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Wednesday 7 August 2013

Review ~ The Heiresses by Allison Rushby

The Heiresses 

by Allison Rushby

Series: Originally was a six ebook episode/serial
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback (344 pages)


Money, Intrigue, Secrets and Scandal

The setting is 1926 London, an era of social change and daring fashion.

When Thalia, Erato and Clio, three seventeen year old girls, are mysteriously summoned to this fast-paced world by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother's fortune.

All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles, who refuses to bestow any of their inheritance upon them unless all three leave London and never return.

For as the girls soon discover, everyone is hiding secrets and the truth is tangled…

A thrillingly addictive saga of love and betrayal for all lovers of Downtown Abbey.

Paperback Princess Review 

The Heiresses by Allison Rushby is a fantastic book that entertained me right from the beginning to the end. From the start of the novel, Rushby grabs the readers with the astonishing revelation that the characters are in fact triplets; Thalia, Erato (Ro) and Clio have each lived very different lives from each other but have now been brought together by Hestia, their Mother's sister in hope that they can win their Mother's fortune from their half-brother, Charles. With the synopsis above and the setting of London at the roaring 20s who can seriously resist?

Thalia, Ro and Clio were three very distinct characters, they were very different from each other and I enjoyed seeing their personal growth, and the growth of their relationship throughout the book. To live the first seventeen years of life, never having a sibling of your own, then realising overnight that you not only have a sibling but you are a triplet is quite an astonishing moment, and the girls all dealt with this revelation differently. I really enjoyed seeing the growth within their relationship, commencing from surprise, to getting to know each other, to sorting out their differences to eventually loving each other and standing as a united front.

The plot was fantastic, it read like a drama TV series. There was plenty of shocking revelations throughout the book that had me hooked and glued to it's pages. I felt heavily invested in the girls lives and cheered them on to not only solve the mystery that revolved around their late-Mother, but to come to grips with their situation and to grow from it, that they all did wonderfully. The character growth was beautiful and each of the girls learnt many lessons throughout the book. The plot also flowed wonderfully, there wasn't a moment where I was bored. The challenges and the surprising revelations were also perfectly timed. I love the shocking elements, which wouldn't be shocking in this day and age but back then they were quite scandalous.

The Heiresses by Allison Rushby is a well written historical fiction with lots of drama, scandal and secrets that rush up to the surface towards the end of the book. The ending was well written and the story was rounded off very nicely. I'm amazed at how well Rushby transports the readers back to the 20s, a well written, and I'd imagine a well researched novel.

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kimbacaffeinate said...

This sounds good and I have never read a book with triplets. Wonderful review.

kimbacaffeinate said...

This sounds good and I have never read a book with triplets. Wonderful review.

scottreadsit said...

Sounds like an interesting read! I just love historical fiction so much, great review!
-Scott Reads It!

Jen Ryland said...

This one is definitely on my TBR list! I love historical fiction:)

Paperback Princess said...

Jen this is such a great book, it was initially a collection of serial but it was reproduced to be in one novel, hence why it would seem that each "chapter" is quite long. I really enjoyed it :D

Paperback Princess said...

This is definitely a great historical fiction, I'll be keeping an eye out for other Rushby novels as she really transported me back to the era. If you like historical fiction another that I recommend and have also written a review for is Speak Easy by Melanie Harlow.

Paperback Princess said...

Thanks Kim! I think this is the only book I've read with triplets too LOL

Kate @ whYAnot said...

Great review! And I agree - there's something cinematic about this book that feels like it would be great on screen.

Paperback Princess said...

Kate have you read it?

Kate @ whYAnot said...

I have. And I have to say that I'm a huge Hestia fan.

Paperback Princess said...

Yes I love Hestia, I love how she didn't care of what people thought of her, and I loved how she didn't give up on the girls.

I also liked Ro and Clio, I can't choose a favourite because throughout the book I liked the either one better at times than the other, so it was hard to choose a favourite, but Thalia didn't redeem herself till right at the end LOL

Kate @ whYAnot said...

Ro was my favourite - but I got so mad at her. She's so smart but could act so dumb! In a good way... sort of :P
And agreed about Thalia. She may have redeemed herself but... the other two outshine her for me :)


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