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Heiress (Daughters of Fortune) [Kindle Edition]

Susan May Warren
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Book Description

Book One in the Daughters of Fortune series The beautiful heiress daughters of newspaper magnate August Price have been given everything their hearts desire. But what if they want only to be loved--without an enormous price tag attached? When one daughter pursues a desirable marriage, she secures for herself a comfortable and glamorous life. But among the duties of privilege, will she also find the happily-ever-after she seeks? Her sister rejects the trappings of wealth, choosing instead to build a new life on the still-untamed frontier. Will she find happiness in independence or discover that she's left her heart behind in New York's glittering society? Set in the opulent world of the Gilded Age, each woman discovers that being an heiress just might cost her everything--including the chance for true love.

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About the Author

SUSAN MAY WARREN is the best-selling author of more than thirty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have earned her acclaim from readers and reviewers alike. She is a winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the RITA Award, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and a nominee for the Christy Award. Former missionaries to Russia, Susan and her husband have four children and live in a small Minnesota town on the shore of beautiful Lake Superior, where they are active in their local church.

Product Details

  • File Size: 548 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1609362187
  • Publisher: Summerside (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H57AG4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and more wholesome Gossip Girl October 28, 2011
Ever since Gossip Girl came to life on television, I have been hooked on all things New York and its ritzy upper-crust families. Glamour, scandals, glitter and gold - when I heard Susan May Warren was tackling this world with a historical twist, call me hopelessly hooked but I was more than ready to jump into this adventure.

{The difference of chasing dreams versus living them.} Heiress takes place in a world where women did not have a lot of options - their main objective is to secure the right sort of marriage. Some women live for this, but others dream bigger for independence and perhaps a career. Esme dreams to be a journalist instead of marrying the man that her parents picked out, but is she prepared to leave the glittery world behind and get her hands dirty in the real world? That is the real trial by fire, and Susan May Warren allows this character to both fail and succeed.

{Jinx's knotty romance.} Granted I wouldn't wish anyone to go through what Jinx went through in the romance department, but it was so deliciously twisted that I flew through the pages to find out how it would all unravel. A heartbreaking nightmare of a love triangle, but when things were good, they were happy-good. The beauty of this particular storyline is how tragic and real it felt - how many women have been trapped like Jinx? How many had to let go of an impossible love to survive? It was riveting. It was raw. It was real - and I ate up every word of it!

{Combination of 2 storylines.} It works for certain books. I don't think it was a major issue for Heiress, but when I got invested in one sister, I wanted to see her story through to the very end without any interruptions from the other sister.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan's best book ever! Fantastic historical romance! October 1, 2011
I love reading stories set during the Gilded Age, and have read a good number of them to date. This novel tops them all as my absolute favorite. In fact, in my opinion this is Susan May Warren's best book ever! I've read ten of her books and have ten more (at least) that I own or have started. Her historical fiction is far superior in quality because it's full of deep, heart-felt insight on a level that her contemporary novels don't quite touch. I used to think Sons of Thunder was her best book because it was so intense and fabulous, but this novel even tops that one.

In my opinion, Susan is clearly gifted when it comes to writing historical romance. She does a great job with deep point of view and insight into human frailty and overwhelming regrets. At many different times while reading this novel I felt like I was living the life of each of the sisters. The author includes so much sensory detail with visceral emotion attached to the scent of city life, the ink from the presses, stark terror from the absence of light deep in the mines, the pain from wearing the corsets, to constriction of society's expectations, the blood from...well I won't say.

Anyway, a few times I was agonizing over the story line. I felt like yelling into the book and saying nooooo! Talk about torturing your reader with the characters' conflicts! I was feeling their regrets and wishing they had made better choices too. My heart hurt for them. I was living this story! That's great writing.

Things I admired most about this novel was it was brave, honest, and well told. How many Christian authors have their characters actually admitting to themselves that something was very wrong that happened, but it led to something that was very right...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heiress by Susan May Warren September 30, 2011
Oh. My. Goodness. I have been a Susan May Warren fan from the very first book that I read of hers but this one is beyond them all. Heiress just confirms to me that Susan may be one of the most versatile authors I've read. From sweet romance to humor to intense suspense to gripping historical novels, everything this author has written has made me want more. I made myself wait to read Heiress until my earlier review obligations were met and can say it was definitely worth the wait.

A story that begins in New York City during what is known as "The Gilded Age", Heiress features sisters Esme and Jinx, daughters of a prominent newspaper publisher. In a world filled with glamorous clothing and fabulous balls, it is their duty to marry well and enhance the family's position in society. Jinx eagerly awaits her chance to participate in the societal rituals involved in finding a husband. Unfortunately she must wait until older sister Esme has married before her father will allow it - and Esme has no desire to marry the man chosen for her. At this juncture, choices are made by both young women that will affect their lives forever.

The story takes the reader from the mansions of New York to a small frontier town in Montana and spans over a decade in time. A dramatic and emotional tale, the plot is filled with unexpected twists. Just when things seem to be the most hopeless, something will happen that brings light. On the other hand, just when you think one of the women will finally find happiness, something else will happen that will set her back. This is one book that will keep the reader in suspense until the very end because there is absolutely NO way to guess how everything will be resolved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 hours ago by Lainie Barrows
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book
Susan May Warren has truly outdone herself! What a tale she has woven! This book would make a great mini series! The twists and turnes will keep you reading! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sandra
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
The book was just okay for me. Pretty predictable. I read it quickly just to get it over with. Usually I read quickly because I can hardly wait to see what happens next in the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by JLa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great book. Couldn't stop reading it!
Published 24 days ago by Jessica Douglas
3.0 out of 5 stars This is more like a 3 1/2 star
I thought it was going to be one of those fluffy little things that are easy reading and you forget it as soon as it's done. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ChristianReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Wealth Isn't Everything
Two sisters, born into a wealthy family, looked for love . Violence, excesses, lies and betrayal led their lives in different directions than they ever expected. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Book addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I love Susan May Warren books. This series is one I can't wait to complete. Book one here was different than I expected the story to be from cover impression alone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mayonaka
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
"Heiress" was so well done with all its twists, turns, growth of the characters and suspense that when I finished, I didn't want to start a new book immediately, just so I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy
3.0 out of 5 stars Choice read
I enjoyed this read.It's nice to see how someone life turns out after their choices make changes they did or didn't expect.
Published 3 months ago by darla golden
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This book was a surprise all the way I could not figure it out, and that,s a good thing. The ending was a good surprise and I look forward to more books by ms. Warren.
Published 3 months ago by Shirley Bradford
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Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I'm a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I'm an adventurer -- having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that's why my characters can't sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another -- they're too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!

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