Thursday, January 10, 2013
Review: Heiress by Susan May Warren
Publisher: Summerside Press
Jinx’s doesn't understand her sister Esme’s reluctance to marry and follow procedure. Since she is the second daughter, everything depends on Esme. Jinx would love to be in her shoes. Their father is a prominent newspaper publisher, and he won’t allow his daughters to settle. Jinx can’t wait for her sister to settle down. Once Esme is married, her parents will begin to focus on her. Unfortunately, Esme has no interest in marrying the man her father approves. She doesn't care about advancing her family’s position through marriage, she has every intention to follow in her father’s footsteps and work in publishing. She anonymously writes a column, and knows she has talent. Jinx is baffled that her sister has no appreciation for the life they live. She should have been born first. Both daughters set out to reach their dreams. Both daughters suffer big consequences.
Heiress was a great read and I enjoyed it much more than I expected. The “gilded age” really worked well within the story. The sister dynamic was intriguing and kept me interested. Essentially, they both get what they wanted but it doesn't lead to their happy ending. They both suffer greatly and wonder if they made the right decision. I didn't expect them both to struggle with their decisions. I thought Esme would be the only one to struggle. Her father was stern and she felt backed into a corner. Jinx was given everything she ever wanted, but she stole her sister’s life.
This is the first book in the series, and I can’t wait to continue the series. The second book “Baroness” focuses on Esme and Jinx’s daughters. Susan May Warren is a great writer, and I’ll be adding her other books to my wish list. I thought her writing was strong, her story line was captivating and I really connected with the characters.