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The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  889 ratings  ·  345 reviews
In this gorgeously written and spellbinding historical novel based on Pride and Prejudice, the author of The Clergyman’s Wife combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with the eroticism and Gothic intrigue of Sarah Waters to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh.

As a fussy baby, Anne de Bourgh’s doctor prescribed laudanum to quiet her, and now the young woman
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by William Morrow
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Lex Kent
This was a nice book to start 2021 off with. I’m a big Austen fan so when I heard about this book I was really excited to read it. This is a bit of a spin-off but also a companion book to Pride and Prejudice. While I’m not the biggest historic fiction reader, I love this gothic style and I thought this book fit well into Austen’s world. This book is by HarperCollins, so it’s nice to start the year reading a mainstream book that had a sapphic romance. I love seeing that and I hope I will see a lo ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne de Bourgh is the heiress in question, the daughter of Sir Lewis and Lady Catherine, she will inherit Rosings Park, Kent one of the finest estates in the south of England. She is cousin to Fitzwilliam Darcy and Anne’s indomitable and controlling mother has decreed they will marry! Anne has been hooked in laudanum since she a baby as she was ‘troublesome’. Anne tells her own story.

This is an homage to Jane Austen via a minor Pride and Prejudice character and yes, it reads like an Austen in t
I’ve lowered this to a 3.4. I solidly liked it, but the stakes just weren’t high enough. I felt that once the main character was out from under the control of her oppressive mother, it almost took on the feel of a 1980s film montage. The characters were likable, the sentences clear and upbeat, the time period well-captured, and I appreciated the dilemma of an heiress wanting to share her life with a woman despite societal expectations. But her struggles felt minimal, her desires easily won. It m ...more
Katie B
The Heiress features the character, Anne de Bourgh, who appeared in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It's been years since I read that book so I wasn't sure if I'd be able to follow along when reading this one. Thankfully, The Heiress can easily be read as a standalone novel although I do think the reading experience will be enhanced a bit if you know the basics of the Pride and Prejudice plot ahead of time.

When Anne was a baby, her doctor prescribed her laudanum. She continued taking the drug
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike every other Jane Austen spinoff I've attempted, The Heiress neither explores the same themes nor attempts to mimic the writing of the inimitable Austen. It is so, so much the better for it. Molly Greeley chooses a character from Pride and Prejudice with exactly zero spoken lines - the sickly Anne de Bourgh, daughter of Lady Catherine - and uses her to tell a story of addiction, sexuality, and ultimately self-realization.

Anne, in Greeley's version of things, is sickly not through constitu
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, netgalley-2021
4.5 Pride and Prejudice stars

For fans of “Pride and Prejudice” this one will be a big hit! Featuring a side character from that story, this book puts you perfectly in the setting with characters that you root for!

Anne de Bourgh starts life as a very fussy baby and the local doctor prescribes laudanum to help. As you might imagine, it is very easy to get addicted to opium and it seems shocking today that this was frequently given for all sorts of ailments! Anne doesn’t thrive because of this add
Natalie Jenner
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Molly Greeley's second novel The Heiress shows her to be one of the best young writers working today--the sheer beauty of her prose has few rivals. In reimagining the character of Anne de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice, Greeley takes us inside a troubled, resilient and poetic mind and gives us a heroine to both sympathize with and root for. With stunningly lyrical writing, Greely elevates Austen-inspired fiction--and psychological fiction in general--onto a whole new plane. ...more
Louise Wilson
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
As a fussy baby, Anne de Burghs doctor prescribed laudanum to quiet her, and now the young woman must take the opium - heavy tincture every day. Growing up sheltered and confined, removed from sunshine and fresh air, the pale and overly slender Anne grew up with few companions except for her cousins, including Fitzwilliam Darcy.It was understood that Anne and Darcy would mary and combine their vast estates of Pemberley and Rosings. But Darcy does not love or want Anne.

