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The Heiress

(Madison Sisters #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,936 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Desperately seeking a husband...

Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father's gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow—handsome, titled, single . . . and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for—i
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Avon
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May 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, romance
This is the sequel to a book I read a few months ago and enjoyed very much: The Countess. This book follows the romance of Madison sister #2, Suzette, but in what had to have been the most boring manner I've ever tried to read. More than half of this book is just book one, from the point of view of Daniel and Suzette. I gotta tell you, their point of view didn't add a THING. This isn't Ender's Shadow, where writing the same story from a different point of view ended up being its own story, and I ...more
Jen Davis
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I really liked “The Countess.” But I can’t say I liked it so much that I wanted to read huge chunks of it a second time. It pains me to speak poorly of “The Heiress,” because I really did enjoy the parts that were new. Unfortunately, I can’t ignore how much of this book was a rehash of its predecessor.

The events in the first 2/3 of the book covered the same story as “The Countess,” only from the perspective of a different couple. Daniel is best friend to Richard, who in the last book was trying
Laurie Garrison
I really enjoyed this book. Lynsay always adds fun and adventure together so well. This book is a just about a mirror reflection of the first book in this series, but you get more of the man’s point of view from Daniel. I very much enjoyed it even if it felt like I was going through the same book at times. After you get half way it does change and you get an excellent thrilling adventure between Suzette and Daniel. I loved the characters again but my favorite addition to this book was Daniel’s m ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
As several reviewers have mentioned already, this title is essentially the same book as "The Countess". There is very little new storyline to be had. Same story line - different point of view, much as Julia Quinn attempted with Lost Duke and Mr. Cavendish. Instead of combining the stories to make one passably interesting book, they were published as two dreadfully dull books that left a lot of readers feeling cheated.

Bizarrely enough, this story could have actually worked if the characters did n
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
I hate that a lot of the story was the same story line as the first book.
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Publisher: HarperCollins
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Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Madison Sisters
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Hot

Ever since reading The Countess, I’d been anxious to find out what was going to happen between Suzette and Daniel.

Suzette is an heiress. She and her two sisters have inherited
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I reviewed this book for my blog

REDUX=It is a Latin word that means "brought back" or "revisited" and "The Heiress" is Suzette and Daniel's story told from their point of view and happening at the same time as "The Countess". To those who read the first one, the first 210 pages will defenatly feel redundant, and like me, they'll skim through those pages, especially the dialog. I wasn't in the mood to read over the same conversations so there was a lot of skimm
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book for me. The first half of this book takes place at the same time as The Countess but is told from a different point of view, Suzette and Daniels. Having read The Countess and really enjoying it, I really did not want to read a somewhat condensed version of it again with the more drawn out details of our couple Suzette and Daniel.
Suzette needs to marry quickly to pay off her fathers gambling debt but wants to find a land rich, money poor husband so that he will al
Feb 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own

Suzette needs to find a husband quickly. Preferably a gentlemen who is down on his luck and in need of a wealthy wife. She has no other way of getting her dowry - which is much needed in order to pay off her father's gambling debts and save the family from scandal and ultimately ruin.

Daniel Woodrow seems the perfect candidate. He has a title, he's single, he's handsome and he's broke. Or so he says. For Daniel hasn't been completely honest with Suzette. He tells a white lie about his lack of for
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Normally I’m not a fan of a series that happens within the same time, since there is a lot of repetition. That said, the story stood alone quite well, since it starts at the same place, but ends past the first story. Since a lot of Daniel and Suzette’s interactions happen “off the page” in the first story, it made it so much fun to have those “aha!” moments. But you didn’t have to read the first book to enjoy this one as much, although it does add some depth to know what was going on with Christ ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
As I said in my assessment of The Heiress, it was obvious where this series was headed and whom would end up with whom. The fun would be in figuring out what crazy shenanigans befell them before they made it to the altar. However. This book honestly wasn't very much fun at all, as over half of it was retelling the events of the previous book, only from the perspectives of Suzette and Daniel. I'm not really one for reading the same story from a different point-of-view. It's rather tedious. And th ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: elibrary-books
It's obvious that this is supposed to be a fun read, but it really just reminded me why I don't read Lynsay Sands' books more often. Quite a bit of repetitive descriptions of character - they're always scowling, growling, etc. - and not a lot of real character development. The whole 'we're getting married, so we have to go to Gretna Green' was absurd. It's like not a single character had ever heard of getting married in a church or getting a special license if there was a hurry. I guess this was ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, series
2.5 stars

There was just way too much repetition of the first book. Literally entire scenes were repeated. Boring!

I liked Suzette and Daniel. Their push/pull was pretty amusing most of the time. But it got old. The drama towards the end was too obvious.

