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Someone to Remember

(Westcott #7)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  83 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
Mass Market Paperback, 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
Shelves: historical, romance
I am so happy that Matilda is going to get a second chance with her true love. I have known many people who get more than one chance at love with their first loves. People marry all the way into their 90's. I have never liked the way Eugenia treats Matilda, so I rooting for Matilda to break away from her lonely servitude and finally find her happiness. From the preview at the end of Someone to Honor the reader is left with a hope that Charles, Viscount Dirkson, will be welcomed into the Wescott ...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
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 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 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, on-my-kobo
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
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
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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I’m so happy to have read Someone to Remember because it was a second chance of love story for an older couple. The romance genre needs a story to show that love happens at any age and not just for the young. Matilda Westcott has lived in the background as a spinster and being her mother’s companion. She came to the forefront in the last story (Someone to Honor) to initiate a happy ending for its couple. Now she is about to find her match herself with the love of her youth.

36 years a
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As you all know I love this series and this family so I was very excited to get my hands on this next book. This short and sweet, Westcott Series novella is our chance to get to know Matilda’s story. While I love that we get to know Matilda and Charles better I feel like this story should have been a full length novel of its own. I feel like by making this a novella the story was rushed and when it ended I was left wanting more. Don’t get me wrong just like the rest of the Westcott Series this b ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There isn't much in the way of plot surprises in this novella featuring the overly fussy elder aunt of the previous Westcott novels, fifty-six-year-old Lady Matilda Westcott, and her long-estranged first love, Charles Sawyer, now Viscount Dirkson. We were given a hint of their past relationship during the previous Westcott novel, Someone to Honor, when Matilda paid an unconventional call on the widowed viscount to persuade him to take a hand in a custody case involving his natural son. At the opening ...more
Shawna  Wood (A Girl and Her Books)
I'm loving this new trend to write for romance for women of all ages. Us women continue to hope, dream, love and long for adventure at any age and it's about dang time that women of all ages are celebrated in the written word.

Matilda Westcott has always fascinated me and I was so excited to see her story told and Throw in a good second chance romance and I knew it would be magical. To watch both Matilda and Charles fall back in love was just adorable to watch. To see Matlida break fr
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book, although I'm not that fond of Matilda. Because in the first book, her nephew, Harry, was in shock from being disinherited, and she didn't even try to comfort him, or her nieces, OR her former sister-in-law. She just reprimanded Harry for his manners, and said, "Remember that you are in the presence of your grandmother." Like, he just got stripped of everything, but okay Matilda. Priorities.

I liked this book more than the others, probably because Elizabeth and Anna
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
“I keep waiting to wake up,” she said at last.
“So do I,” he told her. “But while we are both asleep, shall we share the dream?”

A truly delightful novella in the Westcott series!

I’ve been on something of a historical binge lately, and Mary Balogh has fast become a favorite of mine. I’ve read several series by her already, and when I started this particular one, I had no idea that the fussy Aunt Matilda would soon get her (long awaited) HEA. It’s a rewarding, easy, and sweet second chance
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever wondered about what could have been?
Even when life moves on, and you dwell in mostly regret, there will always be moments to appreciate, little steps leading you to what you may assume is another road. Only to find yourself exactly where it all began. It does not matter - at all, of the big differences, its still the same moment...and blessedly the same life.

Books about older characters usually do not capture much interest. For most books, the running theme is 'second chances'. Well, this
Debra Martin
This is a sweet novella although nothing much happens plot-wise. There is a lot of self reflections on both Matilda's and Charles' part as they navigate finding each other again later in life. They were separated early in their lives and now 30+ years later, they are finally reunited. I enjoyed watching Matilda's transformation from a shadow of herself who fussed over her mother to a vibrant and happy woman in love.

Having not read any of the previous books in the series, I found the
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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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Westcott (8 books)
  • Someone to Love (Westcott, #1)
  • Someone to Hold (Westcott, #2)
  • Someone to Wed (Westcott #3)
  • Someone to Care (Westcott #4)
  • Someone to Trust (Westcott, #5)
  • Someone to Honor (Westcott, #6)
  • Someone to Romance (Westcott #8)