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The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
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Jul 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, historical-fiction
Read in July, 2011

I found the story engrossing - mostly because I was trying to figure out if it would end up as a tragedy or a romance, but also because many of the period details tied in with other things I've been reading and *cough* Masterpiece Theatre productions. There were plenty of similarities to The Buccaneers, which I must confess to watching, not reading. Other things tied in with details of Victorian life from At Home: A Short History of Private Life, which I'm currently listening to.

Unfortunately, I never found the characters particularly appealing - we had plenty of insight into Cora's mind, but I never found her very sympathetic, and neither was Bertha. Ivo remained an enigma for most of the story, and the resolution was a bit tidy. Overall, though, I enjoyed the book and its atmosphere - recommended if you like these kinds of period dramas.
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