Heiress [NOOK Book]

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They can buy anything they want?fame, power, beauty, even loyalty. But they can?t buy love. The beautiful and wealthy heiress daughters of August Price can buy everything their hearts desire. But what if their desire is to be loved, without an enormous price tag attached? When one sister betrays another for the sake of love, will she find happiness? And what happens when the other sets out across the still untamed frontier to find it?will she discover she?s left it behind in the glamorous world of the New York ...
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They can buy anything they want—fame, power, beauty, even loyalty. But they can’t buy love. The beautiful and wealthy heiress daughters of August Price can buy everything their hearts desire. But what if their desire is to be loved, without an enormous price tag attached? When one sister betrays another for the sake of love, will she find happiness? And what happens when the other sets out across the still untamed frontier to find it—will she discover she’s left it behind in the glamorous world of the New York gilded society? What price will each woman pay for being an heiress? Set in the opulent world of the Gilded Age, two women discover that being an heiress just might cost them everything they love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609365165
  • Publisher: Guideposts
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 369
  • Sales rank: 305,255
  • File size: 620 KB

Meet the Author

SUSAN MAY WARREN is the best-selling author of more than thirty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have earned her acclaim from readers and reviewers alike. She is a winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the RITA Award, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and a nominee for the Christy Award. She is the founder of My Book Therapy, a community that helps other writers find their voices. Susan and her husband have four children and live in a small Minnesota town on the shore of beautiful Lake Superior. Read more at susanmaywarren.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Whats with the long book reviews?

    Why do people feel the need to write several paragraphs..... All we need to know is was it a good book? No book reviews PLEASE!

    16 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    Realistic and more wholesome Gossip Girl

    Ever since Gossip Girl came to life on television, I have been hooked on all things New York and its ritzy upper-crust families. Glamour, scandals, glitter and gold - when I heard Susan May Warren was tackling this world with a historical twist, call me hopelessly hooked but I was more than ready to jump into this adventure.

    THE GOOD BITS
    {The difference of chasing dreams versus living them.} Heiress takes place in a world where women did not have a lot of options - their main objective is to secure the right sort of marriage. Some women live for this, but others dream bigger for independence and perhaps a career. Esme dreams to be a journalist instead of marrying the man that her parents picked out, but is she prepared to leave the glittery world behind and get her hands dirty in the real world? That is the real trial by fire, and Susan May Warren allows this character to both fail and succeed.

    {Jinx's knotty romance.} Granted I wouldn't wish anyone to go through what Jinx went through in the romance department, but it was so deliciously twisted that I flew through the pages to find out how it would all unravel. A heartbreaking nightmare of a love triangle, but when things were good, they were happy-good. The beauty of this particular storyline is how tragic and real it felt - how many women have been trapped like Jinx? How many had to let go of an impossible love to survive? It was riveting. It was raw. It was real - and I ate up every word of it!

    THE BAD BITS
    {Combination of 2 storylines.} It works for certain books. I don't think it was a major issue for Heiress, but when I got invested in one sister, I wanted to see her story through to the very end without any interruptions from the other sister. Susan May Warren gives us nice chunks of time with each sister, but I wished the story did not have to alternate - and perhaps each sister would get their own individual book.

    {Just a smidge of Christian fiction?} I expected a more obvious Christian message somewhere within these pages, but I could not put a finger to it for the life of me. Granted, a good way to describe Heiress is a more wholesome Gossip Girl. Scandal and unfaithful husbands are still running around, but how does a Christian woman survive in such a society? Can she hold onto her faith when society kicks her to the curb? The problem that I have is that I did not really see Esme or Jinx struggling with their faith as much as the simple fact that life is unfair to women.

    THE OVERALL
    I think Susan May Warren is onto something with this latest series, and I admit some curiosity as to how the sisters will fare in the future after the ending. Heiress is quite enjoyable - not too historical, not too scandalous - just the right amount of both. More of a quiet and thoughtful piece on the trials for women living on the cusp of independence.