This bookis based on Jane A
I’m a big fan of “Pride and Prejudice” and I have read it many times, so you can imagine my delight upon hearing about this spinoff. The life story of Anne De Bourgh. In “Pride and Prejudice” Anne De Bourgh only plays a minor role, she’s portrayed as a sickly, fragile wallflower and honestly, she’s not the most interesting person……I thought! This book gives an interesting twist to her persona, describing how she was drugged on laudanum for a large part of her life. I listened to the audiobook na ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pride and Prejudice fans you will devour this amazing story of the illusive Anne, the heiress of Rosings Park Kent, daughter of Sir Lewis and Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and cousin to Fitzwilliam Darcy whom she had been promised to marry since childhood. We all know what happened to that story, as Darcy ends up marrying Lizzy Bennet as he finds his HEA. This story is the life of Anne from inception to her demise, the laudanum trance that has been forced upon her as an infant to her young adult lif ...more
MaryannC. Book Freak
Based on the classic Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen this novel centers on one of the lesser characters of P&P, Anne De Bourgh that gives a voice and depth to her character.
Born heiress to Rosings Park, Anne was always considered a sickly child, dominated by her fiercely outspoken mother Catherine, she is regularly dosed with laudanum to keep from overtaxing her delicate nature never able to play with her cousins much less converse with them. As Anne begins to grow up she knows she will one day
An extraordinary tale of one woman’s liberation, The Heiress reveals both the darkness and light in Austen’s world, with wit, sensuality, and a deeply compassionate understanding of the human heart.

This was a marvelous reimagining of Anne de Bourgh’s life. Fans of Jane Austen will undoubtedly know her from Pride and Prejudice. We follow her from the cradle to the grave. Author Molly Greeley chose to tell the story in four parts. Part one being at Rosings Park, Kent, where Anne spends her first 2
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh was an interesting retelling to dive into. My love for Pride and Prejudice will continue to grow no matter what because of my love of Elizabeth and Darcy. So to go into more details about Anne's own life, well I was dying to figure out what was wrong with her and what was going to happen as well.

I loved absolutely everything about Anne. At first, I was a bit skeptical because o
Danika at The Lesbrary
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big Pride and Prejudice fan, but for some reason, I'm drawn to P&P retellings--especially queer ones. The Heiress is a Pride and Prejudice novel: not exactly a retelling, a prequel, or a sequel, it fills in the story from one of the minor characters of the book: Anne de Bourgh. In case you forgot, Anne is Mr. Darcy’s original fiancee, and Catherine de Bourgh's sickly daughter. In the original book, Anne doesn’t leave a strong impression. This novel gives her centre stage, and makes her ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
Greeley's back story and continuation of the life of Anne de Bourgh, a minor character in Austen's Pride and Prejudice, is a compelling and compulsive read. I was transfixed by the tale and totally captivated by the struggles of this heroine who deserved so much more than to be remembered as Mr. Darcy's sickly marital cast-off. Austen fans will be delighted with Greeley's deft hand at creating Austenesque characters, an atmospheric Regency world, and the plotting of a story that is both believab ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Straddling the line between slumber and a sheltered existence, Anne de Bourgh's fragile world is shattering. To quiet her mother and the doctor's nerves, Anne is prescribed laudanum as a baby to stop her screaming. The amber droplets silence her temper but drift her into a coma-like condition.

When awake, she's portrayed as a porcelain doll and shelved from life's lessons. Living in a perfumed permeance, a gutsy governess challenges Anne to look beyond her gilded cage and embrace her future. Rea
Finola Austin
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting. In The Heiress, Molly Greeley shines a light on the darkness cloaking Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine's sickly daughter and Mr. Darcy's intended. The result is a novel with all the hallmarks of nineteenth-century Gothic, which doesn't shy away from "modern" ills, such as the opiate crisis, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and homophobia. Highly recommended. ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

Oh my. Soooo, I thought I had this book to review for Edelweiss so I put the audio on hold. I guess I assumed that I would have requested this due to the pretty cover. No regrets though. The Heiress is about Anne de Bourgh from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. You probably remember her mother, and Darcy's aunt, Catherine de Bourgh better. Anne does not have any "lines" in the novel, and Molly Greely gives us one fascinating theory on why she doesn't. Anne is not so much as sickl
Louise Wilson
As a fussy baby, Anne de Burghs doctor prescribed laudanum to quiet her, and now the young woman must take the opium - heavy tincture every day. Growing up sheltered and confined, removed fron sunshine and frrsh air, the pale slender Anne grew up with few companions except her cousins, including Fitwilliam Darcy. It was understood that Anne and Darcy and combine their vast estates of Pemberley and Rosings. But Darcydoes not love or want Anne.

