The American Heiress

The American Heiress

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Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals ...
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, 2011.
ISBN: 9781427216489
1427216487
Characteristics: 1 sound file (13 hr., 26 min., 12 sec.) : digital

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mrs_ferguson
Feb 06, 2014

I guess it is the American in me, but the ending was very unsatisfactory! Yes, yes, different time period etc, etc, but the ending could have been taken someplace spectaular, and it fell very short. Also, Cora did not have near as much spunk as I had hoped. Overall, this was a bit of a disappointment.

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maipenrai
Apr 29, 2013

*** stars. Cora Cash ( yes, Cash) the wealthiest heiress in America goes to England to buy herself a title. She leaves behind a young man who lacks the courage to marry her and takes with her a mother, who is far from endearing. She "stumbles" upon a Duke with a mother to more than match her own. Think "Downton Abbey". The Duke, who was the second son, inherited the title only when his beloved brother died. Add to this an imagined or real mistress to the Duke, the Prince of Wales, and the downstairs staff and you have a great collection of characters and egos. Perhaps the most sympathetic person is Cora's black maid who tries to find an honorable means of weaving her way through the intrigue. I enjoyed the book. I believe the author would like to be Edith Wharton, but no one is, so the book cannot be held to such a standard. You are left guessing until the very end whether the Duke is a cad or man in love with his wife. A very nice read. Recommend.

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