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The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
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Mar 19, 12

bookshelves: first-reads-giveaway-wins, read-general-fiction
Read from March 03 to 18, 2012

If you are suffering from "Downton Abbey" withdrawal, this soapy historical tale just might be for you.

I really came to care about Cora, and her maid, Bertha. Their stories drew me in, and I loved the setting - late 1800s, the Gilded Age in New York, and Cora Cash is the richest American woman around. However, her mother wants a title for her, so off to England they go, where the parlor-room politics might make Cora go mad.

However, the plotting was predictable (particularly a story line about an artist and a portrait. Just saw that on my DVD of "Upstairs, Downstairs" from 20+ years ago!) - not nearly as witty or juicy as I would have hoped for.

Still, a fun, mindless read about the machinations of the very rich and the very snobbish.
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