Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Review 'Someone To Trust' by Mary Balogh

During a rare white Christmas at Brambledean Court, the widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, defies convention by falling in love with a younger man in the latest novel in the Westcott series.

After her husband's passing, Elizabeth Overfield decides that she must enter into another suitable marriage. That, however, is the last thing on her mind when she meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party. She simply enjoys his company as they listen to carolers on Christmas Eve, walk home from church together on Christmas morning, and engage in a spirited snowball fight in the afternoon. Both are surprised when their sled topples them into a snowbank and they end up sharing an unexpected kiss. They know there is no question of any relationship between them, for she is nine years older than he.

They return to London the following Season, both committed to finding other, more suitable matches. Still they agree to share one waltz at each ball they attend. This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds, as each dance steadily ensnares them in a romance that forces the two to question what they are willing to sacrifice for love. . . .

The Facts:

Publication Date:
November 27th, 2018
Westcott #5
Historical Romance
eBook, Paperback, Audio
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My Review:

Last year I read the first book in the Wescott series by Mary Balogh ‘Someone To Love’. I really loved that book. So when I saw ‘Someone To Trust’ the fifth book in the Wescott series on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. 

In ‘Someone To Trust’ we meet Elizabeth, Lady Overfield. Elizabeth is a widow, after her abusive husband died a view years ago. This Christmas she meets the much younger Colin, Lord Hodges. Elizabeth is nine years older than Colin, but from the moment they met there is something between them they can’t deny. In the beginning they both just see it as a good friendship. But slowly on they find themselves liking each other more and more. But the age difference is between them, and they can’t possible be together because of that. 

I had very high expectations when I started reading this book. Especially after looking at that beautiful cover, and the fact that Mary Balogh is one of my favorite Historical Romance authors. I read several book in her Survivors series and just loved those books. Add the whole Christmas part to this book and it must have been a winner! Unfortunately this book didn’t really work for me at all. For starters I couldn’t really feel the chemistry between Elizabeth and Colin, which was a little disappointing to me and the story was just a little to long if you ask me.

There where a view moments in this book that I enjoyed though. The different Balls where Elizabeth and Colin danced, and the interactions between other characters from the Wescott series. In the end I found this book a little to long, and ending unexpectedly at the same time. It was a nice read but just not one of my favorites. But although this book wasn’t really what I hoped it would be, it still made me want to read the other books in this series. I just need to know what happens to the other characters. Sigh..

My Rating:

About the Author:

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 curling.

Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby. Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as “A Masked Deception” under her married name. In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full-time. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling 'Slightly' sextet and 'Simply' quartet. She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel “Simply Magic” was a finalist in the Quill Awards. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about Mary please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.



  1. I have this one to read, too, and I've had a hard time sticking with it. That's unusual for me; generally I love Mary Balogh's books. I've been hoping it was just that I wasn't in the right mood at the time, but it may be the same thing you felt: that the chemistry isn't quite there.

    1. I agree.. Normally I love Mary's books. But there was just something missing with this one.
      Thanks for stopping by!


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