The American Heiress - Daisy Goodwin

Title: The American Heiress
Author: Daisy Goodwin
Pages: 468
Published: 2011 (first published 2010)
Genre: Historical fiction
Rating: 3/5

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 Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.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. (via Goodreads)

Thoughts: It was a nice summer read, as it had a fairly quick pack to the book and other than a few moments in which the story seemed to drag, it was a book that one could read large portions of the book without really getting lost.  It didn't really need to have the Bertha/Jim storyline, as it only seemed to serve really no purpose in the overall storyline and could have been easily reduced by about 50 pages and still be quite effective.  Interestingly enough, the story is believed to be based on the life of Consuelo Vanderbilt. Recommended for those that like reading historical fiction.

10809 / 15000 pages. 72% done!


Graciegreen said…
I wanted this book to be better...did not love it.
Melissa Wiebe said…
@Graciegree I totally agree; I was expecting more than I got out of it.
I wasn't thrilled with this one either.
Cathy said…
Consuelo Vanderbilt had a very interesting life, so it sounds as though the author missed the boat. I was thinking of reading this one, but I'll give it a miss.

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