Book Review

‘Someone to Hold’ by Mary Balogh

sth mbSTORY: Humphrey Wescott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune and a scandalous secret that will forever alter the lives of his family—sending one daughter on a journey of self-discovery…

With her parents’ marriage declared bigamous, Camille Westcott is now illegitimate and without a title. Looking to eschew the trappings of her old life, she leaves London to teach at the Bath orphanage where her newly discovered half-sister lived. But even as she settles in, she must sit for a portrait commissioned by her grandmother and endure an artist who riles her every nerve.

An art teacher at the orphanage that was once his home, Joel Cunningham has been hired to paint the portrait of the haughty new teacher. But as Camille poses for Joel, their mutual contempt soon turns to desire. And it is only the bond between them that will allow them to weather the rough storm that lies ahead…

REVIEW: This is the second story in MB’s Westcott series and it’s Camille Westcott’s story. She is Anna’s (the heroine from book one) half-sister, so when Anna inherited a fortune from a father she never knew, Camille and her family found themselves on the out with society and the ton.

The book, as usual is well written and plotted but it’s this heroine that bugged me to no end. It took all my patience to try and understand her and her actions. Almost as much as it took our hero. I mean, the man was a saint for trying to excuse and explain her behavior.

I also enjoyed Rosalyn Landor’s narration. She has a way of bringing MB’s books to life with a wonderful portrayal of a vast cast of characters.

I’m really enjoying the unique concept and the characters in this series.

Melanie for b2b

*Personal Audible review

*Gift ARC provided by the publisher

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