Daughter of Fortune

Daughter of Fortune

Book - 1999
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A Chilean woman searches for her lover in the goldfields of 1840s California. Arriving as a stowaway, Eliza finances her search with various jobs, including playing the piano in a brothel.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©1999
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060194918
Characteristics: viii, 399 pages : map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Hija de la fortuna. English


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Aug 13, 2015

This one is a real winner. Great historical novel that begins and Chile and lands in California during the California Gold Rush.

Mar 20, 2013

I wanted to read fiction non-mystery for a usual change of pace and I couldn't have picked a better one. This is very well written story of a young girl, trapped by convention, following her first love into the New World and all it's trials and tribulations. The story is excellently colored by Isabel Allende, and I would recommend to anyone even if the subject is not to everyone's liking because the prose is magnificent. I wish I could write like she can!

Mar 19, 2012

I mentioned this title in an ongoing review series called "Literary Counterparts."


Oct 01, 2011

What a disappointing read! The characters were all over the place, and new ones were introduced near the end, leading to nowhere. For example, why was the character of Lola Montez even mentioned? She appeared on all of a few pages at the end of the book, with absolutely no significance to the story. Was she supposed to be Eliza's long-lost mother?

In all, Eliza's long search for Joaquín seemed rather boring; the story had chapters, characters and storylines that could have been totally eliminated to tighten the writing; I was disappointed to find out that John was Eliza's father - I felt that it had literally been included as a last thought. I would have rather read about the developing of an intimate relationship between Eliza and her adoptive mother, Ms. Rose.

heatherlynn Sep 14, 2009

Strong characters carry this fascinating love story from the Chilean coastline to the California gold rush. It's obvious Allende did research as the scenes are vivid and the story comes alive.


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