From the legendary New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss comes a brand new series that starts scandalous secrets . . .
Humphrey Wescott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune that will forever alter the lives of everyone in his family - including the daughter no one knew he had . . .
Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage in Bath knowing nothing of the family she came from. Now she discovers that the late Earl of Riverdale was her father and that she has inherited his fortune. She is also overjoyed to learn she has siblings. However, they want nothing to do with her or her attempts to share her new wealth. But the new earl's guardian is interested in Anna . . .
Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, keeps others at a distance. Yet something prompts him to aid Anna in her transition from orphan to lady. As London society and her newfound relatives threaten to overwhelm Anna, Avery steps in to rescue her and finds himself vulnerable to feelings and desires he has hidden so well and for so long.
'Mary Balogh is the writer I read for pleasure' Susan Elizabeth Phillips
'A matchless storyteller' RT Book Reviews
'Balogh is truly a find' Publishers Weekly
'A grand mistress of the genre' Romantic Times
'Balogh is the queen of spicy Regency-era romance, creating memorable characters in unforgettable stories' Booklist
Genre veteran Balogh (Unforgiven) continues to create engaging characters, clever dialogue, and sweet romance in her first Westcotts romance, set in Regency-era London. High society loves nothing more than a good scandal, and the latest is delicious: a young woman named Anna Snow turns out to be Anastasia Westcott, the oldest daughter of the late Earl of Riverdale. More shocking than Anna's existence is the fact that she is legitimate, the product of a secret marriage in her parents' youth, which makes the earl's acknowledged family illegitimate. Anna's new extended family begins her formal education into high society, overwhelming the unpretentious, commonsensical young woman with their ideas of what makes a lady. Avery Archer, the Duke of Netherby, unexpectedly steps in to help Anna make the transition from orphan to heiress without losing her soul in the process. As his feelings for her grow, Avery must decide whether he will allow Anna behind the urbane ducal mask to know his long-hidden true self. And can Anna adapt to her new titled status without losing her principled core? Fans will be delighted to meet the Westcotts here and anticipate future installments of their series.
Someone To Love
Someone to Love by Mary Balogh
I've read many of Mary Balogh's books and just adored them. She is, in fact, one of my go-to authors when I fancy reading a historical romance. When I saw this title on NetGalley, I immediately requested it and couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately, I feel a little let-down on its completion.
Anna Snow is an orphan who was raised at the orphanage she now teaches at. She leaves the orphanage for what is to be a few days and her world as she knows it is turned completely around. She discovers family she'd not known of and meets the Duke of Netherby. Once her true identity is established, she is welcomed into the bosom of her extended family and prepared to face the ton. In these preparations, and on the realization that there will be competitors for her hand, the Duke realizes that he may have fallen for Anna.
I think my main concerns were that I felt no connection or chemistry between the characters. I understand that this is a historical romance and true to its nature, there is no overt displays of affection or desire or love, but I just didn't feel like the romance between Anna and the Duke was organic. In fact, it felt almost contrived.
Unfortunately, this book was a bit of a miss though the premise was a fantastic one. I'll certainly be reading more of Balogh's work in the future and I'm quite looking forward to the next book in this series, given that we've met and have formed an opinion on the characters already!
*arc received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
I struggled with this book. The Duke was rather difficult to like with his annoying quizzing glass and snuff…. He did improve but … it could’ve been a great story but Never really took off for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed Someone to Love. I LOVE the central characters Anna and Avery, how their pasts reveal their journey to who they become. There are a few lessons in this book about life, one of them is about having dignity, no matter who you are - about knowing in yourself that you are not lesser, neither greater than anyone else, but equal.