• Someone to Care

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (788 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Once the Countess of Riverdale, Viola Kingsley throws all caution to the wind when adventure calls in the form of a handsome aristocrat....

Two years after the death of the Earl of Riverdale, his family has overcome the shame of being stripped of their titles and fortune - except for his onetime countess, Viola. With her children grown and herself no longer part of the social whirl of the ton, she is uncertain where to look for happiness - until quite by accident her path crosses once again with that of the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr.

Marcel Lamarr has been a notorious womanizer since the death of his wife nearly 20 years earlier. Viola caught his eye when she herself was a young mother, but she evaded his seduction at the time. A prize that eluded him before, she is all the more irresistible to him now although he is surprised to discover that she is as eager now for the excitement he offers as he is himself.

When the two defy convention and run away together, they discover that the ties of respectability are not so easily severed, and pleasure can ensnare you when you least expect it....

©2018 Mary Balogh (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Marvelous story with mature H/h

Thank goodness for this book featuring two adults coming together after 20 years of being buffeted by life. I am fairly bored by 19 year old virgins these days since that time is a barely remembered 50 years in my past.
Mary Balogh creates complex characters with individual lives, products of both experiences and upbringing.
Rosalyn Landor is a gifted reader with the ability to express individual voices. I have never heard her mispronounce a word in the many, many books she has recorded that I have heard, some more than once.
Highly recommended with no reservations.

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Very tiresome.

The first 3/4 of the book were, "I love him, but he doesn't love me." And "I love her, but she doesn't love me." It was so repetitive that I got very annoyed. And I've liked every other book in this series.

The narration was OK, but nothing could save this book. It is a real miss for me.

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Typically Mary Balogh

Good story but as is often the case with Ms. Balogh it takes her such a LONG time to get anywhere. Most of her full length novels could be short stories. Sooo many repetitive parts. A bit frustrating but overall I have to recommend.

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Mary Balogh has another winner!

Someone To Care is part of a series, and though the story would be entertaining on its own, some parts just won’t have the same significance without reading the previous 3 books.
The winning combination of Mary Balogh’s writing coupled with Rosalyn Landor’s narration makes the audio version of this book a treat for the ears.

If you’re unfamiliar with this author, this is Regency romance written by a true Brit!

In this book we have the former Countess of Riverdale , Viola, running away to escape how crazy her life has become since finding out her marriage was invalid. I like to call it a mini mental health break.
By chance she stays at the same inn as the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr, whom she knew and was attracted to when she was a young neglected wife.
Marcel is a widower of 20 years, and feels tremendous guilt over how his young bride died. He remembers Viola and his attraction to her becomes renewed.
Though Marcel is supposed to be going to his estate to tend to his children and estate responsibilities, he too wants to run away, so they decide to do it together!
So what happens when two grown adults decide to take a little time out for themselves?
The whole world goes crazy!!

There are a lot of themes running through this book, some shallow, many deep, and I don’t want to write a 10 page review to explain them all. But suffice it to say that all types of readers will enjoy this book.

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Another Fantastic Story!

I love Mary Balogh, I love Rosalyn Landor, and I LOVE the Westcott Series, so I was so excited for this book to come out, especially the audio version! Well, I was not disappointed -- it was great! This is the story of Viola Kingsley, who we met in earlier novels when she was revealed to be bigamously married to the late Earl of Riverdale. Now, stripped of her title, so there of her children now beating the shame of illegitimacy, she struggles to find her way amongst the ton. Quite by happenstance, while at a country inn alone, she meets up with a former acquaintance, with whom she had had brief mild flirtation many years before. While talking with Marcel Lamarr, now the Marquess of Dorchester, it becomes clear that the attraction is still there for them both. What if they acted upon it...?
Read the story, listen to the narration -- I can't wait for the next in the series!

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A bit repetitive

Some how this book became too repetitive for me. Not as good as her other books. The narrator is brilliant as usual. Thank you

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Series keeps getting better and better

While I have a few definite favorites, I invariably find each one of Mary Balogh's books better than the last. This is the fourth volume of the Westcott series, and while familiarity with secondary characters is nice, it is by no means necessary to enjoy this wonderful addition. Suffice it to say that the book concerns a middle-aged woman at a crossroad in her life, feeling that much of what has come before amounted to less than she would have hoped or expected, and much of what lies ahead is unexciting at best. The backdrop for this particular story is bucolic England in the early 1800s, but Viola's disenchantment with her circumstances translates to almost any era or locale. (Because what mother hasn't felt like a discarded towel at some point in her life?) But then she meets that man, the one who long ago looked so appealing, and Mary Balogh's magic begins its work yet again. It just so happens that I read this book in December, and while it is NOT a Christmas story, there is, nonetheless, a delightful Christmas episode near the end of the book that contributes to the overall joyful resolution.

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Wonderful

A really wonderful story that continues a family saga . A must if you have enjoyed other books in the series.

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Wonderfully Sweet Romance

I adore Mary Balogh and Rosalyn Landor brings the tale to life in a beautiful way. This was a sweet story that will leave you with the warm fuzzy feeling all good stories leave in their wake.

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insipid story

Disappointing. Mary Balogh used to do a lot better than this. Landor saves the audiobook
with her talent.

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  • 06-30-20

My favourite Mary Balogh so far!

Simply perfect and so wonderful to have a story with a slightly older heroine. Didn't want this one to end!

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 05-05-20

thank God for an older couple

at last someone has the courage to write a romance where the main characters are more mature.

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  • ecambl
  • 09-18-21

Simply Lovely

There is no one better than Rosalyn Landor to read these marvellous stories of the Westcots . So enjoyable.