Tuesday, October 4, 2011

               LitFuse Publicity Presents:
     "Heiress" by Susan May Warren
Daughters of Fortune Series, Book 1 of 3

***Make SURE to come by HERE, http://www.lauriehere.blogspot.com  to get to the LINK to enter the GIVEAWAY from the Author!  You DON'T want to miss it!  It could be "YOU"! 

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 Review:

“Heiress, Daughters of Fortune” series,  Book 1 of 3, by Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren has done it again!  Her writing is one of the best!  She has written this epic novel that is so engaging I felt as if I was right there in 1896 with the August Price family.  I felt like I was in Esme’s dressing room, getting ready for the ball, at the ball with her, and more.  I could relate to Esme much more than I could to Jinx, her sister.  Susan May Warren has such a gift with her characters that she pulls the reader right into whatever story she writes about.  She can write about anything and it’ as if you are right there!  It makes the book go by so fast, that is the only downside.  I’m ready now for Book 2 in this 3 book series! 

This book is an epic saga taking place during the Gilded Age, which starts on 5th Avenue in New York City, in 1895.  It is about a prestigious family, the newspaper magnate, August Price.

His oldest daughter, Esme, is the first Debutante of the two sisters, whose name is Esme.  She is the main character in this book, along with her younger sister, Jinx.  Esme is the oldest daughter, and the first to make her debut as a Debutante.  It is desired by her family to marry first, and her mother already knows who she wants her to marry.  Foster Worth.  Esme is not so sure she wants to marry Foster Worth.  As we read this captivating story, Esme has very high hopes and aspirations for her life of becoming a Journalist and traveling the world.  She is bored of just ‘being’ where she lives and sees herself traveling the world as the Journalist she so desperately wants to become.  She does not want to marry, even though she must so her younger sister can.  If she does not marry, her younger sister cannot.  Esme and Jinx, both, wish they were born the other way around especially since that way she would not feel so much pressure to have to marry.  Esme finds the events the other prestigious families’ in this area host as being tiresome and boring.  Esme has much bigger and better things planned to do with her life rather than playing this dress up game night after tiring night, wearing tight corsets in which she can barely breathe, wearing the heavy ornate ball gowns, having her mother check her dance card continuously, and never stop talking about whom she should and should not marry.  Esme wants much more out of life than what is at her feet at this moment.  She is already sneaking articles into her own father’s newspaper without his knowing it, under a pen name.  

After Esme proclaims she will marry Foster Worth, an old friend comes along and professes his love for Esme, going back to childhood.  She considers this and decides she loves him as well.  She goes after him.  She ends up finding him in the tenements, of which do not smell good, the people are less than desired, as well as the rooms inside.  This is where he lives?  Regardless, she still loves him.  She ends up disappearing.  This is just the beginning of things to come!  She shows back up again, but not until after Esme’s sister, Jinx, is especially happy to be able to get to go in to her father’s office at home and break the news to him that Esme is missing. 

Thus starts the epic tale of these two sisters.  Each going separate ways, and much later in life, coming back together again, after many trials and tribulations the two of them have endured.
This is a “can’t miss” book, and one of my favorites of 2011!.  This book is a page turner.  You want to know what happens next.  I found this book very difficult to put down.  When I did put it down, it was all I could think about. 
As I said above, Susan May Warren did it again!  She can take ‘any’ story and give it her magic touch, and ‘poof’!  There you are feeling like you are ‘in’ the story!  I can’t WAIT until Book 2!
5 out of 5 from me!
A HUGE Thank You to LitFuse for allowing me the PURE ENJOYMENT of reading this book!  Pure enjoyment is TRULY what this book is!  THANK YOU!
I received this book for “FREE” from LitFuse Publicity and the Publisher, Summerside, through their Book Reviewer’s Program in exchange to read and write a review about this book.  It is NOT required for my review I write to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own opinion.”  I was NOT provided with “ANY” monies to accept this book, “NOR” to read it, NOR were “ANY” monies given to me to write the review for this book.  All that was ‘expected’ of me was to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it.  Again, the opinions expressed for and about this book are ‘of my own opinion’.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

About the Author:

Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town onMinnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church.

Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder ofwww.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!)

A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:www.susanmaywarren.com.

About the Party and GIVEAWAY:  
Find out what the reviewers are saying here! 

Enter 9/22-10/5!

Heiress, a richly complex historical romance, is the first in Susan's three book Daughters of Fortune series. In honor of Heiress debut, Susan is hosting a FABULOUS Gilded Age Giveaway and giving away an opulent prize pack fit for an heiress!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A $100 gift certificate to ModCloth.com
  • A sleek silver iPod™ Shuffle
  • A beautiful strand of Pearls
  • Titanic DVD
  • Speakeasy Compilation Music CD from Starbucks™
  • Heiress by Susan May Warren

Click the icon ABOVE to enter. But do so soon - this giveaway ends TODAY, 10/4/11.  TODAY IS THE 'LAST' DAY TO ENTER!!  I've had this up since the day it was sent to me, 9-21-11.  The winner will be announced Thursday, October 6 on Susan’s blog.


  1. Thank You!!!! Did the Page Break work??? I hope so!!! It sounds like it did???!!! This is the first time I used it! I just learned how AFTER 1 1/2 years!!! LOL!!!
    Let me know PLEASE!!!
    Thanks for the compliment!

  2. Laurie you need to teach me about the page break please.
    Lovely post and I love historical romance, thanks for the heads up on the competition too.

  3. Hi Wendy!!
    Isn't the Page Break WONDERFUL?!!!! I LOVE it!!! I had Emlyn from Novel Publicity tell me about it, and I did a search on Google: Blogger Page Break. I read up on it and learned HOW to do it!! I'll try to get your email address from GFC. You didn't leave it!! LOL! I'll try to reach you! The comptetition?? Perhaps you read it wrong as I said "Thanks for the compliment". There is no 'competition'??? At least that I am aware of??? I'll try to find you!
    Thanks SO much for stopping by!


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