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USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series continues with an enemies-to-lovers romance that shows love is sweeter than revenge. Uptown Heiress Once a society darling, Beatrice Goodwin has returned to Manhattan in a cloud of scandal. She is determined to save the bankrupt family business—Goodwin’s Department Store—and transform it into the shoppin USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series continues with an enemies-to-lovers romance that shows love is sweeter than revenge. Uptown Heiress Once a society darling, Beatrice Goodwin has returned to Manhattan in a cloud of scandal. She is determined to save the bankrupt family business—Goodwin’s Department Store—and transform it into the shopping destination for Manhattan’s women. She will certainly never, ever sell it to Wes Dalton. Downtown Rogue Wes Dalton came from nowhere to possess one of the great fortunes of the Gilded Age, thanks to his premier department store located opposite Goodwin’s. This “Merchant Prince” never forgot the girl who got away—or her parents who made it clear that he’d never be rich, powerful or respectable enough. He has sworn revenge—until Beatrice’s return complicates everything. Happy ever after at last . . . ? Now Goodwin’s and Dalton’s are dueling to be the best department store in Manhattan. Beatrice and Wes will stop at nothing to impress, and not even the sparks flying between them will get in the way of their fierce rivalry. They’re competitors by day and lovers by night, until they’re forced to choose what is sweeter: revenge, success or happy ever after at last.


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USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series continues with an enemies-to-lovers romance that shows love is sweeter than revenge. Uptown Heiress Once a society darling, Beatrice Goodwin has returned to Manhattan in a cloud of scandal. She is determined to save the bankrupt family business—Goodwin’s Department Store—and transform it into the shoppin USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series continues with an enemies-to-lovers romance that shows love is sweeter than revenge. Uptown Heiress Once a society darling, Beatrice Goodwin has returned to Manhattan in a cloud of scandal. She is determined to save the bankrupt family business—Goodwin’s Department Store—and transform it into the shopping destination for Manhattan’s women. She will certainly never, ever sell it to Wes Dalton. Downtown Rogue Wes Dalton came from nowhere to possess one of the great fortunes of the Gilded Age, thanks to his premier department store located opposite Goodwin’s. This “Merchant Prince” never forgot the girl who got away—or her parents who made it clear that he’d never be rich, powerful or respectable enough. He has sworn revenge—until Beatrice’s return complicates everything. Happy ever after at last . . . ? Now Goodwin’s and Dalton’s are dueling to be the best department store in Manhattan. Beatrice and Wes will stop at nothing to impress, and not even the sparks flying between them will get in the way of their fierce rivalry. They’re competitors by day and lovers by night, until they’re forced to choose what is sweeter: revenge, success or happy ever after at last.

30 review for An Heiress to Remember

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    When I learned that Rodale was moving from Regency to the Guilded Age, I was excited as it seemed like a good move. Her Regency stories were by and large enjoyable, but to me, they always felt like they should be set 30 to 50 years later. Many featured an author’s note indicating that an event would occur at some point in the future, so it seemed like the historical events that inspired the author weren’t really set in the Regency. I enjoyed the first two in this series, but I loved this one. Be When I learned that Rodale was moving from Regency to the Guilded Age, I was excited as it seemed like a good move. Her Regency stories were by and large enjoyable, but to me, they always felt like they should be set 30 to 50 years later. Many featured an author’s note indicating that an event would occur at some point in the future, so it seemed like the historical events that inspired the author weren’t really set in the Regency. I enjoyed the first two in this series, but I loved this one. Beatrice and Dalton are a well-matched pair. They had a chance to be together in their youth with impossible odds but the other options were too compelling. Sixteen years later, their paths cross again and puts them against each other running rival department stores. This sets up wonderful anticipation, as they challenge each other and are ultimately drawn to each other. Great chemistry here. I really enjoyed this latest offering by Rodale. It’s a story where everything came together, great characters and historical context. This story does feature characters from the previous books but I don’t think it necessary to read books 1&2 before this one. *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read and review this book. This is my honest opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a great time with this historical romance! Even though I had a copy of this book for a couple of weeks, I had no idea when I might be able to work it into my reading schedule. I picked it up just a few days ago to give it a closer look and was hooked after just a few pages and ended up reading the whole book in less than twenty-four hours. I found this to be a delightful and very enjoyable read. This book is the third book in Th This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a great time with this historical romance! Even though I had a copy of this book for a couple of weeks, I had no idea when I might be able to work it into my reading schedule. I picked it up just a few days ago to give it a closer look and was hooked after just a few pages and ended up reading the whole book in less than twenty-four hours. I found this to be a delightful and very enjoyable read. This book is the third book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series but I read it as a stand-alone without any difficulty. This was actually the first book by Maya Rodale that I have had a chance to read and I was very impressed and will definitely be reading more of her work in the future. I felt like the way this book was written had a certain charm to it which really appealed to me. The book opens with Beatrice and Dalton as young adults. They were both attracted to each other and wanted to run away together but Beatrice did what her family wanted her to do and married the Duke who proposed. Fast forward sixteen years and Beatrice is back in New York, divorced, and determined to bring her family's store back to the splendor she remembers from her childhood. There is a new store across the street from her store called Dalton's and things are about to get very interesting. I really liked Beatrice and Dalton. They were great characters from the beginning but as I learned more about them, I grew to like them more and more. They have both overcome quite a few obstacles in their lives and are stronger as a result. Beatrice had already disregarded society's expectations when she divorced the Duke and wasn't going to worry about what anyone thought of her anymore. Dalton started with nothing and worked his way to the top but he was very lonely. I thought that they had fantastic chemistry with each other and I loved every scene they spent with each other. I would recommend this book to fans of historical romance. This was a fun second chance and enemies to lovers rolled up into one. I loved the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the story from beginning to end. I wouldn't hesitate to read more books in the fun series! I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins - Avon Books. Initial Thoughts Oh, I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read any of the other books in this series and thought that this book worked perfectly well as a stand-alone. I loved Beatrice and Dalton. Beatrice was such a strong and independent character. She made it past her divorce and was determined to live the rest of her life for herself. Wes Dalton and Beatrice cared about each other all of those years ago but the world seemed to be against them but the attraction has not ended. I loved the way these two competed against each other and I thought that the chemistry between the pair was very well done. I wouldn't hesitate to read more from this author in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tales Of A Bookbug

