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The Price of Inheritance

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  529 ratings  ·  85 reviews
In this enthralling new novel from the author of The List (a “smartly paced and dishy debut,” Publishers Weekly, starred review), a young woman working in the high-end art world stumbles upon a rare antique—and an irresistible man with a dark past.

After eight years in the American Furniture department at Christie’s, twenty-nine-year-old Carolyn Everett is a rising star. Bu
Paperback, 364 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Washington Square Press
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Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Had to rate my own book five stars - it's author law. Hope you all enjoy it and happy beach reading!
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recieved an advance version of this book and absolutely loved it!! You don't have to be an art fan to love this book. It's a great coming of age story with a great romantic element. In fact, the male love interest was one of the best I've read in a long time! I read it one sitting-- I couldn't put it down. The protagonist is chasing a mysterious object, which could be linked to the man of her dreams. I think fans of commercial fiction or upmarket women's fiction will enjoy this book. It was on ...more
Jessica Turrell
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Smart women's fiction that moves very fast. Perfect for the gal that loves thinking women's chick lit. I mean, I just call that literature, but...

I loved the twists and turns in this book. Really great character development and red herrings throughout.

If you loved the movie The Thomas Crown Affair, you will fall for this book. Or if you haven't seen it and just love art mysteries, then this is a good one too!
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was loaned this book by a friend to read because she came upon it while looking for a different book I had asked to borrow from her. I must say that I am really glad I had the opportunity to read this one. It had me hooked from the very beginning. I enjoyed the main characters ups and downs and the fact that there was just enough of a little mystery, romance and average every day life to keep you interested.

Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Price of Inheritance by Karin Tanabe


I received this ARC from NetGalley for review.

This is a story about the risks one must take in life and love. The decisions made ultimately have consequences. It isn't often predicted if the outcome will be worth be risk. After an embarrassing departure from her job in New York, Carolyn attempts to start over in a tiny antique store in Rhode Island. When she purchases a piece of Middle Eastern pottery at an auction, her curiosity gets the better of he
Naomi Kelsey
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Another author's blurb on the cover praises this author as a major talent. Respectfully, I disagree.

Here's the issues with this book:

Everything that happens to the character is effortless. She happens to have a rich friend who she can stay with. Her mother (who is portrayed as awful, but yet is shown to be pretty decent by her actions) comes to help her when she loses her job. She gets a job in her hometown from a former boss who agrees to pay her commissions and lets her work the hours of her
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just like The Goldfinch, only sans depression! Art crime, romance, LOL moments, history-- Even intense sleepiness could not stop me from devouring this book. It is highly un-put-downable. As in her debut novel, The List, Tanabe treats you to a peek into worlds otherwise completely closed to the public: this time it's art theft, auction houses and storied New England old money. Tanabe successfully telescopes the epic story of a fascinating 800-year-old object with just enough to satisfy armchair ...more
Fee Roberts
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2016
My Review of The Price of Inheritance I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The Price of Inheritance was a very well written book and the characters were well fleshed out, but there were too many useless details that made the story too long and drawn out. I became bored with this book and wanted to stop reading it, but I read it just to see if anything substantial happened. Nothing exciting ever happened and I feel that it was a waste of my time. If you're into valuable antiques ...more
Kristin Dow
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the subject matter and style of the writer. The story surprised me with its mystery elements and how the romantic relationship progressed and resolved. Strong writing, flowed well, good use of setting, and made time in my day to read this book. Smart heroine with an interesting background; she was accessible, even though she resides in an exclusive world. Flawed, but was on her side the whole time. Plan to read Tanabe's other works.
luisa m oliveira
It was a beach road light on real content like the concept set in RI art world but not too challenging.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The book had a strong start, but it didnt hold up well for me. Maybe 2.5 stars.
Jeannie Adams
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I kept listening to the book because I thought something interesting was about to happen. And yet, for me it never did.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The start of this book was excellent, and then it unraveled.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting. Kept my attention. Very light reading.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Listened on CD during the commute and other trips in the car. Set locally in RI and Newport was an extra plus.
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THE PRICE OF INHERITANCE by Karin Tanabe is an intriguing novel into the world of contemporary art crime, and historical aspects, while weaving a tangled web of suspense, romance and mystery.

