ROMANCE

Someone To Wed

Jove. (Westcott, Bk. 3). Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399586064. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399586071. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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When independent, reclusive businesswoman Wren Heyden gathers her courage and offers Alexander Westcott, the newly minted but impoverished Earl of Riverdale, wealth in exchange for marriage, it's an unconventional but definitely intriguing proposal. Alex needs funds to restore his badly neglected estate, and wealthy Wren, cursed with a purple facial birthmark she believes renders her generally "unmarriageable," wants a husband and a family. It's a logical choice, and they agree to a tentative courtship. Neither, of course, is expecting the attraction and deep affection that eventually develop. With a courageous heroine who gradually reclaims the sense of self-worth that had cruelly been stripped from her as a child and a hero observant enough to see what she needs, this story restores faith in the human spirit to survive against the odds.
VERDICT Balogh delves into her characters as only she can and delivers another emotionally compelling romance that is truly unforgettable. This brilliant novel will find a place on readers' "keeper" shelves. Balogh (Someone To Hold) lives in Canada.

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