The Heiress (Madison Sisters Series #2)

The Heiress (Madison Sisters Series #2)

by Lynsay Sands

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“You can’t help but fall in love with Lynsay Sands!”
—Christina Dodd


Whether she’s enthralling readers with the exploits of her Argeneau vampire family, transporting fans to the Scottish Highlands, or enchanting them with love affairs of the noble lords and ladies of the Regency ton, New York Times and USA Today bestseller Lynsay Sands knows how to pen a winner! The Heiress—the second book in the very sexy, very funny Regency romance series she began with The Countess—is further proof of Sands’s historical romance mastery. The winning tale of an alluring beauty desperately seeking a poor husband, The Heiress is exactly the kind of sharp and witty read that fans of Julie Garwood and Teresa Medeiros—not to mention Lynsay’s own army of aficionados—are looking for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061963094
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Series: Madison Sisters Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 387,358
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at


London, Ontario

Place of Birth:

Leamington, Ontario

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The Heiress 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 183 reviews.
AnnieMignon More than 1 year ago
I was all ready to start to read The Heiress thinking it would be like any book in a series starting at where Suzette goes to Gretna Green to get married. She had the audacity to rewrite The Countess and call it The Heiress. I actually googled to see how I could get my money back for having had to purchase the same book twice under a false pretense of another title. I will writing a letter to her publisher.
michy111 More than 1 year ago
nt perspective. it is really just copy and pasted from the countess book. how can she publish this and charge us for this!!! i was always such a fan but to do this i feel completelly ripped off!!! bottom line... DON'T BUY IT!!!!
MaryLou Norman More than 1 year ago
What a waste of money! It's an almost exact copy of the first book. Lynsay Sands should be ashamed to even put her name on it and her publisher should be charged with fraud. I won't be purchasing anything else from this author.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Suzette Madison needs a husband, like yesterday! Her father has been trapped with a gambling debt she needs to pay off to save him and her dowry will deal with that but she needs a husband to get that money. The idea she has is to find an attractive man you needs money but has none of his own, so he will let her keep her freedom. Suzette meets Daniel, Lord Woodrow and he is a perfect match to solve all her problems. Daniel swears he is poor as a church mouse and has no servants to speak of and cares for his mother. All this is true; well no none of it true and Daniel feels he has to tell this lie to keep the scheming women of the ton away so that he can make a choice of a wife on his own merits not his money. Daniel did lose everything but his best friend Richard more than recouped his losses and he is rebuilding the family estate. With a twist and turn here and there Daniel woos Suzette while Richard is figuring out what to do with his new wife who is not his new wife as she was his twin's wife and now his twin is dead, say what? Daniel will not be distracted by Richard's problems because Suzette is enough distraction all on her own and he can't wait to make her his wife, his only wife and his last wife if only they can get to Gretna Green fast enough. But with all great love stories there is complication and someone just does not want Daniel to be married to Suzette. The trials and tests that are presented to this couple make they waver a bit in their love but can it break them apart. Daniel believes all things even out in the end and hopes that Suzette understands that they each have had happiness and misery but together they will have joy. This book is told as a joint effort with The Countess for the first half which explains the dynamics of both family and friends, plus you get option of seeing the same story from two perspectives that are happening at the same time. You might think that distracting but it was quite entertaining and enjoyable. The best part does start when Daniel and Suzette have their own story because she is not a lady of the ton but a sassy woman in her own way. Daniel knows what marriage and love can bring so making the right choice and telling his white lies seem to make sense after the story is completely played out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the everyone who gave this book a low rating. This book is the retelling of "The Countess" with a few new perspectives thrown in until chapter 10. Now I wouldn't have minded a prologue to catch first time series readers but there are only 17 chapters in the book so basically I paid full price for a seven chapter book. I just hope the last installment of the series is not a repeat. Sadly disappointed in Sands but I still love her style.
JenJen74960 More than 1 year ago
I want my money back because It seems I have already bought this book only it had a different title, 'the Countess'. I don't understand how the publisher would let this slip by, You owe me $7.99 Ms. Sands.
Patty Cook More than 1 year ago
Ditto concerning the previous disappointed reader's comments! Hopefully we can save other readers their time and money....not to mention the frustration!
8ooknerd More than 1 year ago
Total Rip-off. Save yourself the trouble and just read "The Countess" since 3/4 of the book is a repeat of that story. Can't believe I paid for this. Shame on you Lynsay and your publishers. I can assure you I will NOT be purchasing the 3rd book in this series!
