The Third Heiress

The Third Heiress

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by Brenda Joyce
     
 

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With over 7 million copies of her books in print and a name that consistently appears on the New York Times, USA Today and other national bestseller lists, Brenda Joyce's novels are imbued with rich sensuality, haunting suspense and characters whose worlds become your own. Now, Brenda Joyce delivers a richly crafted contemporary novel set in the exclusive

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With over 7 million copies of her books in print and a name that consistently appears on the New York Times, USA Today and other national bestseller lists, Brenda Joyce's novels are imbued with rich sensuality, haunting suspense and characters whose worlds become your own. Now, Brenda Joyce delivers a richly crafted contemporary novel set in the exclusive world of the British aristocracy, where secrets remain hidden at all costs, and where one woman dares to discover a lost legacy of passion...and murder.

The Third Heiress

The tragic death of her fiancé in a harrowing car accident plunges Jill Gallagher into a dark mystery. His final words to her: "I love you...Kate," force her to realize she neither truly knew this dashing British photographer, nor understood his true motives for being here in America. When she brings his body back to his English family, she enters a world of hostility, suspicion, and closely guarded secrets. Then she finds a century-old photograph of an American heiress named Kate Gallagher who looks remarkably like herself-and who disappeared nearly a century ago. What legacy of scandal has she unearthed? Who is so desperate to stop her? And can she trust the handsome, enigmatic stranger who may be her greatest ally...or a dangerous foe? At once otherworldly and vividly real, The Third Heiress is Brenda Joyce at her passionate and suspenseful best.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Bestselling author Brenda Joyce mixes intrigue and romance into a page-turning tale you'll be loathe to put down." —Playgirl

"Brenda Joyce has crafted a genealogical thriller of family secrets and obsessions that is sure to keep you up, reading into the night!" —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Joyce brings her first hardcover romantic suspense novel to an exciting conclusion." —-Booklist

"A tense and atmospheric thriller. The Third Heiress adds gothic and ghostly overtones to a story of one woman's obsessive quest for truth and justice." -Romantic Times

"Brenda Joyce has combined modern romance with semi-time travel, historical romance and a mystery all in one intriguing story. A must read!" —Affaire de Coeur

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The heroine of romance novelist Joyce's (The Finer Things) hardcover debut thinks she will live happily ever after, and instead unearths a nest of family secrets. Born into a working-class family, talented ballerina-turned-Broadway-dancer Jill Gallagher is ecstatic with her new fianc , aristocratic Brit Harold "Hal" Sheldon. But as they drive along a New York highway, he breaks off their engagement, saying he wants to return to his family in London. A devastated Jill turns to confront him--and wraps the car around a tree. Though Jill escapes unscathed, Hal dies in her arms, his last words, "I love you... Kate." Accompanying Hal's body to London, Jill obsesses: who is Kate? Was Hal leaving her for another woman? Hal's family blames Jill for the accident, except for his cousin Alex Preston, who's just a bit less prickly than the Sheldons. In Hal's old bedroom, Jill discovers a 1906 photo of two young women, Kate Gallagher and Anne Bensonhurst. Anne was Hal's grandmother, but Kate, a nouveau-riche American heiress (with Jill's last name), mysteriously disappeared the year she turned 18. As Jill abandons her life in New York in her single-minded hunt for Kate (whom she believes is her own ancestor), Alex becomes a provocateur, helper and saboteur on the case. The mystery deepens when Jill finds a decapitated cat on her porch and discovers that the brakes on her car are cut. Joyce's occasionally trite prose ("Hal is dead. Ghosts make poor lovers") is easily ignored as she blends the stories of Jill and Kate, piecing together sexual intrigue, betrayals and century-old coverups that connect them. This genealogical thriller is a page turner that should please the readers of Joyce's previous 24 paperback romances (with seven million copies in print) and could perhaps prove her breakout novel. (Sept.) FYI: A rebate coupon will appear in the back of Perfect Secrets, to be released in August, and Joyce's Web site (www.brendajoyce.com) is already advertising her hardcover launch. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Joyce's hardcover debut is a decently crafted modern gothic, with the standard castle on a cliff and some graphic sex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312974190
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.22(d)

