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The American Heiress

A few weeks ago, I was at dinner with my boyfriend and I had an idea; lets go to Barnes and Noble and buy books we don't need! I found The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.

As a teenager, my cousin Karri introduced me to historical romance novels by Judith McKnaught. I loved them. I have reread a few of them handfuls of times. Other than Austen, I had not read any other romance novels and to this day it is difficult for me to read the "dime store" books because I want a WORLD, characters that are fleshed out and focus on society and human nature not *just* misunderstandings and ripped bodices. I hadn't tried a historical romance in many years, but I recognized Daisy Goodwin's name from the BBC series Victoria. It is her first novel (published in UK as My Last Duchess), and I always enjoy chronological order so I bought it.

I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in 1893-4  during a time when American money was  abundant and those with social standing were ma…
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Hello there, I'm Elizabeth. 
When I was a teenager, I read. A lot. I could devour smaller novels in one sitting and book size did not intimidate me. 
This was also the early 2000's. When dial up was still a thing, and netflix was only DVDs in the mail. 
A total phone addict, I scroll way too much. and have a healthy love of Netflix and HBO Now. I miss reading. I miss having one of my nerd credentials be bookworm. I have literal stacks of books that I have not read on my bookshelf, and I cannot seem to stop myself when I find myself in a book store. 

So what do I do about this? Apparently, start a book review blog. 
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