Someone to Trust (Westcott, #5) by Mary Balogh

Someone to Trust (Westcott, #5)

During a rare white Christmas at Brambledean Court, the widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, defies convention by falling in love with a younger man in the latest novel in the Westcott series.After her husband's passing, Elizabeth Overfield decides that she must enter into another suitable marriage. That, however, is the last thing on her mind when she meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party. She simply enjoys his com...

Details Someone to Trust (Westcott, #5)

TitleSomeone to Trust (Westcott, #5)
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency

Reviews Someone to Trust (Westcott, #5)

  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    Lovely story. Fun. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’m pretty sure this is the first book I’ve read by this author. The synopsis sounded intriguing and I knew it was the type of story I usually enjoy when I dive into a historical romance.One thing about this story is it is a part of a series. There are a lot of characters in the story and the author had to do a lot of backtracking to keep us up-to-date on what was happening in the book.It did take me a fe...
  • Dianne
    Step back in time where one wrong step will cause tongues of the Ton to wag! Mary Balogh’s SOMEONE TO TRUST is the story of finding love and taking a chance on following your heart. The widow Elizabeth Oldfield finds herself flattered by the attentions of a younger man, Lord Hodges, but she never expected him to steal her heart. Dare they take a chance on personal happiness, turning their backs on society’s small minds?This one started out ra...
  • Margo Collins
    As usual, Balogh’s writing is absolutely gorgeous, drawing the reader into her characters with style and grace. I was delighted to discover in Elizabeth Overfield a Regency heroine over thirty. And even better, the hero, Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, is a younger man! At twenty-six, he’s old enough to be on the marriage market, but when he falls for Elizabeth, they have to face some interesting opposition from their society–and their own hea...
  • Dorine
    Rated 3.5 - SOMEONE TO TRUST by Mary Balogh is a good addition to the WESTCOTT series, reuniting fans with beloved characters of past and present during the holidays.Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, is considering marriage for the second time. A widow, she wants someone serious and steadfast. A reliable, quiet man to possibly start a family with. But she also enjoys some harmless flirting with Colin Handrich, who inherited the Lord Hodges title after t...
  • Critterbee❇
    Oh my babies, there are too many children in this romance book! Not merely restricted to the epilogue, they have invaded the entire story! Sticky fists grabbing hair, precocious children imparting accidental wisdom, cooing and drooling and ENOUGH ALREADY!This is a regency era older heroine / younger hero gentle romance, that tries but does not really explore the dynamics of that sort of relationship, other than to remark on how odd it is, and how...
  • Elizabeth
    Reviewed for NetGalley:I really enjoyed this novel. It was classic Balogh. Yearning, hope, talking about everything. It reminded me a lot of my favorite Balogh Novel, "Slightly Dangerous". So, yeah. Definitely a fun read for me. Would recommend.
  • Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
    It seems that in many historical novels, the heroine is flawlessly beautiful, sweet, naïve, and young. What about the women over 30 who find themselves looking for someone to love? What about those who have experienced marriage once and are looking for a second chance? Someone to Trust, #5 in Mary Balogh’s Westcott series gives us just such a heroine. With most romance readers being between the ages of 30-54, she’s definitely someone readers...
  • Christina
    Advanced reader copy from NetGalley: Having never read a thing by Mary Balogh but seeing her books recommended to me often on Amazon, I thought this NetGalley arc of SOMEONE TO TRUST an opportunity to sample her work. I must say that I am an unabashed romance reader, preferably Regency romance and historical fiction and have been known to read a novel in one sitting or into the early morning. That was not the case with this book. I regret I was l...
  • Kathy
    Mary Balogh is an automatic read for me. I've never been disappointed in one of her books, and Someone to Trust now ranks at the top of my favorites list. I loved Colin and Elizabeth from the first with their exuberance for life and seeing joy in everything around them. I was amused as they both looked elsewhere for a spouse, believing the difference in their ages meant they couldn't be together, although Elizabeth, being older, was more adamant ...
  • Shawna Wood (A Girl and Her Books)
    I am now a Mary Balogh fan! This was my first book by this author and I'm can't believe I've never read one of her books. This story was charming and downright adorable! Plus I love how this features and A women over 30, which is not often found in the Historical Romance genre. Elizabeth is now one of my favorite characters as I can totally identify with her, being a lady over a certain age. It was nice to show a character who is over 35 that sti...
  • Carol
    Family Christmas festivities are taking place atBrambledean Court after the wedding of Violaand Marcel. The author mixes the past and present effortlessly so any reader new the series will beable to catch up with all the characters and happenings.Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges is a twenty-six year old,very eligible bachelor. He is attending since his sister,Wren is holding the festivities.Elizabeth Overfield, Alexander’s Sister and Wren’s sister...
  • Lori Meehan
    Believe in yourself and trust your gut feelings is the theme and it ran true throughout the book. Love does not know age and there’s a difference between beautiful and true beauty. I liked the story line and all the characters but this book moved a bit slow for me.Colin Handrich, Baron Hodges knows it is time to fully embrace his title and find a bride. Spending Christmas with his sister and her huge extended family has opened his eyes to what ...
  • Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
    4.5 StarsI have a new favorite in the Westcott series! I have really enjoyed previous books by this author but I think Someone to Trust is probably my favorite. Elizabeth is such a wonderful heroine. She's had a rough go of it in many ways but she is so positive and has a great sense of humor. She lights up any room she's in. Colin is much the same in that people seem to gravitate towards his personality. As friends, the tension between these two...
