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Someone To Love (A Westcott Novel) Mass Market Paperback – November 8, 2016
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Praise for Someone to Love
“With the first in her new Westcott series, Balogh proves once again why she is the heir apparent to Georgette Heyer’s literary crown by gifting readers with another irresistible confection composed of exquisitely nuanced characters, an impeccably crafted setting, and an abundance of dry wit.”—Booklist (starred review)
Praise for New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh
“Mary Balogh sets the gold standard in historical romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz
“Today’s superstar heir to the marvelous legacy of Georgette Heyer (except a lot steamier).”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
“A romance writer of mesmerizing intensity.”—New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney
“A superb author whose narrative voice comments on the characters and events of her novel in an ironic tone reminiscent of Jane Austen.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
About the Author
Mary Balogh grew up in Wales and now lives with her husband, Robert, in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has written more than one hundred historical novels and novellas, more than thirty of which have been New York Times bestsellers. They include the Bedwyn saga, the Simply quartet, the Huxtable quintet, and the seven-part Survivors’ Club series.
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Mary Balogh is the queen of regency romance. Her Bedwyn series, in my opinion, is the standard for modern day historical romance. Balogh manages to write romances without evil villains, a bunch of misunderstandings, or unbelievable circumstances. She just writes beautiful loves stories.
Balogh’s new Westcott series is going to be fabulous. The premise is intriguing and original. The late Earl of Riverdale has died and his solicitor has unearthed a secret marriage and a single legitimate daughter, Anna. Anna has grown up in an orphanage where she later became a teacher. At first Anna is thrilled to learn that she has a family, but when confronted with the Earl’s now illegitimate children and wife, Anna quickly realizes that she is once again, alone.
Avery, the Duke of Netherby, is the appointed guardian of the new Earl of Riverdale and decides he should also be responsible for helping Anna assimilate into the London ton. Avery is composed, detached, and a little aloof. Avery admires Anna’s strength and fortitude against her new “family” and Anna comes to see him as her savior in a turbulent new world.
There has been some disagreement and healthy discussion over a scene in Someone to Love involving a “Chinese gentleman” without a name. Before continuing with my review I wanted to just say that while I understand other readers’ reactions, I personally found nothing wrong with the scene. It shouldn’t matter but I guess it does, my family is bi-racial Asian/Caucasian, although not Chinese, and I found nothing offensive. I ran it by my sister as well and she agreed with my thoughts, you may feel differently.
Someone to Love is beautifully written and the love story between Avery and Anna is slow and sweet and everything that you would expect from a Mary Balogh romance. I highly recommend that you pick it up because I have high hopes for the series.
The reason that this isn’t an A+ review is two fold. First, there is a lot of set up. It is the first book in the Westcott series and set up is necessary, but the story drags at parts and the romance often seems to take a back seat to the various character introductions. Everything involving Avery and Anna is lovely but we don’t get quite enough of them.
Secondly, Anna spends a lot of the book (which is already too much set up and not enough romance) writing letters back to her friend, Joel. These letters, for the most part, don’t give the reader any new information, they just rehash everything that has already happened. They felt a little like filler to me and I mostly skimmed them.
Overall Someone to Love is a nice read. look forward to the upcoming books in the series.
This story is told in a way that takes you in and want it to be finished so you can know all, but disappoints because it is over. Hopefully in the series we will see these characters pop up and we will get updates on their lives as we see in most of Mary's series.
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