    16 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Great read

    Jinx and Esme are daughters of a wealthy newspaper owner. New York society has both blesssed and cursed them. This story takes spans 20 years during the late 1800's and early 1900's and shows us how both of their lives had taken them in different, and sometimes very sad and painful directions. Lies, deceit, and hope bring them back together. This is book #1 and is 284 pages.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Awesome book

    I really enjoyed this book!! Only a couple of times did you know what was going to happen next. Lots of surprises in the story!! Highly recommend!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    SUPERB HISTORICAL FICTION!

    Susan May Warren has done it again! Her writing is one of the best! She has written this epic novel that is so engaging I felt as if I was right there in 1896 with the August Price family. I felt like I was in Esme's dressing room, getting ready for the ball, at the ball with her, and more. I could relate to Esme much more than I could to Jinx, her sister. Susan May Warren has such a gift with her characters that she pulls the reader right into whatever story she writes about. She can write about anything and it' as if you are right there! It makes the book go by so fast, that is the only downside. I'm ready now for Book 2 in this 3 book series!
    This book is an epic saga taking place during the Gilded Age, which starts on 5th Avenue in New York City, in 1895. It is about a prestigious family, the newspaper magnate, August Price.
    His oldest daughter, Esme, is the first Debutante of the two sisters, whose name is Esme. She is the main character in this book, along with her younger sister, Jinx. Esme is the oldest daughter, and the first to make her debut as a Debutante. It is desired by her family to marry first, and her mother already knows who she wants her to marry. Foster Worth. Esme is not so sure she wants to marry Foster Worth. As we read this captivating story, Esme has very high hopes and aspirations for her life of becoming a Journalist and traveling the world. She is bored of just 'being' where she lives and sees herself traveling the world as the Journalist she so desperately wants to become. She does not want to marry, even though she must so her younger sister can. If she does not marry, her younger sister cannot. Esme and Jinx, both, wish they were born the other way around especially since that way she would not feel so much pressure to have to marry. Esme finds the events the other prestigious families' in this area host as being tiresome and boring. Esme has much bigger and better things planned to do with her life rather than playing this dress up game night after tiring night, wearing tight corsets in which she can barely breathe, wearing the heavy ornate ball gowns, having her mother check her dance card continuously, and never stop talking about whom she should and should not marry. Esme wants much more out of life than what is at her feet at this moment. She is already sneaking articles into her own father's newspaper without his knowing it, under a pen name.
    After Esme proclaims she will marry Foster Worth, an old friend comes along and professes his love for Esme, going back to childhood. She considers this and decides she loves him as well. She goes after him. She ends up finding him in the tenements, of which do not smell good, the people are less than desired, as well as the rooms inside. This is where he lives? Regardless, she still loves him. She ends up disappearing.
    Esme's sister, Jinx, is especially happy to be able to get to go in to her father's office at home and break the news to him that Esme is missing.
    Thus starts the epic tale of these two sisters. Each going separate ways, and much later in life, coming back together again, after many trials and tribulations the two of them have endured.
    This is a "can't miss" book, and one of my favorites of 2011!. This book is a page turner. You want to know what happens next. I found this book very difficult to put down. When I did put it down, it was all I could think about.
    As I said above, Susan May Warren di

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Loved this book. Would read more by Susan May Warren.

    Loved this book. Would read more by Susan May Warren.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    very good book

    I like this book. A little over 270 pages. I liked the story line
    and how the book was different sections of the sisters lives
    starting out together then it went into each of their lives in
    a different section then came together at the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    Wonderful book!

    Wonderful book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    Daughters of Fortune, not fortunate daughters

    I confess. I love book covers. This one is stunning!

    I've read many of Susan's books but until I read Heiress I had no idea she could take me in two different directions so skillfully. Most times, when reading a book, you get one heroine in one locale, but in Heiress you get two heroines in two locales, and it is NEVER confusing!

