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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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    America 1900 by Judy Crichton (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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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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A rich American debutante whose family seeks a royal title for her, and a titled but money-strapped Duke, may seem like an ideal coupling, but this relationship is not the stuff of fairy tales. Cora, a bit head-strong, falls in love with the Duke, and he is taken with her, but has a shadowed past. Interesting characters, both main and secondary, add much enjoyment to this sweeping tale that sometimes seems like it will never end. The plot drags a bit in the middle, but the conclusion makes the journey worthwhile. ( )
  Maydacat | Jun 7, 2017 |
This book is about beautiful and wealthy Cora Cash, one of the richest girls in America. Her family has everything except a title, so Cora's mother is determined to have her marry royalty. They head off to England, where there are plenty of dukes looking for wealthy American wives to help defray the cost of their aging estates.

Cora accidentally falls off her horse and is found and rescued by Ivo Maltravers, Duke of Wareham. Cora find the whole thing utterly romantic and within a few days they are engaged. There is no doubt Ivo is marrying Cora for her money and though Cora knows that, she still thinks they are “in love”. The story then proceeds with Cora making lots of social blunders and "polite society" making fun of Cora.

I usually enjoy historical fiction set in the early Twentieth Century but this was an exception. If you're looking for a captivating historical read, look somewhere else. The one saving grace, and the reason I kept reading, was the occasional chapter narrated by Cora's lady's maid, Bertha, a young black woman who describes some of the action from her perspective. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Feb 16, 2017 |
An enjoyable story about a very interesting period in history. It was marred by the fact that most of the characters are distinctly unlikable. The climax was a bit disappointing and the final resolution quite sad, considering, but probably more honest than romantic. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jan 28, 2017 |
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 |
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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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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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