This book was an impulse buy from Target that I grabbed right before our trip to the beach. It looked like the perfect summer read and I loved the storyline. A (really) wealthy American girl – Cora Cash – travels to England in hopes of finding the one things she can’t have (or buy) in the United States; a royal title. I love historical fiction novels and I really, really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately it just feel completely flat.
The book was nearly 500 pages long and it took me forever to finish it…mainly because it just didn’t pique my interest until nearly the end. The male characters in the book were all master manipulators which made them impossible to like or even relate to. Cora’s husband, Ivo was probably the worst in that he knew exactly what to do and say to manipulate his naive American wife. The men in this book left a nasty taste in my mouth and I couldn’t help but despise them all.
The most confusing aspect of the book revolved around Bertha (Cora’s maid) who traveled from America to England with her. While here character was likable, I couldn’t quite understand why she played such an integral role. She had her own side stories, but I didn’t feel like they really connected and often wondered if there was supposed to be a deeper meaning behind her storyline (if there was, it was totally lost on me.)
The one redeeming factor of the book was the main character, Cora Cash. This was the only character in the book which I think the author fully developed and I enjoyed seeing her transition from a wide-eyed American girl to a distinguished English Duchess. Despite her negative qualities (and there were some), you really became to love her and relate to her throughout the book. I think if all the other characters were developed this way, the book would have been a huge win.
All in all, while I didn’t hate the book, it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations.
Have you read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!