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The Unwanted Heiress

(Archer Family #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,798 ratings  ·  196 reviews
An American heiress nobody wants; a Duke every woman is after, and a murder no one expects.

When Nathaniel, Duke of Peckham, meets Charlotte, he’s suspicious of her indifference. Too many women have sought—and failed—to catch him. However, Charlotte is more interested in dead pharaohs than English dukes.

Unfortunately, a debutante seeking to entrap Nathaniel gets murder
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published March 10th 2013 by Fireside Romance (first published 2008)
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1.5 stars - just
Has anyone ever picked up a pre-schooler from a party? "Tired but happy", they're on a massive sugar-high, and they tell you breathlessly about the afternoon: "So we had the hunt, but Harvey was eating a sandwich when...and then Julie, Julie, Julie, she had a balloon, and it did, and I was scared but I wasn't really, and the pink dinosaur. And I goed bang and then [these stories always end like this] and then I was SICK!!!" That's what The Unwanted Heiress reminded me of - a part
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I started out like the characters and the story of The Unwanted Heiress but before I got to 40% read I was bored but I pushed on hoping there would be some semblance of Romance between Nathaniel the Duke of Peckham and the American Heiress Charlotte Haywood. Readers Beware this is NOT A Romance story. What it is, is an attempt at a poorly done Murder Mystery. You will know who the possible villains are from the first murder. There are no sex scenes nor is there any type of sexual tension in the ...more
Tracy Rife
Oct 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Terrible, terrible, terrible

At the beginning you can almost believe this might be a good read, but unfortunately, you can't continue with that thought. The actions of the characters are completely absurd the entire story. I kept reading hoping that somehow it would come together and not be a total waste of time. I was terribly disappointed. I will not seek this author out. The editing was as awful as the actions and reactions of the characters themselves. Terrible.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, romance
I was happily surprised by this story. Neither of the lead characters had a happy upbringing--nor anything the ton would desire--but they somehow were able to help each other.
The heiress was-gasp-American. Who could overlook such a huge character flaw. Plus, she had red hair & was entirely too much of a bluestocking for anyone to really want to make her acquaintance.
Her new guardians are very likable characters. Their nephew was raised in the cheap side of London and but society is willing to o
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.25 / 3 Stars

Although I enjoyed the story as a whole I did find myself rolling my eyes at the lack of foresight to NOT go places alone. Then there are the aggressive debutants attempting to latch themselves on to Nathaniel. Why attend all these balls if Nathaniel doesn't want to marry and is tired of being sought after? Same goes for Charlotte. After being kidnapped I wouldn't have gone anywhere alone. So the constant attempts on Charlotte's life became predictable and redundant.

Kari Maass
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it

My introduction to the Archer family was a good one. I enjoyed Charlotte and her wit immensely. Nathaniel was also very entertaining. I loved his outlook on the marriage mart. There was some twists and turns in this story. I did find myself liking it. Worth reading!
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Expected something better, totally different actually. But ended up reading something else altogether. Dnf'd ...more
Deb Diem
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Unwanted Heiress is my first book by Amy Corwin, what a nice surprise. Ms Corwin has given us a well-written book. I totally love the characters. Charlotte and Nathaniel's story is loaded with action, drama, humor and spice. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and look forward to reading more from Amy Corwin in the future. The Unwanted Heiress is book 1 of the Archer Family Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. ...more
Warning, this is not typical romance. Good writing but there were things I didn't like about the book. I don't like when writers use big words when a simpler one will do. Words like "perspicacious" --- in dialog no less-- when was the last time you heard someone use that word in conversation? Or "insouciance"? Mercy, she could have used Word's thesaurus to use something easier for her audience. I always feel writers who do this are trying to impress, but they are supposed to write for their audi ...more
Kat W
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2015-read
What a silly story. I got the impression the author did not really know what tone she wanted for this story. Maybe she was trying for too much and things got lost in translation. There were so many fruitless and goofy situations in it I couldn't gauge whether or not this was meant to be a comedy or not. There were also a number of sub-plots mentioned that never came to fruition (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Historical English romance with a murderer running amok killing young rich debutantes who happen to be trying to marry eligible powerful Lord Nathaniel, Duke of Peckham.
We also have the story over the lovely lonely very rich American orphan, Miss Charlotte. Miss Charlotte is trying to make her way through life until she can inherit and become an independent rich lady of means, which sounds great and does explain her reluctance to be courted by the Duke Nathaniel.
The murders are gruesome, but qu
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors-c-d
(Audiobook Review)