The book is based on Jane Austens character Anne de Bu
Is it failing at life if I still haven't read a Jane Austen novel? If you read The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh by Molly Greeley and you haven't read Pride and Prejudice yet you are probably going to miss out on some things. I have not read that book yet, and I think if I had I would have been able to appreciate this one more. However, by itself, The Heiress is still a lush and sometimes difficult read. Anne de Bourgh has got to be one of my favorite characters now, and I love the ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure how to feel about a spin off of a great classic of literature but I liked this. I enjoyed that the author gave voice to a character who wasn’t given her own in the story she was a part of. That being said a lot of this book was hard to read as it was difficult to sit so long with such grossly abusive behavior, even if those doing it had no idea. Anne is a sickly baby prone to screaming and nothing can soothe her tears until her doctor prescribes laudanum. As dangerous as that would ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lgbtq-read, f-f
Wether you are a fan of Jane Austen / Pride and Prejudice or not, you should give a chance on this beautiful F/F historical romance starring Anne de Bourgh, as she grows up being fed with Laudanum, orders of the doctor... Except this "cure" does a lot more harm than good to Anne who could have had a different beginning if she had been born in a time were medicine was more evolved. Unfortunately, she will become dependent to that drink and Anne will have to figure out on her own that what her fam ...more
Diana Green
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love it when a book I've eagerly anticipated turns out to be just as good as I hoped. That is certainly the case with The Heiress. About a year ago, I read Molly Greeley's first novel, The Clergyman's Wife, (which was also a Pride and Prejudice spin-off) and it became my favorite book in the genre. Now that place has been taken by The Heiress, because it not only showcases Greeley's beautiful, intelligent writing but also includes a lovely wlw relationship. I also enjoyed witnessing the protag ...more
Anna Luce
DNF 30%

Once again I feel somewhat mislead by the comparisons to Sarah Waters (who happens to be a favourite author of mine). So far this P&P retelling, which focuses on Anne de Bourgh is dull indeed. By the 20% mark Anne has just turned 17 and she's twenty around the 30%. This means that so far we just get to read of her as a 'sickly' child. She overhears adults speak of her often in a dismissive manner, as they note how fragile and feeble she is. Her 'wicked' mother says time and again 'time fo
Susan's Reviews
Really well written. Anne is a drug addict, but not by choice. Her mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, imposes her will and her opinion on everyone. Everything must be just as she wills it. To keep her daughter Anne docile and compliant, Anne is given doses of laudanum to "calm her down."

Anne's struggles to wean herself off of this powerful opiate reveals that she can be just as strong-willed as her overbearing mother. Anne slowly takes back her life, learning to fight the cowardly impulse to crin
R.J. Sorrento
I am a huge Jane Austen fan. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read Pride & Prejudice so I love to seek out Pride & Prejudice-inspired books. Usually they focus on Lizzie and Darcy (which is fine) but I was pleasantly surprised by this beautiful and haunting take on Anne de Bourgh.

Anne had my sympathy from the start, with the early scenes reminiscent of the Secret Garden with the ill cousin. The book does not shy away from the misuse of laudanum by doctors of that era and how it adversely
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
Finally! Anne de Bourgh portrayed as the lesbian she was always meant to be.

If you've been looking for another queer Pride & Prejudice retelling, this might be for you. Focusing on the minor side character Anne de Bourgh, The Heiress follows Anne through her opium addiction in childhood and spans into her late twenties/early thirties as she truly experiences life for the first time. At times, this was a frustrating read- as it was intended to be! Anne's drugged complancency, her mother's strang
Carole (in Canada)
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austenesque/P&P Sequel/Secondary Character/Fiction

"I was forever waiting, without knowing quite what it was I was waiting for." (quote from the book)

In 'The Heiress', Ms Greeley takes us on an intense sensory journey of Miss Anne de Bourgh's life. Having been prescribed 'a tincture of laudanum' since infancy, you experience the languor, the lethargic weightiness the drug induces, and the poignancy of her childhood. Her life is sustained by the fairy tales her nurse tells her...offering visuals in her mind, hazed by her medication, as the drug t
Ida Maria
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think one could go wrong with a Jane Austen re-telling novel and well, I have been proven right. I am sooo happy faceless and sickly and all together bland Anne de Bourgh got her own 'spin off' in this. And managed not to be overshadowed by her dominating force of a mother.
Charlotte Lucas got her own spin-off before, and other characters too, but Anne really deserved it. Also: anyone planning on writing something about Darcy's sister Georgiana? I would be reading that one!
The opening l
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