The American Heiress

The American Heiress Summer In the rich New York household of the Jervis family all is bustle and preparation Clemency Jervis and her mother are on their way to England where Clemency is to marry the dashing Lord Hug

  • Title: The American Heiress
  • Author: Dorothy Eden
  • ISBN: 9780449244487
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Summer 1915 In the rich New York household of the Jervis family all is bustle and preparation Clemency Jervis and her mother are on their way to England where Clemency is to marry the dashing Lord Hugo Hazzard Travelling with them is Clemency s personal maid who bears a strong physical resemblance to her mistress Only a few miles off the Irish coast the ship is torpedoSummer 1915 In the rich New York household of the Jervis family all is bustle and preparation Clemency Jervis and her mother are on their way to England where Clemency is to marry the dashing Lord Hugo Hazzard Travelling with them is Clemency s personal maid who bears a strong 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

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    1. 4 1/2 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 1/2 sister when her sister perishes in the sinking of the Lusitania. She goes on and marries her sister 's fiance and takes her place at a manor house in England. Her husband is promptly called back to the war and she is left with her fabrications d new relatives. Will they see through her facade? I loved the pr [...]

    2. Harriet (Hetty) Brown is maid to heiress Clemency Millicent Jervis, although there's a bit more to the relationship between the pair - they look alike enough to pass 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 pretty American girl a title, which naturally she would adore, a wedding in St. Margaret's, Westminster, and the chance to s [...]

    3. The sinking of the Lusitania by the Germans in 1915 provides a basis for the story. Harriet (Hetty) Brown, survived the shipwreck, was mistakenly identified as her employer (a rich american heiress to be married to the English lord), assumed the identity and tried to build her life around it.I liked the first half of the book quite bit. Hetty’s background, her ambivalent place in the family, the voyage on the fated ship, shipwreck and its aftermath, the heroine strength and determination to su [...]

    4. Zzzz incredibly boring, incredibly bland, incredibly passionless story graced with flat writing & cardboard characters. It was the reading equivalent of stale Wonderbread. The ending sucked (WTF was all the build-up?!), the 'romantic detour' was pointless, & the random ghost served no purpose but to try & distract from the lack of plot. FAIL.Why 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 [...]

    5. 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 outside of her, from people 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 man.Here we have a heroine whose behaviour is at least questionable, and the suspense arises because of the decisions she makes at the beginning of the book. Though there a [...]

    6. I got this confused with another book by the same title, by Daisy Goodwin. This one was sort of like eating sorbet to cleanse the pallet between coursesetty blah and non-descript. However I had just finished a 785-pager and needed something simple to wake me up and clear my head.

    7. The American Heiress by Dorothy Eden was originally published in 1980. Open Road Media has released some of Dorothy Eden's best loved novels in digital format. This one was a July 2013 release.Clemency Jarvis is betrothed to Lord Hazzard, Hugo, and is preparing to travel to England for her wedding.Her 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 place before Hugo [...]

    8. 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 case.Turns out that Hetty is Clemency's illegitimate older half sister [...]

    9. "Downton Abbey meets The Unsinkable Molly Brown" with some bedroom scenes thrown in. American ladies' maid Hetty Brown survives the sinking of the Lusitania, assumes the identity of one of its rich (dead) passengers, and marries an English Lord with a crumbling estate. "How long can the charade last?" is the question that propels the story.I disliked it principally because none of the characters had a moral compass. It was every man for himself/herself, which meant there was no one to root for o [...]

    10. Sweet read 3.5 starsI really struggled with what rating I wanted to give this book. There care so many good things to say about this book but in the end I just didn't feel like it rated vCard 5 starThe plot was excellent.The heroine was great.The hero/husband turned out to be a likable guy but there is not enough in the story about their life together and the refurbishment of his estate. A major portion of the story was about how much Hetty wanted this done and I believe we can correctly assume [...]

    11. "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 by 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 mistr [...]

    12. Good, Mildly Suspenseful.Part gothic, part historical, part mystery, part romanceoverall a nice blend of several genres that make a satisfying read. A deception such as the one portrayed in this book could only have happened in a time before instantaneous communication and rapid travel across great distances. Of course, the author was still obliged to pull out a number of 'convenient' plot devices to make it work, but even with that it managed to keep me engaged. Bottom line: This is a enjoyable [...]

    13. I would actually rate the book 3 stars, but I always give a bonus star for a great ending, beautiful writing style, or creativeness. This book may have had a few problems with the plot, but I really liked the ending, and it was not at all what I expected (in a good way) from the book description. The main characters do not always have to be perfect, and the author understood that. So, 4 stars it is.