    This was one among my favorites from this month! We've got a ✨ Second chance romance + enemies to lovers set in gilded age NYC ✨ Society heroine and lower class hero who has worked his way up ✨ Departmental store rivals This made for a refreshing mix and it was quite different from the recent HR releases! Beatrice is a divorced duchess who has just returned to NYC after so many years, to find that her family business is in shambles and her main competitor is the man she left behind to marry a duke. W This was one among my favorites from this month! We've got a ✨ Second chance romance + enemies to lovers set in gilded age NYC ✨ Society heroine and lower class hero who has worked his way up ✨ Departmental store rivals This made for a refreshing mix and it was quite different from the recent HR releases! Beatrice is a divorced duchess who has just returned to NYC after so many years, to find that her family business is in shambles and her main competitor is the man she left behind to marry a duke. Wes Dalton has achieved almost all the goals that he'd set for himself and he's on the verge of ruining Goodwins's when Beatrice comes back! I loved that Beatrice was much older than the usual HR heroines! The conflict about her leaving him isn't dragged out too much so that was different from what I'd expected. The focus is more on Beatrice overcoming the prejudices that she faces, and her gaining the confidence and independence to change way her departmental store operates! There's a little added mystery of someone who tries to sabotage Beatrice's hardwork and we get to find the culprit by the end! But the highlight was watching Beatrice grow as a woman, assert her independence and try to manage that with a relationship! I loved watching Wes and Beatrice rekindle their relationship, and it was really great that he learnt from his mistakes. Initially I felt like he wanted her more than she wanted him, but I could understand why she felt the desire to be seen separately! The last few chapters were amazing and the HEA was one of the best! No spoilers, but it's different from the typical HR HEA! If you're looking for a different historical romance with realistic feminism and well developed characters, I'd definitely recommend this one! *I received an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is book 3 in the new gilded age series, and it can absolutely be read as a standalone. I haven't read the others in the series and this was very much about the couple and their interactions. A few previous characters make brief appearances from previous books I think, but nothing major. So, the title. I think it's so true. This book was just SO different than anything else I've read lately. Looking for something different? This could be it. I also love when the cover actually relates to some This is book 3 in the new gilded age series, and it can absolutely be read as a standalone. I haven't read the others in the series and this was very much about the couple and their interactions. A few previous characters make brief appearances from previous books I think, but nothing major. So, the title. I think it's so true. This book was just SO different than anything else I've read lately. Looking for something different? This could be it. I also love when the cover actually relates to something in the book and the Wild Rose pink silk she is wearing on the front is a part of the story. Love when that happens!! I think you try this book if you are into: -second chance romance -enemies to lovers -gilded age time period in New York -you want an 'older' heroine – she's 36 (I can't remember the hero's age, but it's similar) -are loving the independent, hard working, and self saving heroines -want some characters based on real life heroes/heroines of the time – the authors notes themselves were amazing in this book and made me appreciate all the more what takes place in the story Beatrice and Wes have a history. And when Beatrice returns to America after 16 years abroad, she wants nothing to do with him and he wants nothing to do with her. She decides to try to save her family's department story, Goodwins, which is going bankrupt. He has built his empire from nothing and has become the 3rd richest man of the times. His empire is the competition – Daltons, a store so famous and sought after, it doesn't even need it's name on the store. This book has revenge and enemies to lovers but it wasn't done in an annoying way. Sometimes I read enemies to lovers and it's just all anger and fighting and arguing and sarcasm and this wasn't like that at all. It was quite enjoyable. It was rather adorable watching Wes attempting to hold onto his revenge, but losing the feeling and the drive and having that replaced by oh so wonderful love. Beatrice will secure hearts of independent women everywhere. She does the unheard of and gets a divorce from her unhappy marriage. Again, she does the impossible and takes over the family store. Getting people to listen to is another matter. You find yourself rooting for her so much in this 'man is boss' world. And what she creates really is beautiful and has me excited. I felt like this really was a fun and different story. I gave 4 stars because some things about it just felt so contemporary to me, perhaps it's just that almost turn of the century time period and the speed of New York City. I also wanted the hero and heroine to have a bit more page time together. This story was just as much about the romance as it was about Beatrice really finding herself and her strength to be her own woman. She made me mad a few times with her decisions as they seemed a little selfish and I hurt for Wes, but I also understood her struggle. I just love that part of romance where they NEED each other, and this was more about Beatrice firmly not needing Wes, but still loving him and choosing to be with him. And there is beauty in that too, but it just wasn't what I love. Thank you netgalley for the complimentary ARC. These thoughts and opinions about the book are completely my own. Slight spoilers ahead . . . . . . . . . . (view spoiler)[ We have a childless HEA, which is almost unheard of. I rather liked it because it was different and addressed that maybe everyone doesn't want children in their relationship, or can't, and it's still a complete love story. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    “All that mattered was this moment, here and now, and the promise of forever.” His kisses were divine. The man of her dreams was holding her in his arms… Beatrice was in love… but there was a Duke waiting for her downstairs in the parlor. Good girls do what they are told. And, what they are told to do is to marry a Duke. They don’t marry the boy from the shop -especially the one owned by one’s father. After 16 years, Beatrice is back in New York. This time as a divorced Duchess. Nothing she can do “All that mattered was this moment, here and now, and the promise of forever.” His kisses were divine. The man of her dreams was holding her in his arms… Beatrice was in love… but there was a Duke waiting for her downstairs in the parlor. Good girls do what they are told. And, what they are told to do is to marry a Duke. They don’t marry the boy from the shop -especially the one owned by one’s father. After 16 years, Beatrice is back in New York. This time as a divorced Duchess. Nothing she can do anymore is scandalous. Her whole life has been spent doing the right thing no matter the cost to herself. Isn’t it time she finds her own way to happiness? Wes has found the girl of his dreams. Her kisses are divine. Unfortunately, there is a Duke downstairs. He begs her to run run away with him. But that’s not what good girls do, is it? After 16 years, Wes has built the most successful department store in New York City. Even more successful than Beatrice’s family’s store. He has only one this on his mind. Revenge. He will buy the store and shut it down. Proving to them that he was worthy of her all those years ago. His plan is going brilliantly… until SHE walks back into his life. Then he must truly decide, does he want revenge or the woman he once knew. I enjoyed the bits of historical detail sprinkled throughout An Heiress to Remember. The description of the department stores really helped to bring it to life. The late 1800s is such a magical era to read about. There was so much change and modernization going on that it creates a fun juxtaposition between the quaint old and the thrilling new. Carriages and cars. Women newly entering the working world. The opulence of The Gilded Age. Overall, I really enjoyed An Heiress to Remember. There were a few lines that felt a bit contrived, but I was willing to overlook it for the sake of the story as a whole. I’m giving this book a 3.5/5 A big thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for this advance copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Young and in love with Wes Dalton, Beatrice Goodwin makes a decision that changes her life and sets Dalton on a journey to gain revenge. Years have passed since Wes asked her to run away with him and she has barely thought of him in the sixteen years she has been gone – but now she is back in New York, a scandalous divorcee who threw over a duke and dared to be her own woman. She is stunned to learn the poor boy she loved is now one of New York’s richest men and is trying t 4.5 stars, rounded up. Young and in love with Wes Dalton, Beatrice Goodwin makes a decision that changes her life and sets Dalton on a journey to gain revenge. Years have passed since Wes asked her to run away with him and she has barely thought of him in the sixteen years she has been gone – but now she is back in New York, a scandalous divorcee who threw over a duke and dared to be her own woman. She is stunned to learn the poor boy she loved is now one of New York’s richest men and is trying to buy her family’s store – the store she has come back to run – the store that is to be her dream, her mission, her independence! Former love or not, there is no way Beatrice is going to surrender without a fight! For sixteen long years, Wes Dalton has devoted his entire life to revenge against the woman who broke his heart and her family. He took the payoff her mother offered when she got engaged to the duke and turned it into an empire. He is now the third richest man in New York City and has a department store that is so well known, he doesn’t even have his name on the building. His crowning achievement is at hand – Edward Goodwin (Bea’s brother and current President of Goodwin’s) wants to sell the store and Dalton is going to buy it and destroy it. But his grand plans are thwarted when Bea sweeps in and says that she will not let Edward sell the store – she checked with a lawyer and it was clear in her father’s will that both she and her mother have to agree to a sale. She then takes things further and has her brother committed to get treatment for his drinking and takes over as President in his absence. Dalton finds himself exhilarated by the prospect of going up against Bea and welcomes the competition. But soon he realizes that revenge was never what he really wanted and he needs to decide what he is willing to pay to get what he really wants. For her part, Bea will find herself and hopefully realize that her dreams and success won’t keep her warm at night or ward off loneliness before it’s too late and she is left with nothing. I really enjoyed this story, I loved that they didn’t have a misunderstanding in their past – they both made choices and stood by them. I loved catching up with the Ladies of Liberty and I thought some of Bea’s stunts were awesome. I was rooting for her at the beginning and loved that she didn’t give up on her dream. And Wes – OMG – LOVED HIM, he was funny, smart and pretty much perfect. The book has a lot of emotion, a little intrigue, a villain I didn’t see coming, some steamy love scenes, some serious girl power and a very sweet HEA. My only complaint is I felt Bea held onto her past experience a little too long and had an all or nothing attitude – like there is no compromising when you love someone – it made her come off a bit selfish – but it all works out in the end. This is the third book in the series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I am happy to recommend this book and hope there are more installments to come!! