The American Heiress

The American Heiress

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Presents the story of vivacious Cora Cash, whose early twentieth-century marriage to England's most eligible duke is overshadowed by his secretive nature and the traps and betrayals of London's social scene.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio
Copyright Date: p2011
ISBN: 9781429987080
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
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EljayJohnson
Jul 21, 2019

Goodwin unabashedly borrows from famous romances (P & P, Rebecca) in this remarkably fun, sparkling book with a little more heft and edge than you would expect. Cora Cash is just about the Richest Young Woman in the World, so her revolting social climber of a nouveau riche mother pushes her toward that thing all Americans at the turn of the century hoped to marry into - an ancient European title. Cora is spoiled, clever, beautiful, infuriating at times, caring and compassionate at others, and horribly clueless about exactly what she's done and who she's married. She's despised by her 81 servants, bullied and worse by her mother-in-law, and has her every move watched and laughed at by English high society. But you can't keep a good woman down, and it's a treat to watch Cora manuveur her way through her obstacle-laden path and attempt to figure out just who this moody, secretive, damaged Duke is that she married. This book was stylishly and refreshingly well-written, had great character development and wonderful secondary characters (Bertha, Jim, Teddie, Odo), fun cameos by real historical figures, and the mother of all wardrobe malfunctions. It ended and I was still wanting more.

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santoscoys
Mar 29, 2019

This novel seems like the basis of Selfridges. An American heiress and life abroad. Parts are very naive and other parts very rich in heritage. This is like a fairy tale with emigration. I would rate this a book for juveniles as I was left wanting more. After reading I felt
Iike realities like this just aren't real. A super easy read but where's the meat and potatoes? Imagery is great but I want to be riveted to the story and I just wasn't. I felt like the Selfridge show I watched was a copycat of this in parts also, like I had seen it all before. Not the best read but a cheerful diversion.

wendybird Feb 25, 2016

This historical romance is Daisy Goodwin''s first novel, and while a strong and enjoyable effort, if you're on a time budget, skip straight to her 2nd, "The fortune hunter", which is absolutely delectable.
Still, Godwin does a good job rendering that late 19th century practice of British nobility marrying rich Americans to keep the title and the castle afloat. She's done her history homework and her plot, dialogue and social setting all ring true.

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Irene99
Feb 22, 2016

Really enjoyed this novel, was also quite the page-turner. Hard to imagine it was a first novel for this author! Looking forward to reading another.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 30, 2016

I loved this one, and was actually surprised by how much. The secrety-secrets aspect of it wasn't a total success, since I pretty much had it all figured out all along, and yet I found myself totally sucked into the world, and really invested in both Cora and her duke. There's a bit of a flavor of poor-little-rich-girl to the proceedings, and yet I still deeply felt for this character who seemingly had everything. A great read for Downton Abbey fans, of course, but there's more depth here than I was expecting, while still being a fun, frothy read.

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rubma
Dec 11, 2014

I am not sure why people liked this book. Very tedious childish fantasy book. No surprises. No twists, no plot, shallow characters. Very predictable.
Not even historically enlightening. Don't waste your time.

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LT
Aug 09, 2014

A pleasure. I almost dropped the book at the beginning because the spoilt heroine was a little too much like Jane Austen's Emma and she was getting on my nerves. I'm very glad I persisted, because the novel turned into a page-turner, I found that it had more complexity and detail than the standard romance.

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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.

mrsgail5756 Apr 12, 2013

A++ All the way….A must have Book in all Libraries - worth the long library wait and WORTH the cost of owing!
I would recommend this movie for all to read.

EuSei Mar 13, 2013

A nice, well-written book. The main character, Cora, was clearly inspired by the life of Consuelo Balsam (née Vanderbilt, ex-Duchess of Marlborough), also an American. Differently from Consuelo, though, Cora is spirited and has a mind of her own. But like Consuelo, Cora has a domineering mother, very much like Alva Vanderbilt, Mrs. Cash (who is also a Southerner like Consuelo’s mother). From their trips in the family yacht, to the contraption Mrs. Vanderbilt used to put on Consuelo in order to keep her spine straight, many are the similarities. In Consuelo’s book (The Glitter and the Gold) she tells the same story Cora mentions: that of waiting for the butler to send someone to make the fire, a task much below his rank, while her grace almost froze! Like with Consuelo, Cora’s groom leaves her for a hunting trip until the night before the wedding. A nice read.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

Certain movies are entirely driven by the meet-cute situation, and contrived circumstances throw the couple together for much of the screenplay. However, movies in which the contrived situation is the main feature, such as Some Like It Hot, rather than the romance being the main feature, are not considered "meet-cutes".
The use of the meet-cute is less marked in television series and novels, because these formats have more time to establish and develop romantic relationships. In situation comedies, relationships are static and meet-cute is not necessary, though flashbacks may recall one (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mad About You) and lighter fare may require contrived romantic meetings.

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