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Someone to Hold (Westcott Family Series #2)

Someone to Hold (Westcott Family Series #2)

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by Mary Balogh

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A reversal of fortune befalls a young woman in the latest Westcott novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss and Someone to Love.
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


A reversal of fortune befalls a young woman in the latest Westcott novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss and Someone to Love.
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...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Balogh follows Someone to Love, in which orphaned Anna Snow discovered she was an earl’s daughter and an heiress, with the deeply emotional riches-to-rags tale of Anna’s half-sister, Camille Westcott, whose loss of status was Anna’s gain. At first Camille was devastated to learn that her father had not legally married her mother, making her an illegitimate commoner. Now living in Bath with her grandmother and younger sister, Camille decides to quit moping and take a teaching job at the orphanage where Anna grew up. Her attempts to deal maturely with her reversal of fortune are frustrated by the presence of Joel Cunningham, the orphanage art teacher. Sparks of temper and romance fly between them, but Joel struggles to squash his feelings for his friend Anna and give Camille a fair chance. When old flames and old hurts reappear, both Joel and Camille must decide between safety and courage. Balogh exhibits a fine understanding of how unmet expectations, painful father issues, and identity struggles can both restrain a person and lead to liberation. This Regency romance dives deeper than most and will satisfy fans and new readers alike. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Feb.)
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Praise for New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh
“Mary Balogh sets the gold standard in historical romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz
“Today’s superstar heir to the marvelous legacy of Georgette Heyer (except a lot steamier).”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
“I loved this book. I read it in one sitting and it made me smile a lot and cry a little.”—Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
“Balogh always crafts stories that are powerful, poignant, and romantic, but what makes them extraordinary is how she beautifully balances emotional intensity with sensuality.”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick)
Library Journal
★ 02/15/2017
Camilla Westcott is unwilling to let fate chart her course. After her father's bigamous marriage and the appearance of Anastasia, a long-lost legitimate daughter, strip her of her title and wealth, Camilla secures a teaching position—for reasons she doesn't quite understand—at the same orphanage where Anastasia grew up. Artist and part-time teacher Joel Cunningham isn't sure why buttoned-up, humorless Camilla is there, either, and he's certain she'll never last. Yet Camilla surprises them both as she comes into her own and changes in unanticipated ways. A dutiful heroine finally comprehends what it means to love and be loved; a compassionate hero suddenly has issues of his own. This insightful romance brilliantly explores the concepts of class, privilege, and entitlement. VERDICT The importance of love and the ability to give and accept it are at the heart of this beautifully crafted, elegant book that plumbs the emotional depths of loss, abandonment, and belonging. A definite keeper from Balogh (Someone To Love), who lives in Canada.
Kirkus Reviews
An unloving heroine in reduced circumstances, an orphan hero, and the gift of unconditional acceptance.Miss Camille Westcott has to undertake an emotional journey after leaving London in disgrace thanks to the recent discovery of her aristocrat father's bigamy. Living with her grandmother and sister in Regency-era Bath, the disenobled Camille is driven by an inexplicable need: to see the orphanage that once housed her newly discovered (and legitimate) half sister, Anastasia (once Anna Snow). On impulse, she then applies to be its resident teacher. Adding to her disconcerting new life is an initially thorny acquaintance with Joel Cunningham, a former orphanage resident-turned-portrait painter who volunteers there as an art instructor. Initially leery of each other because of Joel's affection for Anna, they learn that there is more to themselves than they realized. As their attraction takes hold, Camille discovers something else: how to engage with the family she has always had but kept at an emotional distance. Balogh's unique skill in casting an unromantic woman as the heroine of a romance is on full display as she unwraps the layers of reserve and years of privilege that made Camille so formidable and forbidding in the earlier novel in this family series (Someone to Love, 2016, etc.). Meanwhile, Joel has to learn that his painter's eye can be trusted to see more in her and in his own newly found lineage. While his surprise fortune feels a little too close to the plot of the previous Westcott novel, one can look past it to the richer drama of human intimacy. Likewise, the reappearance of a two-dimensional comic villain seems pat, but only a hardhearted reader will be dry-eyed at the characters who become Camille and Joel's family by the end. This "Cinderella" reversal story seethes with desire, painted paradoxically in the watercolor prose that is the hallmark of this author.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Westcott Family Series , #2
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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Mary Balogh grew up in Wales and now lives with her husband, Robert, in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has written more than one hundred historical novels and novellas, more than thirty of which have been New York Times bestsellers. They include the Bedwyn saga, the Simply quartet, the Huxtable quintet, the seven-part Survivors’ Club series, and the Westcott series.

