The Last Heiress is a stand alone novel by Mary Ellis. It's set in Wilmington, NC during the Civil War but with the added twist of a heiress from England looking for cotton for her mills. It sounded interesting and I liked the cover, but the story itself was not that good.
Ever since the Civil War started Dunn Mills has struggled to get supplies so Amanda's sick father asks her to go to America to seek more cotton for their mills. Amanda is thrilled to be able to see her twin again, but when she arrives she is shocked by how they live. When she meets shop owner, Nate Cooper, things start to look up for her, but her twin, Abigail, and her husband aren't sure Nate is a good match for Amanda. Will the social divide separate Nate and Amanda before they even get a chance to know each other?
This story was poorly written, boring. and I had to make myself slog through it. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and I hated how some were portrayed as bad and then all of a sudden they weren't. It was confusing! It was like the author couldn't decide who the characters were either. I thought the main character was very unrealistically portrayed, and it seemed so weird and out of character for Amanda to start talking so familiarly with the shop owner. Bottom line, this book was a chore to read, and I am actually shocked that it's getting such good reviews.
I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.