable. Saying "careful investments" doesn'
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 inf
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 ill
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 il
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 d
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 fa ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Westcott series is just so good. Though I do find it hard to keep track of the characters -- it's good that they put family trees in front of each book.

In this one Harry Westcott is coming home from the Peninsula (think Napoleon), and - of course - has a friend who ends up pairing with his sister Abigail. He's illegitimate but was made an officer by his father who caught up with him after his mother died (but he wants nothing to do with him). Well, Abigail is also illegitimate but was raise
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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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