THE ENERGIZER BUNNY–or The Ongoing Westcott Family Saga…

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I usually plan a series of books ahead of time–very vaguely, I might add. I decide what the binding idea will be–more often than not it is a family, though the Survivors’ Series concerned a group of men and one woman who had survived their involvement in the Napoleonic Wars and had become bonded by the years they spent together convalescing from their wounds. Until the Westcott family came along, each series ended up with the number of books I had planned from the start. Well, now that I have written that, I recall that there was one exception. The Horsemen Trilogy (INDISCREET, UNFORGIVEN, IRRESISTIBLE), which was to have been a quartet, was cut short for reasons I will not try to explain here, and the final two stories got melded into one. But the Westcott series just does not seem to want to end. It wants to keep going and going…

I planned eight books–though planned is a bit of a misleading word. I can’t plan a book ahead of time. I never really know my characters until they get going, speaking, thinking, doing, interacting, and holding a great deal of stuff inside them that I do not suspect when I start and have to pry out of them as I go along. But characters drive the plot. So, to try to claim that I can plan eight books ahead of time is to give me far more credit than is due me. Let it be said, then, that I got a vague image of the Westcott family and the opening situation that would get things going and be the basis for the whole series–the new young head of the family, Harry Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, is suddenly disinherited when it is discovered that his recently deceased father married his mother bigamously twenty-three years earlier while his secret first wife was still alive. I identified eight members of the family who would have their stories told, beginning with Anna, secret daughter of that first wife of the deceased earl, and his only legitimate child (SOMEONE TO LOVE).

All was going to plan until I was writing the sixth book, SOMEONE TO HONOR, Abigail’s story. She met and married Lieutenant-Colonel Gil Bennington, Harry’s friend and comrade. Gil started life as the bastard son of an impoverished village washerwoman, who would not allow him to have anything to do with his father, Charles, Viscount Dirkson–who turned out to have been a long-ago love interest of Lady Matilda Westcott, the eldest sister of the deceased earl, who had never married. Well, goodness–I could not possibly leave Matilda and Charles’s story untold, could I? Admittedly I told it in a novella, which I intended for private publication as an ebook until my editor expressed interest in it and then read it and decided to publish it in all formats (albeit a short entry!) as SOMEONE TO REMEMBER, part of the Westcott saga. Suddenly it became a nine-part series, though there is some confusion about whether Jessica’s story, SOMEONE TO ROMANCE, to be published at the end of August, 2020, is Book 7 or Book 8. It is actually Book 8. Book 9, SOMEONE TO CHERISH, Harry’s story, is written and scheduled for the latter half of 2021.

So that will be the end of the series? Er, not necessarily…

There are two characters who have been capturing my imagination more and more since their first appearance in Book 5, SOMEONE TO CARE, Viola’s story. They are not Westcotts. But their father, Marcel, Marquess of Dorchester, married Viola, former Countess of Riverdale, Harry’s mother, so they have been involved with Westcott characters and events for some time. They are twins, Lady Estelle Lamarr, and Bertrand Lamarr, Viscount Watley. They are in their mid-twenties, gorgeously good-looking and charming, very eligible–and deliberately living alone together, still working through the effects of a difficult childhood and youth. They are, of course, crying out for their own stories. Estelle’s is beginning to take (very vague) shape in my head.

And then there is Winifred Cunningham, daughter of Camille (nee Westcott) and Joel Cunningham (their story is told in Book 2, SOMEONE TO HOLD). In the first two books Winifred was a child in the orphanage in Bath where Anna and Joel grew up and Camille taught for a while. Winifred was not an attractive child in either looks or behavior. She was a bossy goody-good who liked to point out the faults of others. But Camille saw something of her former self in the child and could look beyond the unattractive externals. When she and Joel married, they adopted Winifred, before going on to adopt five other children and have three of their own. Winifred has been seen growing up through the series until in Harry’s book she is seventeen and an interesting person. I really, really want to give her a story of her own, though I will have to allow her to grow up a bit more.

There is also Louise (nee Westcott), Dowager Duchess of Netherby, Jessica’s mother, who has been widowed for many years. And there is Adrian Sawyer, who had to adjust to the discovery that his father, Viscount Dirkson, had another, older son, Gil Bennington. Adrian, a cheerful, laid-back sort of young man, made an effort to get to know his half-brother and to mingle with the Westcott family, into which both his father and Gil had married. But… Well, I have all sorts of questions about him…

Oh, and let’s not forget Edwin Goddard, the oh-so-efficient and long-suffering secretary of Avery, Duke of Netherby…

No. I don’t think the Westcott Saga is finished yet or will be done even after Jessica’s and Harry’s stories are published.

Please leave a comment below. Tell me, perhaps, which is your favorite Westcott story so far and why. To two of you (randomly chosen) I will send an autographed copy of a Westcott book of your choice. I’ll pick two names on Saturday, June 6.

[The winners of the contest are LINDSEY CARNEY and NOREEN RE. Congratulations to them! As soon as they have let me know which book they would like and have sent me their postal addresses, I will send their books on the way. Thank you to everyone else for your interesting comments and for reading the blog.]

 

 

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  • Angela Hinton
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    I love your writings. They are beautiful. I would love to read the next installment of the Westcotts. I feel as if they are family just set in a different time.
    Oh, I have probably everything you have released. Including hard to finds. Thrift stores are great for old books 😎. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world. Without you the world would be tougher to survive.