In general I think I prefer my HR to be about Highlanders. They are more manly men. These English lords are a little too dandy for me!

My other issue (view spoiler)
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deja vu

Did you like the first book in the series? Then you’ll love this because it is the exact same story told from another point of view.
The UHQ Nasanta
In short, I found this book disappointing to the extent that I even contemplated giving it 1 star. I settled for 1.5.

I did not expect this book to be a rehash of The Countess. Once I realized this, I thought, "Why not?" I had enjoyed Julia Quinn's Mr. Cavendish, I Presume despite the poor and sometimes scathing reviews so I thought that The Heiress and I would get along fairly well. Imagine my disappointment, then, when it basically summarized or repeated The Countess for nearly 2/3 of the book
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it

The Heiress (Madison Sisters #2)
by Lynsay Sands

This is the Second book in the Madison Sisters Trilogy and just a tiny bit weaker than the first book “The Countess” which was fabulously funny and romantic.

This is a comedy of errors since Suzette wants a poor husband, one that she can manage and manipulate. She thinks that she has found it with Daniel Woodward, a close friend of her sister the Countesses husband. However, what she does not know about him can really throw her plans in the rubbis
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! I want to start with that, because I just loved it to bits!

This is book two in the Madison Sister’s trilogy and it began at about the same place and time frame as book one so whilst there is a lot of ‘retelling’ its go great to read it from a different point of view and see the story further progress book 1.

Daniel and Suzette are so cute together. Both weary for marriage and love they find each other tossed together. But soon passions are unable to be controlled and t
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
The Heiress features a young woman named Suzette, who finds out that her father has gambled his way into debt, and decides to seek for a man who is poor enough to let her have access to her dower, which she could use to pay off her father's losses.

Suzette meets Daniel at a party and comes on quite strong about marriage, so he pretends he is poor, even though it is the opposite. He is then very surprised that she wants to marry him even more.

Daniel decides to marry her pretty much because of the
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: donated
I picked up The Heiress and The Countess at the same time, being intrigued by their plot lines. So it was a pleasant surprise to learn that they related two sides of the same story line, focusing on a different couple in each book. I was intrigued by the unusual plot choice at first, as it filled in Suzette and Daniel's story that was brewing in the background of The Countess. The novelty wore off, particularly when Sands resorted to repeating the earlier book's conversations and recapping event ...more
I think one of the reasons I couldn't get into this book is because I didn't read the first in the series- The Countess. The story was silly and at times I couldn't follow it. There would be a really big conflict, like a keeping a dead body secret, then the next paragraph everybody knew about it. The H&h did have definite chemistry and Suzette did have some very funny lines like trying to describe how she was now damaged and lost her virginity. Suzette says," I let my betrothed drive his machine ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Sorely disappointed in the fact that more than half of this book is just a pointless recap of Book 1 in the Madison Sisters series from Daniel and Suzette's POV. Yes, there were a few interactions between Daniel and Suzette that were alluded to in "The Countess" that I wondered about, but those few encounters do not warrant an entire re-telling of Book 1, especially when it adds so little to the story! What a waste of time.
3.5/5 stars. I highly recommend reading The Countess before reading this book as the stories so heavily overlap. Enjoyable, though not as humorous as the first book. Still glad to have read it, though :) ...more
Samie Kauchis
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book would have been better if it didn't practically recap the first book for the first half of it... Not even giving a different POV on previous events saved the boredom. That being said, once it finally passed beyond that timeline and moved onto the true adventure it wasn't a bad book at all.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is The Countess revisited. Frankly I wasn't that crazy about The Countess which was the movie Week End at Bernies translated into a historical romance. Yeah. That works.
Heiress doesn't just do a recap in the first capter the whole first half of the book is retold. What was Lynsay thinking? She has done a grave disservice to her readers with this stunt.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading "The Countess" but I'm disappointed after finishing the second book in Madison Sisters series. The main reason is the fact that a large part of the book, was a retelling of Christiana's story. If you haven't read the first book in these series, you most likely enjoy it more!
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This has a few witty lines but really was a chore to finish. The author reiterates many different parts of the story through different viewpoints. I was honestly disappointed with this book and I haven't even read book one.
Michelle B
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
this was a quick, fun, and light read. wish the story had stayed on suzette more instead of bouncing around so much but other than that is was a good book.
Azwildcat * reads too much romance *
***** My Ratings *****
Hero rating: 3.5
Heroine rating: 3
Steam/Action Factor: 3
Plot/Storyline: 2.5
Overall rating: 2
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Not bad....
Would read the rest of the series just to see what happens to the rest.
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LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to ...more

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