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Someone to Hold (Westcott Family Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Mary Balogh's stories are just a pleasure to read because they hit all the notes perfectly. After finding out she's actually illegitimate, Lady Camille tries working and living in the orphanage where her now-legitimate half-sister Anna came from. Her reassessment of relationships, families, social mores, and emotional ties is skillfully woven through new relationships and discoveries. Great historical romance!
Barb-TRC 18 days ago
Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh is the 2nd book in her Westcott series. In the first book of this series, Camille Westcott lost her inheritance because her deceased father was a bigamist, having been found to have been married before. Our than heroine, Anna Snow, who grew up in an orphanage, was the rightful heir and assumed the family fortune. Anna always wanted a family, but the mother, two sisters and brother refused to acknowledge Anna, even if she wanted to share the fortune. Personally, I did not like Camille at all in the first book. But, in Someone to Hold, we get to see Camille living with her grandmother, in a nice comfortable house, not too far from the Orphanage that Anna used to live in. Camille always presented herself as a lady, to be perfect in every way, and feelings did not count for anything. Whereas, her sister Abby was happy, Camille was miserable. She was betrothed to a man of wealth, until he dumped her after she lost everything. Camille trys to rediscover herself; she decides to get a job working as a teacher at the same Orphanage. Along the way she meets, Anna’s best friend, Joel Cunningham, who is an artist, and also teaches art a few days a week to the students. Joel has disliked Camille, since he did not like how she treats Anna, but slowly he will begin to see a different side hidden under her severe & abrasive appearance. Joel watches with amazement how Camille steps in and without any experience, does wonders with the children. Joel begins to talk more to Camille, to help give her more confidence and in time they will find their company enjoyable. Camille puts herself in Anna’s shoes, how she lived all her life growing up and eventually working at the orphanage. This will help her understand Anna’s situation, as well as slowly begin to open her cold heart, as she starts to have feelings for some of the children, especially young Sarah. Camille has never known how to love, only to be the perfect lady, which was expected of her in as a Westcott heir. As Joel and Camille start spending more time together, each of them discover their feelings change to more romantic, which will gradually become love. But both of them believe there is no future, as they are both very stubborn. Joel was a great hero, very nice and sweet to Camille; but he doesn’t see himself ever marrying. His life later in the book, will also take a turn, similar to Anna’s in the last book. Will this help bring Camille and Joel together? What I really enjoyed about this story was watching Camille slowly begin to learn all about love; learn her own value, rediscover life and hope. It was great to see Anna and Avery again, as well as the other family members that played a big part in the first book. It was very enjoyable to watch Camille rise up from losing everything to change, falling for Joel, and to accept her new sister. Mary Balogh did an outstanding job giving us a heartwarming story that also teaches us the little things in life that we take for granted. Well done.
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Anonymous 7 days ago
You would like to dislike the heroine but you become so invested in her that you know exactly what motives her. I love the hero because he is wonderful and human.
dtaylorDT 16 days ago
As usual this story is written with well written characters and keeps you engaged. Mary Balogh is my favorite author of Regency romance and never fails to pull me in to their world, feel the pain and love, anguish and finally joy.
book_junkee 21 days ago
3.5 stars I'm just dipping my toe into historical books, but this one sounded intriguing and I was eager to start it. I liked Camille and Joel well enough. She's a bit stiff and fussy and he's sort of flighty, but it works. And under the circumstances of the story, it fits. I enjoyed the scenes with them together and when they weren't, it's all I wanted. The plot moved slowly. Like slooooooowly. I struggled to stay interested, but then the chemistry parts would happen and it would be enough to keep me reading. The main downfall for me was the switching of the names. Often the same character would be referenced by their given name and then in the next paragraph, by their title. Eventually I just gave up trying to keep people straight. Overall, it was an amusing and drama-light piece of fluff. **Huge thanks to Jove Books and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
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