The Heiress

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Desperately seeking a husband . . .

Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father's gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow—handsome, titled, single . . . and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for—it seems Suzette's wildest dreams have come true.

But Daniel has not ...

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Overview

Desperately seeking a husband . . .

Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father's gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow—handsome, titled, single . . . and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for—it seems Suzette's wildest dreams have come true.

But Daniel has not been truthful. Tired of being accosted by an endless stream of vapid coquettes and their fortune-hunting mothers, Daniel has decided to plead poverty to stop them in their tracks. Yet here is a most refreshing and delectable lady, who claims to be thrilled by his penury. Now all Daniel has to do to find true happiness is to keep a little white lie alive . . . while avoiding a villain who's determined to prevent this union by any means necessary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061963094
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Madison Sisters Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 224,223
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynsay Sands

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.

Biography

Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres—historical, contemporary, and paranormal—and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists.

Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.
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Good To Know

1.) I started The Deed (my first romantic comedy and the first book to be published) a year after my mother's death. I was very close to my mother and the year following her death was about the most miserable time imaginable. But then I decided I was tired of being down and unhappy, and looked around for something to lift my spirits and make me laugh. When I couldn't find anything, I decided to sit down and write my own. It worked! Emmalene and Amaury's antics in The The Deed had me chuckling as I wrote.
2.) I met my husband in New York in July 2003. I was there because of the RWA conference and he was there on vacation. The first day there we kept running into each other and chatting in front of the hotel, and then he asked to join our group (it was very brave of him. He was the lone male amongst six or seven women, lol). He's a Brit and I'm Canadian and the first two months of our relationship were conducted by phone as well as over the internet. Our first date was a week in New York in September, followed by three weeks in England. He then came to Canada in both November and December, the first time to propose and the second time for Christmas with my family and then to take me back to England with him for New Years. I lived in Northern England for two years. We married in New York and now live in Canada.
3.) I was writing about my husband before I met him. Single White Vampire came out in September 2003 and I took a copy with me to England when I went for the three weeks. I walked into my now-hubby's house to find at least six months worth of mail unopened and stacked up on a shelf inside the front door. When I stopped dead, eyes going wide with shock and asked "My God. That's mail. You don't open your mail?" He looked embarrassed and muttered some explanation about bills automatically being paid by the bank so no need to open those and everything else was unsolicited and he couldn't be bothered. When I burst out laughing, he started to frown and said "What?" My response was to dig out the copy of Single White Vampire and hand it over with the suggestion he read it. The mail thing wasn't the only similarity he had to Lucern Argeneau. There are many more and when he sat down to read the book, he kept stopping and turning a rather startled and even suspicious gaze my way and muttering that this sounded familiar" or that did. I had to point out that it really was coincidence, that I had written that story at least nine months before meeting him. LOL.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

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    Do you have enough faith in your love to withstand moments of doubt?

    Suzette Madison needs a husband, like yesterday! Her father has been trapped with a gambling debt she needs to pay off to save him and her dowry will deal with that but she needs a husband to get that money. The idea she has is to find an attractive man you needs money but has none of his own, so he will let her keep her freedom.

    Suzette meets Daniel, Lord Woodrow and he is a perfect match to solve all her problems. Daniel swears he is poor as a church mouse and has no servants to speak of and cares for his mother. All this is true; well no none of it true and Daniel feels he has to tell this lie to keep the scheming women of the ton away so that he can make a choice of a wife on his own merits not his money. Daniel did lose everything but his best friend Richard more than recouped his losses and he is rebuilding the family estate.

    With a twist and turn here and there Daniel woos Suzette while Richard is figuring out what to do with his new wife who is not his new wife as she was his twin's wife and now his twin is dead, say what? Daniel will not be distracted by Richard's problems because Suzette is enough distraction all on her own and he can't wait to make her his wife, his only wife and his last wife if only they can get to Gretna Green fast enough.

    But with all great love stories there is complication and someone just does not want Daniel to be married to Suzette. The trials and tests that are presented to this couple make they waver a bit in their love but can it break them apart. Daniel believes all things even out in the end and hopes that Suzette understands that they each have had happiness and misery but together they will have joy.

    This book is told as a joint effort with The Countess for the first half which explains the dynamics of both family and friends, plus you get option of seeing the same story from two perspectives that are happening at the same time. You might think that distracting but it was quite entertaining and enjoyable. The best part does start when Daniel and Suzette have their own story because she is not a lady of the ton but a sassy woman in her own way. Daniel knows what marriage and love can bring so making the right choice and telling his white lies seem to make sense after the story is completely played out.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    I felt cheated.

