Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Review: Someone To Love (Westcott #1) by Mary Balogh

****4 Stars****

Regency Romances have always been my first romance love. In recent years, I read less historicals than I used to, but when a favorite author releases a new Regency I still get that excited flutter in my stomach. Mary Balogh is one such author I am always excited to read. Her newest book Someone to Love, kicks off a new series and as I come to expect had her trademark wonderful writing, well written characters, great dialogue and an interesting premise that immediately sucked me right in.
Anna is an orphan who suddenly gets thrust into the ton, when she finds out she is the daughter of the late Earl of Riverdale. At first she is overjoyed to discover she has siblings, always having longed for a family. Once she arrives at her new home, though, she finds she is not welcomed with open arms. None of her previously unknown family want her there and are reeling from the news that she is the legitimate heir. Adding to the angst-filled family situation, she also struggles to fit in to a high society she has never been a part of.
Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, is not happy to be given the burden of being the guardian of the new Early of Riverdale and the ensuing scandal is more trouble than he prefers to deal with. He lives his life keeping people at a safe distance, but cannot help feeling a need to come to Anna's aid. In shades of My Fair Lady, he undertakes the task of helping her learn to fit into society and deal with the initial scorn of her new family. In the process, feelings begin to develop between them that comes as a rather large shock to him. Both Anna and Avery were likable characters and the story was filled with interesting secondary characters I look forward to seeing in future books in this series. This story had a fabulous premise and I enjoyed Anna and Avery's developing romance. It was sweet and endearing, though at points I felt like the detailed premise may have overshadowed the romantic aspects of the story.

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil

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 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. 

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