Friday, September 30, 2011

Litfuse Blog Tour and Review: Heiress

by Susan May Warren
Published 2011
Summerside Press
368 Pages
ISBN: 1609362187
Historical fiction

About the book:
They can buy anything they want—fame, power, beauty, even loyalty.
 
But they can’t buy love.
 
The beautiful and wealthy heiress daughters of August Price can buy everything their hearts desire. But what if their desire is to be loved, without an enormous price tag attached? When one sister betrays another for the sake of love, will she find happiness? And what happens when the other sets out across the still untamed frontier to find it—will she discover she’s left it behind in the glamorous world of the New  York gilded society? What price will each woman pay for being an heiress?
 
Set in the opulent world of the Gilded Age, two women discover that being an heiress just might cost them everything they love.
 
 My Review:
Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.”  That quote kept resonating through my mind as I read this book.  In Heiress, Susan May Warren transports the reader into the Gilded Age and a plot that is full of emotion – betrayal, anger, guilt, heartache and redemption.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it immediately grasped my attention and didn’t let go until the very end.
 
The story of Jinx and Esme is a complex tale that dragged my emotions from chapter to chapter.  This book was hard to put at times, but at a certain point, I’d hit an emotional wall and would be forced to stop reading because I couldn’t handle anymore drama.  The heartache that these characters endure and overcome is what makes this book so great!   Also, I was also fascinated by the time period of this book and the angle that Susan approached it from.  Many historical fictions books in this era focus on the “clean/safe” side of the period – the debutantes, the extravagant balls,  the beautiful gowns, or the courting of a young lady; while Susan looks at the “gritty/dirty” topics – the corruption, the deceit, and the hurt.  Though I did enjoy this book, I was a bit surprised that the faith element really didn’t come into play until the last 1/4 of the book.  It isn’t until the final section of the book, when we see the characters reunite with one another and finally understand their blessings, and that they are loved by God. 
 
Susan May Warren is one of those authors that I would read ANY book from!  She’s incredibly talented and always entertaining from her whimsical and comical stories, to her suspenseful one and now to her dramatic books.  I’m anxious to see what the next book in this series, Baroness, will be like.  Many thanks to Litfuse for allowing me the opportunity to participate in this blog tour!  I received this book  from them in return for my honest review.   Sara’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
 
About Susan:
susie chairback new smSusan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband a reactive in their local church.

Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!  She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com,a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!)  A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at: www.susanmaywarren.com.

Win an opulent Gilded Age Prize Pack fit for an Heiress from Susan May Warren!


Susan May Warren is thrilled to announce the release of her latest historical book, Heiress!

Find out what the reviewers are saying here!

Heiress, a richly complex historical romance, is the first in Susan's three book Daughters of Fortune series. In honor of Heiress’ debut, Susan is hosting a FABULOUS Gilded Age Giveaway and giving away an opulent prize pack fit for an heiress!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 gift certificate to ModCloth.com
  • A sleek silver iPod™ Shuffle
  • A beautiful strand of Pearls
  • Titanic DVD
  • Speakeasy Compilation Music CD from Starbucks™
  • Heiress by Susan May Warren
Click one of the icons below to enter. But do so soon - this giveaway ends 10/5/11. The winner will be announced Thursday, October 6 on Susan’s blog.

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1 comment:

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Ooo yay! I just requested this book today on Paperbackswap so I'm glad to know it's good. Thank you for the review Sara. :-)

XOXO~ RENEE