The American Heiress
It wasn't a Mills and Boon type of book, it was more filled out than that and was over 400 pages. However if you were to ask me how it was filled out more, I am at a slight loss how to answer. To be honest, a lot of stuff probably could have been cut out of this and if wanted, could have easily have been made into a M & B...without the sex and loving hero that is.
The Duke Ivo - well he was pretty much a useless male lead. Usually the lea...more
Yes, within 15 pages, we have girls kissing, less than halfway through the book, an artist references what will become known in the 21st century as the progenitor of all uncomfortable anime-based bestiality fantasies (God, the things I learned as an art history minor), and...ok, well Constable Odo fr
The story centers around Cora Cash (love the name) who is rich beyond beli...more
It was also refreshing to read a roman...more
When I'm in the right mood, I like a good romance novel that takes place among the ton of London in the later 1800s but this book was trying too hard to not be a run of the mill romance novel. It tried to make itself into a historical fiction book but yet there wasn't enough of a story line to make it meatier. Someone on GoodReads mentioned that the book was filled out more than a traditional romance novel but yet she couldn't identify how it was filled out more....more
From its packaging--including blurbs and author 'endorsements'--to its very plot, this book shamelessly piggybacks off the Downton Abbey phenomenon. Even the young heiress's name, Cora, is shamelessly 'Downtonian'. I'd hoped for something that expanded on and maybe amplified the...more
Eu sabia que isso foi algo que de facto sucedeu na segunda metade do séc. XIX nos Estados Unidos. Famílias ricas, mas com...more
For anyone going through Downton Abbey withdrawals in anticipation of the next season starting, this is the perfect escape. The book even follows an American girl, Cora (just like Downton Abbey's Cora Grantham) who is seeking a match fit for the Cash fortune. Much like D.A.'s Mary, Cora has the responsibility of upholding her title and fortune and has ample pressure from her mother to 'buy' a European title and lineage. She sets off to London to procure a standing...more
The American Heiress begins in America where Cora Cash, a rather immature rich socialiate, is trying to deal with her mother's attempts to compete with the Vanderbilts'. To that end, Mrs. Cash drags Cora to England to find Cora a rich duke or prince to marry. After a riding accident, she shortly finds herself married to Ivo, the Duke of...more
And all this calling people just 'Duke' or 'Duchess' when addressing them is absolutely horrid!! I cannot believe that I actually read this through.
I can't ruin the plot, there isn't one.
I can't ruin the ending, it just stops.
There was one character that I liked in that entire book... and that was Bertha & to be honest, we get next to nothing to show if she will ever enjoy a...more
The aptly named Cash family is rich beyond imagining. They buy houses, castles, paintings by Rubens, jewels, and 'the world's largest motor yacht' the way you a...more
I was intrigued by...more
Reviewed by Robin
Review Copy Provided by She Knows Book Club
The Gilded Age of America, 1890’s. Learning about the difference in classes of people, upstairs maids are different from downstairs maids. Old money is always better to have and if you New money you had better marry someone titled and from Europe to make you more creditable.
Cora Cash is of New Money and she is American. While traveling her mom decides she needs to marry a European man with a title to m...more
I wasn't terribly impressed by this book. I read it because I was on a historical romance kick, but ended up just being disappointed at having spent $10 on a book that was worth much less.
The story itself was pretty interesting and had a lot of potential. An American girl, Cora, falls off her horse while in Europe and is rescued by a Duke, Ivo, who she eventually marries, despite being in love with her best friend, giving her the title of Duchess of Wareham. She has to a...more
The best part about the Duke was the end. I think the author tried too hard to make him dark and mysterious, and I ended up hating him. He sort of redeemed himself in the end, but it wasn't enough to make me like him. I think happened...more
The scene that I liked was when HRH The Prince of Wales took Cora for a walk after a rather embarrassing and heart-breaking situation. He told her a story about his trip to Niagara Falls...more