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 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.
©2016 Mary Balogh (P)2016 Recorded Books
It is an easy listen, but a very enjoyable one. It is a Cinderella story but one well done.
The scene in the attic, the new twist to the old Cinderella theme.
The main character.
Took me two days.
Rosalyn Landor makes even average books worth a listen, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and not just because of the expert narration.
"Other side of the blanket"
This was a well writhen rags to riches story about a orphan becoming the true heir. The narrator was perfect for the story. This was well worth the credit. I would read the next story in the series.
"Mary Balogh at her best"
This is a great new series that I know I will thoroughly enjoy. Great first book in the tale of the Westcotts.
What a clever reversal of the illegitimate concept among the aristocracy. When I started listening to this one, I assumed that it was the same old story about a child born on the "wrong side of the blanket" that was not entitled to inherit from its parents. I absolutely loved the reversal and thoroughly enjoyed the story.
"Ms. Austen (Balogh) delivers 5+ again"
Rosalyn Landor reads brilliantly Mary Balogh's newest classic story. Ms. Balogh is undeniably modern day Jane Austen and again delights us readers with her latest regency romance.
The love story develops deliciously slow, the hero is mysterious, the heroine "original", and the lovers learn what is lasting love vs. romantic love in the process.
It is interesting that Ms. Balogh chose in this latest novel not to provide much raunchy details during "marital relations", compared to some of her earlier period romances. Is Ms. Balogh maybe tired of the very sex oriented contemporary as well as historical romances available today? This reader did not need any "details" but enjoyed the story of Anastasia and Avery just as is.
"excellent as always. it ended too soon."
having found family and then a love, Anna is capable of carrying a story a little further.
"One of Mary Balogh's best"
Anna was placed in an orphanage by a cold-hearted father. She grows up in this orphanage and stays to teach the children. She is summonsed to a mysterious meeting and a carriage is sent for her. Should she stay or should she run?
A wonderful story expertly narrated by Rosalyn Landor.
"Great love story."
Loved this book. It had everything I like in a love story. Can't wait to read her next one.
Quite refreshing and enjoyable. Mary Balogh never disappoints. Same with Roslyn Landor. Great start to this series. Glad Camille's story is next.
"Not one of Balough 's best."
personable principals but too many storylines spun up with no resolution and a tepid romance with little real conflict except in those storylines that are left unresolved.
"Loved This Story"
As always I hate to leave the world Mary Balogh and Rosalyn Landor create. A beautiful world I look forward to losing myself in over and over again!
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