    Esme & Jinx are quite the sisters. Fiercely independent, Esme wishes to marry for love. Traditional to the core, Jinx wishes to marry for socially acceptable reasons thinking she will be loved. These poor girls. I felt so sorry for them. At times, the pressure to be the perfect daughter seemed so overwhelming, and it certainly shaped how they felt towards one another and others. Obviously, the times were different and daughters had tremendous obligations to their families to marry well, often times "saving" the family from ruin. But I must say, with as many books as I've read set from the Regency to Gilded Era, this one makes me glad I wasn't living in those times. Nope. No thank you.
    Susan is a master at portraying the opulence and grandeur. I could see the gorgeous ball gowns, sparkling dog collars ( on women, not dogs ;)), and those handsome men in their fancy waistcoats. She's also a master at portraying the deceit, jealousy, and manipulation that took place behind closed doors. Whew! I'll stick to reading books.

    Not a spoiler but if you're squeamish about infidelity and abuse, I wouldn't recommend this one.  It's not graphic but the subjects are covered.

    Thank you to the publisher and Litfuse for my review copy. This is my honest opinion.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Great ROMANCE WITH GREED.....

    Let me start with this is my second book from Susan May Warren that I have read. Not that that is a bad thing, but for some reason her stories seem to drag out for me until around page 50 it was like that with her the other book I read too. Once past page 50 I became in golfed with her characters. It was like I am in the story with them....the fly on the wall. I could feel every emotion that was going on. The pit of my stomach was doing flip flops. With all the Love, Loss, Murder, and Be-trail. Yet again I feel that this could be an other Hallmark TV Movie. Just amazes me, how she is able to just get my attention after me getting read to put it down and move on. Man, I wonder what will happen next with the Daughters of Fortune. I think she is going to be on the top of my list of authors I love to read. She not only had one plot, but she had two or three. This is a well written page turner of LOVE & MONEY!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book.

    This was a very interesting book. It had some historical facts that I enjoyed very much. I've never read anything by this author but I will be sure to read more by her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Will keep you turning the pages!

    This book was one that kept me intrigued until the very end! There were many twists and turns that had me wondering how these two sisters' lives would play out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Excellent!

    Great story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Overdone plots

    This book had 5 star potential but too many of the sub plots were wrapped up to quickly. could have been better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Good Read

    This book had a really good story line to it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    This is a very good book. I highly recommended it.

    This is a very good book. I highly recommended it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

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    I had my doubts when I began this book but it was excellent! 284 pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Sso much better than i thought it would be

    Okay have to admit that i shy away from "christian" themed novels, as i don't want to be preached to. However due the great reviews i decided to purchase this book and am so glsd idid. The character development, the pathos, the extre

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

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    A romance that shows that money can't buy you love!

    What if you could buy anything you wanted, at any time? What if you had servants to wait on your every desire...had numerous glorious homes, clothing, and jewelry...and could take extended vacations on a whim? Would you be happy? Or is there something deeper about life that money cannot buy?

    Yet underneath all of that money and power lies stories of adultery, murder, embezzlement and unrest. People who will never be satisfied. People who thirst for more out of a life that has already given them "everything."

    Yet the one thing they are searching for remains, because it's the one thing money can't buy and that's love. Yet they simply didn't realize that they couldn't buy it.

    Set in the 1896, two Price sisters are about to experience this over the course of their lives in the novel, Heiress by Susan May Warren. Esme is the oldest, therefore, she is the one who will be promised and married into an affluent family that will only increase the financial holdings of her family as well as enlarge her influence in society circles of such elite as the Astors, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Rockfellers, Roosevelts and JP Morgans. However Esme has no such desire for the world of the opulent and wealthy. She desires to be a journalist, speaking out against the crimes against the lower working class people in America, only women were not encouraged to share in this type of work, even though her father, newspaper magnate, August Price owns the Chronicle. Will she rebel against her families wishes for marriage or will she find her place in society after all despite her longing for love?

