Someone To Love by Mary Balogh is book #1 in the new Westcott series that will be released November 8th!!!! I received this book as part of the FirstSomeone To Love by Mary Balogh is book #1 in the new Westcott series that will be released November 8th!!!! I received this book as part of the First to Read program with Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
Anna Snow has grown up in an orphanage and recently learned that her estranged late father has left her quite a fortune. Upon his death, it it revealed that she is also his only legitimate heir, leaving his current children and wife all without the titles they have grown accustomed to over the years. Yep, Downton Abbey has nothing compared to the drama in this family.
Talk about having your life instantly and unexpectantly flipped upside down. All of characters go through that in this book and as a reader, we get to see how they each handle the stress of that sudden change. Anna is thrust into the world of aristocracy. Along with that comes great fortune and she is expected to become a puppet by having all aspects of her life chosen and dictated to her by her sudden "family". You also have her illegitimate immediate family who are use to the customs and behavior expected of them, but definitely lack dignity when stripped of their titles. It was rather interesting to see which side was the most mature. One cherished and treasured a certain lifestyle, while the other just longed for a simple family and place to belong. Loved watching Anna gather this inner confidence and poise and stand up for herself on several occasions. We even see a change amongst several of the secondary characters too. I'd love to learn more about Lizzie, Joel and a few staff members Anna brought over from the orphanage.
Amongst all of the drama, is a sweet love story. Keep in mind that this is a historical romance and that this is a period piece. Customs and courting were done in quite a different fashion back then. If you understand and accept that, then you will enjoy the chemistry between Anna and Avery. The Duke of Netherby is a complex character in and of himself. I was more intrigued by his story and background than by any other. He was arrogant and easy to despise at times and then he would do something incredibly sweet to win you over. I loved that he didn't stick to many traditions or expectations. He kept me constantly surprised and won me over rather quickly.
The scenes that occurred at Anna's grandparents were amongst my fav. It was the first glimpse we saw of both characters being entirely relaxed and just themselves. It was sweet watching The Duke and Duchess fall in love even though they were already married. The basis of this love story is clearly vulnerability. You are truly in love when you let your guard down and risk letting your other half see the real you. The you that is full of doubt and insecurities.
I can't wait to see how the author continues this series. There are so many characters she can continue to develop and explore. I would definitely love to check in on Anna and Avery again! ...more
After devouring Easy, I immediately snatched up this book hoping to continue the story. However, this book is not a sequel. It is Lucas's POV from EasAfter devouring Easy, I immediately snatched up this book hoping to continue the story. However, this book is not a sequel. It is Lucas's POV from Easy and Landon's past before coming to college. I loved Lucas in the first book and it was great going through those favorite scenes again - seeing his thoughts and reactions. The author surprisingly managed to keep it fresh and interesting. The thing I loved so much about his character in Easy though, was the mystery and that's taken completely away in this book. He is defintiley more vunerable and less confident in his actions. I was more interested in Landon's past. It was heartbreaking and intriguing to see what shaped the young man into the protector that I quickly fell in love with in book one. By reading about his past, you learn more about his relationship with his dad and Dr. Heller's family, the awful death of his mother and how it hurt Landon both physically and mentally. Talk about a complex character! It's a good companion book to read AFTER book one. I really like this author's storytelling and will look into her other series. ...more
What an enchanting book! When I was told to read a magical-realism book, I wasn't quite sure really what to expect. I can now say I'm a new fan of theWhat an enchanting book! When I was told to read a magical-realism book, I wasn't quite sure really what to expect. I can now say I'm a new fan of the genre. This book reminded me so much of Practical Magic! You have two sisters abandoned by their mom at a very young age. Both have magical abilities. One is calm and predictable while the other is sporadic and in a bad relationship. The story is told through different point of views, which I usually don't care for especially when it involves so many different characters. However, the author made it work and the transitions were so smooth and fluid that it didn't interrupt the storyline. The settings and actions were beautifully described as well. I really fell in love with the characters. The apple tree and Evanelle were absolutely entertaining!!! I will definitely read many more books by this author! ...more
When I was asked to read a "new adult" book for a challenge, I had never heard of the genre and really didn't know what to expect. The best way to desWhen I was asked to read a "new adult" book for a challenge, I had never heard of the genre and really didn't know what to expect. The best way to describe it, based on this book, is college romance. The opening scene grabbed my emotions from the very beginning and held it all the way until the end. Yes, there were certain parts of the story that were extremely obvious and not one bit shocking, but it was fun watching it unfold and seeing the other characters realize what you had known all along. I usually rave about the main character and their POV, but in this instance the second main character stole the show. Lucas quickly became a favorite male lead!!! I'm happy there's a second book in the series so that his story and prescense doesn't end! ...more
I rarely read this genre, let alone books considered contemporary romance. The detailed romance scenes do nothing for the stories and most of the timeI rarely read this genre, let alone books considered contemporary romance. The detailed romance scenes do nothing for the stories and most of the time are more awkwardly hysterical than steamy in my opinion. I read the first book in this series several years ago and forgot I had the sequel buried deep in my bookcase. The characters were good and parts of the storyline were really sweet and touching. I really loved Danny and Piper - the story of a dad who never knew he had a daughter until she shows up 8 years later, mistreated, insecure and completely lovable. I guess I'm giving it three stars because the characters and paranormal parts could have been developed more, the story was predictable and fast paced, but there was some good humor, some tender moments and entertainment at times....more