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Someone to Remember

(Westcott #7)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  497 ratings  ·  112 reviews
It's never too late to fall in love in this enchanting new story, a novella in the Westcott series from New York Times bestselling author 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 daug
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Berkley Books
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Janine Ballard
I squeeed so hard when I saw that Matilda would be getting a book!

August 20, 2019

Now read. Review to come.

November 7, 2019

3 / 3.25 stars

Not one of Balogh’s best, and much too short.

Reviewed with Kaetrin for DA:
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone to Remember is the seventh (and penultimate?) instalment in Mary Balogh’s  Westcott  saga, which has followed the fortunes of the various members of the large and close-knit Westcott family after the discovery that the late Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, had committed bigamy and that his second marriage was therefore invalid.  This discovery naturally had serious repercussions; his son and two daughters lost titles, fortunes and status; his widow couldn’t even claim to have been a wife, and the earldom divertBalogh’s  ...more
Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
Someone to Remember is the 7th installment to Mary Balogh's Wescott series. I would call it book #6.5 since it is the length of a novella, but that's just me. It shines light on an older member of the Wescott family, Matilda, who has been cast until now as the spinster aunt who is a bit of a romantic.

After finishing Someone to Honor, I was intrigued by Matilda's past with Viscount Dirkson. I was so pleased to see that she was getting her own Happily Ever After! It is smaller than the
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All romance readers
Shelves: romance, historical
So now I have read and absolutely loved this book. Charles made the renewed romance happen and I loved his inner thoughts. Matilda was short on courage most of her life but she finally finds enough to declare her love for Charles and to accept his. There is a scene that made me cry when Matilda tells Charles what is was like for her loving him over 36 years and hum realizing he had not done enough when he was 20 to pursue her hand in marriage despite her parents qualms. They both never found the ...more
Okay, it REALLY needs to be advertised as a NOVELLA. Because it is.

Review for Dear Author, with Janine, to come.
In the last Westcott book, we learned a surprise about Mathilda's past- she had a disappointment in love and so had he and then they met again with that old magic still there. I needed that story... and, here it is. It was all I could have hoped for in a reunion romance.

Someone to Remember is the seventh installment of the Westcott series. Each could be read standalone in a pinch. However, the further one gets in the series, the harder it is to read standalone since there is a great
Lady Wesley
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just delightful. I’ll try to write more later.
Recommended Read! SOMEONE TO REMEMBER is perfection. I laughed, cried, smiled, and sighed my way through this novella. It is utterly lovely, and the sweetest midlife romance. Author Mary Balogh infinitely reigns as the Regency romance queen.

Charles and Matilda are enchanting together. Matilda is flawlessly designed as the suffering spinster, fussing over her aging mother, who decidedly does not want her assistance. Matilda’s first and only love, the notorious rake, Viscount Dirkson — her
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
FINALLY someone has written the book I've been wanting for years: a romance starring a middle-aged woman (of 56), who is as capable of and as deserving of love, romance, and joy as a woman in her teens, twenties, or thirties. I cheered and smiled and even grew teary over Matilda's awakening to love and her decision to embrace happiness and the life she once gave up. A lovely second-chance novella. Full review to come.
Tracy Emro
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have been following the Westcott series, you know that at the end of Someone to Honor, Lady Matilda Westcott – Abigail’s maiden aunt, goes to see Charles Sawyer, Viscount Dirkson and asks him to help Gilbert get custody of his daughter. In that book, it is clear to the reader that Charles and Matilda share a past and did not part on the best of terms, but the reader is never enlightened about what transpired and when.

Lady Matilda acts as caregiver/companion to her mother, the dowager Cou
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SOMEONE TO REMEMBER: Lost Time & Regrets
A couple in love, who were kept from marrying by her parents, meet each other again when they are older.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

I’ve always enjoyed Mary Balogh’s work, and her work doesn’t usually go down the ra
Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
Someone to Remember is a sweet novella in Mary Balough's Wescott world. I've been enjoying this series for quite some time now and it was lovely to see this addition.

Please note that you will have wanted to read the series prior to this book to gain any real insight. Following from where we previously left off, Matilda Wescott, spinster and caretaker to her mother, is acknowledging her loneliness and her previous brief romance Charles, now Viscount Dirkson.

Dirkson, you wi
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved an ARC and was so excited I sat down and read the whole book, basically in tears the whole time!! Matilda has been in the background of every book, fussing over her mother. Said mother not exactly happy with all the fussing. First, I will admit as a 70 year old reading a story of a 56 year old woman once again meeting the man she has loved for 36 years made me so happy. Why can't she have a chance at love again. We learn the whole back story of which we caught a glimpse in the last bo ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

There’s always something that links all the books in an ongoing series. It’s often family – or at least found family. Sometimes it’s place – even if occasionally that’s work place rather than home place.

At first, in the terrific, long-running Westcott series (start with Someone to Love and settle in for a fantastic binge-read), it seemed like it was family. And it sort of is. The late, unlamented Humphrey Westcott is a presence throughout the
Kiki Z
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: underwhelming
I'm not entirely sure how to criticize what I didn't like it about this book but I'm going to try.

1) Lazy, sparse characterization. Charles was a rake in the past, frivolous and free, ending with him impregnating a woman and refusing to marry her although he was unmarried and could have. I could not for the life of me get into Someone to Honor so I don't know the full effect of how this affected his illegitimate son, Gil, who's the hero in the other book. Some people say that Gil's versio
Debbie Lester
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There has certainly been a bit of controversy with Mary Balogh’s latest addition to the Wescott series, Someone to Remember. I won’t focus too much on that, but I will make a few comments later in the review. This is a lovely story of second chance love with an older couple that I thought was beautifully written and necessary to those readers who enjoy the entire Westcott family. We just can’t leave out, Aunt Matilda!

