This is a review of Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh. The story is about a marriage of convenience turned into friendship, respect, and love. This historical romance review of Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh will give you a glimpse of the heroine’s impressive character development.
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 neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life. . . .
A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past. . . .
Book Estuary Review
A Struggling Earl
Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh book is under historical romance, a standalone although it is a part of a Westcott Novel series. It tells a story of Alexander Westcott who is the new Earl of Riverdale. He never desired such title but left him with no choice but to accept. With the title comes his inheritance of the Brambledean Court and estate, a failing country estate that needed considerable resources and work. As a conscientious gentleman, he fully intended to salvage the neglected estate for the people who especially depended on it and on him. His problem was he did not have the resources or the money to achieve such goals.
A Rich Heiress
Wren Heyden, on the other hand, lives on the neighboring estate of Brambledean. She is a recluse, always wears a veil to hide her purple blemish at one side of her face. But, she is also extraordinarily rich heiress to a glasswork business and is bold enough to make a marriage proposal to Alexander. Knowing that she has the money that the former needed to save his estate, she made such outrageous offer. In return, Wren wanted to settle down and experience the life of being a married woman. However, how enticing her offer was, she did not get an easy yes from the new Earl. Alexander wanted a proper courtship with hopes that they can at least share friendship and respect for each other in the process.
The Unexpected Bond
Courtship, engagement and marriage ensued as a result. However, Wren has more problems brought about by her childhood. When she finally decided to face those secrets, an unexpected bond was built between her and Alexander that led them to feel deeper feelings for each other and eventually made them realize that they actually love each other.
This story shows more of the independence and strength of Wren as a woman in facing her darkest secrets and freeing herself from it. It also shows that a love built from friendship and respect can lead to stronger relationships that can make two persons a better version of themselves.
I do not find the book really exciting in terms of how the events happened. But, the character development of Wren is really compelling. Also, having established her name as an authority in the historical romance genre, the author, Mary Balogh still awes the readers in her writing style in this book. So, if you are a fan of historical romance then this book is surely worth your time. I give this book a 4.5 rating.
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