ROMANCE

Someone To Honor

Jove. (Westcott, Bk. 6). Berkley. Jul. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9781984802378. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781984802385. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Overjoyed that her older brother, Harry, is returning from the Napoleonic Wars, Abigail Westcott joins the extensive Westcott clan in descending on the recovering hero at their childhood country home. Harry will hate being fussed over, so Abby doesn’t plan to stay long. But when the peacefulness and familiarity lure her in (to say nothing of the promised refuge from the tedious London social whirl), Abby changes her mind, never thinking that her entire life is about to be upended, as Harry did not return alone. Lt. Col. Gilbert Bennington arrived from the continent with Harry, and while Gil and Abby clash from the start, Abby is appalled to find herself both annoyed and attracted by the dour, problematic man. Illegitimacy, child custody, social consequence, and self-perception are critical issues here, and assorted family members play key roles as the Westcotts rally as only they can.
VERDICT A strong, compassionate heroine and a hero who learns to appreciate his worth discover the true meaning of love in this tender, perceptive, and infinitely entertaining romance that delightfully continues the saga of the unconventional Westcotts. Balogh (Someone To Trust) lives in Canada.

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