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The Heiress
The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh | Molly Greeley
In this gorgeously written and spellbinding historical novel based on Pride and Prejudice, the author of The Clergyman's Wife combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with the eroticism and Gothic intrigue of Sarah Waters to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh. As a fussy baby, Anne de Bourgh's doctor prescribed laudanum to quiet her, and now the young woman must take the opium-heavy tincture every day. Growing up sheltered and confined, removed from sunshine and fresh air, the pale and overly slender Anne grew up with few companions except her cousins, including Fitzwilliam Darcy. Throughout their childhoods, it was understood that Darcy and Anne would marry and combine their vast estates of Pemberley and Rosings. But Darcy does not love Anne or want her. After her father dies unexpectedly, leaving her his vast fortune, Anne has a moment of clarity: what if her life of fragility and illness isn't truly real? What if she could free herself from the medicine that clouds her sharp mind and leaves her body weak and lethargic? Might there be a better life without the medicine she has been told she cannot live without? In a frenzy of desperation, Anne discards her laudanum and flees to the London home of her cousin, Colonel John Fitzwilliam, who helps her through her painful recovery. Yet once she returns to health, new challenges await. Shy and utterly inexperienced, the wealthy heiress must forge a new identity for herself, learning to navigate a "season" in society and the complexities of love and passion. The once wan, passive Anne gives way to a braver woman with a keen edge--leading to a powerful reckoning with the domineering mother determined to control Anne's fortune . . . and her life. An extraordinary tale of one woman's liberation, The Heiress reveals both the darkness and light in Austen's world, with wit, sensuality, and a deeply compassionate understanding of the human heart.
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CrowCAH
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Jas16
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While I didn‘t like this one as much The Clergyman‘s Wife, I did still enjoy reading a book centered around Anne de Bourgh - seeing other characters from Pride & Prejudice from her eyes and envisioning a life for her outside of being the sickly girl Darcy‘s aunt expects him to marry. A fun read for any Austen fan.

LeahBergen I‘ll have to grab a copy of this as I was pleasantly surprised by The Clergyman‘s Wife. 👍 2w
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Mrs_B
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The story of Anne de Bourgh, this was an engrossing imagining of her upbringing and life. For some reason this didn‘t quite hit the mark for me, I think too much of the book was given to Anne‘s younger experiences and I wanted to hear more about when she was finally discovering herself. It was still an enjoyable read.

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kspenmoll
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What a glorious novel! Anne de Bough,heiress to a lucrative country estate,has been addicted to laudanum since babyhood.She lives in a dream like,hypersensitive world where the house speaks to her,creatures visit in the night & a simple circle undulates.She flees to her cousin in London where she undergoes excruciating withdrawal.Her life slowly transforms.Love beckons.Conflicts rise with her mother,who prefers the sedated Anne.🔽

kspenmoll The author‘s writing is lyrical,rich in detail. Anne‘s inner life is beautifully rendered. Gorgeous novel! 9mo
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“Mr. Applewhite,in his stiff white stock and flowing black cassock,said once with great authority that only humans have souls… I could not help feeling the personhood in all these things and I was sure our vicar must be wrong.”—Anne de Bourgh

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kspenmoll
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Up next.

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JenniferP
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Starting this, which I picked up in the author‘s hometown of Traverse City, Michigan at a wonderful independent bookstore.

Tamra Love the cover! 9mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Just finished. I enjoyed it but I felt like there were a few things I would have changed lol

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kera_11
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This novel tells the life story of a side character from Pride and Prejudice. The author did a great job of not trying to be Jane and writing the story in her own tone as it should be bc Anne is incredibly different from the other characters. Anne comes to terms with what her life has been and what it could be if she has the courage to take it. A surprise sapphic story which makes it a huge win with me.

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Well-ReadNeck
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This novel is surprisingly original. Basically Pride and Prejudice fan fic and it‘s awesome. A wonderfully modern take on a minor character‘s backstory.

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Wife
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Another P&P off-shoot that I had to read. This is a story about a secondary character, Anne de Bourgh. It‘s a pick, although it‘s slow, the end was worth it.
3/5🌷s

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Hana321
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I really liked this story of Anne De Bough. A progressive woman born into the wrong century. As a fragile infant her parents dosed her with Laudanum to sooth her and she ended up as semi vegetable for 29 years. She finally kicks the sauce and ends up living a life no one really expected her to have. There are some depressing elements to the story that I tried not to focus on because I don‘t think that was the point.

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DanaManiac
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4 ⭐️

Anne's character arc felt realistic considering her portrayal in P&P. About halfway through the book, I sensed that it was heading in an unexpected direction. I won't give any spoilers, since it's not mentioned in the synopsis, but I will say that it felt right for Anne. My interest faded in the last few chapters, but I had enjoyed it so very much until then, that I stuck with it. I hope we can look forward to more P&P spinoffs from Molly!

iread2much Yay! This is on my buy this list, so I‘m glad to read it was good 1y
DanaManiac @iread2much Oh yay- I hope you like it! She does a really good job with P&P spin-offs. 1y
iread2much @DanaManiac ooo, thank you! I will have to read some of her other books too! 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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The Heiress is the life story of Anne de Bourgh of the P&P universe, daughter of Catherine. I wasn‘t sure about it at first, but I ended up just loving it. I appreciate that I didn‘t know where it was going and that it stayed far enough from P&P itself to seem just right. Highly recommend.

LeahBergen I think I might like this. Stacked! 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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In the perspective Anne de bourg from p&p. Starts from when she is young, through the book, and well after. Extremely well done. It took a character I never cared about and made me.

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thewallflower0707
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This book flowed very nicely and I finished it in only 3 1/2 hours 🎊. This was my first P&P fanfiction and I enjoyed it quite a bit (especially the unexpected but welcomed romance). I just wish the book would have focused more on her struggle with Lady Catherine and her becoming independent. The book skipped a bit there.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars

#theheiress #kindle

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kezzlou85
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I wasn't sure if I would like this to begin with but I was quickly hooked. I generally prefer crime and thrillers but I'm starting to develop a taste for historical stories too. This was a really good read. I instantly liked Anne and I'm glad she stayed true to herself throughout the story. The ending was beautiful and finished the story just right. The plot is slow and steady but it fits with the time and the story. 4* #Netgalley

kspenmoll Love the cover. 1y
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Anne is a shadowy figure in Pride & Prejudice & the author of The Heiress has taken slim source material and written an intriguing backstory which includes a lesbian romance. Overall, I rather enjoyed reading this book, but it was rather slow at times, although the ending was suitably poignant. 3⭐

Thanks to NetGalley and publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, for the opportunity to read an ARC. I am voluntarily giving an honest review.

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First two reads for 2021 selected: one physical book, and one NetGalley eARC.

@Clwojick @Lizpixie
#OnNewYearsDay #JumpStart2021

Lizpixie ❤️👏❤️👏 1y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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A P&P spin off about Anne de Bourgh. What a fun concept. I appreciate some if the creative decisions in this. The writing is very well done and the story folds into the universe nicely.
I have one criticism - the author's choice to have a character raised on drugs, obviously suggesting addiction, and the subsequent story after the character decides to get free is so fairy tale like I found it distracting.

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