ARC Review: Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh

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ARC Review: Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh
Someone to Trust
Book Info

Released: November 27th 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Westcott #5
Pages: 400

“SOMEONE TO TRUST has a lot of heart.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ve been wanting to read a Mary Balogh book for a year now.  I’ve seen her recommended in multiple occasions for different reasons and I just had to try for myself.  I am jumping into this series out of order but the wintery vibes of this cover and the younger hero trope were just too much to pass up.

SOMEONE TO TRUST was a surprisingly soft story, if I had to describe it in one word.  I’m not sure if that’s the feel of this particular series but the romance is a slow burn that never fully ignites.  It’s a nice and steady bond that develops from friendship and humor between the heroine and the hero.  They are both looking to marry, but obviously never to each other.  He’s looking for a suitable bride that can deal with his family problems and she is looking for a comfortable and safe life with a second husband.  The last thing they need is each other but somehow they are very well suited.

While this didn’t have sizzling chemistry, I did like the softer approach to the story.  I’m a sucker for a younger hero story and although I wish there would’ve been more of that palpable sizzle between the two, I could still buy into the romance and be happy they got to be together.

This was a great start of my journey through Ms. Balogh’s stories.  SOMEONE TO TRUST has a lot of heart.  I came to care about the crazy Westcott family, about Elizabeth and Colin as well.  I can’t wait to see what else I can pick up by this author next.


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About Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin's School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.


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  1. I’m reading it now – Mary Balogh is a must read for me. I was thinking that she raised some issues that women are still dealing with like a woman gets blamed while a man get’s excused (or tries to).

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