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Caroline Trent is fed up with her greedy guardian, Oliver Prewitt, and his nitwit son, Percy. With only six weeks to go until she can claim her inheritance and rid herself of them, Percy attempts to forcibly seduce her. Fortunately, Caroline has a pistol at hand and she uses it--wounding the annoying man just enough to allow her to escape. Fuming, she flees the dark manor house determined to find employment and hide from her guardian for six weeks. But a bad night turns worse when a tall, dark stranger accosts her. Blake Ravenscroft thinks Caroline is a female spy, part of Oliver Prewitt's smuggling activities that include spying for Napoleon. He kidnaps Caroline, ties her to a bed at his nearby home, and grills her unsuccessfully before a friend arrives and tells Blake that he's captured the wrong woman. Caroline explains her predicament and, given what he knows of the larcenous Oliver Prewitt, Blake has no option but to offer her shelter. Caroline isn't a woman accustomed to sitting in the parlor sipping tea, especially while Blake's investigation has him involved in far more exciting, life-threatening activities. Blake isn't a man accustomed to having a woman ignore his commands. Sparks fly and passion sizzles between these two characters while a cast of endearing characters provide well-meaning assistance. To Catch an Heiress is both warm and wonderful, with witty dialogue and endearing characters. --Lois Faye Dyer

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Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (July 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380789353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380789351
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 18, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While I wouldn't probably rank this as one of Quinn's best, it is certainly a book that I will keep on my bookshelf. I found it vastly amusing. I couldn't put the book down. The story caught my interest from the very first line. It was cute, funny, and sweet. The banter between the two characters (as well as James, the Marquis) was highly entertaining. This is what is meant by quick repartee (w/the occasional element of slapstick too, I guess). The book is mostly dialogue (in my opinion) and very humorous. I was especially struck by the amusing anecdotes regarding the servants. While it wasn't the most complicated of plots, I found it very original to have these characters together in each other's company throughout the entire book rather than the typical romance chapters in which the hero and heroine are separated and pining mournfully. This was a nice change of pace. In regards to the "dead" fiancee the other reviewers are mentioning, it was not THAT big a downer. It was necessary to understand Blake's character. While the book is certainly a "fluff" one, the death of Marabelle wasn't such a tragic element, but a necessary one. I'm keeping this book and when it's a rainy afternoon and I want to quickly AND enjoyably pass the afternoon, I shall read *Catch an Heiress* again.
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I wasn't going to buy this book, due to the no so good reviews given. I ended up buying the book by mistake, then it took me 6 months to get around to reading it. I have to say I was pleasantly suprised. The comments about the hero's dead fiance had put me off, so I was waiting for all these comments. There aren't that many, and what is mentioned fits the hero's difficulty with loving again. It was no different from the explainations given for other brooding heros. I enjoyed the banter between the hero & heroine & their friend. And the servants where hilarious. I was laughing out loud in some spots.
I normally don't add to reviews, but this time I wanted to because the other reviews had given an impression of the book that I personally found to be exagerated. Please don't think I'm putting anyone down. What works for some, doesn't work for others. I just wanted to add my point of view. So if you want a fun, light read, this is a very nice book.
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By A Customer on April 20, 2004
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As a huge fan of Julia Quinn, I picked up this book out of sheer boredom and a desire for a light, entertaining read. Since this is one of her earlier works, I wasn't expecting the quality of the Bridgerton series. Overall, I wasn't extremely impressed or disappointed. The hero and heroine are sometimes funny and sometimes annoying and far lacking the depth of Colin and Penelope (of Romancing Mr. Bridgerton). Their personalities seem a little slapdash at times--Blake was about the least convincing spy I've ever seen. However, the plot moves fairly quickly and the secondary characters are, of course, delightful (JQ's specialty, I think). If you can pick up this book for a bargain and want a qucik diversion, go for it. Otherwise, wait for Francesca's story (JQ seems to be getting better with every novel).
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From the day her father died when she was merely ten, Caroline Trent has been passed on from one guardian to the next. Barely six weeks shy from turning twenty one and be able to claim her inheritance, she finds herself at the mercy of her latest guardian's mercy when she foils an attempted rape. Knowing she must escape until she can claim her inheritance, she runs away only to be captured by an agent of the Crown when she is mistaken for a spy.

Blake Ravenscroft thought he finally had the ruthless spy Carlotta de Leon in his hands--only to find out that he has the wrong woman. Upon learning his captive's predicament, the gentleman in him couldn't say no to her request to stay at his manor until her twenty first birthday. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he is attracted to her--even though she sorely tests his temper! But if he would just look deep inside, he would know that the tempting chit has wound her way into his heart...

I have been a big fan of Julia Quinn since reading the Bridgerton series. Her writing is superb and her characters are always well-rounded. While TO CATCH AN HEIRESS is the least interesting book of hers that I have read, this was still an entertaining book and had its moments. Caroline is a clever and delightful heroine, full of life and passion. She is perfect for Blake who suffers the guilt over losing his fiancée, who was also a government agent. The way she brought laughter to his otherwise jaded existence provided some sweet and amusing reading. I did have a good laugh over some of their verbal sparring, though I felt that the plot could have been better developed. This was still an entertaining read, with witty dialogues and fun secondary characters (watch out for the marquis and Blake's butler) though not quite on par with some of Quinn's other novels, notably the first three books in the Bridgerton series.

I have the follow up book, HOW TO MARRY A MARQUIS, and hoping for a better story.
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By A Customer on June 17, 1998
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Miss Quinn has come up with a whimsical romance about Caroline Trent, a runaway who is mistaken for a notorious spy by Blake, a government agent. Sparks fly between them, and the story takes place mainly in Blake's country manor. The jokes come fast, mainly due to Caroline's over-enthusiastic attempts to impress Blake and a surprise visit from Blake's sister.
Now, I enjoyed this book, but why didn't I give it 4 stars or more? Well, I have a few problems with this book:
(a) The absence of "movement" of plot - the story never moves outside the country house and I feel "trapped" after a while,
(b) Sometime the story loses steam as Caroline pours something or falls over Blake for what seems the millionth time, <c> A lack of chemistry between the two leads. By chemistry I mean heat and sexual tension. Here the sexual tension is at the minimum.
Despite the faults, I still enjoyed this book. But I wouldn't consider it anything more than the light-heartedromp it is.
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