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an uncorrected eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley/Edelweiss and the publisher.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I had read the previous book in this series and was eager to get to this one. I loved Beatrice and Dalton. I loved their backstory and how each has thought about the other while they were apart. I loved how dedicated and passionate she was for the store and how steadfast he was for her. Plot wise it was good. I enjoyed the story of a woman building a store with women for women. There’s a lot of modern thinking and I was here for all of it. I will say that I wanted more of Beatrice and Dalton tog I had read the previous book in this series and was eager to get to this one. I loved Beatrice and Dalton. I loved their backstory and how each has thought about the other while they were apart. I loved how dedicated and passionate she was for the store and how steadfast he was for her. Plot wise it was good. I enjoyed the story of a woman building a store with women for women. There’s a lot of modern thinking and I was here for all of it. I will say that I wanted more of Beatrice and Dalton together and talking. They fell into the “rivals by day, lovers by night” sort of quickly and then it seems the conversation was a bit lacking. Overall, it was a quick and fun read and if there’s more to the series, I’ll be reading it. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    3.5 stars rounded up Beatrice Goodwin did what was expected of a high society debutante: when asked, she married an English duke, forsaking her own young love. Now a scandalous divorcee, she's returned to Manhattan to find that her brother has nearly run their family business into the ground. Beatrice is determined to save Goodwin's Department Store and remake it as a haven for women. She's just as determined never to sell it to Wes Dalton, her former love and now her biggest rival. Wes Dalton pul 3.5 stars rounded up Beatrice Goodwin did what was expected of a high society debutante: when asked, she married an English duke, forsaking her own young love. Now a scandalous divorcee, she's returned to Manhattan to find that her brother has nearly run their family business into the ground. Beatrice is determined to save Goodwin's Department Store and remake it as a haven for women. She's just as determined never to sell it to Wes Dalton, her former love and now her biggest rival. Wes Dalton pulled himself up from the city's slums to possess one of the largest fortunes of the age, but he never forgot Beatrice, the girl who got away, whose parents deemed him to not be wealthy or consequential enough for their daughter. He's spent his life seeking his revenge and quietly destroying the Goodwins, but when Beatrice sweeps back into the city like a storm cloud, Wes is left in turmoil and more confused than ever. Dalton's and Goodwin's become embroiled in a rivalry for most successful department store in the city and Wes relishes the challenge. The old heat that still flares between them won't stop their competition, even if they are lovers after hours, and when feelings grow stronger, they must both decide where their priorities lie. I enjoyed this book in the long run, but I had several issues and mixed feelings about it. I'm all for girl power and women supporting women, but it got just a bit heavy-handed here and I think the shear emphasis on Beatrice's independence at the expense of everyone else's feelings took away from the romance and made her seem rather selfish, which she unabashedly admitted to being. I understood her motivations to prove herself, but I felt like she was just using Wes and stringing him along without regard for his feelings or his pain and I couldn't get behind that and really didn't care much for Beatrice. It also bothered me that she kept invoking her title as duchess, despite being divorced and despite the fact that she kept talking about how she was distancing herself from the duke. Wes was no peach either and made many mistakes, but I did like his vulnerability. I just wish we'd seen Beatrice show some of that same vulnerability when she was with Wes; I think that would've been more satisfying for me. Ultimately, I felt like Wes was emasculated a bit so that he and Beatrice could be together without her making any sort of compromise and I think that made the romance here feel forced and stilted. I just didn't really feel the love between them and I also think the mystery aspect here deserved more than it got in the end considering the build up. Overall I would've liked to see more of Wes and Beatrice growing together, since the majority of the book was spent with them firmly at each other's throats. Her relationship with Wes definitely took a backseat to the rivalry and business aspects of the story, but it is very well done on a challenging topic to tackle. Despite my issues with it, this book was well-written and it's always nice to see some girl power in a historical. I'm looking forward to more installments in this series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    This book was not a huge hit for me. I’ve been sitting here for a while trying to figure out why and I keep coming back to the heroine. She’s not a bad person. In fact, if I look at her objectively, I cannot fault the choices that she’s made. When I first started the book, I thought it was going to have one of those big misunderstandings where a young couple was forced apart by their parents, each manipulated, and they work through the story only to find out that they had really both chosen each This book was not a huge hit for me. I’ve been sitting here for a while trying to figure out why and I keep coming back to the heroine. She’s not a bad person. In fact, if I look at her objectively, I cannot fault the choices that she’s made. When I first started the book, I thought it was going to have one of those big misunderstandings where a young couple was forced apart by their parents, each manipulated, and they work through the story only to find out that they had really both chosen each other after all. That was not the case. The young Beatrice really did choose to marry the older duke who asked for her hand in marriage and Wes only took the money her family offered after she turned him down. is it fair for me to blame Beatrice for doing what a young woman of her time felt she had to do? i’ll come back to that answer in a minute. Later, as she comes back a liberated divorcee, all she wants is to live her life on her own terms for the first time. She takes over her family's failing department store and turns it around. Wes has spent the last 16 years trying to build an empire which he thought was all about revenge, but it really ended up being a way to make himself into the kind of man who would not be rejected for his circumstances again. He made his money in crafting a bigger and better store and for much of this book, Wes and Beatrice are in direct competition. It’s lovers to enemies to lovers again. But when his walls come down and he’s honest with his feelings, she’s not sure. After all, in these times a woman’s wants needs and ventures come second to a man’s. Can I blame her for wanting to stay her own woman? Is the abject feminism--the driving force of the entire book--a problem? I want to say no. I am a feminist. I support women who go after what they want and prioritize their own needs. Why is this causing me a problem here? I’ve gone over it for hours and here is what I came up with. She is contemplating, and in fact does for a time, put her love and the man who clearly loves her, behind her ambition. This is a romance. If the hero did that, I would have a problem with it as well. True, a hero in a historical romance doesn’t necessarily have to choose between himself and the person he loves because he has so much more agency. And that totally sucks. But if he were in a circumstance where he had to choose between his heroine and literally anything else and he picked the other thing, I would not be OK. Especially well into the third act of the book. And that is what Beatrice does here. I get it. And huzzah for female strength and independence. But in my romances, I want the hero and heroine to always choose each other above all things. And while it is never in doubt that these two loved each other, what was in doubt was whether they would put each other first. It only takes Wes a hot second to get there. But Beatrice? Part of me wonders whether she would have ever chosen Wes had the circumstances not played out the way they did. So I was dissatisfied by the romance. I didn’t believe that she was as all in as he was and that was kind of a bummer for me. This whole series has been about female empowerment in some fashion from the beginning, particularly in embracing traditionally feminine things while doing so. And I loved the first book. The message didn’t get in the way of the love story. Here it does. It's not a bad book. It has its moments. I loved the backdrop of Gilded Age New York. I liked Wes, and there were good moments with them together. The HEA was satisfying. And I, for sure, don't need a baby for that. It's just all felt a little...heavy handed. Though it wasn't my favorite installment, this is still a series worth checking out. And if my problems aren't likely to be issues for you, maybe this one will be a better fit. *ARC provided by publisher

