Someone To Care

Jove. (Westcott, Bk. 4). May 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780399586088. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399586095. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
OrangeReviewStarFourteen years ago, Viola and Marcel fell deeply in love, but Viola was married (or so she thought), a young mother of three, and not about to have an affair—so she sent him away. Years later, thanks to a broken carriage axel, they meet by chance at a small country inn. Now both free and in vastly changed circumstances, they give in to their feelings and "run away" together—if only temporarily. But then children and assorted family members track them down, and suddenly their plans take an entirely different course. Personal, social, and familial expectations; trust and communication; and responsibility are but a few of the complex issues at the heart of this family-rich romance that features exquisite character development, tender sensuality, and a truly rewarding love story.
VERDICT Two inwardly lonely people regain the love they thought they'd lost in a story that is searing in its insight, as comforting as a hug, and a brilliant addition to this series. Another gem from a master of the art. Balogh (Someone To Wed) lives in Canada.

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