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The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis April 7, 2015

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She Crossed the Sea to Save a Legacy…

Finding Love Was Not Part of Her Plan


Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to restore shipments of cotton for her family’s textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. But when she meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes.

Amanda’s family across the sea deems the hardworking merchant unsuitable for the lovely and accomplished heiress. And when Nate himself begins to draw away, Amanda has her own battle for a happy future on her hands.

As the Union navy tightens its noose around Southern ports, Nate’s brother, a Confederate officer, comes for a visit. Nate contemplates joining the Glorious Cause—not in support of slavery but to watch his brother’s back. Yet will this potentially life-threatening decision put the union between him and Amanda in jeopardy?

My thoughts:

I was very much drawn into this book initially. The plot and characters captivated me and I couldn’t wait to discover what would happen when Amanda reached America.

My interested waned a bit after she got to America but then was pulled back as things began to progress again.

I liked the character of Amanda, a strong woman who holds fast to what she believes is right and tries not to let other people’s opinions influence her.

I liked Nate too, although I struggled to see him as strong and manly as the book tried to paint him.

I never trusted Jackson, Amanda’s brother-in-law. He seemed very self-serving. He added a nice dimension and tension to the story.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and the storyline. I good read for those who like Civil War stories and romance.

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