STORY: 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Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.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.
REVIEW: I was truly intrigued by the synopsis of this novel long before it was published. Therefore, it was with great anticipation when I started reading it.
I can say that it was hard to put down. What is portrayed in this book is the story of a rich American girl who had been raised to marry a man with a European title. This was not unusual as many American heiresses were doing the same thing. Usually, these men had titles but their family coffers were empty and thus they needed the dowries brought by these young women.
We follow Cora as she learns to accept this type of marriage as her fate and we see how strong she is as she matures. The events that follow are well written. Although the ending might not be what the reader would like, one does realize that indeed this is what she “signed up for” and she not disappoint.
Connie for b2b