January 7, 2021
'With stunningly lyrical writing, Greeley elevates Austen-inspired fiction onto a whole new plane.' - Natalie Jenner, author of The Jane Austen Society As a fussy baby, Anne was prescribed laudanum to quiet her and has been given the opium-heavy syrup ever since, on account of her continuing ill health. While Lady Catherine is outraged when Darcy chooses not to marry her daughter, Anne barely even notices. But little by little, she comes to see that what she has always been told is an affliction of nature might in fact be one of nurture - and one, therefore, that she can beat. She finally throws away her laudanum and seeks refuge at the London home of her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. Suddenly wide awake to the world but utterly unprepared, Anne must forge a new identity among those who have never seen the real her - including herself. With its wit, sensuality and compassion, The Heiress is a sparklingly rebellious novel that takes a shadowy figure from the background of beloved classic Pride & Prejudice and throws her into the light. 'Haunting. The Heiress has all the hallmarks of nineteenth-century Gothic, which doesn't shy away from "modern" ills, such as the opiate crisis, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and homophobia. Highly recommended.' - Finola Austin, author of Bronte's Mistress
This was a 5 star for me.
I found the writing style deceptive. Initially, I thought I was not sure of the story and that I may stop reading soon, but soon never came. The storyline and the style snuck up on me. I couldn’t put the book down.
The mother. The doctor. The laudanum. The father and the relatives. Society and its values. Mary Wollstonecroft. Schools and female education. And so much more were covered in this book – implicit in the storyline and packed into what seemed initially, on the surface, to be a standard typical historical romance. One that turned out to be so atypical and so empathetically written.