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Bennett

    I'm a long-time Maya Rodale fan, and this title didn't disappoint. The story takes place during the Golden Age of NYC, and is essentially a love letter to every woman who wants to find the love of her life, and still report in for work on the following Monday. Beatrice is driven, with nothing left to lose after successfully divorcing an English duke. Wes is the Irish immigrant who worked his way to success through guts and good instincts. They work well together in the best ways we should expect f I'm a long-time Maya Rodale fan, and this title didn't disappoint. The story takes place during the Golden Age of NYC, and is essentially a love letter to every woman who wants to find the love of her life, and still report in for work on the following Monday. Beatrice is driven, with nothing left to lose after successfully divorcing an English duke. Wes is the Irish immigrant who worked his way to success through guts and good instincts. They work well together in the best ways we should expect from our romances. Neither has to lessen themselves to fit in the relationship. They support and challenge one another to be healthier, wiser, and more honest. But the best part of this book for me (I'm a history nerd), was the intimate way it highlighted the marketing and sales in department stores during the Golden Age. Simple concepts we take for granted, such as a woman's restroom, were unheard of once upon a time. Rodale puts her heroine at the front line of innovation, building Ladies bathrooms in her store, thus allowing the women of NYC to comfortably leave their homes for long periods of time. All of this is historically accurate, and should shed light upon the conditions our foremothers operated within while they championed for equal rights. Here we are over 150 years later, still fighting for pockets in our clothes, childcare in our workplaces, and equal pay. So, no--our work isn't done yet. But this book, while being a wonderful love story, also shows us that brilliant women have come before us.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B for narration and a C+ for content at AudioGals, which makes it 3.75 stars. An Heiress to Remember, book three in Maya Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series, is a second-chance, antagonists-to-lovers romance set in vibrant, bustling turn-of-the-century New York City. The story of young lovers torn asunder who reunite later in life is a familiar one, but while it’s fairly well done, the main story here is really that of a woman coming fully into her own, and sometimes the love I've given this a B for narration and a C+ for content at AudioGals, which makes it 3.75 stars. An Heiress to Remember, book three in Maya Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series, is a second-chance, antagonists-to-lovers romance set in vibrant, bustling turn-of-the-century New York City. The story of young lovers torn asunder who reunite later in life is a familiar one, but while it’s fairly well done, the main story here is really that of a woman coming fully into her own, and sometimes the love story feels as though it’s been put into the back seat. Eighteen-year-old department store heiress Beatrice Goodwin has fallen in love with her father’s protégé, Wes Dalton, son of an Irish immigrant family, but when we first meet them, she’s about to say goodbye. Her family is pressuring her to marry an English duke; Wes urges Beatrice to reject the duke’s offer and run away with him instead – but Beatrice is terribly torn. She loves Wes, but where will she be if she disobeys her parents? How can she refuse to do the thing she’s been brought up to do – make a prestigious marriage and do her duty to her family? You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Luz Trevino

    An Heiress to Remember Series: The Gilded Age Girls Club-Book 3 Rating: 3 stars Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own. This is a story about a second chance at romance. Wes Dalton and Beatrice Goodwin were in love when they were young, but Beatrice was told by her parents to marry a duke. This broke Wes' heart and decided to accept the money her parents gave him to go away. Sixteen years later and they meet again as department s An Heiress to Remember Series: The Gilded Age Girls Club-Book 3 Rating: 3 stars Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own. This is a story about a second chance at romance. Wes Dalton and Beatrice Goodwin were in love when they were young, but Beatrice was told by her parents to marry a duke. This broke Wes' heart and decided to accept the money her parents gave him to go away. Sixteen years later and they meet again as department store rivals. He built an empire and she is trying to save her family's legacy. He's determined to have his revenge against her family by buying her struggling store. Beatrice is determined to prevent this from happening, but at the same time old feelings begin to resurface between them. I liked the story, but I felt that it was missing the romance of them falling in love again or is it for the first time? One of the things that stuck with me was that Beatrice mentions that during those years she barely thought about him. Why? Wasn't he her first love? For Dalton, those 16 years were full of revenge plans to get back at her family. He was hurt by her leaving to become a duchess and hence his plans to get back at her family. So for Wes, feelings for her were always present. Wes a better character for me than Beatrice. When he realizes that his revenge plans are moot, he does his best to protect and support Beatrice. Sadly she sees this as a weakness if she accepts. One of the things I liked about the story was Beatrice's ability to re-build her store with the support of so many women. These group of women were so smart and willing to help each other. Overall I was more of a fan of the history of how women slowly began to build their own empires than the romance between Beatrice and Wes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Smut Report

