The Fortune Hunter

The Fortune Hunter In 1875, Sisi, The Empress Of Austria Is The Woman That Every Man Desires And Every Woman Envies Beautiful, Athletic And Intelligent, Sisi Has Everything Except Happiness.Bored With Her Dutiful Empress Life In Vienna She Comes To England To Hunt She Comes Looking For Excitement And She Finds It In The Dashing Form Of Captain Bay Middleton Then Years Younger Than Her, Bay Has Everything To Lose By Falling For A Woman Who Can Never Be His, For He Is Promised To Charlotte But Bay And The Empress Are Reckless As Each Other, And Their Mutual Attraction Is A Force That Cannot Be Denied THE FORTUNE HUNTER Tells The True Story Of A Nineteenth Century Queen Of Hearts And Cavalry Captain, And The Struggle Between Love And Duty. Find this and other reviews at aren t many novels available to those interested in the nineteeth century Austo Hugarian Hapsburgs so I was understandably ecstatic to learn that author Daisy Goodwin was fictionalizing a chapter of their complex history I m not exaggerating, there was some pretty embarrassing fangirl like squealing the day I got my hands on The Fortune Hunter and that is not something I admit lightly So what happened How did a piece that generated so much initial enthusiasm garner a paltry two star rating I ll be happy to explain, but you might want to make yourself comfortable and I urge you to proceed with caution as illustrating my opinion requires references that may spoil your experience with the novel.Looking back on The Fortune Hunter, I can t deny a certain admiration for Goodwin s portrayal of Bay, Charlotte, Caspar, Queen Victoria, John Brown, Augusta, Fred, Chicken and even the unfortunate Major Postlewaite I think Miss Baird s passion for photography a stroke of genius and I loved watching the whirlwind of emotional drama inflicted on poor Middleton Unfortunately, I don t feel these strengths outweighed the weaknesses I noted in the novel s tone, structure and accuracy view spoiler The cover art features a woman clearly meant to represent the Empress against a night sky augmented with the star jewels made famous in Winterhalte
Well, I m not sure what to think about this on one hand, it s a juicy potboiler of a read, a high class beach novel about an overwrought love triangle in Victoria s England On the other hand, a lot about it just annoyed me So here is what I learned from this novel, which I m giving three stars, but two and a half is probably accurate 1 Always a sucker for a book with a beautiful cover, this one does not disappoint even though it highly resembles a lovely one Horan s Under the Wide and Starry Sky 2 An ending right out of An Officer and a Gentleman with horses.3 While beautifully written in general, the story contains longish stretches of fox hunting details that bogged me down, and being the animal person I am, I found myself skimming While Goodwin does not get horribly graphic, there are still plenty of moments which just reinforced my passionate belief that such blood sports are horrific and I m really not a fan of steeple chasing results, either.4 The Empress comes across as cardboard beautiful, tragic, but nothing about her character really reached me or touched me except
Hated it You know you re in for a bad time when the dashing hero comes across as a self involved prick within the first 5 pages of his introduction He didn t improve, either, no matter how much the writer tried to paint him as conflicted yet sensitive We were clearly supposed to sympathize with him and his infatuation with the Empress, but I was just annoyed with him, because he was SO ready to marry Charlotte, the heroine, but the NEXT DAY, he met the Empress and was like, Ooh, shiny , and wandered off for some quality banging I spent the whole book wishing he d fall off his horse and save everyone the trouble of dealing with him I read Goodwin s previous book , The American Heiress , a year or so ago, and disliked that one, too I decided to give her one try with this one I ve learned my lesson She s incapable of writing characters who are sympathetic, or even interesting, and the jacket blurbs that insist her stories are like Downton Abbey
Huzzah The Fortune Hunter is scrumpdillyicious The heroine, Charlotte Baird, is an unspoiled heiress that I found easy to like and admire She lives in the sparkling world of the privileged, yet prefers to pursue photography, an unacceptable hobby for a lady of means The hero, Captain Bay Middleton, is a good man with a kind heart who is hopelessly flawed Like life, their journey is filled with detours and obstacles Oh, and I loved the debut of Clementine, who will eventually marry Winston Churchill This is a beautifully written, satisfying and sensuous love story that unfolds in England s most sumptuous settings It also encompasses many of my favorite elements England, a handsome
