She was looking for someone perfect but learned to love the imperfect instead.
Someone Perfect by Mary Balogh is book #9 in the Westcott series but can be read as a standalone.
Our thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy.
Title: Someone Perfect by Mary Balogh
Publisher: Berkley (November 30, 2021)
Print Lenght: 336 pages
Sometimes, just one person can pull a whole family apart. And sometimes, it just takes one person to pull it back together. For fans of Bridgerton, New York Times bestselling Regency Romance author Mary Balogh shows how love truly conquers all in this new Westcott family novel.
As a young man, Justin Wiley was banished by his father for mysterious reasons, but now his father is dead, and Justin has been Earl of Brandon for six years. A dark, dour man, he nonetheless takes it as his responsibility to care for his half-sister Maria when her mother dies. He travels to her home to fetch her back to the family seat at Everleigh Park.
Although she adored him once, Maria now loathes Justin, and her friend Lady Estelle Lamarr can see immediately how his very name upsets her. When Justin arrives and invites Estelle and her brother to accompany Maria to Everleigh Park to help with her distress, she begrudgingly agrees for Maria’s sake.
As family secrets unravel in Maria’s homecoming, Justin, too, uncovers his desire for a countess. And, while he may believe he’s found an obvious candidate in the beautiful 25-year-old Lady Estelle, she is most certain that they could never make a match…
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Estelle Lamarr was the daughter of a Marquess and had a twin brother that meant the world to her.
After her mother’s tragic death, her father abandoned his kids in the care of his sister-in-law and led a rakish life for decades before the family was reunited and past sins forgiven.
Wounded by this abandonment, Estelle wanted to marry the perfect man and was willing to wait for him.
That is why she despised Justin Wiley, Earl of Brandon, a man banned by his father, who had sent his stepmother and sister away from their home right after his father’s death.
As always, Mary Balogh brings emotional turmoil to the pages in a captivating and entrancing way.
Both Estelle and Justin had many demons to fight, and together, they found the courage to face their fears and the pain, allowing each other into their strong built walls.
I love the couple’s chemistry, the slow burn romance, and the tension of the friends-to-lovers trope.
Lovely and emotional! Recommended!
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author
Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man’s Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin’s School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.