The fortune hunter : a novel

by Goodwin, Daisy,

Format: Print Book 2014.
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Summary

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 jeopardizes the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and threatens all of their futures.

The Fortune Hunter, a brilliant new novel by Daisy Goodwin, is a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures.

 
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Goodwin's second novel is a luxurious indulgence for romantically inclined readers. In 1875, Charlotte Baird, an intellectually minded heiress, becomes an unexpected third wheel when the man she hopes to marry, Captain Bay Middleton, is pressed into service for Empress Elizabeth of Austria's visit to England. A reputed ladies' man, Bay genuinely likes Charlotte for herself and encourages her unfashionable interest in photography. However, as Bay guides the willful, lonely, and deeply private empress on her fox-hunting pursuits on the grounds of vast country estates, they bond over their talent and passion for horsemanship and develop an intense mutual attraction. Mingling historical fact with imaginative fiction, Goodwin writes with effortless grace, and her dialogue's subtle wit is delightful. Each of her three protagonists commands attention and sympathy, which heightens the story's poignancy. Charlotte's levelheaded personality remains unaffected by her wealth or her relatives' dependence on it, and Bay is movingly torn between duty and his sense of self-worth. Finally, despite her outlandish regimen for maintaining her complexion and ankle-length chestnut tresses, Elizabeth is never less than beguiling. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The marketing campaign for this book is extensive, capped by a 150,000-copy first printing.--Johnson, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Goodwin's second novel (after The American Heiress) travels the difficult protocols of Victorian-era fox hunting, as well as the even more complicated protocols of love and marriage in the era, especially for an intelligent young woman with a fortune. England, 1875: Charlotte Baird is the eligible heiress to "the Lennox Fortune." Her lovely, reckless mother was her father's second wife, and she died young in a hunting accident, leaving her fortune to Charlotte. Charlotte's brother, Fred, is engaged to Augusta Crewe, an ambitious woman from a good family who'd rather settle for Fred than stay unmarried (and she covets the Lennox diamonds). Charlotte is more interested in photography-especially composing unusual portraits and developing the plates and prints herself. When Bay Middleton, an expert horseman and friend of Fred, arrives for hunting season at Melton, Augusta's family home, he and Charlotte form an unlikely alliance that turns into love. Fred and Augusta believe Charlotte can do better. Further confusing matters is the arrival of the Empress of Austria, who comes to a nearby estate and appoints Bay as her "pilot" for the hunts; she later decides that Bay can provide her happiness beyond horseback. Charlotte and Bay are faced with listening to their hearts, or falling victim to the machinations and customs surrounding them. Goodwin manages to take the reader deep inside the characters' longings and flaws in a way that makes the reader root for them. An enchanting, beautifully written page-turner. First printing of 150,000 copies. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Elisabeth, -- Empress, consort of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, -- 1837-1898 -- Fiction.
Heiresses -- Fiction.
Fortune hunters -- Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Love stories.
Biographical fiction.
Publisher New York :2014.
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 473 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250043894 (hardback)
1250043891 (hardback)
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