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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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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 04-26-12
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fleeced by Sands!!!"
    What would have made The Heiress better?

    The Heiress is a copy of The Countess for more than 1/2 of the book. I am so disappointed. Why would Ms. Sands, her editors and publishers think it was okay to tell the same story in two different books with the same characters???


    Has The Heiress turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - historical romance is my favorite genre.


    What three words best describe Faye Adelle’s voice?

    I can't think of three words, but I think her narration was okay. It isn't the best, but it also isn't the worst I've ever listened too. I won't completely turn away from books narrated by Faye Adelle, but they may not be my first choice either.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Heiress?

    I would cut more than half of the book because it's a near copy of The Countess. The Countess is a much better book although when you get to the part of the book that isn't a copy of The Countess, it's actually pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't decide if I'll listen to more books by Ms. Sands or not AFTER I finish listening to The Husband Hunt. I really want to finish the series and here Lisa and Robert's story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Arroyo Pembroke Pines 07-08-11
    B. Arroyo Pembroke Pines 07-08-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Pembroke Pines"

    Well if you already purchaed The Countess then don't waste your $$$ on the Heiress because the author basically made two books from one. She narrated The Countess with Dickey a/k/a Richard and Christiana and The Heiress with two other characters but basically told the same story. The Heiress tells the the story from Daniel and Suzette's characters. The Heiress Part 1, I basically skipped through and a good portion of Part 2 until they got to the part where Daniel and Suzette were running off to marry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 01-10-12
    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 01-10-12 Member Since 2008

    I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

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    "Not enough new content to call this Book 2"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    By not making the first 2/3 to 3/4 of this book cover exactly the same events as in Book 1, in a lot of cases word for word.

    It was obvious from book one that there was another killer and who his target was to all it seems but the characters involved until near the end.

    for this book to gain a higher score it needed to contain much more original content not make the first 2/3 basically a synopsis of the first book in this series

    I would lay a bet that the next book contains the 3 member of Dickie's little gang and that the girls father get married to Daniel's Mother. . . .but then again that could be stretched to Book 4 based on Book 2


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lynsay Sands again?

    Yes but I think I will wait if it's this series to read reviews before I take the leap.

    This is not my normal style of book I prefer scfi, fantasy & paranormal but I got a taste for historical fiction of this period through Amanda Quick's Arcane series and Gail Carriger's The Parasol Protectorate.

    Since, in the main, I like Lynsay Sands vampire series I thought to give these a try


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Faye Adelle?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Heiress?

    The problem was not the characters but that this was basically 2/3 book one and 1/3 at best newish if not obvious content


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arwen Austin, TX, United States 11-04-11
    Arwen Austin, TX, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2011

    AKA Arwen

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    "Funny but"

    I didn't realize it was the other side of The Countess. I was hoping for more Suzette and less other side of The Countess. The performance was excellent but at first I thought I was listening to a book I'd already read. I had to get around that first.

    I love Sands' writing and this was no exception. Just that I am not a fan of reading the same story twice--even if it is from a different character's POV.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Faribault, MN 02-21-14
    Gayle Faribault, MN 02-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Second Installment - Different Perspective."

    Contrary to most reviews, I liked this book. I did not mind that the first half repeated much of the information from The Countess, because we were seeing it from different perspectives. Once again, the characters were likable, story had enough mystery to make it interesting and it made me laugh. It was worth the credit and I am moving onto the third book immediately.

    I didn't give the performance top ratings because although her female voices and variety are good, sometimes her attempts at male voices leave something to be desired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dea United States 06-13-13
    Dea United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "No too Great"

    I was really looking forward to this book, but it was just a point of view from on of the other character. So i would have to say boring. I can't even think about listing to book #3. sad but true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothea Valdese, NC, United States 02-20-13
    Dorothea Valdese, NC, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Repeat of the Countess"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Shorten the background information. It was too long of a repetition.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lynsay Sands again?

    Maybe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last 1/3 of the book was nice


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alli Wichita, KS, United States 01-11-13
    Alli Wichita, KS, United States 01-11-13
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    "Still a good series!"

    I thought Faye Adelle's performance was good but after hearing and loving the characters voices in the first book it was hard to like the new ones. I wish they would have stuck with the same narrator.

    Just as funny as the first! I love when a series takes you back to a situation and gives you the other character's perspectives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SweetDreen Stony Plain, AB, Canada 05-16-12
    SweetDreen Stony Plain, AB, Canada 05-16-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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