The American Heiress
Historical Fiction, Romance
St. Martin’s Press
June 21st, 2011
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 Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.
While I did not mind the book, I cannot say that it is a book that I would want to pick up and read again. I found the writing wonderful and the descriptions painted a very vivid image in my head (which is always a huge plus). There was a little bit of depth to some of the characters, but as a whole I could not connect with any of the main or even supporting characters. Cora was hard to relate to, perhaps because I am not a millionaire that is able to purchase the world. There was not a lot of depth to her and more often than not I was frustrated with her actions. I did however love the traditions in the book and the “what is acceptable and what is frowned upon” messages throughout. I also loved the era that the book was set in!
For as long as the book is and the time period that it covers, not much really happens. I can honestly look back and only remember four interesting parts in the entire book but even those were not all that captivating. There are a few little interesting bits here and there though. I had a hard time continuing reading when I first picked up the book, but by the end I was more interested — after all, I did manage to finish the book.
In the end, I would be more than happy to read another of Daisy Goodwin’s books because I love her writing style. I would, however, like a little more action… or a little more something to help keep my attention.