The Fortune Hunter
By Daisy Goodwin
Welcome to the latest edition of Wenesday Weekly. Sorry I missed posting on Sunday, but I hadn’t finished this one yet!! Just finished this one tonight and now I will be looking for the next one to read!!
I recently received this from Net Galley in exchange for an honest and fair book review. This book is to be released on July 29th of 2014 by St. Martin’s Press. It is 480 pages. While I like the cover above, check out this alternate cover.
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.
This is a wonderful historical love story. Charlotte is a young heiress who is much in demand. She is very savvy and intelligent woman. She has a budding career in photography. She falls in love with Bay, but he is caught up in an affair with Sisi the Empress of Austria.When Bay wins the Grand National horse race he finds it is a hollow victory and his happiness is slipping away.
The Fortune Hunter is a great combination of a few true events and people and some make-believe. I found that this book was an easy light read. I read it over several days. It is a little bit predictable. The fairytale ends happily ever after. I found the segments about early photography and hunting to be intriguing. This book is a refreshing change from the usual Tudor court stories. It still has an Empress, a Queen, a Prince and Princess and a Countess. I find it interesting that the book is called The Fortune Hunter. It seemed to be more about Charlotte than Bay. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.