Are you suffering from "Downton Abbey" withdrawal? Spending sleepless nights worrying if Matthew and Lady Mary will overcome their past and find true love? If so,
"The American Heiress" by Daisy Goodwin may be just the tonic to assuage your Gilded Age malaise.
Cora Cash -as in cash, money - is the richest heiress in Newport. Beleaguered by tons of dough but not so much social standing, Mama Cash is intent on marrying off her only daughter to a titled Englishman, thereby snagging the credibility to rule the scene. Enter Lord Wareham, a dark and brooding Duke with a threadbare estate and shadowy past. He and Cora meet cute, marry and produce an heir, all the while battling cultural differences and scheming ex-lovers.
The plot behind "The American Heiress" is fairly predictable and the rapid fire resolution of loose ends is a bit frustrating, but all in all, the novel is a well-written and engaging romp through the late-Victorian era and a time when money pretty much could buy anything.
--Sara S., Tesson Ferry Branch