A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her reputation grows among the wealthy for she is indeed one of them herself. She falls for William George ‘Bay’ Middleton who in turn has a raging affair with the Empress of Austria and a photo that captures their attraction scandalises society when it is part of an exhibition Queen Victoria is to attend. All this adds huge colour to a spirited tale that portrays the restrictions of the three main characters and their rebellion. It’s a cracking read.
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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 the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, Franz Joseph, Sisi comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton, the only man in Europe who can outride her. Ten years younger than her and engaged to the rich and devoted Charlotte, Bay has everything to lose by falling for a woman who can never be his. But Bay and the Empress are as reckless as each other, and their mutual attraction is a force that cannot be denied. Full of passion and drama, THE FORTUNE HUNTER tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and a cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty.
'A wonderful guilty pleasure... the relief of reading a novel that puts enjoyment first'
Amanda Foreman, Sunday Telegraph
'Sparkling and thoroughly engaging...highly enjoyable'
'Pure, light-hearted, unpretentious entertainment'
Publication date: 24/04/2014
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
|Publication date:||24th April 2014|
|Publisher:||Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
Daisy Goodwin was our Guest Editor in May 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Daisy Goodwin was educated at Cambridge and Columbia University. She is a television producer and has edited a number of poetry anthologies. In 2010 her first novel, My Last Duchess was published to critical acclaim and she was chair of the judging panel of the Orange Prize for Fiction. She is married with two daughters. Author photo © Mike HoganMore About Daisy Goodwin