22 February 2018

Once An Heiress by Renee Ryan -- Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Blurb: Boston society darling Gigi Wentworth leaves behind everything she holds dear for the sake of love - only to learn that the man with whom she'd planned to elope is nothing but a thieving scoundrel. Abandoned in New York City and saddled with debt, Gigi must sell a prized family heirloom, but even that sacrifice isn't enough to get her home. Her determination drives her to take on work as a lady's maid, keeping her identity a secret...until she's discovered by a former friend with a hidden agenda. 
Although dealing with his own serious family issue, Christopher "Fitz" Fitzpatrick sets out to return the missing heiress to her rightful place in society. But the more he interacts with this new Gigi, the more shocked he is to find her so changed. Gone is the frivolous beauty in expensive gowns. In her place is a woman he could grow to love. When secrets are revealed, will Gigi and Fitz find the trust they need to confront the past and open their hearts?

Worth the Wait!
Once An Heiress (Brilliance Audio)
Narrated by Karen Peakes

I was anxiously awaiting the release of this audible.com download, book 3 in the Gilded Promises series. I knew Gigi Wentworth would have a fascinating story to tell, and she does! This is a Prodigal Daughter story. Good spiritual arcs for both hero and heroine. Both needed to change in order for God to give them a chance to possibly make a new start. 

Make sure you read the first two books in this series before listening to book three in the series. They are all solid listens. I'll confess the first was my fave, but all are wonderful listens. I hadn't listened to any of Renee's books before and she's an impressive author--has it all with voice, characterization, and story. 

If you liked my novel, My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring, you will likely enjoy this series which is also set at the turn of the century.

Giveaway: This week, I'm giving away a box of books. Comment on this post for an extra entry. Comment on my Sunday post on "Just" for a second entry! 


  1. Thank you for this review and giveaway,Carrie! Sounds like this book and series is well worth checking out!

  2. I loved 'Maude's Mooring, so I'm definitely going to read her series. Thank you for the review.

  3. This sounds like a really good series! Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

  4. This does sound like such a wonderful read. A beautiful cover too.


  5. Thank you for your great review and giveaway. mauback55 at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for the great review, Carrie! This is a wonderful series! Renee is such an amazing author and draws you right in. If readers like Christian historical fiction, this is a series to read for sure! I hope others will enjoy it as much as I did :)

    ~Alison Boss

    1. P.S. I also posted on your Sunday 'Just' post as well. I would love a second entry into your giveaway of a box of books, please :) Thanks so much, Carrie!

    2. Oop! I forgot to put my email: nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I haven’t read any of Renee Ryan’s books or listened to them. I’ll have to rectify that soon though!

  8. Thank you for the wonderful review, Carrie. This does sound great! I have read her Love Inspired books but no other yet. This sounds like a great place to start.

  9. This was a wonderful review. I would love to read this series. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

  10. Thank you for the chance. Blessings. Great review.

  11. oh this sounds like a wonderful book. it is on my list. thank you for a chance to win this great give a way.
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  12. CARRIE, thank you for the excellent review. I'm adding this one to my Goodreads shelf!

  13. This is one I had my eye on, great review! You've convinced me to put this on my must-read list :-)

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