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Someone To Trust

Berkley Jove. (Westcott, Bk. 5). Dec. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780399586101. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399586118. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarFrom the first time they meet, Elizabeth Overfield and Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, have enjoyed a special connection. Nothing romantic, of course—after all, she is a 35-year-old widow and he is a dashing young buck of 26. They simply like being together as friends—or so they tell themselves until they land in a snowbank on Christmas Day and an impulsive kiss surprises them both. Naturally, they agree it was nothing, but when they return to London for the Season to begin their separate matrimonial quests, it soon becomes clear that what each looks forward to most is the first waltz of the evening, which they have promised to share at every ball they both attend. Beautifully rendered characters; a solid blend of spirited banter and serious conversation; and the expert handling of emotionally draining issues (abuse, social obligations, cruelty, family dysfunction, personality disorders, and gossip, among others), tempered by love and support, fill in a few blanks and make this another wonderful addition to Balogh's compelling series.
VERDICT With tenderness, humor, and infinite finesse, Balogh turns the classic younger woman/older man pairing on its well-worn ear in another sigh-worthy that readers are sure to savor. Balogh (Someone To Care) lives in Canada.

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