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The American Heiress

A Novel

Goodwin, Daisy

(eBook - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The American Heiress
"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 Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.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 daughters of 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"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781429987080
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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I am not sure why people liked this book. Very tedious childish fantasy book. No surprises. No twists, no plot, shallow characters. Very predictable.
Not even historically enlightening. Don't waste your time.

Aug 09, 2014
  • LT rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A pleasure. I almost dropped the book at the beginning because the spoilt heroine was a little too much like Jane Austen's Emma and she was getting on my nerves. I'm very glad I persisted, because the novel turned into a page-turner, I found that it had more complexity and detail than the standard romance.

Apr 12, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A++ All the way….A must have Book in all Libraries - worth the long library wait and WORTH the cost of owing!
I would recommend this movie for all to read.

Mar 13, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A nice, well-written book. The main character, Cora, was clearly 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! Like with Consuelo, Cora’s groom leaves her for a hunting trip until the night before the wedding. A nice read.

Sep 08, 2012
  • marilynnebooks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable and interesting read regarding American/British marriage of this time period.
The book's "happy, romantic" ending is unrealistic.

Aug 21, 2012
  • barbros rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A "lighter" Edith Wharton-esque tale of rich Americans and titled Brits. A good read.

Aug 11, 2012
  • omam rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was perfect for reading on vacation, which is where I read it. It was not a fantastic book, but entertaining and pretty fast-moving.

Jul 26, 2012
  • macki316 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this to be a fun, quick read. I loved the different historical aspects of it and how it jumps to and from multiple characters viewpoints.

Jun 28, 2012
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Cora is lovely and fun.

Jun 07, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.


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Apr 12, 2013
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Jun 07, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Certain movies are entirely driven by the meet-cute situation, and contrived circumstances throw the couple together for much of the screenplay. However, movies in which the contrived situation is the main feature, such as Some Like It Hot, rather than the romance being the main feature, are not considered "meet-cutes".
The use of the meet-cute is less marked in television series and novels, because these formats have more time to establish and develop romantic relationships. In situation comedies, relationships are static and meet-cute is not necessary, though flashbacks may recall one (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mad About You) and lighter fare may require contrived romantic meetings.


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