Review: The American Heiress

The American Heiress ~ Daisy Goodwin

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date Published: June 21, 2011
Pages: 468
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Rating: 2/5 stars
How I Got the Book: Bought

“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 Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.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.”


I don’t even know how to describe this book but I will say that I could barely finish it. Firstly it was written horribly. It jumps all around and there is no real plot. I honestly couldn’t really tell you what the book was about. All I could get out of it was that Cora, the main character, comes from an extremely rich family in America but her mom wants more so her mom takes her abroad to meet and marry a husband with a title. That’s pretty much it. There’s a bunch of drama involved with it all but that’s really all I could understand from it.

The characters have no life to them and are very flat. They all just seem to whine a lot about their lives and the lives of the people around them. They also whine about money a lot, having no money or having too much money. At points I honestly thought I was reading some gossip type story. It was downright ridiculous.

In the end I just couldn’t even grasp what was really going on. The story jumps all over the place without letting you know what is going on. It’s definitely not worth the read. The only reason I am giving it two stars is because I liked the concept of the book but it just was not executed correctly.


Honestly not worth the read. It’s a fantastic concept but nothing more as it just seemed more like gossip than historical fiction.


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