Book Review: “The Last Heiress” by Mary Ellis

April 26, 2015 at 4:56 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Mary Ellis in her new book, “Last Heiress book coverThe Last Heiress” published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Amanda Dunn.

From the back cover:  She crossed the sea to save a legacy…finding love was not part of her plan

1864 – Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to somehow 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 begins to think about joining up–not in support of slavery but to watch his brother’s back. Yet will this potentially life-changing decision put the union between him and Amanda she so wishes for in jeopardy?

Amanda’s family textile mills desperately need shipments of cotton from America. The United States is in the grip of The Civil War. The North has an embargo on shipping from The South which, of course, includes North Carolina. It is into this highly dangerous situation that Amanda meets Nate and romance begins. Then Amanda has to deal with her family back home who are rejecting Nate as a suitor. On top of everything Nate is considering joining the army to try to protect his brother. This is an exciting story with the events of The Civil War being played out as Amanda tries to work everything out so that it all works out for everyone. Amanda and Nate are terrific characters that Ms. Ellis has breathed life into and that we root for them to succeed in business and their romance. “The Last Heiress” is a lot of fun and it entertains you as you keep flipping pages as you try to find out what is going to happen next.  Ms. Ellis has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. A really enjoyable read.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers.   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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