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Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende


Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

A magnificent sweeping tale from the international bestselling author of `The House of the Spirits'. Set in Anglophile Chile and goldrush California during the middle years of the nineteenth century, this magnificent romance tells the story of English foundling Eliza Sommers who grows up in the bustling entrepot of Valparaiso. Eliza is a spirited, sparky and ambitious romantic who becomes embroiled in a forbidden love affair with the charismatic but capricious Joaquin Andieta. When he disappears suddenly for California, and the promise of riches that rumours of gold strikes have brought him, she can but follow after him...


`As broad ranging and lyrical as The House of the Spirits.
Daily Telegraph

`A masterpiece of historical fiction.
New York Times

`An extravagant tale by a gifted storyteller whose spell brings to life the 19th century world...Entertaining and well paced...compelling.
Los Angeles Times

`It is packed with incident, rushing from one highly coloured scene to the next ... If you like your passions grand and your views panoramic, then Daughter of Fortune will be'll find it hard not to be beguiled by the charm and ingenuity of Allende's storytelling.
The Times

About the Author

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende was born in Chile, and now lives in California. She worked for many years as a journalist before writing the internationally bestselling novel The House of the Spirits. Since then she has published the equally highly-acclaimed Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, The Stories of Eva Luna, ‘The Infinite Plan and ‘Paula.

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Publication date

30th September 2016


Isabel Allende

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HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


416 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation



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