My Rating: Five hearts
Spice Level: Two kisses
Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.
This was my first time reading a book by Daisy Goodwin and I was not disappointed. There are many intertwined storylines going on, but they all have their reasons and help you get to know everyone. I could not predict anything at all because there were many ups and downs and mystery to some characters. I loved the journey that the story had of following them and watching the grow. There were many parts that I loved and the ending left me wanting more.
Cora was defiantly a strong willed girl that was used to getting what she wanted, but she had something about her that didn’t really come off as spoiled. She wanted to be free but also loved. I loved how she changed but didn’t change at the same time.
Ivo is a man of mystery because he is so quiet and hides his past and emotions most of the time. I didn’t fully understand him until he finally let go of his past and talked about it. I loved him from the start even though he was complicated.
Guest review contributed by The Sassy Book Lover. This blogger is a sassy, book-loving southern belle. She posts reviews mainly but also about her own writing journey and encourages readers to be modern-day bluestockings.