This the first book in the Archer Family Series. Well, what can I say....hmmm. This will be a very short review as I came close to DNF but decided to continue in hopes that it would get better after the first chapter. To my surprise it didn't but I made the decision to at lease give the book a try.

The story/plot could have been a bit better with more action. It dragged out in some places way to long. Wasn't sure which way the narration was going as the accent appeared to change
Jennifer Snyder
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Fair to Middling

Great grammar and dialogue. Unfortunately, overused plot devices and too many attempts on our Heroine's life to be enjoyably and thoroughly plausible.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly Enjoyable Book and Characters

Nathaniel is the very eligible Duke of Peckham and, due to women being quite enthusiastic in their efforts to trap him into marriage, he has garnered a reputation as a woman hater. His uncle, Archer, wins guardianship of an American heiress in a poker game. Said heiress, Charlotte Haywood, has had a hard time adjusting to life in England. She’s also had a hard time keeping guardians; she’s not a simpering miss and her having opinions has gotten her in ‘tro
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The Unwanted Heiress" is a refreshing addition to the romance genre. I found Charlotte and Nathaniel to be fully-realized, interesting characters. They are not perfect. Charlotte is quirky and has hobbies and interests that are not considered within the "norm" for a Lady. Nathaniel is, quite frankly, dense. Though he is educated, charming, and has many honorable qualities, he is simply too short-sighted to realize the consequences of some of his actions. The way he spurns women's advances (thou ...more
Jennifer Lara
Mar 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
The Unwanted Heiress by Amy Corwin is the first book in the Archer Family Regency romance series. It is the story of an American heiress that no one wants and a duke who is desired by every woman around him and yet he desires none of them. The story opens as Nathaniel Archer, the Duke of Peckham is playing cards with his uncle at a gentleman’s club when his uncle wins the guardianship of an American heiress. Charlotte Haywood has been bounced from household to household since her parents died wh ...more
The Skinny

Charlotte Haywood is an unfortunate American in England. She has bounced from relative to relative who have cast her off, waiting until she is of age to take control of her inheritance and properties. She is extremely intelligent, a bluestocking, and she is outlandishly out of place in England as a tall, red-headed woman who stands out and above the crowd. She is passed over time and time again. It is a lonely, dejected life of misery for Charlotte, knowing her relatives don't want her
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adorable and gruesome read

I found this book to be adorable and pretty gruesome. I did not expect such a macabre story but it was. There were at least 3 deaths throughout this books and several more injured. There is description of blood and a concave skull along with much more. Now this doesn’t bother me much but I wanted others to be fairly warned.

This book is half romance half murder mystery. I really enjoyed the entire book. I did begin to get frustrated at the end when the main characters s
D Call
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good romance and suspense

Such a cute love story! I love the titles Charlotte uses for Nathaniel to annoy Beatrice; I wish that snark had continued. And these other women, desperate to marry a duke, are so inventive, sneaky, and persistent! I appreciate that Charlotte has dreams to go to Egypt, and that she pursues them relentlessly. If you're watching, the author foreshadows the identity/identities of the kidnapper and murderer. I adored learning that women wore black or white to mourn Princess
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was an odd mash of ideas. You had murder, romance, kidnapping and random women hiding in wardrobes and other such places in order to force marriage - I can't believe women really did that!
The romance was cute at first but then soon became annoying with the "I love her but does she love me?" - "I love him but does he love me?" It drove me to wonder why I've started reading these types of books.
I also wondered if the title should not have been something else? As Charlotte wasn't really
Carol Pearson
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book