    However, the social circles and lifestyles of the wealthy appeal to her younger sister, Jinx and she can't wait for her older sister to be married so she can be seen by the wealthy men and hopes to marry soon. When she realizes that Esme will not marry Foster Worth, a very wealthy man who has proposed to her sister, Jinx and her mother make plans for her to marry him instead. However what Jinx will get from this marriage is not what her heart longs for despite how much money Foster makes. Will she be doomed to a life in a loveless marriage where the only thing Foster wants is a heir to his families fortune?

    In the novel, Heiress by Susan May Warren, the reader is in for a surprise as this is a modern day twist on the biblical story of Esau and Issac, where the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Just when one sister thinks she has it all figured out, she soon learns that that her timing would have saved her from a lifetime of mistakes and pain. This is the first book in the Daughters of Fortune series, and one I simply could not put down once I started it. After finishing it in a few hours, I was immediately sad because it was over so quickly. Yet the message behind it lingered. Too often we may think we know what's best for us, but sometimes it's much better to wait on God's timing in it all.

    I received this book compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and LOVED it! This is such a powerful story of what happens when we take our lives in our own hands instead of merely waiting on God's timing. The consequences that result can be painful instead of simply being patient. A very valuable lesson and this story illustrates it well in the lives of Esme and Jinx! I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this one for a modern day parable on what happens when you take things into your own hands.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Fantastic novel! Susan's absolute best novel!

    I love reading stories set during the Gilded Age, and have read a good number of them to date. This novel tops them all as my absolute favorite. In fact, in my opinion this is Susan May Warren's best book ever! I've read ten of her books and have ten more (at least) that I own or have started. Her historical fiction is far superior in quality because it's full of deep, heart-felt insight on a level that her contemporary novels don't quite touch. I used to think Sons of Thunder was her best book because it was so intense and fabulous, but this novel even tops that one.

    In my opinion, Susan is clearly gifted when it comes to writing historical romance. She does a great job with deep point of view and insight into human frailty and overwhelming regrets. At many different times while reading this novel I felt like I was living the life of each of the sisters. The author includes so much sensory detail with visceral emotion attached to it...like the scent of city life, the ink from the presses, stark terror from the absence of light deep in the mines, the pain from wearing the corsets, to constriction of society's expectations, the blood from...well I won't say.

    Anyway, a few times I was agonizing over the story line. I felt like yelling into the book and saying nooooo! Talk about torturing your reader with the characters' conflicts! I was feeling their regrets and wishing they had made better choices too. My heart hurt for them. I was living this story! That's great writing.

    Things I admired most about this novel was it was brave, honest, and well told. How many Christian authors have their characters actually admitting to themselves that something was very wrong that happened, but it led to something that was very right...like understanding true love for the first time in their lives? There were some tender scenes that included passionate gazes and kisses filled with so much longing. The intense emotion in this novel was palpable at times. And the heroes were so lovable.

    Many contemporary topics were covered that were relevant back in the Gilded Age just like they are now. Infidelity, spousal abuse, the love of money and position, and pride over appearances to name a few. I loved how the author tied so many truths into each character's struggle with their desire to know true love and with learning to receive forgiveness. The heroes were each, in their own way, models of Christ. They were committed to the heiresses, patient and willing to forgive. But unlike Jesus, the heroes weren't perfect. I loved that too. I didn't find the spiritual thread heavy handed, but it was clearly present. I like how the author showed their spiritual journeys in a way that was culturally relevant to the times. I loved how she referred to D. L. Moody and some of his famous sermons as well.

    This was a great book. But I have to warn you that it's addicting. I literally struggled with having to go to work when what I really wanted to do was stay home and read this novel. Excellent fiction. Compelling. Well-plotted. Intelligently written. I was thinking, "Man, I wish I could write like this." Truly superior and emotionally evocative writing. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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