    • Belle brown
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      I think my favourite book has got to be someone to remember. It made me really love matilda and see what a kind and loving person she is. And that she was willing to break her own rules for someone she loves. I can not wait to read the rest of the books. I have my fingers crossed that Harry will earn a title for his bravery because that, to me, would be karma at its best. But I’m most looking forward to reading winnifred cunninghams story. I’d love her to marry boris molenor. With their past interactions I think it would be a match made in heaven. I really don’t want the wastcott family stories to end. Each one is like meeting an old friend again.

    • Becky Tatar
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      Love your stories, partly because all the people are genuinely good people, even though they like to project a distant or silly facade, (talking about you, Wulfric)

    • Ann Goebel
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      I am sorry I can’t just pick one. Renee Goebel

  • Sharon Brock
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    My favorite in the Westcott saga is Camille and Joel’s story in Someone To Hold. I didn’t particularly like Camille at first but she matured throughout the book. The Cunninghams are now my favorite characters. Great job with this series.

    • Kathy Ackerman
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      And this is a bad thing, how? 😊

    • Penny Martin-Fish
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      I think Someone to Love was my favorite. It was a love story that was unimaginable at the beginning of the book. Happy to hear there may be more stories in this series. Thank you for your wonderful books!

      • Cara Fraser
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        I’ve read and loved your books since the 80’s. Rereading some of the Survivors Club, The Horsemen and meeting the Westcotts during the Pandemic has given me hours and weeks of entertainment and romance. Escapism at its best. I’m not sure which Westcott novel is my favourite. The first was incredible with Anna and her Duke, Joel as wonderful rich characters. I enjoyed your happy indulgence with the Duke’s dressing and affectations. He is one of my favourite characters.
        I believe that Matilda, too, needs her own story. I look forward to her and Jessica’s and Harry’s stories. No doubt there are a few more characters who will start whispering their requests of romantic partners to you.

    • Patty Gattoni
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      Always enjoy reading your books. I love historical romance.

  • Penny MacPherson
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    I love all the Westcott books and could never pick a favourite! I am so impatient waiting for the next one to come out that I usually reread the previous ones just to be up to speed again!

  • Barbara Gosden
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    At first I thought my favourite story is always the one I last read. But after a bit of thought, the first story is my favourite because of the revelations of the character of Avery who I adore!

  • Laurie
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    I don’t think that I can pick a favorite story as they are all entertaining! I do love the Duke of Netherby. Looking forward to more books!

  • June Hart
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    I am so pleased the stories about these intriguing characters will continue, looking forward to reading them.

    • Bonnie Atkins
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      This series is possibly my favorite, though I was very fond of the Survivor series too. I am anxious for each book to come out.

  • Linda Gunningham
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    I can’t pick a favourite, in spite of that being your request, but just finished Someone To Remember about two hours ago and really enjoyed it. It’s good to be reminded that while there’s life there’s hope, and love as well. Fifty-six is now sounding fairly young to me, but it’s good to know that romance can come at any age.

  • Anne Marie Wang Sivertsen
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    It’s very hard to choose as I love every single one of the Westcott serie. But I think no 1 must be the one with all the feelings of betrayal in the family who lost everything, money and reputation which was so important at that time.

  • Antonia Randazzo
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    Exactly the energizing bunny series! And so thrilled that it will continue still! You’re characters are all so entertaining! I’ve reread book 1-4 during these days of quarantine and have added the rest of the series, am up to date …and patiently waiting for more. I love all your characters. Anna Snow and Avery’s story is far best my favorite in the series. Abigail and Gil come in on a tie with Alexander and Wren. The Bewcastle series was the beginning for me and am so glad I’m hooked! Thank you for all of your lovely series, each shining brightly on their own!

  • Donna England
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    I’m so glad to hear there will be lots more books in this series!

  • Helen Kominek
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    I am glad that the Westcott river continues to flow with all the tributaries entering into it downstream – okay, really awful metaphor but that seems to be how it is working. I love all of the books so far, and it is hard to pick a favourite. Anna Snow’s story is probably it and Matilda’s is a close second.

  • Annette N
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    I fell in love with Avery when he fell in love with Anna. He is so much more than he appears. That book made me impatient for each of the following stories.

    Now, I want to tell you, I am older than dirt. So, the only thing I beg is that you write all these books before I am no longer here.

    You have provided me hours and hours of reading – your many series have given me joy. For that matter, I have most of your singles too. So, I thank you for the idea that these Westcotts are just too much of everything to abandon them in mid history.

    Thank you.

    • Apryl C. Flint
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      Someone To Remember is my favorite book in the series so far because this shows its never too late to reconnect with love. Matilda is in her late 50s when she reconnects with the only man she ever loved and she never stopped. You know those must be some strong feelings for one to have 36yrs after the first blush of youth is gone. I feel as though this particular book gives hope to those who may have let love pass them by due to unforseen circumstances or those who have yet to find love that love has no time limit. One can find love as young as 18yrs old or as old as 76yrs old, just don’t give up on finding or recconecting with love again.

  • Z. Kimmel
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    My favorite Wescott story is the first. Who doesn’t love seeing a Duke knocked down by the love bug completely unexpectedly? Thank you for all your stories. My all time favorite book of yours Slightly Dangerous and I read it whenever I need a pick me up. I discovered your books quite by accident in a Goodwill while traveling and I have become addicted to Historical Romance. But no one writes like you. Looking forward to all your new books.

    • Elizabeth Heffern
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      I was introduced to your writing by my amazing high school drama teacher, who has become a second mother and grandmother to my children. If I were to win, I would ask that the book be signed for her, rather than myself. She highly anticipates each new novel, and each novel newly available in eBook format of your books.

  • Trish Solf
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    I don’t know that I can choose just one favorite. I do know that I love the entire series and am looking forward to the next book. Now I can also anticipate even more of the characters stories.

