Someone to Care (Westcott #4) by Mary Balogh

Someone to Care (Westcott #4)

Once the Countess of Riverdale, Viola Kingsley throws all caution to the wind when adventure calls in the form of a handsome aristocrat... Two years after the death of the Earl of Riverdale, his family has overcome the shame of being stripped of their titles and fortune—except for his onetime countess, Viola. With her children grown and herself no longer part of the social whirl of the ton, she is uncertain where to look for happiness—until q...

Details Someone to Care (Westcott #4)

TitleSomeone to Care (Westcott #4)
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Regency, Historical Fiction

Reviews Someone to Care (Westcott #4)

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    I lack the words with which to sing this book's praises because this book leaves me speechless with joy.Mary Balogh is above and beyond the best historical romance author in the whole world. There's like almost no sex in this store and I DON'T CARE.This book made me furious. It made me ache. It made me squirm with joy. If you want a reformed-rake story, I don't think you can do better than this.Some people may think that her writing is boring. An...
  • Caz
    B+ / 4.5 stars This fourth book in Mary Balogh’s Westcott series is a gently moving and beautifully observed story about a woman trying to define herself and her purpose in life after the death of the man she had believed, for more than twenty years, to be her husband.  Readers familiar with the series will recall that the Westcotts were thrown into upheaval by the revelation that the head of the family, the Earl of Riverdale, had contracted...
  • Mei
    I almost DNF this one... At 40% was so boring!!! Viola and Marcel were rusticating and enjoying themselves. Going for walks, looking at the scenery... In that hald of the book descriptions abound. And nothing happens...I suppose we were to see how they got nerer to one another and how they feelings grew, but I didn't feel that way at all! For me it was just booorriinnngg...!!Then they're discovered and, instead of getting more interesting, it get...
  • OLT
    (Could) Someone (please help me) To Care about this story? Again I seem to be missing my "sensitivity" chip while reading a Balogh HR. Instead of enjoying the heartwarming sentimentality of a story about love, family, and acceptance, I found myself annoyed and sometimes in danger of tooth decay from the sweetness I ingested here. One day this past week this story was offered at $1.99 so I snapped it up, since the usual price for a Balogh HR is a ...
  • Jaci
    If you keep up with my blog you know that I am a huge Mary Balogh Fan, I have read everything she has written and loved them all. This story goes to my 3rd favorite, behind Heartless and Slightly Dangerous. Marcel Lamarr, Marquess of Dorchester is the perfect hero for Viola Kingsley. In some ways, Marc reminds me of Lucas (Heartless) and Wulfric (Slightly Dangerous).He is unapologetic in the way that he chooses to live his life. He is beautiful i...
  • Sonya Heaney
    Originally posted HERE .I love that the US cover shows an important location in the story. Mary Balogh gets great covers.Readers have had a lot of different reactions to this book, as I would expect seeing as the two lead characters are so unconventional for the historical romance genre. That said, I loved Someone to Care a lot, and will go back to some parts of it again and again. It made me feel things.The first half of the book is particularl...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    3.5 StarsViola Kingsley used to be the Countess of Riverdale until she found out the marriage was invalid since her late husband was already married to another woman. She and her children lost the title and fortune, but in the time since her family has rallied around her, and her children have come through remarkably well. Still, Viola hasn’t really dealt with her feelings about the whole situation and suddenly, she’s feels the need to escape...
  • Jacob Proffitt
    This is fourth in a series and you really should read the others first. There's a lot of emotionally relevant events and background that plays into this story and it works better if you have gone through them. The second (Someone to Hold) is of particular importance and Camille and Joel and their family are key to some important scenes.I've been looking forward to this for months. So it is with sadness that I admit it isn't up to the standard of ...
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    Someone to Care isn’t your typical romance but is one of a mature couple finding passion and love for the first time. Both main characters had disastrous first marriages and have been walking different paths before they saw each other again. Viola Kingsley is a widowed former countess who has lost everything and throws caution to the wind for a sexual dalliance with Marcel Lamarr, the Marquess of Dorchester. Marcel has become a rogue to the hig...
  • Phoenix77
    I just couldn't get into this story. There was very little to like about Marcel and I felt like his kids were more mature than he was. Viola was little better but the traumas she'd experienced in her adult life gave her a bit more leeway in regressing into a childlike irresponsibility. Mary Balogh has written several "Older than average" romances in her career but this one felt forced. Overall a disappointment and may have put me off reading the ...
  • steph
    Oh Balogh.I wanted to love this book, I really did. I have felt such a kinship with Viola since the first novel and I have eagerly awaited her turn at romance. But after reading this book and reflecting on it, I have to say her romance, to put it bluntly, kind of sucked.(view spoiler)[-First, I did not like Marcel. He said he loved Viola fourteen years ago, said he loved her now (well, he never told her to her face but that is a different bullet ...
  • stl_reader
    SLIGHT SPOILERS BELOWAs a baby boomer, I was initially thrilled that Ms. Balogh was giving us an older heroine. And I had hopes for the novel, though it started a bit slowly. (Though that’s fairly common for the author’s novels–they progress at a rather “stately” rate.) The premise sounded interesting.But man, this story let me down big time.I was BORED. And as far as I'm concerned, the story bordered on Women’s Fiction instead of Rom...
  • Angela
