ROMANCE

An Heiress To Remember

Avon. (Gilded Age Girls Club, Bk. 3). Apr. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9780062838841. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Sixteen years ago, heiress Beatrice Goodwin chose a duke over Wes Dalton, the young clerk at her family’s small store. Though madly in love with Wes, Beatrice couldn’t picture a future with her penniless beau. Now she’s back in New York, aged 36, divorced, and thoroughly independent. Wes, meanwhile, has become the disgustingly rich owner of the city’s largest department store, and plans to buy and ruin Goodwin’s. Beatrice will not let her company go without a fight, and soon the former lovers are duking it out in business even as they’re sneaking sexy trysts after hours. Both are headstrong and visionary, but only Beatrice truly understands the needs of long-suffering women, and creates a shopping experience that enthralls the ladies of New York as much as it dismays the jealous (and admiring) Wes. In time, Wes acknowledges he has much to learn, starting with accepting Beatrice’s need for self-determination.
VERDICT Rival store owners, second-chance romance, and a focus on feminism are wrapped up in a thoroughly fun package that’s part Mr. Selfridge mixed with a dash of Gilded Age You’ve Got Mail, producing a winning addition (after Duchess by Design) to Rodale’s popular series.

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