Something in the Heir

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Pub Date 20 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 04 Oct 2022
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin


One of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Romances of the Fall!

New York Times bestseller, Suzanne Enoch takes a delightful new path in her joyful historical romantic comedy, Something in the Heir.

Smart, capable heiress Emmeline Pershing will do anything to keep her beloved home; and all it takes is an arranged marriage and a teeny white lie to fulfill her family’s silly inheritance rules. But now her little fib means that she and her completely unsuspecting husband are going to inherit big — and very messy! —trouble.

Emmeline and William Pershing have enjoyed a perfectly convenient marriage for eight years. Their relationship is a seamless blend of their talents and goals. They’ve settled into separate, well-ordered lives beneath the same roof, and are content to stay that way—or so Emmeline thinks. And if William has secretly longed for a bit more from the woman he adores, he’s managed to be content with her supreme skills as a hostess and planner, which has helped him advance his career.

Then when Emmeline’s grandfather, the reclusive Duke of Welshire, summons them both for his birthday celebration and demands they bring their two little angelic children, William is stunned to discover that his very proper wife invented not one, but two heirs to fulfill the agreement for living at Winnover. But surely if Emmeline and William team up and borrow two cherubs to call their own, what could go wrong? Enter George, age 8, and Rose, 5—the two most unruly orphans in Britain.

As the insanity unfolds, their careful, professional arrangement takes some surprisingly intimate turns as well. Perhaps it takes a bit of madness to create the perfect happily ever after.

One of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Romances of the Fall!

New York Times bestseller, Suzanne Enoch takes a delightful new path in her joyful historical romantic comedy, Something in the Heir.


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Something in the Heir by S. Enoch, published by St. Martin's Press, is a pure delight.
Emmeline and her husband William have settled in their marriage of convenience for eight years. Everything is peachy, both are happy with their arrangement whne a family member wants to mmet the whole family. The non-existing children included. So what to do??? Easy peasy lemon squeezy, just borrow some orphans and everything should go swimmingly perfect. Yes? Of course - not.
This is a witty and fun read, excellent written, unputdownable. A read in one sitting cover to over read.

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This book is full of absolutely delightful and lovable characters!! The storyline is something you would expect from a different era in time which makes it funnier. At one moment You will laugh at so many of the things that Rose and George do and say but in the next moment your heart will be breaking g for what they have experienced. The adult characters are good also but the kids really steal the show throughout the book.

I absolutely loved the entire thing and read till it was almost daylight so I could finish it. But then I was sad I was done. You don’t want to miss these exceptional cast of characters. A must read.

Thanks to St Martin’s Group via NetGalley for the invitation to read this ARC. I needed a good laugh in my life right now.

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What a marvelous and different book! You will be grinning from ear to ear when you finish! Emma line needs to marry in order to keep Winnover Hall. She makes a deal with her childhood friend, Will. They will have a partnership. She will help him in the government by being the perfect hostess. Eight years later, their partnership is surviving but the friendship has gone. They are very polite with one another but that’s all. Then arrives the letter from her grandfather, the Duke, invited everyone to his 70 th birthday party. One problem le- Emmaline has invented imaginary children for her and Will! This book will keep you on your toes as it all plays out. A truly enjoyable read!

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What a fun, sweet story! Emmeline and Will must have children to keep their estate., as per her grandfather’s rules. After eight years of marriage with no offspring they are summoned to her grandfather, the Duke’s, birthday celebration . Panic, schemes, lies and awakened truths all come to light.. This story pulls at your heartstrings, makes you laugh, makes you angry and leaves you with a feeling that all is right with the world. Well worth the read!

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Suzanne Enoch has a beautiful talent for crafting fun, entertaining tales with more than a touch of chaos. Something in the Heir is an excellent addition to that collection. Will and Emmie have their hands full, and it's a blast to watch.

Will and Emmie have had an outwardly picture-perfect marriage for eight years. However, it only takes one letter to shatter that illusion. Emmie's been lying to her family for years, and the mad scramble to cover it up leads to the wild adventure with the Fletcher siblings.

Will and Emmie have grown into a marriage of convenience where they barely recognize each other from the childhood friends that they once knew. Having that life upended drives them to rethink what they know about each other. As a result, it's a sweet rather than spicy story.

Worlds collide as the streetwise Fletchers are taken in by the wealthy Pershings. George is a protective older brother, while Rose is a sweetheart with a mischievous streak. Watching long-held ideas being shaken and the crazy stunts pulled by the children and servants is a blast, while a sense of levity surrounds the chaos.