    Heat Factor: They may think they’re each meeting fire with fire but really they’re just one big sexy inferno Character Chemistry: I wanted them to get there so, so badly and audibly said “YES!” when they did. Plot: Two unstoppable titans of business come head to head across the street from one another -- he, the self-made man determined to destroy her family’s business and she, the wiser, stronger, natural-born leader of her family’s empire. Overall: If you want to walk away from a steamy romance Heat Factor: They may think they’re each meeting fire with fire but really they’re just one big sexy inferno Character Chemistry: I wanted them to get there so, so badly and audibly said “YES!” when they did. Plot: Two unstoppable titans of business come head to head across the street from one another -- he, the self-made man determined to destroy her family’s business and she, the wiser, stronger, natural-born leader of her family’s empire. Overall: If you want to walk away from a steamy romance standing taller and looking deeply satisfied, you should definitely read this. Stop reorganizing your drawers, my fellow quarantined smut readers. I have your next distraction. This might not be a surprise for people who have read the rest of the Gilded Age series by Maya Rodale, but I had not. So picture me delightfully bewildered when I found this on my ARC list. This book is a historical romance, but it’s just incredibly fresh and fun. Essentially, Beatrice Goodwin arrives home after her disastrous marriage and subsequent divorce only to find that her idiot brother has nearly bankrupted their family’s department store. Through a loophole, she manages to stop the sale of the store and take the reins--but in doing so comes face-to-face with her first love and now enemy, Wes Dalton. Sexy Wes, as I like to call him, was left brokenhearted when Beatrice was pushed to marry. He’s determined to become the man who wasn’t good enough for Beatrice and ruin Goodwin’s Department Store. However, Beatrice turns out to be an absolute badass of business and also, they’re like, right across the street from each other so you tell me how long you think they walk that fine line between hate and you-know-what. (Hint: it’s not very long. You’ll be very grateful for this.) This book is such an empowering and fun read. I swear, I spent the whole time cheering for Beatrice. She’s just so strong and capable, and she’s clearly grabbed her destiny by the throat and isn’t backing down. I don’t know, I just found it irresistible. Plus, if you like a good “boss babe crew” vibe, this one has it. No spoilers, because I genuinely could not figure out how this mess was going to end up resolved, but I couldn’t believe how beautifully Rodale tied everything up. It’s truly satisfying, and she stayed true to her characters. I couldn’t pick another book up for a few days after reading this, I loved it so much. Drop your clorox wipes and get to reading!! I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255. This review is also available at The Smut Report.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gena

    Loved it! A fresh take on the second chance romance. Beatrice is a DIVORCED (!!!) Duchess who returns to New York to find two surprises: her family’s department store is failing, and her former lover, Wes, is operating a super successful store of his own. Beatrice is a whirlwind, turning her family’s business around by creating a place where women feel wanted and supported. At night, she and Wes embark on a sexual relationship, but will their competition get in the way of their romance? This is d Loved it! A fresh take on the second chance romance. Beatrice is a DIVORCED (!!!) Duchess who returns to New York to find two surprises: her family’s department store is failing, and her former lover, Wes, is operating a super successful store of his own. Beatrice is a whirlwind, turning her family’s business around by creating a place where women feel wanted and supported. At night, she and Wes embark on a sexual relationship, but will their competition get in the way of their romance? This is definitely not a traditional romance, even though it has an HEA. I really enjoyed the twists that Rodale added, making the story feel modern, especially since the late 1800s was a time of social upheaval, especially for women. Definitely a recommended read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Beatrice is quite saucy, “well, if you are impressed then I must have done something spectacular,” she quipped.." Dalton is learning to just listen to his woman, “shut up, Dalton. I don’t care about your store. Keep kissing me.” Dalton kissed her." I liked this book, I liked that Beatrice was a spitfire that kept Dalton on his toes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ley

    This was disappointing after how much I enjoyed Some Like It Scandalous. I was looking for a story where a woman finds her independence and love, in a time period where those things are often opposed. There was so much potential with this plot and characters but just fell flat for me. Full review: https://leychaton.wordpress.com/2020/... This was disappointing after how much I enjoyed Some Like It Scandalous. I was looking for a story where a woman finds her independence and love, in a time period where those things are often opposed. There was so much potential with this plot and characters but just fell flat for me. Full review: https://leychaton.wordpress.com/2020/...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Technically, it's a historical romance novel but it feels more like modern fiction. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it is being advertised as a historical romance. The writing style is very quirky, but that may be due to the fact that I read an unedited ARC.  Positives: I really hate to say this, but none. There wasn't a single thing about this book that I liked.   Negatives: Oh boy. Where do I start?  In chapter 8, the storyline escalates rather quickly. I wish that I could have read Technically, it's a historical romance novel but it feels more like modern fiction. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it is being advertised as a historical romance. The writing style is very quirky, but that may be due to the fact that I read an unedited ARC.  Positives: I really hate to say this, but none. There wasn't a single thing about this book that I liked.   Negatives: Oh boy. Where do I start?  In chapter 8, the storyline escalates rather quickly. I wish that I could have read it as it happened rather than a summary in a few sentences.  Then there's this gem that's repeated multiple times: "My name is Wes Dalton. You stole my heart and insulted my honor. I have sworn revenge" is oddly similar to Ingo Montoya's line in the Princess Bride. This line is repeated as a mantra just like in the Princess Bride. The characters as a whole felt flat and one dimensional. No descriptions of any of them outside of hair and eye color for Wes. Then there's the politics... wow. This book contains A LOT of feminism ideals. The main character is constantly whining and complaining about her station in life. To sum it up: "It's because I'm a woman! Woe is me!". There's just so much constant negativity.  Then there's the all men are bad narrative. According to this author, men are evil and condescending.  It's beyond strange that a romance novel lacks one likable male character.   To top that off, there's the rich people are awful and evil narrative. How dare rich people actually be rich? 😓 That is a rather grand stereotype to mark every rich person as evil. It's pretty ironic as well given that the author and publisher will become rich from selling the very book that calls the rich evil. I understand that some people believe these narratives and have these viewpoints. That is totally fine. My problem with this book is that it's advertised as a historical romance, not as a biased, political nightmare. The publisher should have advertised it correctly.  Honestly, this book had promise but failed short of everything but a new wave feminist manifesto. The most disappointing part was that there wasn't a romance at all. I'm very surprised that I managed to finish it at all. 

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rainelle

    I voluntary reviewed this ARC after receiving a free gifted copy. Beatrice and Dalton love and romance story is certainly not your conventional love story in this book. Both characters had a lot of growing up to do in their time apart from one another when they were young. During this separation the writer allowed the reader to view the trials of family and heartache both Dalton and Beatrice experienced. When the two finally did come together, the writer really wanted the readers to see how much I voluntary reviewed this ARC after receiving a free gifted copy. Beatrice and Dalton love and romance story is certainly not your conventional love story in this book. Both characters had a lot of growing up to do in their time apart from one another when they were young. During this separation the writer allowed the reader to view the trials of family and heartache both Dalton and Beatrice experienced. When the two finally did come together, the writer really wanted the readers to see how much Beatrice leaving Dalton made him feel. While Dalton was feeling anger for revenge, Beatrice was in search of the woman of who she knew that she could be. The writer chose the write era to place this story at the time when women started speaking up more and making themselves more visible in the predominantly male world of business. Beatrice had to find a way to succeed and she did. She had to think like the duchess that she is. The details of the story gave good visualization of the stores and what the characters wore. Even how their facial expressions appeared after a comment or a phrase.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)

