|Publisher:||St Martins Pr|
|Publish Date:||Mar 2012|
|Number of Pages:||468|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.96|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.0 x 8.0 x 1.5|
Cora Cash may be America's richest heiress in 1893, but her father's money can't buy what her social-climbing mother most desires for her: a title. Desperate to escape her mother's control, Cora urges her friend Teddy Van Der Leyden to marry her, but he chooses to pursue his art. Cora and her mother then head to Europe to find a bachelor, and Cora becomes engaged to the Duke of Wareham.
Their opulent New York wedding attracts throngs of gawk ers and garners headlines. Back in England, Cora is despised by her powerful mother-in-law. Servants ignore her. Aristocrats delight in her every misstep. Most distressing are the Duke's moodiness and hesitation to reveal his past. The only one loyal to Cora is her maid, Bertha, equally out of place because of her race, class, and nationality. Teddy's fortuitous arrival offers possible escape but no easy answers. Readers likely will recognize the lingering impact of the Duke's past affair before Cora does, but the story is more complex than it first appears.
Verdict: 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.
[See Prepub Alert, 12/20/10; library marketing.] - Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State Univ., Mankato
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An American debutant of 1893 who has everything money can buy lands an impoverished English lord. Sadly, the gilt of a fairy tale wedding wears off quickly for Cora Cash in this modern nod to Edith Wharton. (LJ 4/1/11)
Pampered 19th-century Newport, RI, heiress Cora Cash lives a life of luxury and excess. Her mother insists on taking her to England to find a titled husband. Cora accidentally finds a duke, marries him, and produces an heir. Her struggle with the duke's mysterious past and the former lover who pursues him is entwined with mastering the intricacies of social life in an unfamiliar culture. The historical details are accurate and add texture to the story.
The characters are varied and lively and brought to life skillfully by narrator Katherine Kellgren. Those who read Daphne Cu Maurier and other authors in the genre will enjoy this title. Recommended. ["Top-notch writing brings to life the world of wealth on both sides of the Atlantic", read the starred review of the New York Times best-selling St. Martin's Ac, LJ 4/1/11.-Joanna Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence
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Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.
Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora’s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James.
"For daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didn’t always buy them happiness". --Daisy Goodwin in The Daily Mail