The characters are well-crafted, and the different personalities bring the story to life. The butler, Powell, was my favorite of the extended cast. He did not have an easy job trying to keep the house from being completely torn apart. Watching the different factions face off while trying to hide their antics from each other made me laugh.

Being a family is complicated, but the Pershings show why it is worth the effort even when nothing seems to go to plan. Suzanne Enoch did a great job with this book, and I look forward to seeing what she has in store next.

This review will be posted on my blog on 09/19/2022.

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What can I say about this book other than the fact that I absolutely adore it and it has quickly shot up my list to become one of my favorites, This story is so pure and heartwarming in every way; not only was I addicted to turning the pages as fast as possible to see how the dramatic points of the story would resolve and how the characters would work with each problem sent their way, but I was also wanting to get to the next sweet moment. Not only does Enoch write lovely, realistic historical romance, but with this book, it also became a love story between parents and children, and it imparts lessons on the benefits of giving up your heart to the people closest. The characters were my favorite part, despite the killer concept and the winding plot. They each like they were standing right in front of me as I read, their personalities clear from the moment they appeared on page. The humor was subtle, matching the setting and themes well. The historical detail was on-point from the start; you weren't drowning in facts that should have been trimmed, but you weren't in a blank room that could be mistakenly thought to be modern. You'll be doing yourself a favor picking up this simply lovely story. If anyone needs me, I'll be working my way through Suzanne Enoch's entire backlist for the next year, provided she doesn't publish a new book for me to be obsessed over, of course.

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“Something About The Heir” by Suzanne Enoch.
This was a cute, entertaining, historical romance with a marriage that needs a huge push to help rekindle their relationship and that comes in the form of two unruly, thieving, but lovable children, as well as a whole lot of lies. I found myself wanting these characters to make the journey to HEA together. There was never a dull moment with these children and all their shenanigans that at times had me laughing out loud. This pulled me in and kept me captivated until the end!

Emmaline Hervey grew up at the beautiful estate called Winnover Hall. When she finds out that her family is moving and the next one to get married gets the estate, she does the unthinkable for that time, she proposes to William Pershing and they quickly get married. But in order to keep this estate they will need to conceive and have children to carry on the family name. But after seven years these two have no children to show. So when her grandfather the Duke of Welshire gets sick and wants to see all of his family, Emmeline must come clean and reveals to William that she has invented children so they wouldn't lose their home.

With no time to waste William agrees to go along with her scheme and they quickly go to an orphanage and pay to rent two children for a few weeks. As they experience things with the children they realize that they had stopped appreciating the other. And soon find a heightened awareness between them. But will they be able to fool her family? And if they lose their estate and the children they have come to care for, what will become of them?

This is a well written, truly fascinating and entertaining story. The secondary characters in this story bring so much laughter, emotion and love to this story! My heart was overflowing with happiness.

Received an early copy and this is my honest review.

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This was such a fun read. I really enjoyed Emmie & Will Pershing's story but George & Rose were fantastic. Those kids made me laugh out loud with their antics. I think this is a good look into how terrible things were during this time period for orphan children. Such a sad state of affairs. It also really show the difference between classes. Definitely felt some Downton Abbey vibes with the great relationships between the Pershings & their help. Highly recommend reading this book for some great entertainment.

Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion

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Laughed! I loved this! 🤣

Emmaline and William Pershing go to all sorts of lengths to keep their home, including borrowing two children from the ‘Stone Jug’ (St Stephen’s Orphanage) to be their children. Rose and George (to be known at the party as Flora and Malcolm)
Emmaline’s grandfather, the duke, had a ridiculous codicil to his heirs having the use of the family home Winnover Hall.
Well Emmie Hervey grew up here and when she got wind of her cousin Penelope’s forthcoming nuptials she decidly wasn’t letting her dratted cousin Penelope move in.
So she married her best friend Will Pershing and as time moved on, unknown to Will, sort of invented a family to keep the house. It’s now eight years later and they have to attend her grandfathers seventieth birthday party—and time for Emmaline to confess all to Will.
All’s going well at the party but! Well, after a situation that involved eggs being thrown and the birthday cake sort of collapsing, she had to confess about her made up family to the Duke.
Taking up the orphans was diabolical, and just so endearing. George and Rose are pure gold.
Then there’s James Fletcher turning up! Now he’s a bad egg!
The road to hell is paved with good intentions and Emmaline keeps falling into situations that Will supports with quiet, good humour. What a Darling! If only Will and Emmie could take their marriage beyond the “convenience” stage!
So all the ingredients for a wild, improbable ride with the funniest of children and an endearing couple along with their rather delightful servants—all trying to keep their home together!
I laughed and chortled my way through this hilarious story.

A St Martin’s Press Invitation ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher.
(Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

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