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The Fortune Hunter: A Novel | [Daisy Goodwin]

The Fortune Hunter: A Novel

Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi", is the Princess Diana of 19th-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....
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Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi", is the Princess Diana of 19th-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 threatens the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and all of their futures.

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

©2014 Daisy Goodwin Productions (P)2014 Headline Digital

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    Mary 09-08-14
    Mary 09-08-14

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    "Listen to this one"

    I started out reading the print edition but couldn't find the time to just sit and read so I used a credit. So glad I did as the narration increased my enjoyment of this surprisingly quiet historical novel. For me it seemed the pace picked up a bit in the second half of the novel and I was quite happy to listen for large chunks of time.
    Especially appreciated is the author interview at the end. Very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pita Miami 08-20-14
    Pita Miami 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

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    "Delicious, Austen style entertainment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any Anglophile who would enjoy a little bit of romance and intrigue, a dash of court gossip, and a mousy but plucky heiress . Beautiful Sissy, Empress of Austria and a dashing Cavalry Officer are also involved in this very entertaining and well written book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters were well developed and multidimensional. The story keeps on moving. Perhaps there are no major surprises but the author manages to keep us turning the page.


    What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

    The narrator managed to make the three main characters very distinct. I enjoyed the dialogue, which is important to this story and an enjoyable part of it


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The Empress, the officer and the mouse that roared"


    Any additional comments?

    Although there are a number of characters in this book based on well known historical figures, I did not approach this book as historical fiction. The facts are bent to suit the narrative, which is OK as long as the reader does not expect otherwise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wajid Hussein Chicago, IL 01-24-15
    Wajid Hussein Chicago, IL 01-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent narration but..."
    If you could sum up The Fortune Hunter in three words, what would they be?

    It was just an okay story nothing extraordinary really. I have doubt that Empress Elizabeth was an adulteress. The historical facts are not accurate at all and for most is quite fictional. Nonetheless, the story remained descent but with so many inconsistencies in relation to the whereabouts of the main characters. The book was relating a lot promiscuity and indecency and shed light on a glorious aristocracy with their many flaws. Unfortunately, Charlotte Baird naive side was very much annoying and she looked foolish throughout the book.


    Would you recommend The Fortune Hunter to your friends? Why or why not?

    Well, that I would say yes and no...it all depends on the person's view of adulterous romance and mainly based on deceit and lies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entrance of the Empress at Melton to observe the naive Charlotte and how she confronted both protagonists (Bay Middleton) in a daring way. Also the confrontation with Queen Victoria...Well, they are Empresses after all!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Fortune Hunter and why?

    None really but Augusta was quite something. I think each character had their moments. I would say the Empress as well who is very much willing to break all conventions to live her forbidden love. Also the fact that Sissy really raised her voice no matter the circumstances which requires requires great control of oneself...


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was quite superb and theatrical, the very way a narration should be. I congratulate the narrator for their achievement, I don't think the book would have that much enjoyable without it. I had quite a laugh too several times throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niki Gamboa 01-20-15
    Niki Gamboa 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    Cheers to the man who gets everything in the end. I greatly enjoyed Casper's character.

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    Butlermm7 08-26-14
    Butlermm7 08-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Just OK"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book. Far too little happened in the book. I never found myself wanting to pick it back up again. It finally got interesting near the end of the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daisy Goodwin? Why or why not?

    I would not read another book by Goodwin based on her style of writing.


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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 08-07-14
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 08-07-14
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    "I'd recommend it"

    As I was reading this book I constantly related it to Princess Diana, not realizing that there was in fact a Sisi in history. Surprising how their lives compared. The author did a good job holding my attention.

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