Mary Balogh’s beginning note to readers in Someone to Remember explains how Matilda went from a fussy caregiver, rarely seen, rarely thought of, to a “real person,” someone who was desperately trying to be satisfied with her life but failing. A woman who had only ever loved once, so deeply, and watched as that love shared his life with another, created a family with another. Some choices made in youth have quite unexpected consequences. Thirty-six years have passed and Charles and Matilda’s stars are finally aligned. I am thrilled she gets her story. I love that she’s not in the first blush of youth (56 to be exact). Life is not over after your twenties sing their final fare-thee-well (or your 30s or 40s…). Life isn’t over until, well, it’s over. Matilda obviously wasn’t satisfied living on the Westcott fringes and poked the author’s shoulder a time or two until finally, finally, we get to find out who she really is. 💙
He saw in that smile the vivid girl she had been. And he saw in the quiet poise of her demeanor the woman she had become. He saw Matilda. His love. p. 144 Charles, Viscount Dirkson
I promise, if you cry while reading Charles and Matilda’s story, they will be happy tears. Mary Balogh writes emotion. Someone to Remember is a short novella that will make you feel sad and happy, but mainly I think you will find warm contentment, a reaffirmation in happy endings, a moment of peace in everyday chaos.
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