Monday, July 28, 2014

The Fortune Hunter
by Daisy Goodwin

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 480
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.


Kritters Thoughts:  A historical fiction set in England, but the royal monarchs do not take center stage and I liked it!  Don't get me wrong, I love the crazy stories of the monarchs, but in this instance, I loved hearing about England with Queen Victoria just making a few appearances and life at court was just visited.  Instead a family with a very young heiress who has lost both her parents and is having her older brother controlling her state of affairs and a lowly Captain trying to win her affections while being distracted by the Empress of Austria - it was great.

With quite a hefty page count, don't let that fool you with this book.  I absolutely whizzed through this story at an alarming pace and was completely engrossed in this story quickly.  I loved the young heiress who will eventually have wealth to her name, but at the time she can't access any of it and she watches her brother and soon to be sister-in-law enjoy living off her and this Captain who actually cares for her and not the money that she has coming to her.  It was a sweet love story with some fantastic twists and turns.

If you have read many of the historical fictions set in London with royal monarchs all over the place and like me may be over this genre, give this one a chance.  It was different and I liked it exactly because of that!

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Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St. Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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