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Someone to Love

(Westcott #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  10,879 ratings  ·  1,298 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Berkley
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Becky Tatar It is a regency. If you check the genealogy chart in the front, and get into the beginning of the story, and do some math, it takes place in 1812, but…moreIt is a regency. If you check the genealogy chart in the front, and get into the beginning of the story, and do some math, it takes place in 1812, but not sure of the season.(less)
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Someone to Love by Mary Balogh is a 2016 Signet publication.

I loved the Survivor Club series, but of course all good things must come to an end. So, I began to eagerly anticipate the start of a fresh series, and couldn’t wait to dive into Westcott number one.

Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage, but has been anonymously supported by someone. She became a teacher and settled into a life of peace and relative contentment, until, she receives a summons, and at long last finds out who her parents wer
For a book that has stirred up so much controversy, this was surprisingly bland. While it was enjoyable to read, both the advance publicity the book has enjoyed, and the brouhaha over whether there is a sub-conscious racist bias (frankly, no, there isn't) had created a Wizard of Oz-like shadow that the actual book doesn't live up to.

There are excellent reasons to pick it up, of course. The writing is never less than literate (this is Mary Balogh, folks) and the McGuffin - unknown legitimate daug
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
What an unusual hero!!! He's not tall, he's not huge; he's sophisticated and almost dainty. At least on the surface!
But, oh boy, he's totally opposite inside!

I loved his unpredicatbility! The way he made everybody respect him without even trying! How he made his opinion clear without even braking a sweat!!!!

But our heroine is just what he needs! She's opinionated and with a will of steel! Nothing he can do will make her dance to his tune!! And not only he, but also all the others!

She's in a si
I have always enjoyed Mary Balogh's work. When I first discovered Historical Romances, her books were ones that I fell in love with! I have read several series by her, so when The Westcott series popped up, I bought book one immediately....then waited for a couple more to come out before I started!

In "Someone to Love" I fell in major love with the heroine this time! I can't often say that in many of my romance reads, but Anna was a very unique and likeable character! She was raised in an orphana
Lupinus Texensis
Jul 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, arc
I am so disappointed. Balogh is a perma-auto-buy for me. This book has a great premise, btw. It's a stellar way to setup a series. But this book reeks of orientalism.

You see, the hero learned an Eastern martial art. Which one? Who knows. It's never named. He wears a white uniform when he practices, but it's not karate because his teacher was "an elderly Chinese gentleman" who spoke with a heavy accent and taught him deep thinky lessons. These don't seem to include any actual traditional Chinese
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars.

I don’t know where the time is going, but it seems hardly any has elapsed between turning the last page of Only Beloved, the final novel in Mary Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series – and reading Someone to Love, the first story in her new, eight-part series about the Westcott family. The story revolves around an orphan who discovers she is an heiress, and tells of her interactions with her new family and the highs and lows contained therein. Its underlyi
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is the other kind of five-star reading experience—the kind that is almost impossible for me to review. It's been about two weeks since I finished it and I'm still not able to articulate details, even to myself. This is a completely emotional response and probably a deeply personal one. So I'll just say that this hit me right in the feels and that I loved the protagonists unreasonably and completely. Avery's responses to Anna often reminded me of Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side when one o ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok

It seems Mary Balogh's books don't quite work with me judging by the three I've read so far (including this one). As for those two I've read, I don't remember much.

There are a number of reasons why I didn't really enjoy this book. It starts well enough. I mean, it has this Cinderella feeling and I love a good Cinderella story. But then the author puts many, many, many people in a room throwing their names at us as if we're supposed to know and remember them right away. To some, that won't be
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Even though Anna Snow grew up mostly happy in the orphanage that was her home the last twenty years, she’s always longed for a family to call her own. Finding out she has a fortune in addition to a family sounds like a dream come true. Unfortunately, Anna’s immediate family wants nothing to do with her and transitioning into the life of a lady is overwhelming. Anna’s used to freedom and independence, hardly possible for a society woman caged in by all of the expectations of the ton. Anna’s deter ...more
...and someone to love them back

My fellow historical romances readers, you will be horrified to learn that I sometimes hate a historically accurate historical romance. Yes, I'm one of those dreaded readers who would rather be sheltered from the realities of the past. I don't even mind when an author takes a little historical license and gives the heroine an opinion and the hero less of a "you are my property" feel. So, while I truly enjoyed Someone to Love I also struggled with it a lot. It was
Crystal Cook
Oct 09, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2022
Too much set up for future books. Pacing was verrrry slow. Character growth was minimal. Disappointing.

Will be in my next vlog
Sonya Heaney
I’d heard all about this book before the Australian publisher – as usual – finally got their review copies out AFTER the release date (something about *Advance* Reader Copy doesn’t ever compute for them, apparently).

Why? Because a review on a certain website caused DRAMA.

But more about that at the end.

Mary Balogh is one of those prolific authors I hadn’t got around to reading until now, but I’d heard so much good about her. And when I started this book I came to an immediate realisation: she act
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Promising start to a new series by the author I adore. Mary Balogh is my comfort read. She waves her magic and creates emotionally satisfying world of complex relationships between strong, likable and honorable characters without relying too much on evil villains or annoying misunderstandings. Her stories tend to have more characters’ introspection as opposed to melt downs or limitless arguments.

If you never read Mary Balogh before, I wouldn’t recommend to start here. I think Bedwyn saga or Simp
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it

Review to come....

ARC courtesy of Berkley via NetGalley
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The new Westcott series from Mary Balogh is looking to be yet another winner for this great lady of Historical Romance. The first in this saga, Someone to Love has an original synopsis with some fascinating characters and with another seven books to follow, I am rubbing my hands together in anticipation.