swantu More than 1 year ago
I was so disappointed. It was like reading the first book The Countess but just at the point of view of of Suzette and Daniel Would not recommend. :-(
Angela_ID More than 1 year ago
After reading the 1st book, The Countess, this is essentially the same story all over again from a different perspective. Several chapters in I was so bored I stopped reading. Too bad you can't return an eBook.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her sister Christian's marriage (see The Countess) bought the family time, but at the rate their father loses money gambling, they still face the scandal of poverty shortly. Suzette knows she needs to find a husband, which will allow her to demand her inheritance. Suzette wants an impoverished desperate male who needs to marry money and is wiling to negotiate with her over the joint use of her dowry. Daniel Woodrow pretends to be a pauper to elude gold-digging twits. However, when he and Suzette meet, both are attracted to one another. She insists she seeks a penurious spouse while he pleads insolvency. She stuns him with a proposal that he shocks her by accepting. Besides ridding them of a corpse, they chase after a blackmailer and must escape a diabolical adversary before they can say I do in love. Since the Heiress is a co-read to the Countess, as several major incidents are reiterated here in a fresh brisk manner but from a different viewpoint (Einstein's relativity at work), it behooves the audience to read both historical romantic suspense thrillers back to back. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the lead couple meets and never slows down as Lynsay Sands amusingly satirizes the sub-genre with a spin mindful of Oscar Wilde's Victorian lampoon The Importance of Being Ernest; in this case the importance of being poor. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was great. If only I had looked at the reviews before buying. It is a copy of the first book! I would like a refund.
historicalbooklover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok this one lagged for me. Mostly due to it feeling like I was rereading The Countess which I just read less than a month ago. Only in the last 150 pages does it really pick up and go on with their story. I hate it when authors do this reusing the same scenes and conversations from another book they wrote only changing the names so the other character is saying it. In the end it is still the same thing I read last time =( I think I feel cheated with this book...I hope the next will redeem this trilogy...I am looking forward to reading the youngest sister's story. Hopefully with Robert..
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Suzette needs to find a husband quickly. Preferably a gentlemen who is down on his luck and in need of a wealthy wife. She has no other way of getting her dowry - which is much needed in order to pay off her father's gambling debts and save the family from scandal and ultimately ruin.Daniel Woodrow seems the perfect candidate. He has a title, he's single, he's handsome and he's broke. Or so he says. For Daniel hasn't been completely honest with Suzette. He tells a white lie about his lack of fortune thinking Suzette would react like all the other fortune-hunting mama's of the ton. But instead she's delighted by his poverty... so delighted in fact that she proposes matrimony. Now all he has to do in order to keep Suzette is to continue his penniless charade and thwart the villain who will do anything to keep them apart.You originally meet Suzette and Daniel in The Countess. Actually most of their story takes place simultaneously as that of Christiana and Richard. So, I found The Heiress to be a bit redundant. I must make note that I did read both books only a few weeks apart so this may be the reasoning behind why I found them to be so redundant, but for half the book I was reading its predecessor told through a different couple's perspective. While I did enjoy the second half of the book, where Suzette and Daniel finally begin their own story, I could not get over the lackluster of its start.Since this story is mostly a rehash of The Countess, new readers can't read this book without reading its predecessor and those that have read The Countess will find this one excruciatingly redundant. It's a shame really, because those moments that were exclusively Suzette and Daniel were wonderful. Suzette was bold, brazen and not your average blushing lady. Daniel was charming and the perfect gentleman. I loved how they ruffled each others feathers. They were perfect together. Their more romantic scenes were a joy to read - very sensual and steamy. Their first kiss was unforgettable. I believe it may be the sexiest first kiss I've ever read. I know, I was blushing over a first kiss... don't judge. All in all, I can't say that I was a big fan of this book. I did enjoy the story, the characters and I am definitely reading the next book in the series... but I will keep my fingers crossed that we don't have to read about Dicky, his murder and the mystery surrounding it once again. I hope that Lisa and Robert have their own storyline, preferably one that starts after Suzette and Daniel's ends.
