by Daisy Goodwin
In this splendid gilded age novel, Miss Cora Cash transforms herself from a beautiful young American heiress, under the thumb of her domineering mother, into a regal Duchess. It’s a difficult transition: Cora doesn’t understand her husband’s withdrawn moods and secretive past, or his formidable mother’s devotion to tradition, or the unwritten rules of English society. Indeed, money can’t buy everything: can Cora figure out what’s important to her in time to save her marriage from unhappiness?
Reminiscent of Masterpiece Theater’s “Downton Abbey” or Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series, the rich detail and historical setting of The American Heiress has combined to create a gem of historical chick-lit.