    • Hillary M.
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      I can’t pick a favorite. Every time I think I have just read my new favorite the next one comes out! During this terrible time of quarantine, I have reread almost all of the series and enjoyed the time spent with my “old friends.”. Thank you.

  • Annette Chase
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    I have read the survivor series several times. I have read or listened to the Wescott series twice. I love a series that continues to develop characters as they go along. Sometimes there are characters that I don’t appreciate until their circumstances change and they develop into a better version of themselves. The Wescott series did that to several characters. This is the mark of an exceptional writer. I have never been bored reading your books.

  • Sally Sweet
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    If the Westcott family is an Energizer Bunny personified, then we readers are the batteries! I am always ready to pick up their story, and read straight through to the end of each installment of the saga. Thank you!

  • Sandra Eubanks
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    I have enjoyed your books so much, The Survivors Club was my very favorite and now I am so enjoying The Westcotts! Funny, when I purchased Someone to Love, I couldn’t get into it! But there it sat on the shelf, and really needed to be read! Now it is my favorite of the series! But, I enjoy them all so much! Thanks Mary for all the reading enjoyment!!❤

  • Liz Castillo
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    I am really enjoying this series and I am excited by the prospect of more stories to come.

  • Katy Stewart
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    I, too, think my favorite book of yours is the one I’m reading right that minute and it’s always too long between books! But thank you for continuing to write this series. I love you’re considering writing Edwin Goddard’s story – his character has intrigued me from the beginning, plus we might get to see more of Avery – my most favorite character!

  • Helen Thomas
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    Ooh, this all sounds great! I would definitely love a Winifred story, and the Lamarr twins too. I think if I had to pick a favourite it would be either Camille’s or Alexander & Wren. And I loved the Matilda novella.
    Looking forward to Jessica’s story in August

  • Peggy Minnich
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    Mary, I am so excited to hear about these additional stories. Someone to Care is my favorite of the Westcott Series so far, so I would love to see Estelle and Bertrand get their own books. Winifred is also so much fun and it has been great to see her grow. Right now I have been reading most of your older re-releases while I anxiously await Jessica’s book.

  • Lydia Main
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    I can’t pick a favorite Westcott novel as they all allow the people to grow and change. Someone to …. All very, very good.

  • Abigail Cutajar
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    I still need to read several Westcott books. I usually am up-to-date but I resumed my studies and I had to put leisure reading to the side. However, I have never come across a book of yours that I didn’t like. So please keep listening to the characters. The more the merrier 😁

  • Christine Brass
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    They are all so good, it’s hard to pick just one. If I have to choose, it would be Someone to Remember. A second chance at love story is something I can’t resist.

    • Nikki H.
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      Asking me to name my favorite Westcott novel is like asking me to name a favorite child, I just can’t do it! Every book has drawn me into the story, and played across the screen of my mind, thanks to the superb writing and clever plotting. I will continue to devour any and all Westcott stories presented to me in one sitting, so write whatever the spirit moves you to, and I’ll be there with bells on! Thank you for all of your hard work, Mary, it is greatly appreciated!

  • Susan J.
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    It is hard to choose a book from the Westcott series. All the characters have their own identity, but all believe and come together as a family during a crisis. Someone to Wed, Wren’s and Alexander’s story, really showed that.

  • Miriam Bresticker
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    I’ve enjoyed the whole series so far, hard to pick a favorite although there are a few I prefer over others.

  • Aparna
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    OMG!!! I don’t want the series to end. I love every book of the series so far and I have read them all at least 3 times each. My favourite book of yours will always be Longing. It’s the best book I have ever read (in fiction). But if I have to choose one in Westcott series, it would be Some one to love. I love Anna. She is amazing and such a strong personality!

  • Keicia
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    I think it’s wonderfull the possibility of the Wescott series not ending with book 9. I totally agree that this other caracthers need their own stories told. They’ve got my attention too.
    My favorite book of Wescott is the first one Someone to Love because of the plot. I loved to see Anna’s and the family inner turmoil when her social status changed. That was a story that showed how false it was the assumption of class superiority, how hipocritical.

  • Miriam Bresticker
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    I tried to leave my comment earlier, but I’m not sure it saved, as I can’t see it. I don’t really have a favorite, although I do prefer a few over the others. Looking forward to the next!

  • Iona Phipps
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    The Wescott series would have to be my top favourite! I love a good family saga and discovering all of the links, as noted in the blog post and stories of other characters. I should love to read Louise’s story- she has always caught my eye.

    I think Alexander’s story, “Someone to Wed” would have to be my favourite, however, followed closely by Elizabeth’s in “Someone to Trust”. I loved the tenderness and the care which Alexander nurtured and fell in love with Wren and how she in turn fell in love with him too. He is a divine gentleman of a character and absolutely my type – just like my own husband!!

    Please keep on writing all these connecting stories! They are truly marvellous!

  • Mary T
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    Although it is hard to choose, I believe my favorite book is the first one (SOMEONE TO LOVE) and my favorite character is Anna. You gave her such amazing dignity and grace which showed through in her first meeting with her new family, when they all learned the “truth” for the first time.

    I became a fan over ten years ago, when I stumbled across one of your books in the library. I don’t think I have every book you have done, but I have most of them. I love this series. I loved the Survivor series and the Huxtable series. But my favorite is still the first ones that I read – the Slightly and Simply series.

    I have been doing a lot of re-reading the last few months as the world news has gotten worse and worse. Your books figure prominently among my comfort reads. Thank you for so many hours of pleasure.

  • Trish McNeil
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    This is the very best of news. Thank you so much.

