The American Heiress

The American Heiress

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Book - 2011
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Cora Cash has grown up in a world in which money unlocks every door. Her coming-out ball promises to be the most opulent of the gilded 1890s, a fitting debut for New York's 'princess'. Yet her fortune cannot buy her the one thing she craves - the freedom to choose her own destiny. For Cora's mother has her heart on a title for her daughter, and in England - where they are bound, to find Cora a husband - impoverished blue bloods are queuing up for introductions to American heiresses.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780312658656
Branch Call Number: FIC GOO


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nov 21, 2012

Cora Cash believes herself like Emma Woodhouse to be ?handsome, clever and rich;? but her destiny is more likely to be charted by her mother. Nothing less than a British title will do. When she literally falls into the hands of the enigmatic Duke of Wareham when she falls from her horse, the story takes readers though a year or so of her maiden voyage learning about expectations in the upper class world of fin de siècle England.

Some of the characters are a bit stereotyped, but it?s a great page-turning read while we wait for another year of ?Downton Abbey!?

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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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