Monday, May 30, 2011

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

In 1893, Cora Cash is one of the richest heiresses in America. Her mother is determined that Cora will marry a husband with a title, preferably British. While in England for the season, Cora meets the Duke of Wareham and is smitten. He also seems enchanted by her and appears to be a good match, since he is in need of a wealthy wife to help maintain Lulworth, his large estate. Can anything prepare Cora for the life of an English duchess, steeped in history and traditions so different from her American upbringing? Also, what will be the impact of the Duke's past--about which everyone except Cora seems to know? The American Heiress is similar to the novels of Edith Wharton and the PBS miniseries Downton Abbey. It also reminded me of The Help because both books explore employers' and servants' lives and both are page turners. I was simply fascinated by the world to which Goodwin exposes the reader in this book. It will be published in June.

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