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The American Heiress

The American Heiress

A Novel

Daisy Goodwin

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Enter a world in which American millionaires marry British aristocrats-in return for title and social status-and discover why this blockbuster bestselling novel continues to enchant millions of readers.


Be careful what you wish for...
Newport heiress Cora Cash-beautiful, spirited, and the richest girl in the country-is the closest thing that American society has to a princess in 1893. But her mother wants more, and whisks Cora away to England for the one thing money can't get a woman in the States: a title.

When it comes to love
Cora makes a dazzling impression on English society-followed by a brilliant match-but finds the chill in the air of magnificent ancestral homes is not solely due to the lack of central heating. Faced with the traps and betrayals of an old-world aristocracy that can trip up even the most charming, accomplished outsider, can Cora grow from a spoiled rich girl into a woman of substance?

Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Daisy Goodwin's The American Heiress marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James.


"Superior...shrewd, spirited historical romance."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Vibrant. . .archly entertaining."-Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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Praise for The American Heiress

“Ms. Goodwin writes deliciously.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“A wonderful, guilty pleasure of a read.” —Amanda Foreman

“Deliciously classy. A story that gallops along, full of exquisite period detail.” —Kate Mosse

“[An] exceptionally thoughtful and stunning historical novel that will leave you reeling and astonished...and give you the urge to re-read it the instant the last page is turned.” —BookReporter.com

“Top-notch writing brings to life the world of wealth on both sides of the Atlantic. This debut's strong character development and sense of place will please fans of historical romance, including book club members.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“I was seduced by this book, rather as Cora was seduced by her duke: with great skill and confidence. Intriguing, atmospheric, and extremely stylish, I was still thinking about it long after I had reached the end.” —Penny Vincenzi

“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.” —RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)

“A propulsive story of love, manners, culture clash, and store-bought class from a time long past that proves altogether fresh.” —Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Daisy Goodwin

DAISY GOODWIN is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Fortune Hunter and The American Heiress. She is a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia University's film school after earning a history degree at Cambridge University. She founded a leading TV production company in the U.K., in addition to writing reviews and columns for the London Sunday Times and serving as the chair of the judging panel for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Daisy Goodwin

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