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The Third Heiress
The Third Heiress
Author: Brenda Joyce
ISBN-13: 9780312974190
ISBN-10: 0312974191
Publication Date: 8/15/2000
Pages: 500
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 68 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Setting: London, present day and early 20th century
Sensuality Rating: 5
Bestselling author Brenda Joyce makes her hardcover debut with The Third Heiress, a tale of suspense and romance that spans a century. Following a car crash, professional dancer Jill Gallagher holds her dying fiancé in her arms as he whispers, "I love you... Kate." Left with the wretched task of returning Hal's body to London and the aristocratic Sheldon family, Jill encounters hostility, malevolence, and a 90-year-old mystery involving a beautiful young American woman named Kate Gallagher and her impossible love affair with Edward Sheldon, Viscount Braxton.

A tangled web of love, lies, and murder begins to unravel as Jill digs into the scandal, revealing that very little has changed in the century since Kate Gallagher first caught Edward Sheldon's fancy--especially when the blue-blooded family lineage is threatened by an American upstart. When someone begins warning Jill off her research by ransacking her rented flat and slicing her car brakes, she isn't sure if Hal's American-born cousin Alex Preston is friend or foe. Alex claims to want to help, but Jill suspects that he is not telling her the truth. And with the threats against her life intensifying, Jill is running out of options quickly. A well-crafted novel infused with passion and suspense, The Third Heiress will both delight Joyce's devoted fans and attract new readers
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Like most of her books, it turned out to be an interesting book.
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very much a page turner, great read.
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When Jill Gallagher's fiance is tragically killed, she brings his body home to his aristocratic English family. Once there, she enters a world of hostility, suspicion, and closely guarded secrets. Then she finds an old photograph of an American heiress named Kate Gallagher who looks remarkably like herself--and who disappeared nearly a century ago. What legacy of scandal has she unearthed? Who is so desperate to stop her? And can she trust the enigmatic man who may be her greatest ally--or her most dangerous foe?
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Very good read.
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Suspense and intrigue keeps you turning the pages
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I couldn't put it down!
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I'm not a big fan of contemporaries, but Brenda Joyce is one of my all time favorite authors of historical romance. She writes so powerfully, no matter what time period. A must read.
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The best description of this novel comes from the back of the book - "sexual intrigues, betrayal, and century-old cover-ups...a page-turner" (Publishers Weekly)
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The story between Jill and Alex wasn't good, but I loved the flashback story of Kate and Edward and the rivalry between her and her best friend Anne. That's all I'm gonna say about it. You'll just have to read the book to understand the connection between the four people.
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Jill Gallagher's fiance is tragically killed, she brings his body home to his aristocratic English family. Once there, she enters a world of hostility, suspicion, and closely guarded secrets. Then she finds an old photograph of an American heiress named Kate Gallagher who looks remarkably like herself-and who disappeared nearly a century ago. What legacy of scandal has she unearthed? Who is so desperate to stop her?
And can she trust the enigmatic man who may be her greatest ally...or her most dangerous foe?
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A review, "Brenda Joyce has crafter a genealogical thriler of family secrets and obsessions that is sure to keep you up, reading into the night" - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
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Modern romantic mystery about an English family and their secrets.
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When Jill Gallagher's fiance is tragically killed, she brings his body home to his aristocratic English family. Once there, she enters a world of hostility, suspicion, and closely guarded secrets. Then she finds an old photograph of an American heiress named Kate Gallagher who looks remarkably like herself - and who disappeared nearly a century ago. What legacy of scandal has she unearthed? Who is so desperate to stop her? And can she trust the enigmatic man who may be her greatest ally...or her most dangerous foe?
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When Jill Gallagher's fiancé is tragically killed, she brings his body home to his aristocratic English family. Once there, she enters a world of hostility, suspicion, and closely guarded secrets. Then she finds an old photograph of an American heiress named Kate Gallagher who looks remarkably like herself -- and who disappeared nearly a century ago. What legacy of scandal has she unearthed? Who is so desperate to stop her? And can she trust the enigmatic man who may be her greatest ally... or her most dangerous foe?
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The heroine of romance novelist Joyce's (The Finer Things) hardcover debut thinks she will live happily ever after, and instead unearths a nest of family secrets. Born into a working-class family, talented ballerina-turned-Broadway-dancer Jill Gallagher is ecstatic with her new fianc , aristocratic Brit Harold "Hal" Sheldon. But as they drive along a New York highway, he breaks off their engagement, saying he wants to return to his family in London. A devastated Jill turns to confront him--and wraps the car around a tree. Though Jill escapes unscathed, Hal dies in her arms, his last words, "I love you... Kate." Accompanying Hal's body to London, Jill obsesses: who is Kate? Was Hal leaving her for another woman? Hal's family blames Jill for the accident, except for his cousin Alex Preston, who's just a bit less prickly than the Sheldons. In Hal's old bedroom, Jill discovers a 1906 photo of two young women, Kate Gallagher and Anne Bensonhurst. Anne was Hal's grandmother, but Kate, a nouveau-riche American heiress (with Jill's last name), mysteriously disappeared the year she turned 18. As Jill abandons her life in New York in her single-minded hunt for Kate (whom she believes is her own ancestor), Alex becomes a provocateur, helper and saboteur on the case. The mystery deepens when Jill finds a decapitated cat on her porch and discovers that the brakes on her car are cut. Joyce's occasionally trite prose ("Hal is dead. Ghosts make poor lovers") is easily ignored as she blends the stories of Jill and Kate, piecing together sexual intrigue, betrayals and century-old coverups that connect them. This genealogical thriller is a page turner that should please the readers of Joyce's previous 24 paperback romances (with seven million copies in print) and could perhaps prove her breakout novel. (Sept.) FYI: A rebate coupon will appear in the back of Perfect Secrets, to be released in August, and Joyce's Web site (www.brendajoyce.com) is already advertising her hardcover launch. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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The back of the book says"Sexual intrigue, betrayals, and century-old cover-ups...a page turner". I never read this book, it's in great shape.