Someone to honour by Mary Balogh
I was so excited to get this book from the library just before our holiday. Someone to Honour by Mary Balogh is the 6th book in the Westcott series, the story of Abigail, the illegitimate daughter of Humphrey Westcott and Gilbert Bennington, a lieutenant colonel who has escorted her wounded brother, Harry, from the war with Napoleon. In this post is a round-up of all the books in the series, and a few more by Mary Balogh.
I wanted to like this book as much as I loved the other in this series, but it was not as good. I will share some thoughts that are spoilers, after the picture of the book.
He was illegitimate too and I loved that in the beginning of the book. He was raised in poverty, by his mother, who worked doing the washing in a village so she could raise him. Now, he has a family problem and, suddenly, his father appears and it’s a sort of a reunion. It’s beyond me how Balogh though his feeble excuses were somehow relevant. Gil’s mother didn’t accept money from his father, but that doesn’t mean a Viscount doesn’t have the means to help regardless. He could have asked someone to employ her as a maid or in the kitchens, for example. The book would have been a 5 stars if it wasn’t for this. In fact, the first 300 pages were good, until his father showed up.
Another small thing that annoyed me is the relationship they had with the servants. Apparently, a Lady would go into the gardens to pick up some flowers for her wedding bouquet instead of asking a servant to do that. Why?! It’s not like they would have been portrayed as horrible employers for asking something so basic, like picking up some flowers. The Cook also plays a role in the wedding that is a bit off. But the wedding is such a small part of the story that didn’t bother me as much as the appearance of his “long-lost” father.
Next book in the series will be published next month and, in this one, his father is the main protagonist. I’m not sure I would like to read it though.
Someone to Honour by Mary Balogh
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My rating: 4/5 Stars.
Would I recommend it: Yes
Published by: Piatkus
Year it was published: 2019
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
About the author: Mary was born in Wales in 1944. After graduating from University in 1960s, she moved to Canada. There she was a high school teacher. She got married to the Canadian Robert Balogh and they had three children. Besides writing, she also loves music, knitting, watching tennis and curling.
Mary Balogh started writing as a hobby, in the evenings. Her first book, A Masked Deception, a Regency love story, was published in 1985. After 20 years of teaching, in 1988, she retired from teaching to pursue her dream to write full-time. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then. Her best known series are the New York Times bestselling ‘Slightly’ sextet and ‘Simply’ quartet. She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.
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