What I liked:

Matilda Westcott has always done the right thing. She
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chaste, romance
This is seventh in a series, and much of the lead-in or weight of this character is built in the previous books. Matilda has featured in all of them (I think) as a real romantic willing to support the happiness of the other leads and the first to rally the others to do something. That said, she's very much in the background of those others, so you can probably read this on its own. But why would you want to?

I can't say I was yearning for a separate story for Matilda. She has been a sympathetic charasomething.
Rose Blue
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Thirty six years ago, Lady Matilda Westcott and Charles Sawyer were a pair of twenty-year-olds, passionately in love and eager to be married. When Matilda’s parents flatly refused Charles’s suit, Matilda accepted their decision with no thought of disobeying them. In order to ensure Charles was gone from her life, she declared that she never really loved him. A heartbroken Charles returned to his former rakish ways, soon fathering an illegitimate son, and h
Barb Lie
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh is the 7th book in her wonderful Westcott series. I have said this before, I love this series, even though I do not read a lot of historical romances, but this is very well written by Balogh, with wonderful recurring characters that we get to revisit in the Westcott family.

Matilda Westcott, our heroine, is considered a spinster by her family, due to her spending most of her life caring for her unappreciative mother. Matilda, who is now 56 years old,
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having devoted her life to caring for her mother's every need, she is forced to reevaluate her life's trajectory when it is determined that her mother's younger sister along with her even younger companion will be coming to live with the Dowager Countess, thus robbing Matilida of her sense of purpose in her mother's home. How different might her life have been had she married and left home?

This question is triggered for Matilda once more when Viscount Dirkson, Charles Sawyer, the los
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky to win a giveaway of the advance reader for this book. It's a novella, shorter than the rest of the series, but no less charming. The bonus excerpts at the end are also a great refresh for each of the novels, and a reminder of the breadth of this family tree. One of the joys of a series like this is being able to witness the growth of the cast over the course of the whole story. Not just the protagonists of each book, but every bit player and distant relation.

Matilda is one of the c
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where to begin? For such a tiny book, there was a lot to unpack. For Matilda's story I'd give it a four, but if I were to simply rate Mary Balogh for her efforts, it's a two.

The good:

Foremost, that it's a novella. This whole series has been tedious beyond words. Ironically, all the other books have been nothing but wordy in the extreme. Matilda's story could have been told in a novel, but MB's style has suffered this series, so a shorter story was perfect.

I'm happy we get Matilda's
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bittersweet and tender romance!

After reading 'Someone to Honor' I noted 'the amazingly secretive meeting of Aunt Matilda (Lady Matilda Westcott) with someone she has previously known,' and exclaimed, 'therein lies a story!'
Therein did lie a story! A story of lost dreams, of lives taking different paths and an endearing love lying hidden for more than thirty-six years, pushed into the depths of the couple in question's respective hearts, until they meet again.
Charles Saw
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Someone to Remember was such a lovely romance! Mary Balogh never fails to bring out emotions, and I actually shed a happy tear (or two) while reading.

Matilda as a secondary character in the past, kind of blended in, she was labeled a mild-aged, fussy spinster, and sort of shuffled off to the side. But in the last book Matilda took some initiative and made a bold move that would’ve been considered shocking at the time for the sake of a family member. There were hints at that point of a love lost between
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (

My Rating: 4 stars

Library recommendation: Recommended for public library historical romance collections that hold other books in this series.

Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story.

Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kobo, read-2019
I have been waiting for this novella for so long! The anticipation was killing me and then it popped up on my downloads yesterday and all was right with the world!

Balogh includes a sweet foreword that seemed to encompass why I wanted Matilda's story so badly. I'm creeping up on 40, have yet to find a partner to share a grand passion, and more and more find that I really don't want to read romantic fiction about debutantes or women in their 20s, but rather subjectively older women tha
It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Mary Balogh, both for her stories and for her craft. One of the things I love about her work is how she'll take a stock character like "fussy, aging spinster aunt" and subtly bring her forward until you realize that's a person, someone with dreams and hopes of her own.

Enter Matilda Westcott. She was introduced to us in the earlier Westcott stories as, yes, the fussy, aging, spinster aunt, but we had glimpses of her personhood all along. Then in Someone to Honor s
First, I think it's important to note that this is a 10-chapter novella, and the story itself only makes up 60% of the ebook; the last 40% is excerpts from the previous six books in the series. Don't go into this expecting a novel-length story!

The good: I loved the development of Matilda's character, which struck me as somewhat reminiscent of Anne Elliot in Persuasion. She grew a lot beyond the prim spinster of the earlier books, and some of her inner thoughts were rather insightful and heartbr
2019 bk 359. The 7th episode in the Westcott Family drama. This is truly a novella that has been padded out by an extensive author's comment and then at the back end with excerpts from the other 6 books. This is the story of fifty-something Matilda, the maiden aunt, seemingly stuck caring for her mother and eventually for nieces and great nieces with no real life of her own. I will say - I am tired of books depicting single women caring for parents and wasting their own lives in this manner. Bal ...more
4.5 Stars

I received an e-ARC copy of Someone to Remember from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have read all the books in the Westcott series. Some I have loved, some I've been a bit hesitant and some I've struggled with. This one was amazing and I am so so happy that Matilda got her story told.

Matilda is the oldest daughter of the Dowager Countess of Riverdale, the matriarch of the Westcott clan. She is content to be her mother's caretaker and watch her/>I
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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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