Someone to Love

Someone to Love

Large Print - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410494702
1410494705
Branch Call Number: FIC BALOGH 2016
Characteristics: 527 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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AConsolver
Jan 10, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy historical romance.

When the Earl of Riverdale dies, his secret daughter is exposed and brought from an orphanage into high society. Anna Snow has always wished for a family, but it is clear that her new family has mixed feelings about her. Avery Archer the Duke of Netherby does as he pleases, and decides to intercede and help Anna escape her smothering new family. Avery's reputation is set as a wealthy bachelor, who does as he pleases, but Anna causes him to consider desires he has long pushed aside.

I haven't read a ton of historical romance, so they are always a little bit hard for me to rate/review, but it will get easier eventually. Overall I enjoyed this book, I liked the main character Anna well enough. She was smart and fairly independent. I liked that Avery never followed any rules, but I found his quizzing glass, etc. a little eccentric and not particularly attractive. I enjoyed their opposites attract sort of relationship, however I couldn't figure out at what point they decided they liked each other. Anna kind of went along with things. I did appreciate the there wasn't this huge fixation on her being a virgin as there often can be in novels like this. It wasn't a big deal, and that was so much less creepy. I thought that the martial arts stuff was a little random... but whatever. I particularly enjoyed the ending when they visited Bath, etc. I'm excited to check out the next books in this series and see how the rest progress.

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Patricia_T
Jan 03, 2019

This was a great story in real "rags to riches" style with all the complications it involved in England at that time, a lovely romance in the style this author does so well.

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macrw3
Aug 23, 2017

This was a deeply romantic story with a truly well-drawn, multi-layered hero and heroine. It had a beautiful Georgette Heyer style of writing that made it top quality. I was on the edge of my chair waiting for whatever was to come next. Loved it! Looking forward to reading the sequel.

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Alpha_zzz
Jul 20, 2017

It was hard to like many of the characters in this story. It seemed many were wrapped up in themselves and had little consideration for others. Even though many would say the main character, Anna, was only trying to be her own person, she had many stubborn streaks when others tried to lend their help. The one redeeming character was Avery who had a great sarcastic wit about him, although, even he got sappy in the end.
It was sort of a Cinderella story - from rags to riches, but it just didn't have the excitement of Cinderella for me.
The other thing I noticed throughout the book was repetition. It seems you would learn something at the beginning, only to have the same story told again later. I wish the author could have done more than repeat character events.

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DragicaLaboski
Apr 10, 2017

Hard to believe but this was a disappointment ..the second Even WORSE..

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jalm
Feb 15, 2017

a very good plot .
Showing the changing in the mind of people.

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Phyllis Driscoll
Feb 11, 2017

Mary never fails to deliver a warm and beautiful romance the gentle build of love between the two main characters enjoyable and heart warming

ArapahoeMarcia Jan 04, 2017

I really enjoyed following Anna from an orphan to a Lady to a Duchess in the early 1800s in England.

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sue2138
Dec 30, 2016

I usually love Mary Balogh's books, but this one was very disappointing. Very boring. After reading a boring chapter, the next chapter begins with the heroine writing a 3+ page letter to her friend about what just happened. So you get bored twice.
Hope this was a fluke and the rest of the series is readable.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 11, 2016

There is something so delightfully Georgette Heyer-esque about Mary Balogh's books, and it makes them a joy to read. This one is no exception, and it's the opening to a promising new series. Romance fans will delight in the snappy dialogue between the heroine -- an orphan who learns she's actually the legitimate daughter of an earl -- and the hero -- a short (!!), foppish duke. There are enough members of the Westcott family to keep Balogh telling their stories for years to come -- and I, for one, cannot wait to read them.

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