The New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss launches a new series with the death of an earl and the revelation of a scandalous secret...
Humphrey Westcott, 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.
From the Paperback edition.
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.