Saturday, October 1, 2011

"heiress" by susan may warren

As the daughters of newspaper publisher August Worth, Esme and Jinx are born to privilege. Yet Esme longs to escape the trappings of society to follow in her father's journalistic footsteps. Her quest for purpose sends her to the wilds of Montana – where she still finds herself seeking her father's approval and love.

Jinx understands all too well the cost of society's acceptance. After marrying a wealthy businessman for position, she discovers what it means to be loved – but that love must be denied.

As the sisters search for meaning and belonging, will they ever find what their hearts truly desire?

My take: I simply could not put this book down. And when I had to (you know, for things like work), I found myself thinking about it. Susan May Warren has long been one of my favorite authors, and I especially love her historical fiction. I thought it couldn't get any better than Sons of Thunder (which just won a Carol Award), but she really outdid herself with Heiress. You know what I love most about it? The characters are real – human. Their humanity, in all its messy imperfection, jumps off the pages. They lie, have affairs, run away from responsibility, and treat each other horribly – just like real people do. And when the book wraps up, not everyone is living out their "happily ever after" – again, just like in real life!

Esme's journey especially resonated with me. Of the two sisters, she was the one who began the story with a semblance of faith. But when life got hard, she adopted the notion that God had taken away the good things in her life in order to punish her, and she became bitter. How often do we do the same? (I'm not denying that God disciplines his children, but to assume that all the bad things in our lives are due to God being angry with us is an unhealthy – and faithless – way to live.) Esme finally meets a man who not only shows her real love but also helps her reconnect to a God who loves her more than any man ever could. This is my favorite relationship in the book.

This book is a must read – 5 out of 5 stars!

You can read an excerpt here and see what other bloggers are saying here.

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 on Minnesota’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 of, 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!)

About the giveaway: Win an opulent Gilded Age Prize Pack fit for an Heiress from Susan May Warren!

Susan May Warren is thrilled to announce the release of her latest historical book, Heiress!

Find out what the reviewers are saying here!

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
  • A sleek silver iPod™ Shuffle
  • A beautiful strand of Pearls
  • Titanic DVD
  • Speakeasy Compilation Music CD from Starbucks™
  • Heiress by Susan May Warren

Click one of the icons below to enter. But do so soon - this giveaway ends 10/5/11. The winner will be announced Thursday, October 6, on Susan’s blog.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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