Joanna Shupe returns to the blog with the first in The Fifth Avenue Rebels series, featuring two rather unusual (for the day) people, revenge, deceptions and desire with
The Heiress Hunt
Harrison Archer, second son and much abused, left New York without a word for Paris some years ago, and rumors of his debauchery were all that had reached Maddie Westbrook’s ears in ages. Stunned and hurt by her childhood best friend’s disappearance, and now approaching her third year in society and close to “landing” a Duke, her focus is turning to her tennis. A bargain with her parents allowed her to pursue a ‘career’ in tennis for a few more years, until choosing the appropriate man to marry. But the surprise return of Harrison leaves her conflicted: never had she had THAT reaction to her childhood friend, and now he was back to find a wife: with her help.
For his part, Harrison has no interest in any of Maddie’s friends, but using her to organize the party of introductions and a weekend of relaxation at his favorite house, her family’s in Rhode Island, is his desire. There he can arrange to spend time with Maddie, see if he can’t convince her of his affections, and gauge her reactions. Of course his best friends Kit and Prescott know of his enduring affections for Maddie, and of the turbulent relationship that he has with his family. Disowned after years of abuse as the ‘second son’ his brother’s mismanagement has nearly lost them the company. Now they are demanding Harrison marry well and give them the money to save the company.
What emerges is a series of issues, deceptions and some truly astounding maneuvers that don’t place Maddie OR Harrison in a very good light. Both need to focus on communicating with one another, being honest, and when push comes to shove Maddie needs to learn that ‘good enough” isn’t quite enough. While there were more moments that frustrated me with both characters, there are also moments that shine brightly and given my history with Shupe’s stories and characters, I’m excited to see who’s up next for her matching, and just what their stories will reveal. Everyone is so complex and complete here: from her disgraced and slightly disreputable friend Nellie to the quietly menacing Prescott: there is plenty of scope and this was a good introduction to both the characters and their connections. And NOBODY (that I’ve read) can pen a Gilded Age story complete with descriptions, moments and characters like Shupe.
Title: The Heiress Hunt:
Author: Joanna Shupe
Series: The Fifth Avenue Rebels #1
Genre: Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Gilded Age, Historic Elements, Historical Romance, Humor elements, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American
Published on: 9 March, 2021
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 17 minutes
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High society reprobate.
An unconventional heiress.
Is it too late...
Knickerbocker scoundrel Harrison Archer returns to New York to discover that his deceased father has bankrupted his estranged family. To save them from ruin, he’s forced to quickly find and marry an heiress. For a matchmaker, Harrison turns to the one woman he wishes he could marry: his childhood friend and true love, Maddie, who once broke his heart and is now engaged to a duke.
For true love?
When her best friend Harrison left for Paris without a word, Maddie Webster took refuge in her infatuation with tennis. Now Harrison is back and needs her help in finding a bride. Begrudgingly, Maddie arranges a house party in Newport with a guest list of eligible heiresses. But watching Harrison flirt with potential brides is more than she can bear.
When Harrison and Maddie reunite, the passion between them ignites. But with their marriages to others looming, time is running out. Is their fate inescapable . . .or can love set them free?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.