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The American Heiressby Daisy Goodwin
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"Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (who isn't?) will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwins The American Heiress. The story of Cora Cash, an American heiress in the 1890s who bags an English duke, this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind." --Allison Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of I Dont Know How She Does It and I Think I Love You
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 Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.
Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Coras story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James.
"For daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didnt always buy them happiness." --Daisy Goodwin in The Daily Mail
One of Library Journal's Best Historical Fiction Books of 2011
"In the late 19th century, beautiful Cora Cash (named without subtlety) is one of the richest debutantes in America. Spoiled, haughty, yet looking for an escape from her overbearing mother, Cora agrees to travel with her mother to England in search of a husband with a title — the one thing new American money can't buy. She meets Ivo, the duke of Wareham, and soon finds herself married, surprisingly, for love. Away from her mother and with the title of duchess, it seems as if Cora has it all. Yet English society life proves difficult to navigate; she faces betrayal and embarrassment. Goodwin's attention to period detail and her inclusion of perspectives from many different characters carries the book through 14 hours of listening. Katherine Kellgren assigns distinct voices to every character, from Cora's maid Bertha to the pretentious Mrs. Cash. While Kellgren consistently maintains each voice, her cartoonish, shrill, and affected voices for the villains grate over time. A St. Martin's hardcover. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This glorious debut novel by a latter-day Edith Wharton is a deliciously literate and compelling story of a beautiful, naive young American heiress at the turn of the twentieth century who is ill-prepared for aristocratic decadence when she marries an English duke.
About the Author
DAISY GOODWIN, a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia Universitys film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University, is a leading television producer in the U.K. Her poetry anthologies, including 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, have introduced many new readers to the pleasures of poetry, and she was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. She and her husband, an ABC TV executive, have two daughters and live in London. The American Heiress is her first novel.
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