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The Heir [Mass Market Paperback]

Grace Burrowes
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (1 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402244347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402244346
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. I am the sixth out of seven children, and was raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life I spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. My first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy profession that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.

While reading yet still more romance novels (there is a trend here) I opened a law practice, acquired a master's degree in Conflict Transformation (I had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing.... romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World. ("Mom, why doesn't anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?")

I eventually got up the courage to start pitching manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in "the call" started out: "I am the buffoon in the bar at the writer's retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing--and if that doesn't narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought." (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)

You can contact me though email at or through my website at

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Main Characters OK, Research Abysmal 15 Jun 2011
By volone
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I enjoyed the verbal interplay betwen the two main characters, although, unfortunately, they were supported by a large cast of stereotypes. In my opinion, the author took the least line of resistance in making the book more about sex and lust, than love.

However, that's a matter of taste. The real howlers in this book were caused by the author's apparent complete ignorance of he subject. Let me make a few observations:

1. An heir to a dukedom is a Marquess. He might have additional titles, but he is a Marquess.
2. If an Earl marries the sister of an earl, in no way is he marrying beneath him.
3. "First base", "I guess", "Cookies", "Stoop" are modern Americanisms not used in Regency England.
4. A horse would not normally double as both a riding and a carriage animal. The skills, musculature and training are very different.
5. Reference to "Queen's Guards" - if Prinny was Regent (as is mentioned) they would have been King's Guards.

These are just a few of the things which made me laugh inappropriately.

As a read, I don't think the story was well planned. The reader needed to know much earlier what the 'mystery' surrounding Anna was. Perhaps the author kept it back so long because she was aware that it was no big deal.

It gets 2 stars rather than one because I was actually able to finish it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 21 May 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Heir is the debut novel for Grace Burrowes, and as debuts go, it's not bad. As other reviewers have pointed out though, her knowledge of Regency England is lacking. The Earl discovers a liking for muffins - the American variety - and cookies. Neither of which existed in England at that time. And forgive me my squeamishness, but to me, the hero using his chamber pot holds no place in a romance novel. Heroes - and heroines - don't go to the toilet in romances - or movies. It just doesn't happen. Every time we were treated to a description of him taking a piss, I cringed.

From a technical nit-picking perspective, the editing was also a bit hit and miss with a few words repeated or just downright incorrect - perhaps that only applies to the Kindle edition.

I stuck with it, even though the heroine's story took an age to actually get anywhere. There were flashes of excellent humour when the brothers were together and I had a liking for the Earl, but I found it difficult to like Anna, the heroine. Her hearing-impaired sister Morgan was a much more interesting character and The Heir tantalised with a possible romance developing between Morgan and the Earl's younger brother Valentine.

One aspect I thought Grace Burrowes handled very well, with great sensitivity, was the way the household and family gradually recovered from the death of their other 2 brothers. Her writing was spot on as the Earl came to realise how things had moved on, and how they were all starting to live again.

I think Grace Burrowes has potential as a writer, and I will certainly read her again.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Takes the BISCUIT! 10 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I adore historical romance and to be honest I'm not particularly fussy about what I read but this is the first book in years that I've abandoned after a few pages. The idea of a servant essentially assaulting a member of the aristocracy for such flimsy reasons seems to show a real lack of period awareness but I was prepared to overlook this for literary creativity. Then I got to the cookie reference.... COOKIES??!! In Regency England?! At this point I gave up and mourned the loss of the 49p I wasted on the book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear.... 18 Feb 2011
By Elaine
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I must stress straight away that I have only read the first four chapters so far.....I do not think I will be able to tolerate finishing this book without skipping over several chapters. Up to yet there is no storyline...if I read again anything more regarding muffins or lemonade...I think I will scream! I stress again I have only read the four chapters...but I really have no incentive to finish this book. If I had to describe this story in one word, it would be insipid. I cannot give this even one star.....sorry.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful 2 Feb 2011
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I literally had to force myself to finish reading this book, I bought it so I WILL read it. But boy was it hard work. There was no development of the characters it was a case of the hero getting bashed over the head and suddenly falling in lust with his housekeeper. This book jumped all over the place, the plot was shakey to say the least and one that has been done to death. I really wouldn't waste my money on another of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Heir 25 Mar 2014
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I have read all the books in this series and they are well worth a read if you like historical romances and the stories of a family. Grace Burrowes is a marvellous author bringing the books to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HEIR (The Duke' s Obsession 3 Jan 2013
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LONG. The other great thing was that it was a decent length, the characters were very believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good fun 16 Jun 2011
By suvi
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Not very accurate (muffins?!) but such a fun read that it doesn't seem to matter. I enjoyed it despite its silliness. Funny and romantic. Could have ended about 20 pages sooner though.
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