EBOOK / PDF [The American Heiress]
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basis for the story Harriet Hetty Brown survived the shipwreck was mistakenly for the story Harriet Hetty Brown survived the shipwreck was mistakenly as her employer a rich american heiress to be married to the English lord assumed the identity and tried to build her life around itI liked the first half of the book uite bit Hetty s background her ambivalent Sheiks Revenge place in the family the voyage on the fated ship shipwreck and its aftermath the heroine strength and determination to survive by impersonating her dead employer was very interesting and well done Her initial meeting with a fianc their subseuent marriage was believable I didn t really care for the hero but understood his behavior granted the circumstances of why the characters were married in the firstlace he needed money she or rather her employer wanted a title Where the story started to lose its appeal to me was when it went to a ghostly territory no Finders, Keepers pan intended There was not necessary a supernatural element there It was of Hetty suffering from PTSD IMHO I think the author tried very hard to make this story as gothic and suspenseful asossible but the characters development suffered as result and the Military, Inc. plot became little bit tedious I couldn t understand why Hetty who appeared to be such a strong survivor and a very capable woman at the beginning would meeklyut up with jabs and disdain from some of the secondary characters And the hero I would love the story to have his POV to understand him better Otherwise he appeared to be somewhat one dimensional and not very likable I would also love to see of the characters interactions specially when they truly started to appreciate each other As it is the ending felt too abrupt and the epilogue too strange This was a nice change from the typical romantic #suspense where there is an innocent young woman and the dangers she is facing come from #where there is an innocent young woman and the dangers she is facing come from of her from eople who want to kill or harm her because of something she is not responsible for like inheriting a large sum of money or having had a mother who stole someone else s manHere we have a heroine whose behaviour is at least uestionable and the suspense arises because of the decisions she makes at the beginning of the book Though there are some stereotype characters it still
kept me guessing how everything would turn out and who the heroine would end up me guessing how everything would turn out and who the heroine would end up I am not sure I like the ending though view spoiler Somehow I would have liked to know what would have happened had she been found out I thought she got off too easily hide spoiler The American Heiress by Dorothy Eden was originally ublished in 1980 Open Road Media has released some of Dorothy Eden s best loved novels in digital format This one was a July 2013 releaseClemency Jarvis is betrothed to Lord Hazzard Hugo and is reparing to travel to England for her weddingHer ladies maid Hetty will be making the journey with her Although warned that since the war has broken out it is unsafe to cross the Atlantic Mrs Jarvis insist the wedding take lace before Hugo must go into combat So they board the fated Lusitania shipClemency was an American from New York whose family was uite wealthy Her betrothal to Hugo was certainly not a love match Clemency and her mother just want the title and Hugo is in financial straights and needs Clemency s moneyClemency is spoiled and without much depth of character She is silly vain and self absorbedBut Hugo seemed taken with her during their short introductionHetty Brown has lived with Clemency since she was a child She is a servant in the house but Hetty is all too aware of her heritage Just one look at her and one would guess Hetty is related to Clemency since the two could easily Black Cat White Cat pass as sistersSo when the ship they are on is wrecked Mrs Jarvis had insisted the three of them load themselves down with the jewelry they had brought in hopes of salvaging something and making it to a life raft However the majority ofeople on board were dead When Hetty regains consciousness she is wearing a bracelet with Clemency s initials engraved on them making Hatch Bright! people believe she was Clemency Mrs Jarvis has been identified as one of the dead but Clemency was never foundThe temptation to step into Clemency s shoes was too great for Hetty Knowing who her father was gives Hetty the rationalization that she is owed just as much as ClemencySo once Hetty arrives in England she finds it all too easy to step into Clemency s role But be careful what you wish for Hugo only has a short leave before he must return to war This leaves Hetty with her siste. Summer 1915 In the rich New York household of the Jervis family all is bustle andreparation Clemency Jervis and her mother are on their .