    I was all ready to start to read The Heiress thinking it would be like any book in a series starting at where Suzette goes to Gretna Green to get married. She had the audacity to rewrite The Countess and call it The Heiress. I actually googled to see how I could get my money back for having had to purchase the same book twice under a false pretense of another title. I will writing a letter to her publisher.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    i agree with pre people...this book was horrible i will not be getting any more books by her. i can't believe she would actually write the same exact book as the countess (which the countess was good but didnt need another story of it) just a differe

    nt perspective. it is really just copy and pasted from the countess book. how can she publish this and charge us for this!!! i was always such a fan but to do this i feel completelly ripped off!!! bottom line... DON'T BUY IT!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    avidreader

    What a waste of money! It's an almost exact copy of the first book. Lynsay Sands should be ashamed to even put her name on it and her publisher should be charged with fraud. I won't be purchasing anything else from this author.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

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    Lynsay Sands amusingly satirizes the sub-genre

    Her sister Christian's marriage (see The Countess) bought the family time, but at the rate their father loses money gambling, they still face the scandal of poverty shortly. Suzette knows she needs to find a husband, which will allow her to demand her inheritance.

    Suzette wants an impoverished desperate male who needs to marry money and is wiling to negotiate with her over the joint use of her dowry. Daniel Woodrow pretends to be a pauper to elude gold-digging twits. However, when he and Suzette meet, both are attracted to one another. She insists she seeks a penurious spouse while he pleads insolvency. She stuns him with a proposal that he shocks her by accepting. Besides ridding them of a corpse, they chase after a blackmailer and must escape a diabolical adversary before they can say I do in love.

    Since the Heiress is a co-read to the Countess, as several major incidents are reiterated here in a fresh brisk manner but from a different viewpoint (Einstein's relativity at work), it behooves the audience to read both historical romantic suspense thrillers back to back. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the lead couple meets and never slows down as Lynsay Sands amusingly satirizes the sub-genre with a spin mindful of Oscar Wilde's Victorian lampoon The Importance of Being Ernest; in this case the importance of being poor.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Feeling Very Cheated

    I agree with the everyone who gave this book a low rating. This book is the retelling of "The Countess" with a few new perspectives thrown in until chapter 10. Now I wouldn't have minded a prologue to catch first time series readers but there are only 17 chapters in the book so basically I paid full price for a seven chapter book. I just hope the last installment of the series is not a repeat. Sadly disappointed in Sands but I still love her style.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Shame on you Lynsay Sands!

    I want my money back because It seems I have already bought this book only it had a different title, 'the Countess'. I don't understand how the publisher would let this slip by, You owe me $7.99 Ms. Sands.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2011

    Disappointed,too!

    Ditto concerning the previous disappointed reader's comments! Hopefully we can save other readers their time and money....not to mention the frustration!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    Total Rip-off. Save yourself the trouble and just read "The

    Total Rip-off.
    Save yourself the trouble and just read "The Countess" since 3/4 of the book is a repeat of that story. Can't believe I paid for this. Shame on you Lynsay and your publishers. I can assure you I will NOT be purchasing the 3rd book in this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Disappointed

    I was so disappointed. It was like reading the first book The Countess but just at the point of view of of Suzette and Daniel Would not recommend. :-(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    Ripoff

    The second half of the book is good and original. But as stated elsewhere, the beginning is a word for word repeat of The Countess--about 200 pages worth. Far too many and the 2nd half doesn't make up for that. Shame on them for trying to push something like this on us. She's an author I used to buy without looking at the book. From now on I'm looking at the hard copy before I get her books for my nook. I was disgusted. She's done concurrent books before beautifully, why this mess?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Disappointing

    After reading the 1st book, The Countess, this is essentially the same story all over again from a different perspective. Several chapters in I was so bored I stopped reading. Too bad you can't return an eBook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Somewhat repetitive

    This book went over the first book a little too much for my liking. If you read the books in order this book is taking up way too much time giving information on the first book rather than what is happening to the Heiress. It was quite annoying after a while. Towards the end was when I was starting to enjoy the book since it was finally starting to become separate from the first one.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    This is The Countess again. Supposedly, it changes after chapter

    This is The Countess again. Supposedly, it changes after chapter 10, but that means I have to essentially reread 10 chapters of a book that was mildly entertaining to get the few paragraphs about the new characters. I was very disappointed. I will not by buying the third book without thoroughly checking its plot first.

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

    This story leaves you breathless!

    I really enjoyed the Madison sisters. They know what they want and know how to get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Good read and may i say...

    ...that if you read The Countess you realize Daniel and Suzette meet in that book. It basically their version of how they saw their situation and of course its the same story plot but its a story of how they fell in love so those of you who read it hopefully it makes you understand...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Wonderful!!!! To those who wrote negative reviews, if you would

    Wonderful!!!!
    To those who wrote negative reviews, if you would have read further into the story, you would have found it was a continuous story from The Countess. The Heiress picks up at the ball where Richard(the real earl) confronts his supposed wife Christiana. It is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Humorous, fun and intriguing

    I enjoyed this book. As always Lyndsay Sands adds a touch of humor to her characters.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Trash

    A quick flash of trash.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Very disappointed

    Love the Countess, this book is just a reprint of the Countess.

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