Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh
Series: Westcott Series #5
Also in this series: Someone to Love, Someone to Hold, Someone to Wed, Someone to Care, Someone to Honor
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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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 snow bank 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...
Colin and Elizabeth start off as friends in this book. They are both looking for the same thing – marriage – but since Elizabeth is 9 years older than Colin they don’t really even think about marrying each other. There is a spark and a sparkle there – and Colin constantly teases Elizabeth that he could marry him, but then plays it off as a joke. She’s a little hurt by his teasing, but is Colin truly teasing her or is there a vein of seriousness in him?
While the story started off slowly it soon picked up and I was pretty invested in the romance. I really liked both Colin and Elizabeth and wanted them together. Yes, she was 9 years older than Colin and that age thing got a little old, I’m not gonna lie. Colin was so adorable and kind, and I loved his character so much. I’m glad that they finally worked things out, but it took a little too long to get there. This actually could have been a novella and been perfect.
The overwhelming Wescott family irritated me in this book. Not that any of them did anything wrong, truly they didn’t, but having to remember who is who was getting to me. I love that they are so supportive of each other, but it got to a point where I just wanted them to all go away.
While I didn’t like this as much as I liked books 2, 3 & 4 in the series, it was still a lovely romance and worth reading.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5