Hi! Today we’re celebrating the release of Allison Rushby’s THE HEIRESSES, which came out last Tuesday!
In Allison Rushby’s HEIRESSES, three triplets—estranged since birth—are thrust together in glittering 1926 London to fight for their inheritance, only to learn they can’t trust anyone—least of all each other.
When three teenage girls, Thalia, Erato and Clio, are summoned to the excitement of fast-paced London—a frivolous, heady city full of bright young things—by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother’s fortune. All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles. But with the odds stacked against them, coming together as sisters may be harder than they think.
I say: I just finished reading THE HEIRESSES! It combines several of my favorite elements – squabbling sisters (in this case triplets!) and a mysterious inheritance and a fabulous historical setting. Rushby paints a fascinating portrait of high-society London during the Roaring Twenties, as the girls come of age in a new world of lipstick and bobbed hair and motorcars…and costume parties, drug addiction, and sex. It’s an immensely fun, frothy read; I was desperate to find out the mysteries behind the girls’ birth, and even though I pieced together part of it, there were still twists and turns that surprised me. I loved how wildly different the three sisters are – clever schoolgirl Ro, cruel flapper Thalia, and sheltered misfit Clio – and how they’re alternately deeply loyal and at each others’ throats. And their aunt, Lady Hestia, is a wonderful, fierce character in her own right. Recommend – especially if you like DOWNTON ABBEY or GATSBY!
Now for our interview with Allison:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Thalia, Erato, and Clio are self-centered, intelligent, and nurturing siblings (just not all at the same time).
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
THE HEIRESSES is a fast-paced, dramatic, fun-filled read. (JS: true!)
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I’m an optimistic, always-writing, hybrid author.
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Finland, Sweden, and England
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Perfumery, speed-reading, and German (JS: perfumery is such a cool choice!)
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Nutritionist, Etsy shop owner, and book cover designer
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Yellow roses, tulips, and garish neon gerberas (JS: I love those gerberas too!)
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Anything I didn’t cook, corn chips, and sushi
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
RIGHT HO, JEEVES (P.G. Wodehouse), LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE (Nancy Mitford), and COLD COMFORT FARM (Stella Gibbons)
Allison & St. Martin’s are being awesome enough to give away a copy of THE HEIRESSES to one lucky reader in the US or Canada. Contest is open through noon EST on Sunday, May 20. To enter, just leave a comment below answering the following question: who are your favorite fictional twins (or triplets)? (Mine would have to be Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield of SWEET VALLEY HIGH.)
Thank you for stopping by, Allison! I enjoyed your interview – and your book! – so much!