    Love was much, much sweeter than revenge. Beatrice and Dalton are both forces to be reckoned with. This lovely pairing used to be together in hiding in their youth since Beatrice's family was of a high ranking, and Dalton was not. When Dalton suggests for them to escape and start their lives, Beatrice knows she will lose everything so she decides to marry the man her family chose for her. Years later, Beatrice returns to her hometown as a widow to find out that Dalton has built a department story Love was much, much sweeter than revenge. Beatrice and Dalton are both forces to be reckoned with. This lovely pairing used to be together in hiding in their youth since Beatrice's family was of a high ranking, and Dalton was not. When Dalton suggests for them to escape and start their lives, Beatrice knows she will lose everything so she decides to marry the man her family chose for her. Years later, Beatrice returns to her hometown as a widow to find out that Dalton has built a department story that rivals her family's story and could very well drive their business to the ground. He didn't want her anymore. He wanted revenge and he wanted it more than anything. This story was beyond entertaining. I enjoyed Beatrice and Dalton's antics. Both were dead-set on destroying the other, and would try to accomplish it, but sometimes feelings would slowly resurface and would make them question this rivalry. I loved the female representation. Despite it being the Gilded Age, Beatrice wasn't letting any man look down on her nor on the females in her town. I loved how they all banded together and fought for their rights. One would be wise to never underestimate two women united in their purpose, especially if it involved thwarting a man. Overall, An Heiress to Remember is certainly a memorable, entertaining, loving story that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arriesta

    I am a big fan of Maya Rodale, who writes sweet and lighthearted historical romance, and it continues in this final Gilded Age Girls novel, An Heiress to Remember. I enjoy the whole New York, hard-working women seeking to change the face of ‘traditional’ female occupations. I love that Maya takes the true history, female empowerment elements, like dresses with pockets or cosmetic development and blends them into her stories. Beatrice Goodwin is also an interesting character because she is a tad I am a big fan of Maya Rodale, who writes sweet and lighthearted historical romance, and it continues in this final Gilded Age Girls novel, An Heiress to Remember. I enjoy the whole New York, hard-working women seeking to change the face of ‘traditional’ female occupations. I love that Maya takes the true history, female empowerment elements, like dresses with pockets or cosmetic development and blends them into her stories. Beatrice Goodwin is also an interesting character because she is a tad older than the majority of historical romance heroines. At 36 years old, she would be considered ancient compared to most other novel’s heroines. This is an enemy to lovers’ story, with Beatrice’s first teenage love Wes Dalton. A man with no wealth or standing whose heart is broken when Beatrice marries a duke. Over the years his anger drives him to build a shopping empire to rival that of Beatrice’s family until he can bankrupt them into poverty. Of course, Beatrice is now divorced and not letting her family’s business go down without a fight, all the while rekindling the relationship with Wes, her industry rival. An Heiress To Remember is cute, fun and peppered with interesting Gilded Age trivia. It is always interesting to see how the work force has changed for women. I received an ARC to post a review for one of my favourite authors, Maya Rodale!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    An Heiress To Remember had plenty of food for thought and was an unexpected treasure! Whether it was gaining that much desired second chance to discover one’s self or taking another risk at a thing called love, Wes and Beatrice were characters anyone could relate to, regardless of era and gender, because they struggled with the same issues many of us still struggle with today. Highly recommend this one! I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley and this is my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our AN HEIRESS TO REMEMBER post on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Erica – ☆☆☆☆☆ Spoiler-Free Review An Heiress to Remember is the third installment of the Gilded Age Girls Club. Can it be read as a standalone or out of series order? Yes, I believe the reader wouldn't be confused. While connected via the setting and a core group of characters, the story itself is self-contained within the novel, featuring our hero and heroine. After reading so many historical romance Check out our AN HEIRESS TO REMEMBER post on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Erica – ☆☆☆☆☆ Spoiler-Free Review An Heiress to Remember is the third installment of the Gilded Age Girls Club. Can it be read as a standalone or out of series order? Yes, I believe the reader wouldn't be confused. While connected via the setting and a core group of characters, the story itself is self-contained within the novel, featuring our hero and heroine. After reading so many historical romances set in England, it's been refreshing to read a series of novels set in New York City during the gilded age. The mindsets of the characters, what they found necessary in the era, and the rules of society are vastly different than across the Atlantic. A refreshing change. I'm a sucker for enemies-to-lovers, made extra tasty when the narrators have a history that shifts the story into second-chance romance. The angst has the pages clicking by at a rapid rate, because I need to know what happens next. The interactions between Beatrice and Wes were intoxicating. Beatrice is a strong, independent heroine, righting wrongs of the past, that she has surely paid the consequences dearly. Beatrice is one of the strongest, most independent heroines I've read to-date, her actions befitting a more contemporary novel. After sixteen years abroad, after ending a marriage to an English Duke, Beatrice returns to New York City, directly in Wes's path. She is hard pressed to save her family's failing company, attempting to keep it from bankruptcy. As the third richest man in New York City, Wes wants nothing to do with Beatrice either. He wasn't good enough for Beatrice sixteen years ago, pride bent. He wants nothing to do with someone who only sees him for his monetary worth, especially now that he's a self-made wealthy man. While Wes and Beatrice dance around their connection to one another, hurts slowly soothing, the enemies-to-lovers premise isn't cruel. There's a slight mischievousness, humorous bent, making their interactions intoxicating instead of frustrating. There's a slow-burn feel to their second-chance romance, as they work through their issues. There is a perfect balance, where it isn't Wes coming to Beatrice's rescue. The man riding in to save the day, where the woman is beholden to him for life. Beatrice is meant to be an equal to all men, especially Wes. As a self-professed feminist, even I felt Beatrice's monologues a bit much, how it was almost to a narcissistic degree, where she only thought of her own feelings and no one else. I understand the stubborn need, and the concept of why should the woman put herself last when men always put themselves first, but she gave no quarter ever. I felt this a bit too contemporary of a mindset for the era. Regardless of the gender, it just comes off as selfish and stubborn when that seems to be the only thing the character is mulling over nonstop. The slight hiccup aside, I highly recommend to fans of Maya Rodale. The author is at the top of my historical favorites list, and I cannot wait to see what more is in store for readers in the future. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chilson

    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 Stars Spoiler-Free Review An Heiress to Remember is the third installment of the Gilded Age Girls Club. Can it be read as as standalone or out of series order? Yes, I believe the reader wouldn't be confused. While connected via the setting and a core group of characters, the story itself is self-contained within the novel, featuring our hero and heroine. After reading so many historical romances set in England, it's been r I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 Stars Spoiler-Free Review An Heiress to Remember is the third installment of the Gilded Age Girls Club. Can it be read as as standalone or out of series order? Yes, I believe the reader wouldn't be confused. While connected via the setting and a core group of characters, the story itself is self-contained within the novel, featuring our hero and heroine. After reading so many historical romances set in England, it's been refreshing to read a series of novels set in New York City during the gilded age. The mindsets of the characters, what they found necessary in the era, and the rules of society are vastly different than across the Atlantic. A refreshing change. I'm a sucker for enemies-to-lovers, made extra tasty when the narrators have a history that shifts the story into second-chance romance. The angst has the pages clicking by at a rapid rate, because I need to know what happens next. The interactions between Beatrice and Wes were intoxicating. Beatrice is a strong, independent heroine, righting wrongs of the past, that she has surely paid the consequences dearly. Beatrice is one of the strongest, most independent heroines I've read to-date, her actions befitting a more contemporary novel. After sixteen years abroad, after ending a marriage to an English Duke, Beatrice returns to NYC, directly in Wes's path. She is hardpressed to save her family's failing company, attempting to keep it from bankruptcy. As the third richest man in NYC, Wes wants nothing to do with Beatrice either. He wasn't good enough for Beatrice sixteen years ago, pride bent. He wants nothing to do with someone who only sees him for his monetary worth, especially now that he's a self-made wealthy man. While Wes and Beatrice dance around their connection to one another, hurts slowly soothing, the enemies-to-lovers premise isn't cruel. There's a slight mischievousness, humorous bent, making their interactions intoxicating instead of frustrating. There's a slow-burn feel to their second-chance romance, as they work through their issues. There is a perfect balance, where it isn't Wes coming to Beatrice's rescue. The man riding in to save the day, where the woman is beholden to him for life. Beatrice is meant to be an equal to all men, especially Wes. As a self-professed feminist, even I felt Beatrice's monologues a bit much, how it was almost to a narcissistic degree, where she only thought of her own feelings and no one else. I understand the stubborn need, and the concept of why should the woman put herself last when men always put themselves first, but she gave no quarter ever. I felt this a bit too contemporary of a mindset for the era. Regardless of the gender, it just comes off as selfish and stubborn when that seems to be the only thing the character is mulling over nonstop. The slight hiccup aside, I highly recommend to fans of Maya Rodale. The author is at the top of my historical favorites list, and I cannot wait to see what more is in store for readers in the future.

