THE AMERICAN HEIRESS
Smart, emotional, entertaining writing proves Goodwin is adept at creating the perfect atmosphere and backdrop for the turn of the century and a world where money can buy a title, but not happiness or acceptance. Like Henry James and Edith Wharton, Goodwin delves into this seemingly gracious world of opulence to uncover its harsh side, and brings a cast of fascinating characters into a delicious tale that captivates.
Soiled, impetuous Cora Cash is in England to bag a titled husband. Her enormous wealth should be enough, but falling down in front of the most sought-after bachelor in the country is even better. She lands Ivo, Duke of Wareham. Cora may have gotten away from her social-climbing mother, but she has been caught in a world where high and low alike laugh at faux pas and seem to watch and wait for her next mistake with an eagerness that would squash a less spirited soul. Cora may have traded one gilded cage for another, but her American drive leads her to untangle her sulky husband’s secrets and gain his love and her place in his social milieu. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 480 pp., $25.99)