I loved every page of this book. The authors style just pulls you in. This heiress was more forward thinking for this era. She just blurted out what she was thinking. This made for many embarrassing moments for each relative that took her in. Even with all her money, no one wanted her in their homes. Until her latest male family member deliberately looses her in a card game, to a real gentleman. This gentle and his wife never had children of their own. Their nephew visits and the rest
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was ok

I don't usually write reviews but I'm choosing to do so with this one. Luckily, I received this book for free. If I had spent money I would have been upset. The story starts out great and hooked me in but then quickly went downhill. Too many unrealistic things happen in this book. Especially after she gets kidnapped and then everyone is just hanging out in the drawing room almost like nothing happened? I liked the Duke in the beginning but even he felt lackluster as a hero the deeper
Stephanie Bolen
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it

There wasn't enough detail. Yes she was into equality for women but other than one conversation she never says anything about it again. There were three conversations displaying her being a bluestocking. The plot just got in the way of telling a good story. The obstacles could have been her outrageous behavior and ideas versus his aversion to being married. He could have been at war with himself over his growing attraction and what expectations his behavior would raise in the mind of a
Roxanne Miller
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Read!

The story was well written and kept me laughing and eager for more the whole way through . The characters were well written and thought out with each having very distinct personalities. The main characters were easy to fall in love for and cheer for a happy ending. While the supporting characters gave the tale a sense of mystery, a sense of family strength, and a bit of urgency. The other characters in the book rounded the tale off to make you laugh and cry and just want to be a p
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Engaging read!

Exceptional storyline (murder mystery-slash-romance) that keeps me up past my bedtime. I was so engrossed in reading this book and fell in love with each character in the story, exception with the villains but well-developed I must say. The budding romance between Charlotte and Nathaniel was natural. The elements of murder and mystery was well-written, I was on the edge of my bed, squirming with anticipation and suspense.
Definitely will recommend this novel to those who loves roma
Rachel Crosby
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read
An American Heiress - strong and independent

The heroine made this romantic comedy mystery work for me. Her criticisms of the English aristocracy and her struggle to follow her dream in that patriarchal context made her an instant favorite. Yes, she still fell in love with an elusive Duke and yes, the author made her the victim of several violent scenes, but I still felt obligated to give five stars.
FYI, I listened to the Audible version and believe the vocalist did a very good job.
Debbie Odachowski
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love will find you one way or another!

I really loved this story. Though I had thought I knew the ending I was so wrong. This is what I loved about Me Corwin's novel. Once you think you know what will happen it all turns upside down . Nathaniel and Charlotte unlikely characters to be looking for love. They both seem to be going in opposite directions but seem to find themselves locked in each other's orbit. I really enjoyed the twists and turns the story line took. I just discovered Ms Corwin's w
Lee Smith
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
More mystery than romance

The book is definitely more mystery than a romance. And it's not a bad thing. I didn't read the books in order and I liked the 2nd and 4th installments a little more "put together" hence 4 not 5 stars for this one. Nathaniel seems to change his name to Nathanial on and off throughout the book plus he is just not as likeable as other heros.
Overall though it is a thoroughly enjoyable story with a couple of twists.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not your 'average' historical romance

This was a different type of historical romance that was VERY refreshing! Yes, it is a woman who speaks her mind in London but the history of "why" and the whole plot of the story is really great. It has intrigue, gambling, murder, romance and so much more! The characters are very well written-you feel like you know each one of them. This is my first read from this author but it definitely won't be my last.
Amanda Wells
An amusing story, surprisingly light for one that includes murder - I enjoyed this. I didn't exactly know it was going to be a romance, in essence. But it wasn't too cringey, even so!

I really liked the characters all the way until the end, when I wasn't quite convinced. Nonetheless, as far as romance/mystery-murder/historical stories go, this was pretty good. I don't recommend it if you're after something serious - but I do if you want an amusing and quick read.
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Amy Corwin is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America and recently joined Mystery Writers of America. She has been writing for the last ten years and managing a career as an enterprise systems administrator in the computer industry. She writes Regencies/historicals, mysteries, and contemporary paranormals. To be truthful, most of her books include a bit of murder and mayhem since she di ...more

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