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The Heiress Effect

by Courtney Milan

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

The Heiress Effect: © 2013 by Courtney Milan.

Cover design © Courtney Milan.

Cover photographs © SAlaettin YILDIRIM & freya-photographer |

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For Bajeeny.

I’ve waited and waited for a book to dedicate to you, my nearest sister. I wanted one that was perfect. I’m settling for one where I didn’t accidentally name the heroine after you.

Now look at the date—Bump.

Chapter One

Cambridgeshire, England, January 1867

Most of the numbers that Miss Jane Victoria Fairfield had encountered in her life had proven harmless. For instance, the seamstress fitting her gown had poked her seven times while placing forty-three straight pins—but the pain had vanished quickly enough. The twelve holes in Jane’s corset were an evil, true, but a necessary one; without them, she would never have reduced her waist from its unfashionable thirty-seven inch span down to the still unfashionable girth of thirty-one inches.

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