Someone to Hold (Westcott Series #2)

Someone to Hold (Westcott Series #2)

by Mary Balogh

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Someone to Hold (Westcott Series #2) by Mary Balogh

A reversal of fortune befalls a young woman in this charming Westcott novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Wed.
 
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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451477804
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Westcott Family Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 74,060
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Ms. Balogh has pulled off a miracle--not only did she have me feeling empathy for Camille, but by the book's end I actually liked her! (She was pretty prickly, to put it nicely, in book 1--Someone to Love and even in the early parts of this one I had a hard time not rolling my eyes at her...) What helped early on was seeing her take over her half-sister's (her emphasis) job as teacher at the orphanage and trying so hard and being so sure that she was failing at it. (She wasn't; she was brilliant, but boy can I sympathize with that "I don't have a clue what I'm doing; what if I scar these kids for life?" feeling that she had.) At the beginning I was in total sympathy with Joel, who saw Camille as an unfeeling drill sergeant who was trying to usurp her half-sister's former position--watching her with her pupils, though, that began to change for both of us. I loved watching both of them come to respect and like each other as the story progressed; their transition from two people who wanted nothing to do with each other to friends to lovers was nicely paced and believable. And that ending...it tugged on my heartstrings big time! I cannot wait for the rest of the Westcotts to get their stories! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
ReadingGenie More than 1 year ago
"Someone to Hold" by Mary Balogh 2017 This is book two of the Westcott Series. If you remember from book One "Someone to Love", the Earl had three children by the Countess of Riverdale. Book two is about the eldest daughter Lady Camille Wescott who is now Miss Westcott after it was found that her father had married her mother four months before his first wife died. Thus leaving Camille, her sister, Anastasia and her brother, Harry bastards. Harry had lost the title and joined the 95th Foot Regiment known as the Rifles. Camille's mother lost all her social status and had reverted to her maiden name, Miss Kingsley. Camille's fiancee, Viscount Uxbury, asked her to call off the betrothal the day after she found out about her new status instead of supporting her. This was a great pain she never spoke of. Camille's mother dropped her and Anastasia off at her mother's home in Bath and went to live with her brother in Dorsetshire. Camille retreated within herself not wanting to socialize at all. She finally decided to drop this pitting act and felt it was time to figure out her life. She had heard that the teacher they had hired to replace Anna Snow wasn't working out. Camille meant to go to the orphanage and apply for the position. In the meantime an art teacher, Joel Cunningham, at the orphanage had been hired by Camille's grandmother to paint a portrait of the girls. When he was making sketches of Camille, does he see somethings that Camille doesn't realize herself? Would this be the beginning of a new life for Camille? Would she ever again be happy? Would she ever fall in love again? You need to read "Someone to Hold" to find the answers. I am anxiously awaiting "Someone to Wed" coming out in November 2017. Happy Reading!
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Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was a little disappointed that this book didn't continue the story of Anna and Avery. However, Balogh was able to pull me into Camille and Joel's story. It was not as good as the first book but it was good enough. It is 290 pages full of drama, joy and sadness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This heroine was just impossible to love. She bordered on obnoxious. Of course, Mary Balogh characters are always well defined but this person seemed totally self absorbed for well over 75% of the book.