Cats57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Heiress (Madison Sisters #2) by Lynsay Sands This is the Second book in the Madison Sisters Trilogy and just a tiny bit weaker than the first book ¿The Countess¿ which was fabulously funny and romantic.This is a comedy of errors since Suzette wants a poor husband, one that she can manage and manipulate. She thinks that she has found it with Daniel Woodward, a close friend of her sister the Countesses husband. However, what she does not know about him can really throw her plans in the rubbish!Daniel doesn¿t want the attentions of money seeking misses or the attentions of their grasping Mama¿s, so he pretends poverty and Suzette is thrilled. Now Daniel tries to gently tell her the truth all the while trying not to succumb to the temptation of Suzettes charms and determined to avoid the villain who is trying to end his life.I found this selection in this trilogy to be a little difficult to follow since it is running parallel in time and storey to ¿The Countess¿ and that was a new experience for me. I think that others may not have the same issues with this that I did. But I did want to warn people that it is a tad disconcerting at times. Otherwise, this is a perfectly charming and cute addition to the Madison Sister¿s Trilogy. I cannot wait to read the third addition to this series and they will become ¿keepers¿ on my shelves.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE HEIRESS by Lynsay Sands is the second in the exciting "Madison Sisters"set in Regency England. This can be read as a stand alone,The first in the series " The Countess". This is a laugh out loud story told from the male hero's viewpoint instead of the female.Whild Suzette is desperately seeking a husband,Daniel is not seeking a wife,but becomes involved with Suzette.Suzette in the mean time is trying to help her sister who was married to a monster who not only was mean to her,but throught he killed his twin brother.He was also a liar,and an all around terrible man. Visit "The Countess" for more details. Back to Suzette and Daniel.Daniel has not been entirely truthful with Suzette for he let her believe he was a man in poverty with a title when instead he is actually weathy. Susan believes to save her younger sister,from diaster she must marry,her father has once again gambled away the family's money.Or so they throught.This is a funny,sexy,story of romance,family,love,and danger.This is a Desperately seeking Daniel/Suzette that will leave you wanting more.It is a fast paced,page turning story from the first page to the last.This book was received for the purpose of review from the Net Galley and the publisher and details can be found at Avon,an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers and My Book Addiction and More
bookworm2bookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
REDUX=It is a Latin word that means ¿brought back¿ or ¿revisited¿ and ¿The Heiress¿ is Suzette and Daniel¿s story told from their point of view and happening at the same time as ¿The Countess¿. To those who read the first one, the first 210 pages will defenatly feel redundant, and like me, they¿ll skim through those pages, especially the dialog. I wasn¿t in the mood to read over the same conversations so there was a lot of skimming over. To anyone that decides to read this one first DON¿T! It will be a bit confusing, since majority of the scenes that took place in the house with the ¿pretender¿s¿ dead body are glossed over in this one. Those are important scenes and should be read first.Now, since the entire first half of this book is REDUX¿ some will be greatly disappointed, BUT! And this is a very important BUT. I know I shouldn¿t ignore the fact that most of this book was a rehash of the first one, BUT I liked Suzette¿s character from the first book so I thought her story was quite good, once we left their point of view from ¿The Countess¿. From that point on, Suzette and Daniel come to life as the last third of the book is all fresh. Suzette was straight forward, frank, very witty and bold. She had no fear of speaking her mind. Daniel was a very dashing, likable hero, who tried very hard to keep his hands off of her. He appreciated her frankness and liked her from the first time he spoke to her.Their interaction was a delight to read and their love scenes were passionate as well as funny. I chuckled every time Daniel lost his self-control around Suzette. Naturally, all the other characters from the earlier book are with us still and we meet new ones also, like Daniel¿s mother. There are some predictable villains, and the plot isn¿t much of a surprise, but all in all a pleasant and fun read.I think Lisa¿s story will be next, and I so hope it will not be a ¿REDUX¿ of both.BTW: If you¿d like to read a very good ¿REDUX¿ I recommend Julia Quinn¿s Two Dukes of Wyndham 1. The Lost Duke of Wyndham (2008) and 2. Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (2008).I loved the way she revisited and interwoven those two stories. That was much better told than these two, in my humble opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not happy!! This book is the exact same story as the Countess! I cant believe I paid for this book. I can't believe the author is not embarrased she did this. A complete sham.
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This book went over the first book a little too much for my liking. If you read the books in order this book is taking up way too much time giving information on the first book rather than what is happening to the Heiress. It was quite annoying after a while. Towards the end was when I was starting to enjoy the book since it was finally starting to become separate from the first one.
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romantikheart More than 1 year ago
This is The Countess again. Supposedly, it changes after chapter 10, but that means I have to essentially reread 10 chapters of a book that was mildly entertaining to get the few paragraphs about the new characters. I was very disappointed. I will not by buying the third book without thoroughly checking its plot first.