Anna Snow has lived out twenty-one of her twenty-five years in an orphanage, first as an inmate and latterly as a teacher. Never privy to her origins beyond some few vague, unexplained flashbacks
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite Mary Balogh. I have a hit/miss relationship with her books- I either love them or I don't, with nothing in between. I always appreciate her writing skills and her relatively drama-free plots, though, and this is also true for this book. That being said, there were a few things that just didn't work for me and kept me from enjoying the story.

First of, there was a massive info dump in the beginning. Setting up a new series is always tough, especially when it's about such a big fami
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm very much a fan of Mary Balogh's writing, and I think she's outdone herself in this book. Avery is certainly a man that any woman would fall in love! He is absolutely passionate !!!
The intimate scenes between the couple, were more elaborate and did not lose the romantic touch that Mary always inhales in this type of scene. The end of the book is one of absolute tenderness! This story is tightly tied and opened the series beautifully.

Jun 28, 2022 rated it liked it
Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, is chronically bored which makes dealing with his MULTITUDES of aunts and cousins annoying, especially when Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, dies leaving his heir, Harry, to Avery's guardianship. EXCEPT OH NO HUMPHREY WAS A BIGAMIST AND HIS ENTIRE SECOND FAMILY ARE BASTARDS.

Enter Anna Snow, orphan, who discovers that she's the one—and only—legitimate child of the late Earl. She's in over her head, obviously, because orphan or whatever. But she's got style an
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
SOMEONE TO LOVE, the first book in Mary Balogh’s new eight book Westcott series, is a charming, character-driven romance, written with her usual warmth, humour and emotion.

Anna is such an engaging heroine. I love the quiet, inner strength she demonstrates when first meeting her family and the calm, dignified way in which handles herself despite the hostile reactions. My heart ached for Anna because her dearest wish has always been to discover her rightful family and become a part of it, only
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mary Balogh was one of the first romance authors I read, so she holds a special place in my heart. I even had that awkward, "omg I love you so much" conversation with her in an elevator once. The poor lady was trapped and couldn't escape me. I eventually let her out.

My most favorite hero of hers is Wulfric - be still my heart. I didn't love her previous Survivor's Club series, so I skipped many of those. But Someone to Love worked well for me.

Anna Snow grew up in a orphange in Bath since the age
This was an interesting premise for a series - a Schitt's Creek scenario for some characters (they lose everything and have to adjust) and a rags-to-riches scenario for the others. In the first book, the heroine has just discovered that she is the legitimate daughter of a recently-deceased Earl. He married his second wife while still married to his first, so his three children are now illegitimate and no longer considered part of the ton.

Also on the way up - the Earl's second cousin who is now h
Penny Reid
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
Enjoyable. Sets up the premise / background for the rest of the series. Looking forward to the other books.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Someone To Love is an interesting romance novel because it deals with two people who are highly skilled at concealing their emotions. This book is relatively slow and calm and quiet but with so much emotion just beneath the surface. Overall, I loved it, but when it had problems… boy, were they big ones.

In some ways this is a deconstruction of the Cinderella story. It would be one thing for Anna to inherit a nice legacy, and she would love to be embraced
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
This was a solidly average book. I won’t go into too many details. See my highlights and notes.

1 kiss until 75%, sex that wasn’t even warm on my hot meter.

H fell in love with h but I never quite caught the moment...

Just didn’t really capture my attention!

Disappointed 😔
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
2.5 stars. Well, it was an OK read and I did finish it, but I'm a bit disappointed. It wasn't one of Ms Balogh's best. I have loved some of her books so much, and have done several rereads of some, but this one? I feel a bit lukewarm about it, to be honest.

It is different from other Balogh books I've read. As it's the first in a new series, that's not a bad thing. It's great for authors to spread their wings and try something new. But if I hadn't read previous books and known already she's a goo
Jacqueline J
I liked this one better than any MB for quite a number of years. I credit that totally to the hero. He was one of my all time favorite heroes. I was reminded of His Grace of Avon from These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. Although this hero, the Duke of Netherby, was quite a bit more amusing than Avon. This was one of those books where you smiled throughout and enjoyed the journey. The heroine Anna was a good match for him. The storyline was quite different and the secondary characters well done. ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Favourite re-read. Fantastic plot and characters, loved the witty dialogue and interesting family dynamic. The H is increasingly bewildered by his reaction to the h. She's bewildered by what seems to be ridiculous expectations of her. I loved seeing him fall in love. It needed an epilogue but know we see more of this couple in follow up books. ...more
Emily Crow
I really loved the premise of this novel, and it starts out well. Anna Snow, a teacher at the orphanage where she was raised, gets a mysterious summons to London and discovers that she is actually the only legitimate child of a wealthy nobleman. She is completely overwhelmed by this news but some of her new relatives decide to make her presentable, and a duke who's a friend of the family (I believe he's her step-cousin or something like that, if such a relationship even exists), Avery Archer, be ...more
I gave this Audiobook a B+ for the narration and B- for the story at AudioGals.

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

I had high hopes for Someone to Love , the debut novel in Mary Balogh’s Wescott series. Interestingly while I was engrossed and invested in the story, I found myself strongly disliking the hero throughout most of the book, which makes this a difficult story for me to rate. Usually when I dislike a character, I find myself losing interest in the story too. As that was not the case here, I m
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Nov 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: shifters
1.5 Stars

A miss for me. I was bored for more than half of the book, it felt like nothing happened. There was no drama whatsoever besides the shock of finding out that Anna was legitimate and the other children were not. It moved at a snail pace after that with talks of balls and dresses and writing letters, Gosh, the letters.

I have come to increasingly dislike the use of martial arts in HR, it's never done tastefully. The books I have read lately featuring a character from the Orient they alway
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more

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