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The Third Heiress 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 216 reviews.
Molica-MakeBelieve More than 1 year ago
Once you get past the incredibly annoying typos from a poor digital conversion, it is a very engrossing tale. I enjoyed much of the suspense and romance and it was well written. But I found the book to be overwhelmingly melancholy, and that's hardly what I want to read in a romance! I felt that the betrayal of Kate was catastrophic and no amount of happiness for Jill could rectify it. Additionally, by the end of the book, I was wanting to murder every last member of the Sheldon family, save Alex. If Brenda Joyce was wanting to highlight some of the worst qualities of mankind in this book, then she succeeded brilliantly. However, it is definitely far more of a tragedy than I like to read. I want to rate it less because of how greatly I disliked where Ms. Joyce took the plot, but it *was* a novel executed well (besides the bad digital conversion).
eReaderSS More than 1 year ago
I never, ever, read a book with so many errors. There were hundreds and hundreds of errors. So many that I realized that it had to be a glitch when the book was transferred to electronic format. It was really annoying. If this book had not been free I would be complaining big time to someone. That said, I found the book interesting and I enjoyed it. It was a good mystery with a nice romance story behind it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wont open on my Nook simple touch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is wrong here? Has this book been withdrawn? I want my money back!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jill is practically engaged to a man she thinks loves her only to find out he was in love with her look-alike great-grandmother who mysteriously disappeared in 1908! She is determined to find out what happened to Kate Gallagher all those years ago but will she risk her own life, and sanity, to get to the truth?
akaallice More than 1 year ago
Feeling guilty because her British fiance was died due to injuries he received in a car crash (while she was driving). Jill was determined to bring him home and find out what he meant when he said "I love you, Kate"... The story is riddled with old money and old fashioned family loyalty and they take a stand against the American woman who killed their baby boy. When Jill digs too deep, she finds out exactly who Kate is and realizes her fiance was in love with a ghost who looked like her. Did he really love her or was it Kate all along that he loved? While staying in England, Jill's life is threatened, she falls in love, and is terrified of her lover - how can you love someone who's trying to kill you? Secrets from the past meld in with today. Full of twists and spins and it keeps you wondering to the very end. A wonderful story. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The only thing I didn't like...ALL OF THE CONTINUAL TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS! Editing was seriously overlooked or not counted as important. Sometimes you have to go back and re-read what was written and then skip to the next sentence to figure out what word/words were being used. Sometimes it was frustrating other times, I worked through it fast. But it didn't stop me from reading and reading until I reached the end. I'd do it again, errors and all.
proloz More than 1 year ago
I thought that it was a very engrossing and well written story. Well well written if you look past the typos which I did since it was free. I'm not complaining too much when something is free. I almost feel like it was typed out by being read into a computer and it made a lot of errors. It was obviously converted in a weird way because no professional typist would make that many errors. Enjoy! I stayed up until 4am last night finishing it. lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although alot of typos the book is spellbinding. The end however feels incomplete
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many typos and incorrect formatting to the point of distraction. The chapters are not separated properly and run into each other. It is especially annoying in the beginning and almost made me stop reading, BUT I am so glad I continued because this is a GREAT BOOK! I could not put it down. I definitely recommend it, especially since it is free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started I couldn't put it down Have patience with the typos BK
Anonymous 7 months ago
Romance, mystery, murder all rolled up in one book. Very well written with a super plot. The only criticism I have is the many typos when it was transcribed into an ebook.
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won't donwload
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Frustrating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If the description is anything to go by, this will be rife with typos. I expect more from professionals.
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Loved it. Only wish Kate had a proper burial.
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