Series: Westcott #1
Published by Signet on November 8th 2016
FINAL DECISION: Enjoyable slow burn romance. The hero is such a kind person and his connection with the heroine lacks unnecessary drama. I liked that these are truly kind people.
THE STORY: Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage knowing nothing about her parents. Then she discovers that her father was actually the Earl of Riverdale, who recently died. Even more surprising, it is revealed that Anna was actually the earl’s only legitimate offspring due to a hidden marriage and that his “legitimate” children are not legitimate at all. Anna has inherited the entire estate of her father much to the dismay of her half-siblings. Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, is a relative by marriage to the Westcotts who are in disarray after the revelations regarding Anna. Avery is intrigued by Anna and her evolution to a lady.
OPINION: I am a big fan of Balogh’s slow burn romances. Her characters often have mature and unorthodox relationships. What I loved most about this book is that Anna and Avery are both kind.
Avery is a man who has made a facade for himself to mask his perceived weaknesses. He is a quiet man, and I absolutely loved that he likes Anna from the beginning and doesn’t want her to change to become the stereotypical society lady. He loves seeing how she is an original. His support for Anna without taking a position on what she should do is deeply attractive.
Anna (aka Anastasia) is a good person. I just adored her when her reaction to finding out about her inheritance is dismay. She would much prefer a family to money. Her efforts to build relationships demonstrate her gentle and kind nature.
These two people are so nicely matched. The drama in the story really concerns all the disarray the family is sent into when Anna’s existence becomes known. Her recreation of her own identity is the focus of the book along with the romance.
I love the quiet romance present in this book. The characters fall in love day by day, minute by minute. Their relation to one another is based on respect and honesty.
My one complaint is that the lack of any conflict between Anna and Avery makes their story resolved too quickly, but the story is worth it anyway.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book introduces lots of characters who have intriguing stories to tell.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SOMEONE TO LOVE is the first book Westcott series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.