Maya Rodale comes to the blog with the third book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, this one a battle of retail giants in Gilded Age New York City with
An Heiress to Remember
Beatrice and Wes were young and in love, with only a few problems. She was raised to marry well, preferably a Duke and rise to the heights of society. Wes was born in the slums and only hard work, ambition and Bea’s father seeing some promise in him offered him a step to middle class. But, as a match: they were never to be. She married her Duke, he left hurt, angry and paid off – and never the two should meet.
Until Beatrice, fed up with the cage that marriage to the Duke represented, beaten down and chastised for simply being decided that she wanted a divorce and left England as a scandalous woman. Returning home to find that her family’s store had been mismanaged to the point of bankruptcy by her alcoholic brother, and there is one man looking to buy everything: Wes. Stopping the sale and on the urging of her dressmaker Amelia, she visits with the peculiar group of women who, without their husband’s knowledge or consent (those who have husbands) have been working to improve the plight of women for years now. Armed with ideas, some sound reasoning and an investment, Bea decides to turn the store around and make a ‘haven’ to cater to women – a store unlike others with wages paid to women that are more than half a man’s wage, childcare, retreat spaces and innovative and new ideas to spark change for all.
Like the others in this series, the women and the changes they are making are taking the city by storm and making this a favorite series!. Still some 20 years or more from the vote, these women – some of means and others with little means but loaded with determination and ideas, have managed to carve a solid following as success follows success: Beatrice’s store in direct competition with Wes Dalton’s – widely thought to be the best in the city brings a series of changes to everyone involved. Freedoms to Bea, a new purpose to Wes that discounts his sixteen years focused only on revenge, and the recognition that the two of them, together are a match to be reckoned with. Like all of Rodale’s stories, the connections, the determination of the women, and the descriptions are lovely, and the struggles faced by women just a century and some years earlier are highlighted and depicted from both sides – as some men come to see the error of their ways, other women find themselves in positions they couldn’t have dreamed of before Bea started to turn the store around, and the continued press from the Ladies of Liberty Club for more opportunity and less constriction for women.
Title: An Heiress to Remember
Author: Maya Rodale
Series: The Gilded Age Girls Club #3
Also in this series: Duchess by Design, Some Like It Scandalous
Genre: Friendship, Gilded Age, Historic Elements, Historical Romance, Humor elements, Political commentary, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American
Published by: Avon
Published on: 31 March, 2020
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 30 minutes
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USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series continues with an enemies-to-lovers romance that shows love is sweeter than revenge.
Once a society darling, Beatrice Goodwin has returned to Manhattan in a cloud of scandal. She is determined to save the bankrupt family business—Goodwin’s Department Store—and transform it into the shopping destination for Manhattan’s women. She will certainly never, ever sell it to Wes Dalton.
Wes Dalton came from nowhere to possess one of the great fortunes of the Gilded Age, thanks to his premier department store located opposite Goodwin’s. This “Merchant Prince” never forgot the girl who got away—or her parents who made it clear that he’d never be rich, powerful or respectable enough. He has sworn revenge—until Beatrice’s return complicates everything.
Happy ever after at last . . . ?
Now Goodwin’s and Dalton’s are dueling to be the best department store in Manhattan. Beatrice and Wes will stop at nothing to impress, and not even the sparks flying between them will get in the way of their fierce rivalry. They’re competitors by day and lovers by night, until they’re forced to choose what is sweeter: revenge, success or happy ever after at last.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.