The Fortune Hunter

The Fortune Hunter

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi," is the Princess Diana of nineteenth-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National--until he meets Charlotte Baird. A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that threatens the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and all of their futures. This brilliant new novel by Daisy Goodwin is a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781250043894
Characteristics: 473 pages ;,25 cm.


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Jun 13, 2017

Very enjoyable. I love Daisy Goodwin. Part historical and part fiction. Ready for another one Ms. Goodwin.

Feb 21, 2017

This was such an enjoyable read, I would read anything Daisy Goodwin writes. She makes history so interesting and transports you so a different time and place so seamlessly it just stays in your mind. After I read for a couple of hours, I look up and wonder where the horses and carriages are but so glad that I don't have to wear a corset.
I highly recommend this book.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Dec 02, 2016

I enjoy Goodwin's writing style and ability to shift to different characters' perspectives. The way she plays with narrative and timeline hint at something sinister that might be lying beneath the perfectly polished exterior. As with her other book, The American Heiress, I was sure there was going to be a sad ending, but while there is melancholy in this story, it ends rather tidily. I love the historical details and the bringing to life of historical characters including Sisi and Queen Victoria.

Sep 03, 2016

wasn't thrilled by this. the love triangle was rather irksome, especially with sisi's meddling and bay's indecisiveness

LPL_MollyW May 09, 2016

I loved the characters and their complicated relationships, and was even more intrigued when I realized it was loosely based on real people and events. Charlotte, a wealthy heiress who is also an independent thinker, is charmed by Bay, a poor officer who happens to be one of the most celebrated horseman in the country. Their courtship in interrupted when the Empress of Austria, rumored to be the most beautiful woman in Europe, comes to the English countryside to hunt and demands Bay act as her guide. The way the story rotated through three points of view created suspense. Romantic and rich in detail, I'd recommend this to any fan of Victorian era historical fiction.

Mar 13, 2016

After enjoying the author's first novel, I turned to this one. A completely different story line. I began to feel disgusted at the "love triangle" aspect (and the barbaric fox hunting) and put it down for a while. But it was worth coming back to, and I enjoyed how some of the characters grew and started to make better decisions. Believability was a bit stretched with the prowess of horse-racing despite injury or side-saddles. Some of the writing was luscious: "The brush stopped, arrested by a knot." I especially enjoyed the author's note about the historical characters and what was true. A true adventure.

wendybird Jan 26, 2016

.What an absolutely delicious treat, from start to finish! As a historical romance, this isn't a demanding read - but this doesn't mean Daisy Goodwin hasn't brought her game face to the text : the writing is evocative,clear and lovely. The main characters - Austrian Empress "Sisi", dashing officer Captain Bay Middleton, and heiress Charlotte Baird -- were all actual people, borrowed from history. The novel artfully weaves the true circumstances with a binding, magical, fictional thread. A perfect January read.

Apr 29, 2015

I’m not a big romance fan, but this story set in Victorian England was enjoyable. A strong, independent female protagonist, a handsome male and the love of horses combine to show that women did have a part in Victorian society. I particularly enjoyed the scenes involving Queen Victoria. She must have been quite a woman.

Dec 02, 2014

This is a fun read based veeeerrrry loosely on real historical events and follows a wealthy heiress, a famous horseman, and an empress legendary for her beauty. There's plenty of romance to be found in these pages, but the writing is good enough and the historical research thorough enough to appeal to readers for other reasons, too. Goodwin does a good job of portraying complicated characters with complicated relationships, and I really enjoyed reading about them.

lscianna Sep 12, 2014

I was very disappointed in this book. I thought it would be an historical fiction. I read about the first hundred pages and found no history, merely a predicable love story. Couldn't bring myself to finish it.

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