  • Barbara Ezzell
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    I always thought Eden and Lavinia were rushed for some reason. I am sorry for that because that would have been a great book!
    I love all of your books but in this series I liked Abigail’s and Matilda’s stories best. Please write all of those books you mentioned, or the series will be incomplete. Thanks for all your hard work. Your books are great!

  • Melanie Berry
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    I would find it difficult to have to name a favorite Westcott book – loved Anna and Avery and then Camille and Joel and then Alexander and Wren… and so it goes…

    This is wonderful news but very surprising to hear that you don’t have every detail planned out in advance – especially in the Survivor series. I often go back to read that set and I find little nuggets here and there that are foreshadowing the stories that came after. At least I think I do!

  • Dorothy MacDougall
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    I think I need to say my favourite is Someone to Love, Anna and Avery’s book. Aside from being a wonderful story in its own right, it is a fantastic lure for the rest of the series. Books for the twins, Winnifred, Louise, Adrian, and Edwin, I would love books for Mildred’s boys and the rest of the Cunningham children. You should really think about a 24 (or more)book series!

  • Betty Franklin
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    Loved ‘Someone to Love’ because the series premise was just so fascinating – the bigamist whose family is disinherited after his secrets are discovered following his death.

    However, as a woman of ‘a certain age’ I have to say that I just adored ‘Someone to Care’ and ‘Someone to Remember’ which both told the stories of older women discovering love.

    Very hard to select a favorite, though – the entire series has been wonderful.

  • Kathleen Smith
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    Yes, please do not limit the Westcott series to just 9 books. All the people you mentioned above mean something to your readers. Not only are they acquaintances, they in many instances are our friends. We want to know more about them. Each does not need his or her own book.

  • Judy Owen
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    I have enjoyed all the Westcott series, and I don’t think that I can pick just one. However, I think the first one, with the delicious Avery and Anna, would be my first choice, setting the scene for future stories.

  • Fran Varella
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    Someone to Care- definitely a big favorite! Walking away from the social constraints of a lifetime, to live with a happiness. Yes!! Viola & Marcel ‘s love story gave me a deep thrill. To me, this story breathed life into a dream that anyone at any age can find a deep powerful love. YES!

  • Norma
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    Oh dear! How hard it is to choose. Today I think Mathilda’ s story might be my favorite. I’m so glad you’re continuing on! Your characters are well rounded and interesting so I will eagerly await their stories. I enjoy hearing bits about past characters as we go along. I’m waiting!

    • Benedicte Reiter
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      I have loved the books in all your series. This latest with the Westcott family has really captured me and I look forward to more the the planned books. I ‘met’ you with the Huxtable and Mistress series and have read most of your other books.

  • Tracy Griffin
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    Your blog made me laugh, with the characters demanding their own stories so the series continues. Like everyone else, I am looking forward to that!
    My favourite book is ‘Someone to Remember’, simply because Matilda’s story reflects my own, to some degree. Although I haven’t got my happy ending, I was so pleased that Matilda did. Just as opportunities for love exist past the age 25, love can live on through the years, in the hidden pockets of our daily life.
    Well done, and thankyou!

  • Tracy Griffin
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    Your ‘Energiser Bunny’ blog made me laugh, with the characters all clamouring for their own stories – and rightly so! And like everyone else, I can’t wait to read them!
    My favourite book to date is ‘Someone to Remember’, Matilda and Charles’ story, because in some ways it reflects my own. While I have not got my happy ending, I was ever so pleased that Matilda got hers! Opportunities for love exist for those beyond 25 years, just as love – even unfulfilled – can remain with us over the course of our lives.
    Thankyou for sharing Matilda and Charles’ story and for giving them centre stage and a chance to shine. I will look forward to reading snippets about them in future books, in others’ stories.
    All the best.

  • Gloria Chmilar
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    Hello Mary,
    I find it difficult to pick a favorite but it would have to be the first book, “Someone to Love”, as I love your character the Duke of Netherby, Avery Archer. Avery reminds me of Wulfric Bedwyn, the Duke of Bewcastle, who is one of my all time favorite characters. I will buy every book you write, Mary, and look forward to all the characters that pop up in your clever brain and are lovingly written to entertain us. Keep up the good reads and may God keep you and your loved ones safe!

  • Elizabeth
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    I love the Wescott Series. Each character is so unique and I love the growth they have all made since “the great upset”. When I think about picking a favorite, which is really hard to do, I ask myself which story captured my attention and kept me vested the most. That story is Someone to Hold. You painted this world in Bath that made me so curious as to what life was like for the people living there, the people of both classes. My favorite scenes are when the characters are walking on the streets. We learn more about the characters and about the lovely city they live in.

  • Christine
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    I really would like to read Winifred’s story. Mainly because I’m curious what kind of live you would give an adopted child during the 19th century.
    During lockdown I took the opportunity to re-read all of the Westcott books so far and my favourite is Someone to Love (closely followed by Someone to Wed).

    Greetings from Germany
    Christine

  • Celina
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    I have to agree with all the comments above. It is hard to choose just one.But, if I have to pick it would be the book that started the series. Someone To Love. Not just Anna’s story in this but also because of Avery’s. His piece of the story touched me so much. They overcame much and found each other

  • Kathleen Thompson
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    I wait for each new story and can’t wait to begin! Thanks for what you do 🙂

  • Colleen Addison
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    I love your books, Mary. They are so warm and happy. My current favourite is Someone to Remember. I really like the way you took a character who wasn’t really sympathetic in other books and made her into a real person. It was nice. Reminded me that we all have our stories. 🙂

  • MaryLu McFall
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    Harry Westcott, in the first tale of the family is my favorite. Reading your books always make me smile, or tear up a little. But I know all will be well eventually. It’s the process that counts and the rough spots the characters must work their way through to the final end. Haven’t managed to read all your books yet, but I’m getting there. Thank you for your consistency. I always feel confident to recommend your books.

