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Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to somehow restore shipments of cotton for her family's textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. But when she meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes.

Amanda's family across the sea deems the hardworking merchant unsuitable for the lovey and accomplished heiress. And when Nate himself begins to draw away, Amanda has her own battle for a happy future on her hands.

As the War Between the States heats up, Nate's brother, a Confederate officer, comes for a visit. Nate begins to think about joining up--not in support of slavery but to watch his brother's back. Yet will this potentially life-changing decision put the union between him and Amanda she so wishes for in jeopardy?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736950524
ISBN-13: 9780736950527
Series: Civil War Heroines

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When British heiress Amanda Dunn meets American patriot Nathaniel Cooper in North Carolina, her desire to quickly return home changes. But they come from different worlds. And though they both believe they are on God's path, how will their feelings about indenture and slavery affect those around them?

Author Bio

Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, and Living in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

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"Mary Ellis at her best."
Pegg Thomas, TheSheepishScribe.blogspot.com


"Mary Ellis just keeps getting better and better, and she writes in one of my favorite eras, the Civil War. Another great read!
Laurie Kingery


"Once again, Mary Ellis writes a thought-provoking book that would be a great book club read."
Carrie C. Wolfgang


"As always Mary has out done herself—this book was great."
April Barnett


"Once I started this book I could not put it down."
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  1. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
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    July 13, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Amanda Dunn is tasked with saving the family business and fortune when her father is too ill to travel to the United States to negotiate a contract to supply their British textile mills with cotton from the South. However, there is one little thing going on that hampers her effortsthe Civil War. The President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, has made it illegal to trade with England until England acknowledges and supports the Confederacy. Also, Amanda has difficulty getting the businessmen in Wilmington, North Carolina to take her seriously. After all, she is just a woman and really has no place in the business world. However, Nate Cooper, owner of a local greengrocers store seems different. He listens to her and takes her opinions seriously.

    As time goes on, Nate and Amanda spend more time together, but are just going to be friends due to their differences in social class. Plus Amanda plans to return to England to run the family textile mills as she is now the heir to the family business. Nate eventually wants to sell his store and become a commercial fisherman. So there really is no future together for them in both of their eyes as they begin their friendship. However, the Civil War intervenes in their plans and the future is very different from what Nate and Amanda previously thought it would be.

    This story for me was just so-so. I found it unrealistic that at that time in history Amanda Dunn would have been sent to do business for her fathers company with no male council. I also thought she became too familiar with Nate too quickly for the time period and culture differences as well as social differences. This is marketed as a Christian book, but there are just a few brief references to God. I also didnt like the characters of Jackson and Abigail as one moment they were rude, arrogant and obnoxious, but then they seemed to realize the error of their ways and do something good. I was never sure what side of the fence they were on. I did like the setting of the story and the character of Nate Cooper.
  2. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read
    July 1, 2015
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow, I learned a lot about the Civil War reading this book. Little known facts (at least for this Canadian reader) that really brought this era to life. Such a tumultuous time when tradition and a whole way of life was being challenged and subsequently changed. I loved how Ellis put me smack dab in the middle of it. This story deals with the controversial subjects of slavery, women's issues, caste systems and the individual's right to choose what is worth fighting for. Utterly compelling.

    Amanda lands in the middle of all this unrest -- a proper English lady with a backbone of steel and the audacity to know, and speak, her own mind. Loved her outrageous antics. The way she flaunts convention. Her resistance to being bullied. This is kind of a role reversal of the brash American heiress who scandalizes British aristocracy which is more typical in historical romances. Loved that this Brit sets Wilmington society (and humble merchant, Nate) into a tailspin.

    The Last Heiress has some characters you love to hate as well. Like Amanda's brother-in-law and, to some extent, her sister who has become nothing more than her husband's puppet. Grrrr. They got my blood pressure rising a time or two.

    Romance + Action = A page-turning read.
  3. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Civil War, The Embargo and Romance
    April 26, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mary Ellis in her new book, The Last Heiress published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Amanda Dunn.

    From the back cover: She crossed the sea to save a legacyfinding love was not part of her plan

    1864 Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to somehow restore shipments of cotton for her familys textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. But when she meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes.

    Amandas family across the sea deems the hardworking merchant unsuitable for the lovely and accomplished heiress. And when Nate himself begins to draw away, Amanda has her own battle for a happy future on her hands.

    As the Union navy tightens its noose around Southern ports, Nates brother, a Confederate officer, comes for a visit. Nate begins to think about joining upnot in support of slavery but to watch his brothers back. Yet will this potentially life-changing decision put the union between him and Amanda she so wishes for in jeopardy?

    Amandas family textile mills desperately need shipments of cotton from America. The United States is in the grip of The Civil War. The North has an embargo on shipping from The South which, of course, includes North Carolina. It is into this highly dangerous situation that Amanda meets Nate and romance begins. Then Amanda has to deal with her family back home who are rejecting Nate as a suitor. On top of everything Nate is considering joining the army to try to protect his brother. This is an exciting story with the events of The Civil War being played out as Amanda tries to work everything out so that it all works out for everyone. Amanda and Nate are terrific characters that Ms. Ellis has breathed life into and that we root for them to succeed in business and their romance. The Last Heiress is a lot of fun and it entertains you as you keep flipping pages as you try to find out what is going to happen next. Ms. Ellis has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. A really enjoyable read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Robin Willson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Upper class, lower class , slaves - does social status matter during a war? Or when you're in love?
    April 19, 2015
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an excellent Christian Historical Romance set during the Civil War, representing points of view from England as well as America. From a personal view as well as a mercenary view, how people live, who they depend on. It's apparent that the author did a lot of research. There was nothing simple about the Civil War, and that depth is brought to this story.

    Amanda's family owns textile mills in England. Her twin sister has already moved to America, so it addresses two issues for Amanda to sail over as well. The textile mills desperately need cotton, and have been supplied by her sister's husband and his family business for some time. But with war starting up, the cotton hasn't been coming in as expected. It's essential to their business and their lifestyle that the shipments come in on a regular basis, affecting the lives of the workers as well.

    After arriving in America Amanda meets Nathaniel, who is a merchant near her sister's house. He's from the hills of Tennessee, looking for a better life. And there's more to him than meets the eye.

    During a war skills to live and personal integrity come into play on a daily basis. Secrets can be essential. These characters find that social status does not make a difference when it comes right down to their families and staying alive. But trusting in God and doing the right thing will always see you through.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers and the Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
  5. Maria
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Pretty boring - I had to make myself finish it.
    April 15, 2015
    Maria
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    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.
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