Carolyn, age twenty-nine, single, a Princeton graduate-- resides in New York, a senior specialist in American Furniture at prestigious Christie's, a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled servi
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Carolyn Everett is a rising star in the very competitive field of antique selling, working for none other than New York's famous auction house Christie's. Her charmed New York life however, is shaken up when a piece she has recently acquired for sale ends up having questionable authenticity and could have been obtained by illegal means. The gorgeous, self-assured 29 year old crumples under the pressure and disgrace and returns to her home town of Newport, Rhode Island until the dust settles in N ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I just finished reading the novel The Price of Inheritance by Karin Tanabe. Carolyn Everett is twenty-nine years old and has worked at Christie’s for the last ten years (the first two as an intern). She is the Senior Specialist of American Furniture and Decorative Arts. Carolyn recently acquired a desk that sold for $12.5 million dollars. Carolyn is now asked to go to Houston, Texas to see Elizabeth Tumlinsen. Elizabeth’s husband (now deceased) was a big collector and now she might sell off some ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I love books that center around art, especially The Goldfinch and The Art Forger. The Price of Inheritance is right up there with both of those. It focuses on Carolyn Everett, an American furniture expert who works at Christie's. She's a quirky perfectionist who is totally devoted to her job, but makes a bad decision that causes major employment turmoil for her and she ends up in the tony coastal town of Newport, RI. For anyone who loves ritzy summer resorts like The Ham ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Price of Inheritance is not a novel that I would usually read but I was on a break from crime fiction and this was the novel that looked most appealing.
After losing her job and returning home in an attempt to rebuild her life Carolyn gets a job working for her old employer. It’s completely different to her job with Christie’s but she enjoys it, especially going to an auction and finding a gem. When she sees a bowl that is unusual she buys it. It isn’t her area of expertise but her interest i
Rhiannon Overby
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Price of Inheritance was not at all what I had expected it to be. I thought that this was just going to be another run of the mill romance book but boy was I wrong... This is a book with a little bit of mystery, suspense, and of course a romance with a smoking hot Marine. This book is an emotional roller coaster with a lot of highs and lows but it surely will not disappoint.

Carolyn is a rising star in the antiques world until one wrong move takes it all away. Unemployed she returns home and
Jo Dervan
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Carolyn Everett had always been the best at everything. Summa cum laude at Princeton. Youngest senior specialist in American Furniture at Christie's. Beautiful and well bred. So it came as a shock when it was discovered that an important auction she put together contained a stolen item.

After she was fired from Christie's, she returned to her home town of Newport and worked for a local antique dealer. It was while buying items for the shop at a local auction, that she came in contact with a beau
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book had it all, a fast pace plot, romance, and many twists and turns! Carolyn fought to avoid being involved in another art scandal but at the same time found herself falling in love for perhaps the first time in her life.

Through tragedy and loss, Carolyn emerged stronger and more certain of herself. For so long she tired to fit in and be what she thought she and the world wanted her to be. Meeting Tyler and moving back to Newport helped her change for the better.

Karin Tanabe’s second no
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads
I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways. What follows is an honest review of this book.

Great book cover: Check. Exciting plot: Check. Romance: Check. Mystery: Check. Humor: Check. Stellar writing: Check.

The Price of Inheritance is a novel that has it all! Everything needed to make a really good book is right here for you to enjoy! This novel easily deserves 5 stars. I love Karin Tanabe's writing! And, as an extra bonus, she has included book club guide questions and suggestions for further
Reeca Elliott
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-app, netgalley
Carolyn makes a huge mistake that costs her her dream job. She moves back home to regroup and finds herself in the middle of a black market scheme. This scheme entangles her with a hot Marine that tests her patience and her love.

This novel is marketed as a beach read. I would not place it in that category. It is too intricate and thought provoking. The twist and turns throughout the story keep the reader guessing and with the information about art and the auction world, this made a wonderful co
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it

I entered the giveaway because I am a huge fan of history and old things, however the book had its up and down moments. To me, the beginning was very slow with too much talk about various dates and origins of the furniture and also a lot of names being mentioned in the Christie/Sotheby world that was unnecessary. Too much information/detail can be a bad thing. It picked up more after the so-called scandal. The parts that interested me the most
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I recently won an advance version of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I could not put this book down so read it in two days!!!!

When I first started the book I expected it to go in one direction however that was not the case as it changed course multiple times (hence why I could not put it down). It contains life changing events for the main character Carolyn Everett as she stumbles upon romance and scandal after being recently fired from her job.

The author does a great job with details takin
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really, really liked this book. It was very well written and I found that I was so enthralled in the story that I couldn't put it down. I am an avid reader and always have been and usually by the time I'm at least halfway through a book, I can often predict the ending. But this one kept me guessing with different twists and turns throughout. I kept suspecting certain characters, certain that they were going to end up being 'involved' somehow, but I was wrong on almost all of them. I will admit ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The Price of Inheritance was such a fun read!
I picked this book up thinking it was going to be a romance. It was and it wasn't. What I like most about this book was exactly that. A love affair BUT more about a gal just finding herself and along the way getting a glimpse into the world of big ticket auction houses and how the "other half" collect their lovelies.
I hate retelling a story because I feel like that ruins the book for others but I will say this much...
I normally like "happily ever aft
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