Emma Lou Reads: ‘The American Heiress’ Review


Well, I did it! I finished my January book with 4 days to spare, high five for me! As I mentioned earlier this month, the book I chose to start the year with was ‘The American Heiress’ by Daisy Goodwin. In the middle of both this month and the book, I wasn’t really feelin’ it. I hadn’t been hooked and to be completely honest, I didn’t care much for any of the characters. But I was determined to push through and I actually enjoyed the ending much more than I thought I would.

The story follows Cora Cash, the richest girl in America in the late 1800s. Her mother is determined to have Cora married off to an English gentleman with a title, any title. After her 18th birthday, Cora travels across the pond with her mother and through a series of strange events meets and marries a Lord. The story follows their relationship, as well as Cora’s adjustment to English society.

While the book seemed fairly historically accurate (as far as I could tell) and painted beautiful pictures of high society in the late 1800s, I never really loved any of the characters. In the last few chapters I became more attached to Cora, but through most of it I found her to be quite annoying.

I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the time period, but otherwise I would skip this one.

Here’s hoping that February’s book is better!

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2 Responses to Emma Lou Reads: ‘The American Heiress’ Review

  1. nuha says:

    i have so many books that i need to finish – which is so unlike me! i’m currently reading the paris wife and it’s pretty good. have you read it ?


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