    14. The American Heiress certainly had many twists and turns going on I could hardly tell what was going to happen next. It was pretty enjoyable although I felt that it could have been more descriptive and sort of lacked a real climax at the end, but all in all I was happy with how things turned out for the characters.

    15. Story of a girl that survived the icy waters of the Atlantic after the Lusitania sank. Her mistress had died and she had her initialed gold bracelet. She decided she would take on her mistresses identity and marry the Lord Hazzard they had been on their way to.What would this lie cost her? What would it take for her to become in reality the loved, acknowledged Lady Hazzard?

    16. This book started off really well and then like with so many books, the author lost her steam and the book just kind of ends abruptly. She could have continued to develop the story a bit more before tying up all the loose ends. But for the most part, I enjoyed this book (ala Downton Abbey).

    17. Read ItIf you like a bit of suspense with your historical fiction, go for it. Eden combines a light touch coupled with a dark atmosphere that strikes just the note as far as I'm concerned. Very well done and a quick read as well

    18. The was a really good book until the end. It just sort of stopped abruptly and made a transition to the future that was incredibly disjointed, at least for me anyway.

    19. Total beach or airplane read if you are looking for something light. Writing and plot are clunky at times.

    20. Talk about Old Skool romance, this is it. I pity my mother's generation if this is all they had to read. It is mind-numbing boring, and I only finished it because I find it hard to stop reading once I start at book.This is a story of young woman, Hetty Brown, born on the wrong side of the blanket, who gets a job as a lady's maid to Clemency Jervis. She is a rich, spoiled young women who is engaged to a Englishman with a title in need of money. She is also the young maid's half sister, and they l [...]

    21. When I was barely into my teens, I read a lot of Gothic novels by writers like Victoria Holt, Anya Seton, and Mary Stewart to name a few. I think my favorite author was New Zealander Dorothy Eden, and when I saw a Kindle version of her book The American Heiress, I was reminded of all her books that I had read. Upon further inspection, I found this book to have been published well past the time I'd been reading that type of book. Would I still enjoy Dorothy Eden? I had to find out. I'm happy to r [...]

    22. This was fun, but not great, reading. Hetty Brown is the lady's maid (and, secretly, half-sister) of young New York City debutante Clemency Jervis. Hetty and Clemency could pass for twins, which is what makes the rest of the story possible. Clemency is set to marry a wealthy aristocrat in England in May 1915. The two young women and Clemency's mother set sail on the Lusitania and of course are torpedoed. Hetty is the only one who survives, and is assumed to be Clemency. She decides to take on Cl [...]

    23. Actual Rating: ***1/2"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" Who survives and what she does is told in The American Heiress, originally published in 1980. I think I will read more from this author because I found the contrast to the frenetic, fast-paced romances written today most enjoyable.Hetty helped her as much as possible, but [...]

    24. Perfect book for Throwback ThursdayI've never heard of the author before, so this was the perfect book to introduce me to her books. And I'm glad that there are quite a few more books to read.The pace of the book was a little slow but I did enjoy getting to know the main characters. My only disappointment is the way the book ended. Without giving anything away, the book just ended. There was an epilogue that took place some years later and I was hoping that it would clear things up but it didn't [...]

    25. At first, this novel seems like a cliche. Maid in Lusitania drowning pretends to be her rich employer afterward to marry an English noble. But I should have known Dorothy Eden better! The Englishman barely sticks around before he's off to the trenches on the Continent, and the main character is left to her own defenses to pull off her deceit. I loved this novel and how the main character's guilt and determination to make up for it drove her actions. I only wish the ending had been longer as it f [...]

    26. Classic historical romance by a talented writerHetty is the ladies maid to Clemency, a spoiled American heiress engaged to marry an English Lord, so that she get a title and he will get the funds to repair his old estate. They both, along with Clemency's domineering mother, travel to England for the wedding - aboard the Lusitania. When Clemency and her mother are lost in the shipwreck, Hetty is mistaken for Clemency. This is certainly not great literature, but it is a pleasant, light read, perfe [...]

    27. Really fun story telling with a tenacious, determined heroine. Great story of stolen identity and gaslighting etc. Tension builds as Hetty assumes the identity of her dead mistress and marries her fiance. She looks like the dead woman; but her values and personality are different and she makes mistakes which build the tension as a jealous woman becomes suspicious and tries to expose her. Good read!

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