R in law her mother in law and a woman named Julia Julia and Hugo had once been in love Julia is stunned when Hugo choses money and the restoration of his estate over Julia and a love match Hetty has been told that Julia will not be turned out of the house So Hetty must deal with suspicions that she is not who she claims to be the devastating images of the shipwreck the jealousy and all consuming determination of Julia to wreck her marriage and being haunted by Clemency To make matters worse her brother in law has been sent home from the war and she finds the two of them have a great deal in common that she and Hugo ever hadThe backdrop of the war and the horrific effect of surviving a shipwreck and trying to maintain a front under a cloud of suspicion Hetty is constantly ill at ease She doesn t know if Clemency will ever show up or if someone from her ast will recognize her or if one of the ladies in the house will set a clever trap for Hetty to fall into The suspense is nearly unbearable as Hetty deals with several huge Organizational Generativity personal blows and with her increasing feeling for her brother in law and the constant worry that Hugo will be killed on the battlefield and of course the everresent and increasingly vindictive JuliaDorothy Eden was a master story teller well ahead of her time Her talent for building suspense and throwing shocking twist into a story made her a regular best seller If you read mysteries and romantic suspense novels you can see Dorothy Eden s influence in many Narwhals Otter Friend (A Narwhal and Jelly Book popular authors today Dorothy also wrote in the veryopular Gothic romance genre in the 60 s and 70 s I was so excited when I saw that Open Road Media was going to release a nice size backlist of Dorothy s work in digital format It s a real shame that these books were only available through used bookstores and Ebay It s not like you can walk into a Barnes Noble and Kaddish.com purchase one these books now So many readers have been missing out on some really good stories and influential writing Now everyone can re read their favorites or be introduced to this most talented author This story inarticular stands the test of time This one is historical suspenseful and romantic A Harriet Hetty Brown is maid to heiress Clemency Millicent Jervis although there s a bit to the relationship between the Normal People pair they look alike enough toass as sisters well they are half sisters but that would take too long to explain Clemency s family has bartered her off with a generous dowry in trade for an Englishman with a title He was willing to give a retty American girl a title which naturally she would adore a wedding in St Margaret s Westminster and the chance to show off a wantonly expensive trousseau to
London society in return for a lump injection into his bank accountThe voyage to meet her groom hits a snag when society in return for a How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life plump injection into his bank accountThe voyage to meet her groom hits a snag when Germans sink the Lusitania and Hetty is the only one of the three to survive or is she Since the authorities have mistakenly identified her as Clemency why shouldn t she just step into her sister s shoes and become Lady Hazzard It shouldn t be that difficult should it It all seems so simple at first Nothing was safe Nothing But at thisoint there was no turning backNope there s no turning back but you ll have to read it for yourself to see if Hetty Essential Teachings His Holiness the Dalai Lama pulls it off This was a solid well written tale withlenty of twists turns and surprise developments to keep you guessing until the end loved the epilogue I found Hetty s deception and subseuent complications believable and thumbs up to the author for including some of the smaller difficulties ie having to make her handwriting the same as Clemency s This is the second book by Eden I ve read and it won t be the last and it looks like the library has Unsolved (Invisible, plenty to choose from 45 stars I got this confused with another book by the same title by Daisy Goodwin This one was sort of like eating sorbet to cleanse theallet between coursespretty blah and non descript However I had just finished a 785 Reawakening (Reawakening, pager and needed something simple to wake me up and clear my head Fun fast Gothic read Perfect reading for a travel day 4 12 starsI have to be careful what I say in this review because I could so easily spoil the story But I ll do my best In a nutshell a young woman assumes the identity of her heiress 12 sister when her sistererishes in the sinking of the Lusitania She goes on and marries her sister s fiance and takes her Multilevel Analysis for Applied Research place at a manor house in England Her husband isromptly called back to the war and she is left with her fabrications and new relatives Will they see throu. Ay to England where Clemency is to marry the dashing Lord Hugo Hazzard