Published by Berkley on November 7th 2017
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A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Hold.
When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can’t afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life. . . .
A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past. . . .
Someone to Wed is the third book in the Westcott series by Mary Balogh. All the books in this series are wonderful but you don’ t need to have read any of them to fully enjoy this one. That said, some of the characters from the previous books are mentioned in this one and it’s wonderful to have a catch up with them.
Alexander Westcott is the new Earl of Riverdale, he has the title and the estates, but he has no money. He needs to find a wealthy wife. He dreads going to London for a ‘season’ to find a wife but is prepared to do it.
Before he has the chance to do that he has an invitation to what he believes to be a social gathering at the home of one of his not so near neighbours.
Wren Hayden is that neighbour. She had a traumatic childhood which affected the rest of her life and she has become a 30-year-old recluse. She still longs for love, marriage and a family. She believes the only way to achieve her goal is to make a list of possible husbands and tempt them with her vast fortune. Alexander is the third man on that list.
He is shocked when he arrives at her house and is the only guest, even more shocked when he discovers why he has been invited. He desperately needs her money, but he can’t marry just for that. He wants to be her friend first and see if respect, and attraction at least, will develop between them. Then perhaps he will happily marry her. Only time will tell if Wren and Alexander will marry and marry perhaps for love!
This is such a beautiful story, Wren has to come out of her comfort zone after years believing she is a monster, years of hiding. Alexander helps her take her first steps towards living again, and what she experiences during that time is so emotional. I was close to tears occasionally, but I also had many moments where I was smiling ear to ear. This was such an emotional story, I loved every minute of it, including its very special happy ending. This whole series has been a wonderful one to read and I wholeheartedly recommend this and the previous books.