Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Heiress by Susan May Warren

I really, really like this author.  This book is a departure from her normal genre.  Her other series that I love is a modern day detective series.  Daughters of Fortune is a historical fiction series with a bit of mystery thrown in.  Heiress, the first book in the series, was a quick read but very enjoyable.  I had to resist the urge to download the next book in the series!

Here is the rundown:

It is set in the late 1800s and the early 1900s.  The Price family is a part of the ultra rich in New York City.  Mr. Price is the publisher of The Chronicle.  Mrs. Price yearns to make an advantageous match for her oldest daughter in order to save the family fortune.

Esme the oldest daughter fancies herself a writer but the culture of this time period will not allow her to write.  She desires nothing more than to turn her back on what is expected of her.  Jinx the younger daughter cannot wait to be launched into society and live in the dream world of riches.  Her father, however, will not allow her to marry or "come out" until Esme is married.

Both girls make choices to achieve their dreams only to find that perhaps it was not really what they had hoped for.  Each girl realizes by the books end that what they really wanted and worked for all their lives was empty and vain.

Susan May Warren did a fabulous job of writing a great story with some twists and turns that I did not see coming.  I highly recommend it.

Happy Reading! J