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The Heiress | [Lynsay Sands]

The Heiress

Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father's gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow - handsome, titled, single, and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for - it seems Suzette's wildest dreams have come true. But Daniel has not been truthful.
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Publisher's Summary

Desperately seeking a husband....

Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father's gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow - handsome, titled, single, and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for - it seems Suzette's wildest dreams have come true.

But Daniel has not been truthful. Tired of being accosted by an endless stream of vapid coquettes and their fortune-hunting mothers, Daniel has decided to plead poverty to stop them in their tracks. Yet here is a most refreshing and delectable lady, who claims to be thrilled by his penury. Now all Daniel has to do to find true happiness is to keep a little white lie alive... while avoiding a villain who's determined to prevent this union by any means necessary.

©2011 Lynsay Sands (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    bookish327 Midwest, United States 06-04-12
    bookish327 Midwest, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I liked it, despite what the other reviewers think"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. I have read almost all of Lynsay Sands's books (even the backlist romances that she wrote a long time ago), and I enjoy them for what they are. They're never going to win Pulitzer Prizes or change the world, but they ARE light, diverting entertainment with interesting characters, humor, and nice family/friend relationships that warm the heart.

    Prior to purchasing it, I read all of the other reviews for this book, so I went into it knowing that a good deal of it would cover the same events as The Countess. Personally, I enjoyed the fact that most of this book's events followed those of the earlier book, except from Suzette's and Daniel's points-of-view here. In The Countess, I didn't really like Suzette that much as a character, but I appreciated her much more here because (since we were now inside her head) we knew WHY she was saying the blunt, caustic things that she tended to spout off in both this book and the previous one. I also enjoyed reading what Daniel was thinking in the scenes covered by both books because I had a feeling that there was more to him (still waters running deep) than just being Richard (the male protagonist of The Countess)'s most trusted friend and a generally level-headed, responsible guy. There had to be something more there for a fiery woman like Suzette to be attracted to him (other than the practical, dowry-related reasons that brought them together), and I think that this book captured him quite well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heiress?

    (I've since moved on to the third book in the series and may have forgotten any of my other favorite moments from The Heiress, but the following is what I DO remember now as having particularly enjoyed.)

    The scenes involving Daniel and his mother were very amusing because you can see that she's cut from the same cloth as Suzette, and as tended to happen with Suzette, he had very little say in the end when his mother decides on a course of action. His frustration with the situation was palpable, and she even calls him on it at one point, noting something to the effect that he's sulking right now, but he'll come around once he'd eaten something and his pride was no longer hurt. (I'm not saying that Daniel tended to be either kowtowed nor bad-humored. He had a backbone with Suzette, Richard, etc. when needed, and one could understand his reaction, as an adult man, to his mother's needing to have her way, regardless that her plan really was the smartest one.) Also, her kindness (and not just to her son, but to all of his friends and companions) was heartwarming, considering we could see how she could speak just as sharply as Suzette could when provoked. She could see past other character's mistakes and poor decisions and didn't hold them against them as some mothers might when their son or daughter had been hurt, whether physically or emotionally.

    I also really liked Suzette's spirit when she decided that she wasn't going to take things lying down. She didn't worry about saying something diplomatic or strategic. If she felt like being a harpy to a man who was doing her (or a loved one) harm, she did so, no matter the consequences. Not always the smartest move, but she tended to stay true to herself. I actually liked her better as a character here than I did her sister, Christiana, in The Countess (which was from the latter's point-of-view). Christiana was beaten down and unnaturally submissive after a year of emotional abuse by the man she'd married before that book began. Understandable, but this also made Suzette's fearlessness and frankness seem to be a nice change after Christiana's difficulty trusting her new husband in the prior book. Suzette also deserved to have a book devoted to how she and Daniel came together, and just because we have a general idea about some of it from The Countess, we don't really see why they're drawn together until THIS book.


    Have you listened to any of Faye Adelle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. Unfortunately, Audible doesn't offer anything else narrated by her at this time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    She may be fiery and difficult, but he wouldn't have her any other way.


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    SweetDreen Stony Plain, AB, Canada 05-16-12
    SweetDreen Stony Plain, AB, Canada 05-16-12 Member Since 2015

    An avid listener of audio books.

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    "Not so good"

    The whole first half of the book was just the last book in a different point of view. I assumed we'd be following different characters where the last book ended. I was pretty disappointed. The book got good when it picked up to a part that wasn't rehashed. I bought the 3 books for 2 credits so I'm really hoping the third is better.

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    Shauna Houston, MO, United States 04-28-12
    Shauna Houston, MO, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Too much from the first book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Over half the book was what went on the the first book of the series, I really got bored. I doubt I'll purchase the third.


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    sheila WEST HARRISON, IN, United States 12-20-11
    sheila WEST HARRISON, IN, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2014

    I wish I could add to my comments of the first books I read. Did'nt realize how important It would be now. Did'nt really know how to review

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    "This is a good book but...."

    If you have read The Countess by Lynsay Sands don't waste a credit for this book. It is just about the same book except this is the sisters view of the same story. It was a good story, but again I felt like I had wasted a credit. If you have not read The Countess then I would recommend this book. I did read both and I must say I liked The Countess the best out of the two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-16-11
    "unknown" Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-16-11
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    "Expected a bit more, but stil not disapointed"

    Liked the story, tho i did get the Countess first (got intrigued and wanted to listed the story told from the other side in a way) and most of the half was just listening to the summary of the first book, but still liked the way the story is written, with the hint of humor, although, feels, there could have been more to Daniel's and Suzette's side of the story

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    Amazon Customer 07-31-11
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    "If you read "The Countess" don't bother buying it."

    This is supposed to be part of a "series", but it literally takes huge parts of the first book "The Countess". Save your credits. The first book was good, though.

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    Lilith Copenhagen, Denmark 07-17-11
    Lilith Copenhagen, Denmark 07-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Irritating -Yawn"

    Simple. banal..I was in a rush to get a new book - and needed a little romance... (never again)
    0 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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