  • Michele
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    I love the Westcott series. My favorites are Someone to Honor and Someone to Care. I am so happy to have some of the early books released in Kindle, too expensive in paperbacks at huge prices and questionable condition. I have most of your books in both formats. Keep on keeping on.

  • Marise Adams
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    It’s very difficult to pick a favorite, but if I must, it would probably be Someone to Wed. I love the characters so much! Wren is someone who has suffered all her life because of what she is convinced is a disfigurement that would horrify anyone unfortunate enough to have to see her. And her hero is someone who sees the beauty within. His support of her is amazing. Her coming out of her protective shell is handled beautifully.

  • Eva D.
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    Such wonderful news that the Westcott series will keep going! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think it would have to be Someone to Hold for me. I love that you dare to write heroines that are not always immediately likable. I loved Camille‘s development, Joel’s overcoming of his prejudices and dislike and the setting in Bath and the orphanage. And I love Winifred. I’m glad you are planning a book for her, too!

  • Julia Roper
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    The Balogh Dukes (although the beyond arrogant Duke of Tresham pushes the boundary of masterful/sadistic; yes, he did work to improve, but ) are often my favorite character in a series. And the Westcott clan has one of my favorite Balogh Dukes as a stepson. Which, alas for “Mr. Archer”, means he doesn’t have the puppetmastery opportunities of his grace of Bewcastle (although Lady Jessica so far is as hard to deal with as any three Bedwyns.) But my favorite gentlemen among the Westcott extended family are Joel Cunningham, an artist in more than title; Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges; then the Duke of Netherby, with his gilding shining through the baby-drool; Harry Westcott, the quondam Earl and determined soldier; and at #1, the dear, beautiful, perfect gentleman who finds himself a nobleman, Alexander Westcott, present Earl of Riverdale. The Marquess almost made the cut, but his opposition isn’t as spectacularly awful as the now-dowager Lady Hodges; in fact, Bertrand and Estelle are so endearing that they might (yes!) extend the saga. Gil Bennington is splendid, so far, but he’s only in two books. With a dog and babies to show him off to best advantage.
    Among the ladies (with or without a Capital L), my favorite is Alexander’s sister, Elizabeth, now (spoiler alert) Lady Hodges. I know a character has got a life of its own when I rejoice to see babies on the family tree at the front of the book. Then, her sister-in-law, Wren Hayden Westcott, the Countess. The two of them have extraordinary courage and generosity; Wren’s story is so horrific and courageous that it seems temerity to think she could be a friend. Which Elizabeth could and is Viola Kingsley, the putative Countess, has a long term and endearing story arc as she allows herself to stop being the perfect Countess of Riverdale and future Dowager Countess and emerge from the disgrace she felt she brought upon herself (no good deed goes unpunished) to her new self as a person who has a life of her own that includes her own self respect and the love and respect of her old and new families. I do like Anna, and loved Someone to Love. Being a Duchess, her best qualities, however, get lost in the dazzle; she is now officially the finest, noblest, and most gracious in the land and there’s not a lot she can do about it. She does, at least, still have a sense of humor.
    Someone to Wed and Someone to Trust are my top two of the Westcott books.
    When extensions are being considered, I would like to put forth a pair of my favorite characters in the series, although they are a distinct disadvantage in plotting a romance novel. I’ve noticed nominations for the Dowager Duchess of Netherby and for Messrs. Boris, Peter, and Ivan Wayne. Can we have more of Lord and Lady Molenor? Still Mildred and Thomas and, maybe why their sons have Russian names? And have you ever considered creating a Duke of Balogh?

    Oh, and my favorite Balogh Duke is…
    George Crabbe, his grace of Stanbrook and founder of the Survivors’ Club.

  • Charlotte Litton
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    I love your books. My favorite is usually the one I’m reading at the time. Thanks for all your stories. ❤📚

  • Dianna Dalrymple
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    This is a tough one, but I would have to say mine was Anna’s story. It was a wonderful way to introduce the family of Westcott’s. There are so many it’s a little tricky to remember who goes where. lol

    I look forward to reading the stories and hearing about everyone.

  • Kemmie Sanderson
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    I love all of your books. You’re a great writer.

  • Jan
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    You made my day!! More books to come in the Westcott series! I had read nothing of yours, until a few weeks ago I heard of the Westcott series and picked up Someone to Love. I was immediately hooked and had to read every one. I just finished Someone to Remember last night. This series has been my Stay-at-Home salvation. There’s nothing like a good book with interesting characters and a happily ever after ending to help get through a tough time like the one we’re in. Of all these wonderful books (so far) the one I’ll read again and again is Someone to Love. A Cinderella story with incredible plot and characters! And oh, Avery. Perhaps your best character yet. I’d love to read more about him and Anna sometime!

  • Jason Gonzales
    Reply

    I adore you, and love your prose.

  • Diane Faw
    Reply

    Just read Someone to Honor. Looking forward to reading the others in series.
    I love all your series especially the Huxables, but my absolute favorite was The Devils Web.
    I’m a little hooked on Mary Balogh novels. The made Stay at Home a pleasure.
    Thanks.

  • Donnette Goldsmith
    Reply

    I absolutely adore this series. I am so looking forward to the next book and I hope you do continue the series. Each book and each character is as wonderful as the last and I continue to fall more in love with the Westcott family. Thank you for sharing your talent and your beautiful stories.

