Thursday, September 8, 2011

Heiress by Susan May Warren

Set in New York during the opulent world of the Gilded Age in the late eighteen hundreds, HEIRESS by Susan May Warren is the story of two sisters who have it all and find out that being an heiress has a very high price tag especially when it comes to love.

Author Susan May Warren has astounded us with another future bestseller in this first book of a new trilogy entitled the Daughters of Fortune. From the very first pages, I was enthralled with the passionate story that unfolded upon its pages.

The story is about the two very different daughters of August Price. First, there is Esme. Proud and headstrong, she wants nothing more than to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a journalist and then heir to his newspaper empire. Jinx is the exact opposite and jealous of her elder sister and avidly desires to grace society’s grandest ballrooms in search of a wealthy husband. Their mother, Phoebe, is determined to ensure both her daughters are married off to men of great means.

What follows is clever plot steeped in rebellion, transgression, betrayal, and passionate love. Filled with plenty of twists and turns, I was fascinated with the story and the trials of the two daughters whom fate separated, but later threw together in a fascinating, suspenseful ending. It is a story of opposites – from great wealth to the dregs of poverty, taking the reader from New York’s ballrooms to the wilds of Montana. Although this is Christian historical fiction, there is little preaching. Rather, the author cleverly weaves subtle, but powerful lessons about love and value and family into the story. Most definitely I will read this books sequels. Highly recommended!


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