Travelling with them is Clemency's Your Everyday Art World personal maid who bears a strong. Gh her facade I loved theremise of this story Swapping roles and hidden identities fascinate me So I was really excited to find this book at the libraryAt times the heroine disappointed me and I didn t like who she was becoming But when I took my self righteous soul aside for a chat I realized that the character was reacting exactly as we would expect her to act in those circumstances It was REAL even if it wasn t heroicAnd the ending was good even if it wasn t heroicAnd the ending was good good Satisfying on so many levels though I still wish there was yet another epilogue cos I still want a few answersBottom line well worth a readCONTENT SEX two encounters between married individuals I didn t find it vulgar or offensive but not recommended for YA readersVIOLENCE None although there is a shipwreckPROFANITY MildPARANORMAL ELEMENTS Hettie has hallucinations sees a ghost its not clear to her any than it is to us She has gone through major trauma so it wouldn t be unusual to have breakdown type nightmaresMY RATING PG 13 for NA or Adult readers because of sexual content Zzzzan incredibly boring incredibly bland incredibly Taxing Ourselves passionless story graced with flat writing cardboard characters It was the reading euivalent of stale Wonderbread The ending sucked WTF was all the build up the romantic detour wasointless the random ghost served no La Iglesia Celular = The Cell Church purpose but to try distract from the lack oflot FAILWhy do I keep trying this author Good grief This is my third or fourth I can t even remember attempt at Eden each time her Why Photography Matters prose batters me over the head with dullness It s just SO DRAB At least recognizably shitty writers like Dan Ross or Johanna Lindsey have someersonality even if their grammar is awful or their characters are schizo Someone throw a freakin ie huh I don t understand why Eden has such a devoted clan of fans It is spring of 1915 Spoiled twenty one year old Clemency Jervis and her Fifth Avenue entourage board the Lusitania bound for England where Clemency is to marry the dashing Lord Hugo Hazzard of Loburn A few #MILES OFF THE IRISH COAST THE SHIP IS TORPEDOED #off the Irish coast the ship is torpedoed the Germans One of the few survivors is Clemency s maid Hetty Brown a young woman who resembles her mistress Surprised to be taken for Clemency Hetty carries out a daring deception that makes her a nobleman s wife and the mistress of a magnificent country estate despite doubts about her among some in her aristocratic new setIs this lot summary from not awesome Unfortunately the actual book is not so much Didn t hate it but it could have been so much better It s 1915 Rich widowed American Mrs Jervis and her daughter Clemency accompanied by their maid Harriet Hetty Brown are on their way to England so that Clemency can marry handsome Lord Hazzard Clemency gets a title and Hazzard gets Jervis money A win win except that the women are traveling on the Lusitania and Hetty is the only one to survive the German torpedo and sinking of the ship Or at least that seems to be the caseTurns out that Hetty is Clemency s illegitimate older half sister Mr Jervis s illicit
relationship with an upstairs maid and looks enough with an upstairs maid and looks enough Clemency that when it is mistakenly assumed that Clemency is the only survivor and that Mrs Jervis and the maid have died Hetty takes over Clemency s life marrying Lord Hazzard and living on the New York inheritanceWell how does all that turn out for her It s not easy being the Feral (Northern Shifters pretend heiress and Eden does a masterly job of showing us all the major and minor difficulties inretending to be someone you re not In addition to small things like waist size and handwriting there are some Ten (Rules Undying, particular worries for Hetty Point 1 Can Hetty be sure she is the only one to survive in the Jervisarty Only Mrs Jervis s body was recovered Point 2 What about other survivors of the Lusitania who had met Clemency on the trip over Would a chance encounter with one undo her Point 3 Lord Hazzard s former love works as companion to his mother and is doing all she can to sabotage the new couple s happiness Point 4 WWI is not cooperating as Lord Hazzard has to leave for the war shortly after their marriage Hard for Hetty to find any moments free of unease and let s face it guiltThis was an enjoyable read There was a sense of dread throughout the reading a feeling that things wouldn t work out for HettyClemency Then of course there s the thought that erhaps they shouldn t work out for her Is what she s doing all that ethical Read and decide for yourself I found it uite suspenseful not as in life or death situations but rather in the will shewon t she get away with it. Physical resemblance to her mistress Only a few miles off the Irish coast the ship is torpedoed Hetty is to become one of the few survivors. ,