Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Litfuse Blog Tour and Book Review: Heiress by Susan May Warren/5 Stars

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 thoughts:

I could go in so many directions with this review to tell you all about the characters, the plot, the setting, the clothes (oh...the clothes), but Heiress is one of those novels that is an experience--in jealousy, in opulence, in tragedy, in love.  It's one that, if you know nothing but the back cover blurb, then you are in for the surprise of your life.

I knew that Susan was a great writer, even after reading my first book by her earlier this year, but Heiress has catapulted her to favorite author status in no time flat.  Just when I thought I was going to hit a lull in this story, she snapped my mind back to attention with one twist after another.  Now, I know that some authors usually like to have one surprise lurking somewhere in their stories, but to have them appear in rapid succession (and all of them believable, no less) showed that Susan's got some masterful writing chops.

Without a doubt, Heiress has to be the edgiest Christian fiction book of the year.  It should also come with a warning label--"Don't start unless you plan to stay up past your bedtime."

Go.  Get.  It.  Now.  I dare you.  ;o)

5 Stars

Southern?  No
Sass?  It makes an appearance from time to time.  :o)

**Many thanks to Summerside Press and Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy for review. 

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Enter 9/22-10/5!

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14 comments:

  1. Okay, I have to ask...how'd you get that Amazon widget for Heiress at the end of your post?? I haven't been able to put one of those in my posts in a LONG time!

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  2. LOL! :o) I heard that it might be a problem between Blogger and Amazon as to why we haven't been able to link up through Blogger, but as far as I know, that's just a rumor.

    Hopefully, this will help...

    If you're already an Amazon Associate, you should be able to log in at Amazon and create your widgets. There's a toolbar at the top of the page that will provide you a link based on the product screen you're on. Click on the section that says "Link to this product," (or something like that) and you will have 3 options for creating your widget.

    Hope that helps!

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  3. It seems like I am FOREVER saying this, but I cannot wait to read this novel! I have it, but, as usual have as yet to read it. =D One of these days I will have to just sit down and read... and read... and read... and, well you get the idea. I am so pleased to read that it is good, since I am so fond of Susan's writing anyway.

    Oh, Katie, I am sorry to see you are still have issues with Blogger - hopefully that will be fixed ASAP. It's frusterating to have things go wrong.

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  4. Oh, I love Susan May Warren's books! Have you read Sons of Thunder? I couldn't put that one down, and this one sounds like it has a similar edgy/romantic element. :) Thanks for the review!

    ~Amber

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  5. Rissi~

    I hope you'll bump it up to the top of your TBR stack soon! It was sooooooo good! I was up until 1:30 in the morning last night to get it finished!

    Amber~

    No, I've not read Sons of Thunder yet. I started on it last year, but unfortunately, it kept getting pushed back again and again. Now that I've read this one (plus My Foolish Heart), I can't wait to devour her entire backlist! :o)

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  6. Great review Christy. I'm reading it right now and already regret that I will have to take time off to attend a meeting this evening. You definitely need to read ALL of Susan's books. She is one of my all-time favorite authors. Such a variety of topics but all so good!

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  7. Thanks for another vote of approval for Susan's books, Pam! :o)

    I hate that you'll miss out on some reading time tonight, too, because once you reach a certain point (and I'm not giving any hints), everything else immediately gets moved to the backburner. Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

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  8. Christy, okay, you are a LIFEsaver!! I can't tell you how long I've been trying to figure out a way to be able to link up my posts.

    I just tried it, and it worked beautifully. THANK YOU! It takes longer than what it used to, but at least it WORKS!!! ;-)

    Oh, and I felt so rude that I didn't comment on your actual post, lol. Sorry! I was just so excited to see that someone had figured out a way to still put those Amazon widgets in there, it slipped my mind, lol!

    I finished this book up the other day, and did enjoy it. I confess though, that it left me kinda depressed! It had a good ending, but everything that led up to that...left me kinda moody. Weird when a book so powerfully effects you, it changes your mood. :-P Haha, my family was wondering what was wrong with me that day!

    Shows what a good writer the author is, imo! ;-)

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  9. Katie,

    You are most welcome! I agree...it takes longer, but it's better than nothing. :o)

    So sorry that Heiress left you depressed. I confess to being a bit depressed at the end just because of the slight cliffhanger! Hope we don't have to wait too long for Baroness! *crossing fingers*

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  10. Is the series name, Daughters of Fortune? Not to be picky, but didn't Judith Pella have a series by the same name? Sorry, it just stuck out. I'll keep a look out for this one!

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  11. Carrie,

    Yes, the series name is Daughters of Fortune, and you're right...Judith Pella does have a series by the same name. I've only read the first one of that series, but the difference between that one and Heiress is like night and day.

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  12. Wow, I wanted to read this before your review! Now, I'm on a mission to find a copy.

    2 Kids and Tired Books

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  13. Holly~

    I hope you can...it is not to be missed! :o)

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  14. Finally did read this a couple of weeks ago - wonderful novel; it is story-telling at its best. =)

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