In Heiress, the first novel in the Daughters of Fortune series by Susan May Warren, two young heiresses search for love on a trail to second chances. One sister flees an advantageous marriage for true love, while the other takes her place in hope of a luxurious life in society. Both face grief along the way and discover the life they chose comes at a cost.
Warren breaks the storyline of the sisters into sections, but ties it together at the end with a masterful twist. Each sister must decide what matters most and discover that perhaps love is worth the sacrifice. Several characters point them to God on their journey to understand true blessings and contentment.
After running away from an arranged marriage, Esme Price leaves behind the glamour of New York for the rugged, Montana frontier. She sets out to create a new life for herself with her own newspaper, hoping to prove to herself to her father. Meanwhile, her sister Jinx suffers in an unfaithful marriage she thought she wanted. Unable to conceive, she seeks to offer herself to her husband Foster in a final attempt for a child. However, her world is turned upside down when, instead of greeting Foster the next morning, she discovers his brother.
Esme grows from a young debutante without experience in the real world to a frontier woman who can take care of herself. She possesses the perfect balance of etiquette and independence. Throughout the story, she struggles to trust and commit fully to the men in her life. Jinx’s spark is extinguished from her abusive marriage until she begins to fall in love with Foster’s brother. However, she finds it difficult to let go of her position in society to pursue genuine love.
Although Heiress starts slowly, it picks up the pace and breaks away from the traditional, predictable romance novel. Warren spices the story with several unexpected twists, one rapidly following another. I would recommend this book to readers who are intrigued by the rules of 19th century society and enjoy stories of love, loss, and second chances. – Rachel Ozios, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
The beautiful heiress daughters of newspaper magnate August Price have been given everything their hearts desire. But what if they want only to be loved--without an enormous price tag attached? When one daughter pursues a desirable marriage, she secures for herself a comfortable and glamorous life. But among the duties of privilege, will she also find the happily-ever-after she seeks? Her sister rejects the trappings of wealth, choosing instead to build a new life on the still-untamed frontier. Will she find happiness in independence or discover that she's left her heart behind in New York's glittering society? Set in the opulent world of the Gilded Age, each woman discovers that being an heiress just might cost her everything--including the chance for true love.