It’s never too late to fall in love in this enchanting new story, a novella in the Westcott series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.
Matilda Westcott has spent her life tending to the needs of her mother, the Dowager Countess of Riverdale, never questioning the web of solitude she has spun herself. To Matilda, who considers herself an aging spinster daughter, marriage is laughable—love is a game for the young, after all. But her quiet, ordered life unravels when a dashing gentleman from her past reappears, threatening to charm his way into her heart yet again.
Charles Sawyer, Viscount Dirkson, does not expect to face Matilda Westcott thirty-six years after their failed romance. Moreover, he does not expect decades-old feelings to emerge at the very sight of her. When encountering Matilda at a dinner hosted by the Earl of Riverdale, he finds himself as fascinated by her as he was the first day they met, and wonders whether, after all these years, they have a chance at happiness together. Charles is determined to crack the hard exterior Matilda has built up for more than three decades, or he will risk losing her once again....
*Includes bonus excerpts from the Westcott novels*
The charming seventh Westcott regency (after Someone to Honor) delights with an unconventional, older heroine. Lady Matilda Westcott, now in her mid-50s, has accepted her role as the quiet spinster daughter of the Dowager Countess of Riverdale. When, in the previous book, Matilda uncharacteristically persuaded Viscount Charles Dirkson, the estranged, illegitimate father of Matilda's nephew-in-law, to claim his son, she unintentionally made Charles a member of the sprawling Westcott family. Now, Matilda must learn to cope with his nearness at family gatherings and try to forget that, 36 years earlier, the two of them were sweethearts. But encountering each other proves unavoidable, forcing Matilda to see that Charles has outgrown his rakish youth and Charles to remember the Matilda he fell in love with. Much of the page count is taken up by an appendix containing synopses of each previous Westcott regency, but new readers may still have trouble untangling the complicated family dynamics. Series fans, however, will be pleasantly surprised to see fussy Matilda's unexpected sentimental side in this second chance romance that proves love is ageless.