  • Diane K. Peterson
    A nice story, but slow. The romance between a younger man and the woman he loves (that is nine years older) is an interesting angle, but the events develop so slowly that I felt bogged down by the end of the book. ARC provided by Netgalley.
  • Mary
    Mary Balogh continues the captivating Wescott family saga in this fifth novel set at Christmas time in the English countryside. After a Christmas holiday that begins with an unexpected wedding, the entire Westcott family, plus a few additions, are assembled at Brambledean Court to celebrate. Alexander Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, and his new wife, Wren, are doing their best to promote solid, loving familial relations among their mixed clan during...
  • Kathy
    Delightful! The thing I appreciate more and more about Balogh's work is that her characters are so well drawn and, because of that, all of her books are different, because the people involved are different. This was what I would call her "nicer, gentler" romance. I kept expecting drama, and, in the end, there was very little thriller-style drama. Just regular people figuring out their lives in a situation that was less-than-ideal. I also apprecia...
  • Robin Taylor
    Please see all of my reviews on my blog at a kiss. Then a dance. Then a promise for a waltz at every ball during the coming Season. How did it all start? It is Christmas at Brambledean Court and Alexander Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, has invited quite a few family members to enjoy the festivities immediately after the wedding of Viola and Marcel. If you have read the previous stories in the Westcott Series you will...
  • Lafourche Parish Library
    Another Westcott Family story, this time featuring Lady Elizabeth and Lord Colin. Elizabeth has been widowed for several years and Colin thinks it might be time to settle down but no one has caught his eye yet. Thrown together for a family Christmas party, Elizabeth and Colin hit it off immediately. Colin’s sister is married to Elizabeth’s brother. They enjoy sledding together, listening to carolers and just sharing the details of their lives...
  • Rachel
    I was intrigued by the description for this book but first decided to read the other four titles in Mary Balogh's Westcott series (it was worth it). The surrounding context, particularly knowledge of Elizabeth's character, made this book much more gratifying.Elizabeth has been a secondary or tertiary character in the rest of the series. She is introduced as the sister of Alexander, who inherits an Earldom after the current Earl's illegitimacy is ...
  • LuzAdri
    Someone to Trust is the fifth book in the Wescott series by Mary Balogh. This one tells the story of Elizabeth, Lady Overfield and Colin, Lord Hodges. I'm a fan of Ms Balogh's work. Her stories are always very well written and romance is always upfront in her stories. Each book in this series tells the story of a very unique heroine. In this one, Elizabeth is a widow who is nine years older than Colin. The story starts with them getting together ...
  • Tanya
    My favorite of the Westcott series. I adore Mary Balogh and Someone to Trust did not disappoint. This book in particular reminded me of Georgette Heyer’s works. I haven't always been in love with all of the Westcott books but this one pulled me in from the beginning and had me reading through the night. Maybe it's because the theme is so unique in historical romance: An older woman who marries a younger man. And Ms. Balogh does it so beautifull...
  • Julie
    This was a warm, gentle historical romance. If you are a fan of Mary Balogh, you will encounter many characters you are familiar with, from the Westcott family. If you have not read Mary Balogh, you will meet multiple characters and want to know more about their stories. I had not read any books by Balogh before, and, while I was able to read this as a stand-alone, I am interested in the other characters and their stories. I found Elizabeth and C...
  • Veronica
    ARC via Netgalley. An enjoyable if forgettable romance once it gets going, with an excruciatingly slow start. I've read one other book in this series and promptly forgot everything that happens in it, but the first hundred pages or so are an unwelcome, never-ending stream of reminders about who all the characters from the previous books are, what their formal titles are, and how they are related to each other. Romance readers are used to consumin...
  • MAB LongBeach
    The widowed Lady Overfield and young Colin, Lord Hodges, meet for the first time at a family Christmas house party. They immediately find each other to be kindred spirits. Although Colin has recently decided that it is time for a bride, and jokingly proposes to Elizabeth, neither of them takes it seriously. For one thing, she is nine years older than he. Nevertheless, they agree to share the first waltz at any ball they both attend during the nex...
  • Dabarai
    I am a big fan of Mary Balogh regency romances and was particularly looking forward to reading Lady Overfield's story, so I was happy to received an ARC from Netgalley. Main character in this particular novel is a widow, who after an unhappy first marriage is looking for trust and stability, rather then feelings of deep love. It is great to have more older heroines in regency romances and it is a relief that not all of them are the stunning, simp...
  • Betty
    Mary Balogh has written another wonderful book. Elizabeth and Colin are a couple that you enjoy getting to know and you root for throughout the book. The problem of overcoming the age difference is addressed and answered. In the course of reading the book I could not help but fall a little in love with Colin and grow in admiration of Elizabeth who constantly tried to do the right thing even when it went against her own happiness. What a wonderful...
  • Celine
    I received an arc of this book from Penguin First to Read.Despite owning the rest of this series, this is the first book in the series that I've actually read. It worked well as a stand-alone although I sometimes had trouble remembering how everyone was related. Luckily the author puts a family tree in the beginning of the book to help with that. I found this to be a sweet friends to lover with the only real conflict being the fact that the heroi...
  • Kezia
    This is my second Mary Balogh book and i truly enjoyed it. The main characters are all really well developed and really likeable- you just really wanted to root for them. I absolutely loved that the heroine was older and the hero was younger. The author really makes you think about what society finds acceptable for men vs women. My only criticism is that the beginning was a bit slow, but it was totally worth pushing through. I will certainly be g...