  24. 4 out of 5

    WTF Are You Reading?

    The story surrounding Wes and Beatrice. while sweet, really seems to lack the emotional grit of its predecessors in the series. Because while one could sympathize with both the plights of Beatrice and Wes after the most unfortunate ending of their love affair. Due to Beatrice's prescribed marriage to the duke of her family's dreams. Neither her languishing in an English castle for 16 years. In the loveless marriage that her parents paid for. Nor his meteoric rise to mercantile superstardom. (A fate The story surrounding Wes and Beatrice. while sweet, really seems to lack the emotional grit of its predecessors in the series. Because while one could sympathize with both the plights of Beatrice and Wes after the most unfortunate ending of their love affair. Due to Beatrice's prescribed marriage to the duke of her family's dreams. Neither her languishing in an English castle for 16 years. In the loveless marriage that her parents paid for. Nor his meteoric rise to mercantile superstardom. (A fate also seeded by capital provided by her parents.) Seems to have either of the two suffering lives all that worse for wear. Although the point must be conceded that readers are never made fully aware of the goings on between Miss Goodwin and her duke. But what we are to understand in no uncertain terms about the union is that: 1. It was never a love match. 2. It ended in divorce. 3. For better or worse it was what in so many ways helped to shape both Beatrice and Dalton into the people that they later come to be. As to Beatrice's fight to best the man that would have bought her family's business. Well... Aside from the fact that taking charge of things there was a matter of little more than: 1. Consulting a lawyer to find out about her right to challenge the sale of a business that no one wants. 2. Sending her alcoholic brother to treatment. 3. Firing and rehiring new staff at her the family store. 4. Running the business as a business and not just treating it like some turn key cash cow. That is way past its prime. But given the fact that she had privilege, money, intelligence, and the support of a society of like minded women. Her success in the matter becomes little more tan a foregone conclusion. Lastly... There is the matter of the second chance, rival to romantic, relationship with Wes. Which one also comes to realize after the first moment that he sees her across a crowded sales floor, is indeed a foregone conclusion. The very clandestine tristes that serve to bring Wes and Beatrice together passionately. Occur a bit later than the usual 50% of novels of this genre. But prove nonetheless worth the wait. Rounding things out splendidly and making up quite nicely for the decided lack of true conflict. The feminist bent that winds its way from beginning to end of the read. Giving a much deserved pat on the back to the trials and tribulations of working women. Both past and present.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    Beatrice and Wes were young and in love, with only a few problems. She was raised to marry well, preferably a Duke and rise to the heights of society. Wes was born in the slums and only hard work, ambition and Bea’s father seeing some promise in him offered him a step to middle class. But, as a match: they were never to be. She married her Duke, he left hurt, angry and paid off – and never the two should meet. Until Beatrice, fed up with the cage that marriage to the Duke represented, beaten dow Beatrice and Wes were young and in love, with only a few problems. She was raised to marry well, preferably a Duke and rise to the heights of society. Wes was born in the slums and only hard work, ambition and Bea’s father seeing some promise in him offered him a step to middle class. But, as a match: they were never to be. She married her Duke, he left hurt, angry and paid off – and never the two should meet. Until Beatrice, fed up with the cage that marriage to the Duke represented, beaten down and chastised for simply being decided that she wanted a divorce and left England as a scandalous woman. Returning home to find that her family’s store had been mismanaged to the point of bankruptcy by her alcoholic brother, and there is one man looking to buy everything: Wes. Stopping the sale and on the urging of her dressmaker Amelia, she visits with the peculiar group of women who, without their husband’s knowledge or consent (those who have husbands) have been working to improve the plight of women for years now. Armed with ideas, some sound reasoning and an investment, Bea decides to turn the store around and make a ‘haven’ to cater to women – a store unlike others with wages paid to women that are more than half a man’s wage, childcare, retreat spaces and innovative and new ideas to spark change for all. Like the others in this series, the women and the changes they are making are taking the city by storm and making this a favorite series!. Still some 20 years or more from the vote, these women – some of means and others with little means but loaded with determination and ideas, have managed to carve a solid following as success follows success: Beatrice’s store in direct competition with Wes Dalton’s – widely thought to be the best in the city brings a series of changes to everyone involved. Freedoms to Bea, a new purpose to Wes that discounts his sixteen years focused only on revenge, and the recognition that the two of them, together are a match to be reckoned with. Like all of Rodale’s stories, the connections, the determination of the women, and the descriptions are lovely, and the struggles faced by women just a century and some years earlier are highlighted and depicted from both sides – as some men come to see the error of their ways, other women find themselves in positions they couldn’t have dreamed of before Bea started to turn the store around, and the continued press from the Ladies of Liberty Club for more opportunity and less constriction for women. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  26. 4 out of 5