  • Noreen Re
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    I have enjoyed reading all about the Survivors. In my busy life your books let me escape from work and family and take me back to a time when men were men and women were women (sigh). The Westcott series sounds like another series that will take me away! I can’t wait for the library to open so I can borrow some of your treasures. Thank you for keeping things interesting from series to series!

  • Ann Grant
    Reply

    I have enjoyed all of the books, my favorite is the last (current) one that I read. Excited to read the next ones,

  • Jessica Hall
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    I was introduced to your books by my mother-in-law, and after reading all of the Slightly series over the course of 2 months, I have been addicted ever since!! The Wescott family is one that I love, because they stick by one another even through the most difficult of times. Camille’s character development has been one of my all-time favorites. But I do love Avery as he reminds me so much of the Duke of Bewcastle, and reminds me of when my love for your stories and characters started. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of their worlds!

  • Darilyn Lau
    Reply

    I love this series so much! The first book makes you want to have more stories about all the different people! It makes you want more and more!

  • Sandra Deitz
    Reply

    Would love to win your new book.

  • Lesley Rodak
    Reply

    I love the Westcotts, especially the first book, Someone to Love. Anna and Avery are such an unlikely pair that they made me fall for this story from their first meeting!

  • Sarah MD
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    It is hard to say one when the whole series has been a wonderful read however, I adored Someone to Wed – Alexander and Wren’s story because there is something about planning to marry as a convenience and then realising you have both fallen in love. All the characters bring you in as though you are part of their family (whether you want to be part of theirs anyway).

  • MONICA O'GWIN
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    I have read the whole series (so far) and it is impossible to choose a favorite. I miss this whole family when I am not with them. Hahaha! However, I do have a special place in my heart for Avery. His lines make me literally laugh out loud. Thank you for your wonderful stories! You are a treasure.

  • Sandra Tucker
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    Oh, the thought if more Westcott warms my entire heart. I love the idea of a book for Louise and one for Edwin Goddard, especially. I’m so hoping that these really do materialize. Thank you so much for the ones you’ve given us so far. I have a whole shelf of Mary Balogh books and there are ones I read again and again. My current favorite is, despite the arrival of the Westcotts, “Only Enchanting”. I never tire of Flavian and Agnes.

  • Cindy P.
    Reply

    My favorite is always the final book in a series. I sigh with happiness to know that the entire family achieved their own happiness.

  • Anahita Sinor
    Reply

    I love all your books & enjoy reading them throughly. It’s hard to pick a favourite in this series, but I think Someone to Love where it all started is maybe my favourite! I would love to win an advance copy of your new book!

  • Molly Levegood
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    Someone to Love but really I have adored each Westcott story. I have enjoyed retreading several Balogh novels since this shutdown. Reading is such a peaceful retreat. Truly looking forward to a new story.

  • Lauren Harsha
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    Camille is my favorite for sure as she defied all expectations and perceptions, even the ones she set for herself, and came into her own.

  • Barbara
    Reply

    I love them all. I could never pick a favorite.
    Although I do have an tendency to really love the romances with the slightly oldermain couple as they have so much more to bring to the relationships.

  • Claudia Neves
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    Hi, I loved to read this post and to understand a little more what is behind the story of this family. And also, how the characters gain life and prominence until they are entitled to their own voice, and consecutively, their own book.
    The all family is lovely and each character has his own magic and charm. However, the stories that most touched me was Camille’s and Violet’s ones, for different reasons. Camille’s story has such a delightful calm rhythm and soul transformation that just took my breath away while reading page, after page. For other hand, reading Violet’s story, was like finally taking a deep breath. A feeling of a release of breaking all the suppressed feelings and taking the chance of living and being herself finally.
    Thank you for creating and writing these lovely stories. They are precious.

  • Lindsey Carney
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    I can not tell you how happy reading this has made me. This series really stole my heart, your writing in general seems to call to me in a way that is different from any other. I love what you do so much, I got my Mom to start listening to your books on audio. She’s not a very good reader and never thought she would enjoy books, until I introduced her to audio and now she is hooked. You could say I created a bit of a monster…

    I know that you’ve gotten a lot of praise over the years and such but honestly, I want this series to last as long as your inspiration feeds it. I thank you for giving us something to look forward to, and on a more personal note, for bringing me and my Mom even closer. We don’t live near each other, she’s on the other side of the country. We now have weekly phone calls that we call our “book reviews” and your books are what started that for us. We will both be looking forward to your future books! Thank you, Mary!

  • Darla Denny
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    I’ll start by saying I have enjoyed all of the Wescott stories. But if I have to pick one or two to take on an extended trip it would likely be “Someone to Trust” and “Someone to Care”. They both deal with women a bit older who suffered through marriages that weren’t the most blissful but in the end found their Happy Ever After. That is ultimately what every romance reader is looking for, HEA. If not in our own world then at least in someones. Thank you for creating wonderful Happy Ever Afters that we can get lost in for a bit.

  • pat kuna
    Reply

    I would love this. I love yours books.

  • Betty Lutz
    Reply

    I have all your books on my bookcase-they are all re-reads, love your writing

  • MaryLu McFall
    Reply

    Re-reading the Survivors Club and trying to find the first Westcott in my closet of paperbacks. Always enjoy your books, every one.

  • Lisa Plank
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    For some reason this series is very soothing to me, it jus feels like an old friend. I will have to second the comment about Camille, it’s so rare for females characters to really grow in books, more often is the male protagonists characters who really develops, the women although lovely, are more static. It’s my favourite of this season.

    My favourite scene in all your books is when the Duke of Bewcastle realizes his brother is still alive, and I will admit I’ve got a soft spot for Freya.

  • LORI Buescher
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    I love the series! So, please keep going and going and going while I patiently wait for each new addition.

