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THE FORTUNE HUNTER
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, England
Goodwin has a gift for evoking the atmosphere of the era with well-researched period details. Readers will empathize with awkward Charlotte, trying to find herself, glamorous Sisi — who appears to have everything — and the enigmatic Bay, whose desires force the love triangle that gives the story its center and purpose. Fans of unconventional historical fiction can relish this novel.
Charlotte Baird allows her brother to manage her fortune so she can indulge in her passion for photography. Any suitors are more interested in her wealth than in her. Then, handsome cavalry officer Bay Middleton arrives. He seems to be the perfect man. When her family plans a fox hunt and invites Empress Elizabeth of Austria, everything changes. Privileged, wealthy and titled, Sisi arrives with a large retinue. When Bay becomes her guide for the hunt, she sees a man more than capable of keeping up with her. Soon, rumors of their affair swirl. Is Bay her guide, her lover or a fortune hunter after any woman he can get? (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 480 pp., $26.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S
Published: August 2014