Someone to Love by Mary Balogh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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.
This the the first Mary Balogh novel I have read, I thought it was a romantic novel that didn't really seem to get going and its lack of pace made it hard to keep reading. It has been likened to a Cinderella novel which I do somewhat agree with. I'm not a huge fan of historical novels so my review is a bit affected by this although it was charming in places and had reasonably convincing characters but it just didn't have the wow factor for me. I have read better historical novels so if I compare with ones' I have read then the star rating I would give for this one would be a 2 stars. Sorry to all Mary Balogh fans and please don't be put off reading it on the strength of this review. It did have some lovely descriptive passages and was well written despite my opinion.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.