ta se dobija kada spojite troje ljudi, razli itih po svemu osim sklonosti prema kr enju konvencija strogog, visokog dru tva dve najmo nije evropske imperije druge polovine XIX veka arlot Berd je bogata naslednica, koju vi e od dosadnih prijema zanima tada pionirska oblast fotografije Bej Midlton, privla ni kapetan i najve tiji britanski konjanik, sanja o pobedi na presti noj Nacionalnoj trci, a prezire stege i etikeciju Austrijska carica Elizabeta Sisi , najlep a i najnesre nija vladarka svog vremena, iz krutih i licemernih dvorskih krugova neprestano be i u svoje omiljene aktivnosti putovanja i lov, te upoznavanje novih kultura, istovremeno marljivo rade i na o uvanju mladosti i nadaleko uvene lepote Svaka od ove tri osobe poseduje elju za bekstvom od utvr enih dru tvenih uloga, ali e ih splet udnih okolnosti smestiti u okvire neobi nog ljubavnog trougla Roman Dejzi Gudvin, kod nas preveden kao Lovac na bogatstvo , za svoje protagoniste uzima istorijske li nosti i delimi no potvr ena zbivanja, ali ostatak pri e je izma tan i, ruku na srce, povremeno dosta kli etiran fizi ki neugledna, ali inteligentna i bezobrazno bogata devojka zapada za oko britanskom Kazanovi Njegovo interesovanje je, uprkos tome to izdaleka deluje kao klasi an sindrom lovca na bogatstvo to je i naziv romana , iskreno i bez zadnjih namera Me utim, bu enje prve ljubavi naru i e spektakularni dolazak
I was initially drawn to this book because of its stunning cover It was so beautiful, I just picked it up and wanted to read it But unfortunately, the story didn t enchant me like the cover didThis story is about a great many characters, whose lives circle around each other for a period of time in 1875 76 The characters in this book are actually based on actual people, and some of the storyline is true, but most of it is fictitiousSo we have Charlotte Baird, who is a comely girl who is about to inherit a fortune She either has to marry, or turn 25 to gain access to it In the meantime, her older brother, Fred is her caretaker Her mother died in a tragic hunting accident, but not before leaving all the fortune to her daughter After reading the Wideacre Trilogy by Philippa Gregory, and reading what a complicated business and scandal it was to leave money and property to a daughter instead of a son, I m a bit confused why no one seems to be bothered by this detail Fred is about to marry Augusta, a woman on the verge of being too old to be a catch, yet still carries a worthy title with her name Both Fred and Augusta try to control and influence Charlotte in the way she acts, and who she should associate herself with, much to the annoyance of poor Charlotte One day at a party, Charlotte meets Captain Bay Middleton, a notorious horseman, and ever notorious womanizer For some reason, the two are very taken with one another, and begin courtin
I decided to redo my review on this, because my first one was a quick, slap dash affair and I want to give this credit than I did.I did totally enjoy this novel Daisy Goodwin has a wonderful way with details when she writes her books, this my second novel by her and like her first one, I was enthralled with all the sumptuousness of her details The beautiful gowns and finery were vividly imagined, the excitement of the fox hunt, the splendour of the social gatherings of the rich and snobbish were all presented wonderfully in this book I know this has a mixed bag of reviews, but in it s defense this book is geared to the romantic at heart, the person who roots for the heroine Charlotte, who despite the fact is an heiress is totally unspoiled by her wealth I mentioned that I didnt care for the Empress, I w
Charlotte Baird lives in London in 1875, she s into photography and is about to make her debut in the social scene, when she meets Captain Middleton Captain Middleton falls for the meek Charlotte, and just as suddenly, also becomes dazzled by the Empress of Austria This makes for an awkward situation for our narrator Charlot
Irritated by love triangle plot devices, but the last 100 pages had me completely enthralled Good historical read. The ending ticked me off and thus I shall never speak of this again.

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  • Hardcover
  • 622 pages
  • The Fortune Hunter
  • Daisy Goodwin
  • English
  • 23 July 2018
  • 9780755348091