Someone to cherish / Mary Balogh.
- ISBN: 0593201213 : HRD
- ISBN: 9780593201213 : HRD
- ISBN: 9780593201213
- ISBN: 0593201213
- Physical Description: pages cm.
- Publisher: New York : Berkley, 
"Is love worth the loss of one's freedom and independence? This is what Mrs. Tavernor must decide in the new novel in the Westcott series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh. When Harry Westcott lost the title Earl of Riverdale after the discovery of his father's bigamy, he shipped off to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, where he was near-fatally wounded. After a harrowing recovery, the once cheery, light-hearted boy has become a reclusive, somber man. Though Harry insists he enjoys the solitude, he does wonder sometimes if he is lonely. Lydia Tavernor, recently widowed, dreams of taking a lover. Her marriage to Reverend Isaiah Tavernor was one of service and obedience, and she has secretly enjoyed her freedom since his death. She doesn't want to shackle herself to another man in marriage, but sometimes, she wonders if she is lonely. Both are unwilling to face the truth until they find themselves alone together one night, and Lydia surprises even herself with a simple question: "Are you ever lonely?" Harry's answer leads them down a path neither could ever have imagined.."-- Provided by publisher.
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Library Journal Review
Someone to Cherish
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Lydia Tavernor, widow of the local preacher, declares her new independence by buying a cottage and setting up house, with only her dog for company. Living alone becomes both a salvation and a curse when she catches the eye of Major Harry Westcott, the former Earl of Riverdale, who comes to Hinsford Manor injured from the Napoleonic Wars and trying to heal away from his overbearing family. Lydia and Harry's attraction cannot be denied. When they are spotted together--kissing--the town soon paints Lydia as a woman with loose morals. The Westcott clan jumps into protective mode, shielding Harry and Lydia from gossip; there's nothing inappropriate about a family friendship, they declare. But Harry and Lydia struggle to stay apart. What value has independence when your heart's desire is denied? VERDICT A must-read for fans of the series, this installment is a continuation of the high-quality characters and plot that readers have come to expect from Mary Balogh.--Judy Garner, Strayer Univ., Herndon, VA
Publishers Weekly Review
Someone to Cherish
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Two people find the cure for loneliness in each other in Balogh's enchanting eighth Westcott Regency romance (after Someone to Romance). Harry Westcott was once the Earl of Riverdale, but he lost his title when his mother discovered that her husband had committed bigamy in marrying her, making Harry illegitimate. He fled England to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, only returning to his childhood home of Hinsford Manor after being injured in battle. When Lydia Tavernor's husband died, she decided never to remarry, valuing her independence. But independence proves lonely, and she hopes to take Harry, her neighbor, as a lover--she's drawn to "the suggestion of darkness that he well hidden." After she awkwardly propositions Harry, the pair spend one glorious night together--but Lydia stops it there, hoping to avoid village gossip. Harry agrees as, after their tryst, he knows he wants more from her than she's willing to give. But when gossip erupts despite their best efforts, Harry proposes, hoping to quell the rumors and perhaps win Lydia's heart. The seamless plotting and enticing characters make this a romance to be savored. Balogh is in fine form, and this may be her best Regency to date. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (June)
Someone to Cherish
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Major Harry Westcott doesn't care what the women in the Westcott family think; he doesn't need a wife. Harry might be willing to concede that after returning home from Waterloo, he has been a bit of a recluse. But the solution to his occasional bouts of loneliness is not marriage. After six years as wife of the Reverend Isaiah Tavernor and another year spent mourning after his death, Lydia Tavernor is reveling in her independence. If the comforts of companionship are the price Lydia must pay for her new life, well, she is perfectly fine with that. But if two matrimonially unencumbered people find a discrete way to occasionally allay their moments of unhappy aloneness together, what would be the harm in that? With the eighth sublimely satisfying addition to her Westcott family series, following Someone to Romance (2020), Balogh continues to delight readers with her adroitly etched characters, devilishly rapier wit, and the deft way in which she conjures up a veritable ocean of emotions in one deceptively simple story line.