    C.P. Lesley

    As Maya Rodale notes early in this interview, romance novels tend not to get the same respect as other categories of fiction, historical or otherwise. Here, and in her Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained, she argues persuasively that this bad reputation is an attempt by life’s insiders to undermine the central message of most romance novels: that outsiders, too, have the right to love, success, and happiness. But the message is nowhere more evident than in h As Maya Rodale notes early in this interview, romance novels tend not to get the same respect as other categories of fiction, historical or otherwise. Here, and in her Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained, she argues persuasively that this bad reputation is an attempt by life’s insiders to undermine the central message of most romance novels: that outsiders, too, have the right to love, success, and happiness. But the message is nowhere more evident than in her Gilded Age Girls Club series, in which a small group of wealthy women make it their goal in life to support female-run businesses and their staffs. In An Heiress to Remember, the heroine, Beatrice Goodwin, suffers from no lack of money; her family has plenty of it—enough to insist that their beautiful daughter wed a duke to bring them prestige in society, even though Beatrice has fallen in love with Wes Dalton, one of her father’s employees. At twenty, Beatrice gives in to her parents’ demands, but sixteen years later, she is back in New York, having scandalously divorced her duke. It is 1895, and wives are not supposed to take that kind of initiative. Beatrice finds her family situation much changed. The man she loved has gone on to build a wildly popular department store directly opposite her own, and the combination of his desire for revenge and her brother’s mismanagement has placed the family fortune in jeopardy. But Beatrice has no intention of standing by while Dalton buys her father’s cherished store out from under her and destroys it. She sets out to beat Dalton at his own game, because if anyone knows what women want from a department store, she does. And before long, Dalton has to worry that she may succeed in her quest. Interview with the author at New Books in Historical Fiction.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I loved the first two books in this series so when I saw the eARC for this book was available on Netgalley, I clicked request as fast as I could! ⁣ ⁣ This is the final book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I am so sad to see it come to an end! This story is about Beatrice and Wes - young and in love in New York City when Beatrice is about 20, but she ends up marrying a duke, and the story really starts when she returns from England to New York sixteen years later, divorced, free, and deter I loved the first two books in this series so when I saw the eARC for this book was available on Netgalley, I clicked request as fast as I could! ⁣ ⁣ This is the final book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I am so sad to see it come to an end! This story is about Beatrice and Wes - young and in love in New York City when Beatrice is about 20, but she ends up marrying a duke, and the story really starts when she returns from England to New York sixteen years later, divorced, free, and determined to restore her family's department store to the success it used to be. Enter Wes Dalton - former love of Beatrice and now her biggest department store competitor.⁣ ⁣ I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The conversations between Beatrice and Wes were simply lovely - flirty, fun, but they are both honest about how they are feeling throughout the story - sometimes confused, sometimes remembering the past, and sometimes just trying to enjoy the present. I will say this was a slow burn as far as the romance goes - there was a lot of story about Beatrice and how she started making her family's department store (Goodwin's) into a place for women. There were references to laws that actually existed, and my appreciation for the women who came before us and all they fought for just kept increasing. The story raised the issue of wanting to work and having a purpose, and wanting to have a relationship but wanting to still be your own person. "It doesn't have to be and/or, it can be and/and."⁣ ⁣ I appreciated that Wes and Beatrice did not play games with each other, and although I would have loved a little more romance sprinkled throughout, this book was a balm for my soul right now. It was a great escape while still managing to be important, and the author's note at the end made me teary-eyed. ⁣ ⁣ I highly recommend this series - the first two books are out now and this one comes out March 31st! ⁣

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay S

    The final book in the Gilded Age Girls Club series, An Heiress to Remember ends the series with pizzazz! The glitz and glamour are at their true height as dulling department store owners, Beatrice Goodwin and Wes Dalton fight for top billing. Underlying the business competition is the fact that they have a history. Beatrice and Dalton were sweethearts when she was 18 and he worked as a clerk in her fathers’ department store. Beatrice leaves him to marry a Duke, the Knickerbocker dream. Divorced The final book in the Gilded Age Girls Club series, An Heiress to Remember ends the series with pizzazz! The glitz and glamour are at their true height as dulling department store owners, Beatrice Goodwin and Wes Dalton fight for top billing. Underlying the business competition is the fact that they have a history. Beatrice and Dalton were sweethearts when she was 18 and he worked as a clerk in her fathers’ department store. Beatrice leaves him to marry a Duke, the Knickerbocker dream. Divorced and 16 years later she returns to Manhattan to find the department store, her legacy in shambles and their biggest competitor across the street, her former flame! Thankfully the feminist activist group, The Ladies of Liberty Club has sought her out to offer their assistance as she brings down the patriarchy. This second chance, lovers to enemies to lovers story is heavily focused on Beatrice and her work and feminist view, but I thought the romance still held true. This story could have gone off the rails, but the hero, Dalton was always supportive and fair- never did he lie or cheat to gain his goals, even though he and Beatrice were business rivals. This was a solid end to an absolutely delightful series that focused on women coming into their own and still being able to enjoy love and companionship. True modern sentiment. An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale is scheduled to release March 31st, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Blog link: https://pinkcowlandreads.blogspot.com... #AnHeiresstoRemember #MayaRodale #NetGalley #pinkcowlandreads

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diane Peterson

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books in the Gilded Age Girls Club series. Terrific, loving romances wrapped in early feminism. You gotta love it. This one is the story of Beatrice Goodwin whose family owns a prominent New York department store. Bea fell in love with store employee Wes Dalton as a young woman, but follows her family's pressure to marry an English duke. Sixteen years later Bea returns to New York as a divorcee. Meanwhile, Wes has made his fortune and created a rival departmen I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books in the Gilded Age Girls Club series. Terrific, loving romances wrapped in early feminism. You gotta love it. This one is the story of Beatrice Goodwin whose family owns a prominent New York department store. Bea fell in love with store employee Wes Dalton as a young woman, but follows her family's pressure to marry an English duke. Sixteen years later Bea returns to New York as a divorcee. Meanwhile, Wes has made his fortune and created a rival department store that puts her family's store to shame. Can Beatrice claim her heritage and become a successful businesswoman? Can she resist the pull of her old flame? And can Wes forget the girl he once loved? I loved how Beatrice reinvents herself and takes on the world on her own terms. I loved how Bea and Wes continually revised and negotiated their relationship. This kind of book makes you want to stand up and cheer. Can everyone come out a winner in this situation? Maybe they can. And we enjoy watching them work it out. Terrific book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Foster

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. An Heiress To Remember, by Maya Rodale, is available at booksellers on 3-31-20. Heiress is book 3 in Ms Rodale's The Gilded Age Girls Club series. The premise is ladies helping each other succeed in their chosen vocation. Woman from all walks of life meet once a week to discuss life, work, and what they can do to help each other and the world around them. I learned a lot about successful women of I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. An Heiress To Remember, by Maya Rodale, is available at booksellers on 3-31-20. Heiress is book 3 in Ms Rodale's The Gilded Age Girls Club series. The premise is ladies helping each other succeed in their chosen vocation. Woman from all walks of life meet once a week to discuss life, work, and what they can do to help each other and the world around them. I learned a lot about successful women of the 1900's. There were so many more than our history books teach us. I also learned New York had a "ladies mile" for shopping where women could go alone and be acceptable. Quite a change from always having a chaperone, it was liberating. Wes Dalton & Bea Goodwin had been young sweethearts but life was mapped out for Bea. She was married off to an English duke & was miserable for the next 2 decades. Wes was heartbroken and spent 2 decades making himself a successful businessman and plotting revenge against the Goodwin family. Wes has a mantra he repeats throughout the 1st part of the book. "My name is Wes Dalton. You broke my heart..." It reminds me of the movie The Princess Bride. Remember Inigo Montoya? Hysterical reference by Ms Rodale.. When Bea divorces & moves back to NYC I liked the stand-off between these 2. The middle of their "courtship" dragged on so long I wanted to shake them till their teeth rattled. The ending was good but I just got bogged down for too much of the story. This couple made it hard for me to become invested in their relationship & HEA. #MayaRodale #AnHeiressToRemember #TheGildedAgeGirlsClub #romance #Netgalley #AvonBooks #HarperCollins

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