  • Joanne Crawley
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    I have read and enjoyed all of the Westcott series and I am looking forward to “Someone To Romance”. It’s great news that there are other characters in the series crying out for their own stories to be told. Hopefully, they will all get into print and achieve their HEA’s too.

  • Teresa Derosa
    Reply

    Wonderful,Wonderful stories! I loved each one of them but my favorite was Viola’s story. Such a beautiful romance. Would love for it to continue with Lamar’s children. Please keep going!

  • Sonia Benenson
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    I enjoy your books no end and tend to keep them for a rainy day, when I know I need a book that will pull me in and keep me engaged and delighted. As I have written before, I like spending time with your characters and truly want to know what their fate will be (and how they get to it). As I don’t read them in one fell swoop there is sometimes a fair amount of time between the books, so sometimes details become a bit misty. This never is a major problem as once back in the series’ universe, I find my footing.
    I have read through the first five in this series – the latest for me, Someone to Trust was pulled off the shelf at some point during this period of isolation. Sadly I have yet to acquire the next but will have to do that soon. It’s hard to say which would be a favorite as it tends to be the book in hand. If I truly had to choose, I did love seeing the oh arrogant Duke of Netherby fall for Anna Snow…
    Thank you for sharing your stories with us. I do love them.

  • Jackie Phillips
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    Since I first discovered your novels I have loved every single one of them. I really can not for the life of me pick a favourite.

  • Irina F.
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    Oh my goodness, I have to choose? Well, it’s a toss up between Someone to Love, and Someone to Wed. Those are the two that I have read multiple times. I love how Avery Archer is the unconventional knight-in-shining-armor when he rescues Anna from the well-meaning, but stifling attentions of her new family in Someone to Love. I also love the fact that Wren’s favorite flower is daffodils, in Someone to Wed, as daffodils are my favorite flower. Yup, it’s definitely a tie between these two for my favorite Westcott story!

  • Judith
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    I love that this series keeps expanding and more characters refuse to be ignored. You can continue indefinitely with this series as far as I am concerned. What started out as one dramatic revelation has created so many wonderful situations and delightfully varied characters I find it impossible to choose one favourite.
    Thank you for all your wonderful storytelling.

  • Dawn
    Reply

    My FAVORITE author!!!!! May the odds ever be in everyone’s favor. Good luck!!!

  • Courtney Vanderwalker
    Reply

    I stumbled across you from another friend’s Facebook “like” and I’m so excited to start reading. Ordered my first already.

  • Maria Angélica
    Reply

    I love the Westcott series!!!! I read all the books in English, because they were not published in Portuguese yet..
    The book I loved most was Alexander’s. Wren is such a lovely woman!!!
    Thank you for your amazing stories!!!

  • Sheila Prince
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    My favourite is Someone to Love as it starts the saga. I have been saving the following books in the series until I owned all eight so I could binge read them all in order. Now I must wait until the others are written. Sigh! The only problem with this as I’ve just turned 78 and wonder how many more years I’ve got coming to wrap this up. LOL Perhaps I will start my binge soon just in case. No pressure Mary

  • SuzanneB
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    I am so excited to see there are more books in this series coming! I am not sure that I can pick a favorite, but if I have to I would go with Someone to Love since that is where it all started.

  • Heidi Colville
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    I look so forward to the next installment of the Westcott saga. I love all the books. I also love reading books that are in a series. You feel like you know the characters and love the ongoing story lines. Thank you for writing these books and others. I have read most of your books and enjoy the all.

  • Elena Romaniuk
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    Dear Mary, I also love all of your books and characters and find it hard to choose a favourite from the Westcott series, but if I have to, I choose Wren and Alexander’s story. Reading your books is like being there, the characters become friends and the settings are an inspiration tothe imagination. And the tea trays always leave me craving tea and scones.

    I look forward to your upcoming stories.

  • Susan Gorman
    Reply

    I am looking forward to more books in this series.
    Have three favorites: Someone to Remember, Someone to Love and Someone to Care.
    Loved the heroine in each one and their strengths.

  • Chris Deanne
    Reply

    Winifred? You’d give her a happiness ending? And it would be a little bit of extra happy for Camille. I hope you get to it. #teamcamille

  • Beth Stidham
    Reply

    The blog post itself is almost its own Westcott story! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

  • Miranda Owen
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    It’s so hard to pick one, but I really love someone to wed. Both characters are fab & it has one of my all time fav heroines – strong, pragmatic, realistically flawed.

  • Kathryn
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    Thank you for listening to your characters and allowing them to tell their stories, even beyond what you may have originally “planned.” I have been a fan since A SUMMER TO REMEMBER; I recently re-read it and was amazed at all the characters introduced there who would go on to become beloved heroes and heroines of their own stories. (Joseph & Claudia’s story is another particular favorite of mine!) Looking forward to whatever comes next.

  • Wanda Black
    Reply

    I love the Westcott family and have enjoyed all of the novels, but I think my favorite was “Someone To Care”. I was so glad to see Viola find love and peace.

  • Judy Spanogle
    Reply

    Your books never fail to move me. I love your characters and all their foibles. I am very, very happy that the Westcott family and those around them are not ready for you to stop. Thank you for listening to their voices in your head and sharing their stories with us.

  • Yasmine Hamandi
    Reply

    I haven’t read any of these books yet but I love Romance books and I’m always looking to try reading books from different authors and exploring. I would love to be introduced to the world of the Westcott family,

  • Suzanne Irving
    Reply

    Honestly every time you write a new book that becomes my favorite. Your writing is what got me interested in regency romance and I just squee every time I hear that you have written a new book.

