The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis

the last heiress

This was the first book by Mary Ellis I’ve read and I wasn’t disappointed. This book, set in Wilmington, North Carolina, during the Civil War is different than any other Civil War-era books I’ve read. The difference being the main character isn’t from the North or the South…she is from England. She has come to the United States as an emissary for her father who runs a cotton mill. She stays with her twin sister who left England with her American husband with whom she eloped.

I loved this unique aspect of the book. Most Civil War books are about two people, usually one from each side, who are torn because of their feelings about slavery and the war. I liked that the two main characters in this book weren’t both from the US but they still had different views on the war and there were subtle comparisons between owning slaves and having servants. I liked the other characters in the book too. Well, except for one but then he wasn’t that bad by the end.

This book was easy to get into and hard to put down. The story had a great flow to it that kept me reading well past time for bed each night. I enjoyed the detail of the places and events in this book. They added to the story and didn’t seem overdone at all.

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