Someone to Hold

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Someone to Hold

A Westcott Novel, #2

"Someone to Hold" is the follow up Westcostt novel to "Someone to Love" by Mary Balogh. This installment in the Westcott saga follows the adventures of Camille Westcott the now illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Riverdale. Mary Balogh brings her trademark writing to this latest novel in the series and once again delivers the Balogh touch. Her characters are well drawn and engaging, and though I didn't much care for Camille in "Someone to Love" she really grew on me in this story. Her struggle to find her own self worth and legitimacy was poignant and seemingly real. In addition we have the story of Joel Cunningham, from "Someone to Love", and his own struggle to find an independent path forward for himself. This was a fun, enjoyable read and worth a re-read.

Camille Westcott has lost many things, her legitimacy, the fortune she was to inherit, her fiancé, and sense of self. Now she finds herself in Bath struggling to find a way to move forward and support herself. When she decides to follow in her half-sister's footsteps and take a teaching job at the Bath Orphanage where her half-sister taught she takes her first steps toward discovering who she is and who she wants to become. Joel Cunningham is the art teacher at Bath Orphanage, and a very good friend of Camille's half-sister, so it's no wonder at first that he is contemptuous of Camille. However, Joel is hired to paint Camille's portrait and though they are at loggerheads at first the more time they spend together to more they realize that there is a mutual attraction between them. But fortune is about to change again and the two of them will need to find a way to trust each other to become who they are meant to be together.

Book Blurb for Someone to Hold

A reversal of fortune befalls a young woman in the latest Westcott novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss and Someone to Love. 

Humphrey Wescott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune and a scandalous secret that will forever alter the lives of his family—sending one daughter on a journey of self-discovery...

With her parents’ marriage declared bigamous, Camille Westcott is now illegitimate and without a title. Looking to eschew the trappings of her old life, she leaves London to teach at the Bath orphanage where her newly discovered half-sister lived. But even as she settles in, she must sit for a portrait commissioned by her grandmother and endure an artist who riles her every nerve.

An art teacher at the orphanage that was once his home, Joel Cunningham has been hired to paint the portrait of the haughty new teacher. But as Camille poses for Joel, their mutual contempt soon turns to desire. And it is only the bond between them that will allow them to weather the rough storm that lies ahead...

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2017 3.50