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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...
Bestseller Balogh keeps her Wescott Family Regency series going strong with a 10th installment (after Someone to Cherish) that is perhaps the best yet. Justin Wiley and his younger half-sister, Maria, were close as children, but haven't seen each other in the 12 years since Maria and her ailing mother moved from the family estate of Everleigh Park to Prospect Hall, where Maria cared for her mother until her death. Justin, now the Earl of Brandon, becomes 20-year-old Maria's guardian and invites her to return to Everleigh but he's shocked to find her cold, disdainful, and full of resentment toward him. In an effort to ease her transition, Justin hosts a weeks-long house party, inviting relatives from both sides of the family, as well as Maria's former neighbors, the fiercely independent Lady Estelle Lamarr and her brother, Bertrand. Estelle initially dislikes Justin, having heard Maria's negative views on the man, but as they become better acquainted, she begins to question the things she's been told. As the attraction builds between them, Justin works to convince Estelle to consider his suit. Balogh is a master of Regency romance, expertly exploring her characters' hidden depths and teasing out their carefully guarded secrets while keeping the pace flying. This is a delight. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency.