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The American Heiress: A Novel (original 2010; edition 2012)

by Daisy Goodwin

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Title:The American Heiress: A Novel
Authors:Daisy Goodwin
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 496 pages
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My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin (2010)

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    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (orlnich)
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    America 1900 by Judy Crichton (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl (michigantrumpet)
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    Grace and favour;: The memoirs of Loelia, duchess of Westminster by Loelia Lindsay (Sarahursula)
    Sarahursula: Shy girl marries Britain's richest duke and lives in a Gothic mansion - part Cinderella, part Rebecca and one of the best tiaras on any book cover. And it's all true.
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The main character in this book, Cora, seems to me was inspired by the life of Consuelo Balsam (née Vanderbilt, ex-Duchess of Marlborough), also an American. Differently from Consuelo, though, Cora is spirited and has a mind of her own. But like Consuelo, Cora has a domineering mother, very much like Alva Vanderbilt, Mrs. Cash (who is also a Southerner like Consuelo’s mother). From their trips in the family yacht, to the contraption Mrs. Vanderbilt used to put on Consuelo in order to keep her spine straight, many are the similarities. In Consuelo’s book (The Glitter and the Gold) she tells the same story Cora mentions: that of waiting for the butler to send someone to make the fire, a task much below his rank, while her grace almost froze! As with Consuelo, Cora’s groom leaves her for a hunting trip until the night before the wedding. A nice read. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
This was billed as a Downton Abbey read, but really is more akin to Rebecca. Not terrible, but disappointing because I was anticipating the former. The "mystery" really isn't much of a mystery and the ending is weak. ( )
  ingrid98684 | Oct 9, 2016 |
I quite enjoyed this book. Daisy did a great job of capturing England back in the late 1800's. You get to know the characters, you get pulled into the storyline and the stories and you can really visualize everyone and the surroundings without her having to go into too much details. It flows very nicely. It's a nice and enjoyable read. I would recommend this book. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
It was ok. ( )
  ChrisWay | Jul 5, 2016 |
Brain candy. Easy, fun and fluffy read. ( )
  bigorangecat | Jun 17, 2016 |
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A shrewd, spirited historical romance with flavors of Edith Wharton, Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, Upstairs, Downstairs and a dash of People magazine that charts a bumpy marriage of New World money and Old World tradition.
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For my father Richard Goodwin - my ideal reader
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The visiting hour was almost over, so the hummingbird man encountered only the occasional carriage as he pushed his cart along the narrow strip of road between the mansions of Newport and the Atlantic ocean.
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Beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, the wealthiest debutante in America, is spirited away from the glamour and comfort of her Park Avenue mansion and suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, mistress of Lulworth Castle, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. As Cora is soon to discover, nothing in this strange new world is quite as it seems. Her handsome new husband is withdrawn and secretive; the English social scene is stuffed with pitfalls and traps; and there are increasingly dangerous forces at work, people who wish she'd never met Ivo in the first place. THE AMERICAN HEIRESS is a dazzling debut novel from Daisy Goodwin, whose brilliant new voice is reminiscent of Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Kate Morton.
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"Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora's story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James. "For daughtersof the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didn't always buy them happiness." --DAISY GOODWIN IN THE DAILY MAIL"--… (more)

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