Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

Cora Cash is the wealthiest heiress in Gilded Age America - but though she wants for nothing, her choices, and her life, are not her own.  Cora's mother wants nothing less for her daughter than a European title and will stop at nothing to get it.  When a riding accident quite literally drops Cora in the lap of the fortunately single, newly inherited (upon the death of his elder brother) Ninth Duke of Wareham, Cora's mother is beside herself with triumph.  But life as an English duchess for an American girl is not quite a fairy tale come true.  From the damp, chilly halls of the Duke's country estate to the luxe, sparkling ballrooms of London, Cora must use all her skills to spar with her mother-in-law, learn to navigate an entirely different social world and mores, capture the heart of her husband, and transform herself from an American heiress into a true English Duchess.  Filled with lush, opulent period detail, diamonds and pearls, champagne and cocktails, painters and princes all make The American Heiress a delightful, decadent novel for readers who love richly detailed historical fiction by authors like Penny Vincenzi, Lauren Willig, and Anna Godberson.