    I can accept I'm in the minority with this review, because honestly, it was a chore to finish the book. As a MB fan (and a fan on the series) I can say I'm disappointed.The good: MB is good about giving us main characters that don't fit the normal HR mold. I like that Marc and Viola are mature (in age, at least), and that I didn't have to read about an 18 year old romance. I also like Marc's character growth. One of the themes is about family: un...
  • Jess
    I was really disappointed with this, all the more so because I was looking forward to it. I just didn't understand where the love came into the equation, and I know I was supposed to buy a forgotten youthful passion, but it didn't click for me at all. And the too large family that this series features REALLY grated in this one, for me. Families don't need to live in each other's pockets like that!!! God, I would run away too.
  • Sophia
    Violet Kingsley once had it all in the eyes of the world, then travesty struck. She held it together and now she just wants to run away from it all. I wasn't exactly anticipating Violet's book, but once I realized it was coming, I got curious about this middle-aged woman who felt the profound injustice of another person's deceit.Someone to Care is book five of the Westcotts series. This is a series that builds strongly on what came before so does...
  • Jan130
    Overall rating, 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. The first half of this book was better for me than the second half. I give 4 stars for the first half, maybe 3 stars for the second half. Hence my overall rating.I've read 3 of the books in this series now, and for me this has been the best one. Although it still shares a couple of the failings of the others. I liked the trope to begin with - a lonely, widowed marquess, a bit of a playboy. Had met the h ...
  • Sunita
    I finished this last night and really enjoyed it. For whatever reason the series is working very well for me. It’s a bit like the Slightly/Simply series but with a premise which allows Balogh to explore family and social relationships in a deeper way. It’s a historical-romance version of the found family theme we see in other subgenres. And it lets her write optimistically about relationships and love of all kinds without becoming too treacly...
  • Kathryn
    Someone to Care is another delightful book in the Someone series by Mary Balogh. We met Viola in the first book where she had just found out she was no longer who she thought she was. Apart from being a mother and grandmother.When the stress of the past few years catches up with Viola she escapes the family for a brief respite. She walks right into Marcel, a person she felt rather attracted to many years ago but had not acted upon it because she ...
  • Starr Rivers
    I always gobble up Ms. Balogh's writing in no time at all, and this is no different. I started this book mid morning and finished it this evening. Life can't come between me and her novels!The reason this was not 5 stars is that I feel the plot and conflict is too overused. True, in these historical romances, the smallest misunderstanding could be blown out of proportion (ala Jane Austen and all her contemporaries), but I would like to see someth...
  • Christa Schönmann Abbühl
    I have developed a great fondness for this series and hope that my e-library will buy the ones I have not read yet.I have now read enough books by Balogh to understand something about her strengths and weaknesses. I often am not all that happy about her way of starting a book. Also I know others who deal better with a huge cast. She does not always succeed in making everyone vivid to me.On the other hand she writes beautifully, and the emotional ...
  • Dorine
    Mary Balogh is one of the few authors who always meets my expectations. The fourth novel in the Wescott regency historical romance series, SOMEONE TO CARE by Mary Balogh, meets those expectations and exceeds them in several ways.I love Mary Balogh’s characters. They make me laugh. Their idiosyncrasies are so realistic and fun. Starting this novel at a small-town festival, where neither of these characters would normally visit, gives such a ligh...
  • Katie Michaels
    40-year-olds exist as more than just the roles they play in life. They are more than just moms, grandmas, daughters, aunts, or even wives. It’s a point not often made in romance novels, especially historical ones. Let’s be real, a woman such as Viola is not generally heroine age material. She is 42. Her children are grown. She has three grandchildren. But she is first and foremost her own person. She just needs to figure out who that is. And ...
  • Danker
    Strip out the pages and pages of extraneous chatter of the by now huge list of side characters in this series and there could be the bare bones of a five star story.Instead, Balogh spends too much time introducing person after person from previous stories, tying them together on their various family trees, rehashing the stories of preceding couples, re-assuring her readers that they are still blissfully in love, or in the case of individuals, lik...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityWho are we when we are no longer who we thought we were?That’s the question that is initially before Viola Kingsley, who spent over 20 years believing that she was the Countess of Riverdale, only to discover that her marriage, an unhappy union that had produced three children who are the light of her life, was never valid.The man she thought was her husband was already married. While the discovery of this ...
  • kate
    Who Cares?Tedious and repetitive. Okay I admit I stole those two words from OLT's review but that's the whole book in a nutshell. Viola the heroine was nice enough but a little ditzy. If Viola was my sister in law and left not one but two house parties early that the family had attended I would assume she was trying to tell us something. When she refused to even ride in any of our coaches and took a broken down hired coach home instead I would h...
  • Tracy DeNeal
    The Westcott family saga continues. Mary Balogh has turned the family series trope on its ear with her current series, which centers around the surviving members of the extended family of a disgraced bigamous earl. In this fourth installment, Viola Kingsley, the woman who thought herself for over 20 years to be married to the bounder, Humphrey, Earl of Riverdale, finds her own happily ever after quite unexpectedly. Viola is 42 years old. She is t...