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November 6, 2017

Review: Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh #MondayBlogs

by MK French

Wren Heyden was a recluse her entire life because of the birthmark that covered the side of her face. She desperately wants to marry, have love and children, and believes that the only thing she could possibly offer a man is the fortune she inherited. Therefore, she does research into available bachelors near her country estate and offers her bargain: her fortune under contract in exchange for marriage. Her approach is far more mercenary than the marriage mart, even though the ends are the same, which is a bit offputting for Alexander Westcott, who just inherited a title he didn't want and an estate that needs more money than he has available to set to rights. As off-putting as the exchanges are, Alex is still drawn to Wren, and wants to find out more about her.
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Someone to Wed
November 2017; Berkley; 978-0399586064
ebook, print (400 pages); regency romance
Someone to Wed is the third of four Westcott Regency romance novels. Even without reading the prior two, it was still easy to dive in and get to know the characters. The prior novels outlined the situation that led to Alex inheriting the estate without the fortune.

The focus is on Wren and Alex, and the seesawing relationship between the two of them. The fascination and caring is present on both sides, and we watch that deepen over time despite Wren's stifling anxiety that is often seen as hauteur and poise. Alex is very intuitive, which helps, and together with his family, they help ease Wren out of the shell she had created for herself. I was moved to tears at several points in the course of the novel. Her fears are all too real and poignantly written, and I wanted to cheer for her as she took steps to further her own happiness.

Love here isn't an all-encompassing fire that strikes out of nowhere the way it can be described in some novels, but a slowly growing relationship where the other's happiness and needs are important. The trust that Alex and Wren have in each other is wonderful to watch as it develops.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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