  • Carolyn Witt
    Reply

    My favorite is Matilda’s story. Who knew she would be my favorite, old prune I thought she was in the earlier books? As an old maid librarian and romance fan, hope springs eternal! I loved seeing her bloom and finding the reasons for her…and her Mother’s…roles in the earlier stories! I only wish it had been longer!!! I look forward to the next book and any of the other wonderful stories you teased us with!! (bad English, but you know what I mean!!)

  • Jill
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    Oh goodness 🥰 so much to look forward to. I adore your series and how they interlink and how each novel may be about a certain couple but there is a valuable insight into other characters. I’m very intrigued to see how Winifred turns out as a fully formed adult and what effect her earliest year have on her.

  • Sarah-Ann
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    You’re one of my very favorite authors. I’m looking forward to reading all the “Someone” books.

  • Phyllis
    Reply

    When life gets a little tough I love to get lost in your books. It’s as if you are there watching the characters from the ceiling of their homes.

  • Jennifer
    Reply

    You’re one of my favourite authors but I haven’t read this series yet… something to look forward to.

  • Heather Barnett
    Reply

    Ms. Balogh, I appreciate the many hours of joy and freedom of imagination you have provided for me and my aunts. We all love your books and have many. I love Simply Love. Again, thank you.

  • Debra Thomas
    Reply

    Which one is my favorite? A hard choice, but I think the first one, Someone to Love, largely because Anna is such an excellent example – her theme song should be “Wd are Family”

  • Frances Sturdavant
    Reply

    I really enjoyed each of the Wescott books & look forward to the next ones to be published. I have been rereading the Bedwyn Saga. Reading about the Bedwyns brought the Duke of Netherby to mind — guess what I will be rereading next?

    Have a great weekend & go with God. 🌸

  • Joleen
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    I just reread Matilda’s story- Someone to Remember. I really love the support of both families as these two get back together. Family is important to me in the story, because often choices are made that impact many people. Please keep writing all of these intertwined family stories.

  • Evelyn Schmidt Bedard
    Reply

    Someone to honor was perhaps my favorite…the way the characters grew seeing Abigail & Gil find someone to share their lives with was special to me…thanks

  • Beth Cookson
    Reply

    Very much taken with Matilda’s story. So pleasant to read about a mature couple.

  • Swati
    Reply

    I’m much younger than Matilda so I can’t really relate but I loved her story. The character development she goes through is just fantastic. And it is lovely to see how much her family really does appreciate her – and to see her realize that.

  • Mary Beckey
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    I enjoy every book in the Wescott series. You are by far my favorite author. I am a Frontline RN and I just get lost reading when I get a free moment. I forget all the death and sickness. I escape to the past and feel energized to go back into work. Thank you for a few escape moments that you give me. I have never been disappointed so far.

  • Sarah Muder
    Reply

    Hmm I think maybe Viola’s story, because she was so much older and that’s unusual. At least until Matilda! But my most read ever would probably be Silent Melody, love love love it.

  • Julie Wolf
    Reply

    I have all these wonderful books, and you really get a sense of family in them. But the first book just grabbed me and still does. I bet some of us feel like an outsider in a family still. But Anna comes across as a good fighter, she takes it on the chin , but gives it back softly. Love her character and the duke is a good fit for her. 🙂 Keep those great books coming. And the energizer bunny, man I need his energy. ha!

    • Kathryn Bennett
      Reply

      It would be lovely to win one of your books! I’ve been a fan and collector since your very early Signet romances.

  • Susan Hubbard Owen
    Reply

    I love all your books. Reading the Survivors series helped me get through the sudden death of my father. My favorite Westcott book is Someone to Remember. I love that the couple is older and it gives love a second chance. Please keep the series going!

  • Vivian Allen
    Reply

    Hello Mary, Thank you so much for writing books that help me escape into another world. I have read many many of your books, the Survivors series was truly wonderful! I loved all the characters in that series. I am now into the Wescott series, just finished ‘Someone to Love’ and eagerly waiting the next book arriving in the mail. I live in Nova Scotia, and we are just starting to venture out of our doors a bit. On May 14th, my Mom was one of 52 elderly residents who passed away in Northwood nursing home here in Halifax. It’s been a tough time. I just want to say that your books have always helped me calm down, relax, find some peace and escape into another world. I want to Thank you so very much, take care, Vivian Allen

  • Kristina Jokan
    Reply

    Hi Mary,
    Being Hungarian myself it made me smile how you explain the pronunciation of your family name:-)
    I love your books and how you introduce entire families to the readers. My favourite series was the Bedwyns, and my favourite book was Simply Perfect, with Claudia Martin.
    Reading a book from you is getting away from reality, taking a trip to fantasy land, meeting people who are fallible and imperfect but who find happiness no matter what. Thank you for these hours of joy!

  • Kristin
    Reply

    My favorite story is that of Viola and Marcel. I loved that they found each other again after 14 years when they first chose integrity. I love that they each had a second chance. I love that when they met again, they chose just each other for at least a few weeks, by then knowing what they needed and what was important in life. And I love that it happened after they both thought they were past the age of sharing that deep forever love with someone.
    In anticipation for SOMEONE TO ROMANCE this fall, I recently began re-reading the series. Today I’m starting SOMEONE TO HONOR, and as I reviewed the family tree chart at the beginning of the book, I wondered whose stories would continue to be told. After reading this blog entry, I’m so glad there’s a chance you’ll be sharing more to come! I hope along the way you’re inspired to write something for everyone in the family, however unrealistic that actually seems! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Harry, Louise, Winifred, Estelle and Bertrand… even Althea, perhaps.
    I enjoy reading your stories above all others and plan to enjoy many more! Thank you!

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