- Author Mary Balogh
- Release Date November 5, 2019
- Publisher Berkley
- ISBN/ASIN 978-0593099735
- Our Rating
- Reviewed by Dorine
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 Charles — has never forgotten their moment in time. Can they really have a second chance?
Mary Balogh illustrates unrequited love with such heartache and longing that you can’t help but want more for these aging characters. Is it ever too late to rekindle love lost? In addition, she executes an outing with young people, and this couple as their chaperones, beautifully. It’s always such a joy to reenter the worlds Balogh lavishly creates.
As always, the author does so many things beyond compare in SOMEONE TO REMEMBER. Fans will adore glimpses of their favorite characters from the Westcott series. Avery, Duke of Netherby, was, as always, his “quite so” self while wielding his quizzing glass. He is my favorite, so I was thrilled with his appearance.
Even those who haven’t read the entire series are given enough explanation to hopefully entice them to read more. They won’t be disappointed. I love this series and have only missed one book (SOMEONE TO HONOR) which I hope to remedy soon.
Although this addition to the Westcott series is shorter than the other books, nothing is lacking. Balogh knows how to touch the reader with her words, no matter the length, and, truthfully, sometimes I love sinking into a quick love story just like this. Its length is the reason I chose to review it over SOMEONE TO HONOR.
Balogh is a master at depicting large gatherings. The confusion of everyone talking at once is brilliantly explored, making me laugh and anticipate more. Matilda is a perfect, ageless heroine. She blossoms before the reader, and it’s the best kind of character development. Charles is exactly who he should be for Matilda, making me adore him for admitting what they lost, then gained.
I am one happy Balogh fan. More, just like this, please!