Someone to Hold is the second book in Mary Balogh’s Wescott Regency era series. While this is part of a series, it is easy to read as a standalone. In the prior book, the readers first met Camille and Joel, the featured couple of this book. Camille’s unfortunate circumstance is that she was born into society, only to learn that her father had deceived her whole family and had a prior wife, making his marriage to her mother, and her birth, illegitimate. With this came a great fall in her position in society.
Under her new circumstances, she decides to challenge herself to live within her new means and station, not accepting monetary help from her grandmother. In addition to this, she decides to take on the role of her newly found half-sister, who with their father’s death elevated in society. Camille not only becomes the teacher at the orphanage that her half-sister was raised and taught in but decides to move into the teacher’s quarters there. This is a stark contrast to her prior life of luxury. Camille has much to learn about herself.
Out of all of Mary Balogh’s heroines throughout the years, Camille is the hardest one to empathize and fall in love with as a reader. Fortunately, Joel, the hero, fell in love with her right on schedule. Joel is an art teacher in the school who was formerly in love with Camille’s half-sister. The mystery of his background unravels in the book as the two fall in love and ultimately marry.
If you love Mary Balogh or Regency books, of course, this is a must read.
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