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Daughter of Fortune (Daughter of Fortune, Bk 1)
Daughter of Fortune - Daughter of Fortune, Bk 1
Author: Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)
Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaiso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquin Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern Californi...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060194918
ISBN-10: 006019491X
Publication Date: 10/1/1999
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 177 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
This is one of those rare books that I can appreciate both on a literary level at the same time as I wallow in the romance and suspense. [Warning: cliche coming] I couldn't put it down! Seriously, you have to read this one - and ignore all her others, Allende appears to be a one book author.
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Helpful Score: 5
Amazing book! I have read and reread it. Of particular interest to me were the descriptions of Gold Rush era towns from Sacramento to the Foothills. From a historical viewpoint of those towns the descriptions are amazingly accurate. I would and have recommended this book to others.
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Helpful Score: 4
Allende is a great writer. I couldn't put this book down. A great story and great adventure.
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Helpful Score: 4
A terrific, well researched, tale of life during the Gold Rush of 1849. You can read it as the search of a woman for her lost love, or you can read it for details of life at that time and in that place. After I finished it, I followed with a history of the Gold Rush.
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Helpful Score: 4
Engrossing story begins in Chile and ends in California, touches on every-day life in Chile, shipping, prostitutes, the Gold Rush and Chinese herbal medicine. And, it's well written.
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I loved this book. The author makes the characters come alive and you feel you know them personally. She goes into each characters background so you know where they are coming from.
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Great story line, very interesting and a great summer read. If you enjoy historical fiction with a touch of romance this will be a good choice for you.
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This is another one of my top ten all-time favorite books. I just bought it for the third time because I keep giving them away to my friends.

Allende's stories are riveting and her characters are brilliantly drawn. The heroine in this one travels halfway around the globe to find her true love and when circumstances change, she adjusts to her new reality and finds a way to succeed. I love this book. I'm saving the sequel, Portrait in Sepia, as a reward for myself later, when I need rewarding.

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