The first novel in Mary Balogh's Westcott series, Someone to Love, is an adventure in self-discovery that follows an orphan who discovers she’s the sole heir to a deceased Earl’s vast fortune.
Discovering that you belong to a wealthy, aristocratic family is an orphan's dream come true. However, growing up in an orphanage, the thing Anna has always desired most is family. Yet Anna has shattered the world of the Earl’s widow and her children and created quite the scandal, and although she would do anything to have the Countess' children as her new siblings, they want nothing to do with her.
Anna is overwhelmed by the challenges of attempting to become a polished lady and distraught that her newfound family despises her. But Avery Archer, the Duke of Netherby, sees Anna's distress and rescues her by taking her out for long walks. It's during these moments that the two unexpectedly grow fond of each other, leading to a proposal of marriage. But as wedding plans are in the works, Anna discovers that Avery's life is in grave danger. Will the wedding even have the chance to occur?
This is a refreshing read from the always-stellar Balogh, and it is a great start to a new set of novels sure to become favorites.