AUTHOR: Daisy Goodwin
GENRE: Young Adult | Historical Fiction | Historical Romance
SETTING(S) : Newport, Rhode Island in 1893 and Lulworth, England
SUBJECT: Romance Puzzle | American Wealth over Seas | Fictional Love | True Love
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mrs. Cash, Miss Cora Cash, Bertha (Ladies Maid) , Jim Harman (Servant), Teddy Van Der Leyden, Double Duchess Fanny, Lord Ivo Maltraver (Duke of Wareham), Lady Charlotte Beuchamp, Hon. Reggie Greatorex, Father Oliver and Lady Sybil Buckingham.
BOOK SUMMARY: 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.— Continue to read
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MY REVIEW: If you love watching Downton Abbey yo will love reading this novel. The American heiress has a similar story to Lady Cora in Downton Abbey. Cora Cash is a wealthy heiress who has been shadowed and controlled by her mother. Who is an innocent and uneducated girl who finds herself married into Political English Society. The fear and taste of freedom away from her mother makes her decide this fate. But will it cause her to walk away from true love? Will this childlike heiress learn how to survive in English Society or will her life come falling down.
At times you find yourself sorry for Cora because she has no idea what she has gotten herself into and that everyone around her is lying to her. As you read you get glimpses to clues which as a reader you do not understand the importance until the very end when all the pieces come together.
The Duke of Wareham is a character of his own. He has his own set battles. He was born as the youngest son to a large estate. After his father and brother dies he finds himself the new Duke of Wareham. He also get himself mixed up to a love affair that he blames for the death of his brother. The female in question is a witty, advantage and patient young women; which no man can control. She uses her charm to get what ever she wants even if it means to destroy which ever man she is with. They are the antagonist of the stories who try to shape Cora’s future. The lies within the novel are around these two characters. At the end will Cora be able to have a Happy Ever After or survive these lies?
This book I could not put it down til the very end. It does have some sexual scenes that might not be suitable for young adults. It is similar to Jane Austen writing where the scenes are not written to detail that it might be okay for your teenagers to read.
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