Today, it’s all about the review of THE FORTUNE HUNTER! Day 2 of Book Talk with R & T is off to a bang! Be sure and visit Ivory Owl Reviews to see her review- and keep an eye on both of our sites this week- we’ve got BIG things planned!
This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.
The Fortune Hunter
Charlotte Baird is a woman that has passion. She loves photography and works hard at her hobby. Her soon to be sister-in-law, Augusta and her brother, Fred, have 1 passion- to make sure that Charlotte marries well. Charlotte, on the other hand, wants to marry for love- not for money, not for prestige, not for a better reputation- but for love.
Charlotte has a few suitors and while they are nice- none give Charlotte thrills. Until she meets Bay Middleton. Meeting Bay is something else- Charlotte feels an attraction and is very curious about him, even though he has a reputation as a “fortune hunter”. Augusta tries to warn Charlotte away from Bay- his ladies man reputation, his fortune hunter ways- neither will be in Charlotte’s best interest- especially since she is the sole heir to the Lennox fortune.
But, Bay wins Charlotte’s heart and an understanding of a future marriage (when Charlotte is of the age that she will not need permission from Fred) will happen.
Bay is called to take care of the Empress of Austria who is in England for fox-hunting. With Bay being an excellent horsemen- he is the ideal companion for Sisi (as she is known to friends and family). Even though he is betrothed to Charlotte, even though he cares for Charlotte- Bay finds himself growing close and attracted to Sisi. And the feeling is mutual.
With Charlotte out of the area on an incredible photography experience- Bay and Sisi spend their time together fox hunting. Is there more to Bay and Sisi- will they find a way to be together? Or will the intelligent Charlotte keep Bay’s heart?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
First, let me just say that the cover and the description of the book played a huge role in why I accepted this for review. I wasn’t aware of Daisy Goodwin- and not being familiar with her work- was unsure what to expect.
So.. here goes:
I’m not sure where I got the impression- maybe from the synopsis- but I had in my mind that Sisi would be the character that readers would root for. That it would be her that I would want to have the happy ending. Ai yay yi- I did not care for Sisi. I just found her to be unlikeable- maybe some of it was misunderstood; but mainly unlikeable.
Bay… the hearthrob of the book- and with some scandalous ways about him- was a character that I liked; but I didn’t always love. Sometimes, he needed a quick pinch. However, he did have some dreamy ways about him- and some of his interactions with Charlotte made my heart melt.
Fred and Augusta- well, they provided some comic relief for me- even though they weren’t written intentionally funny!
And Charlotte- my darling, Charlotte- I loved her. I found her to be so refreshing, so kind and sweet. So intelligent.
THE FORTUNE HUNTER has a PRIDE AND PREJUDICE flavoring to me (specifically, the plot point of trying to keep Jane and Mr. Bingley apart from each other).
So, did I like it? Yes and no. I felt it was a tad too long ( or maybe it just took me a bit of time to really get into the flow of the story). With that being my main dislike of the book- I must say that the rest was well-written and enjoyable.
Do you like historical fiction? Do you enjoy books that have royal characters? Is your book club looking for a book that could be enjoyed by readers wanting a book with romance AND fits the historical fiction genre? Then I suggest: THE FORTUNE HUNTER!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T from St. Martin’s Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T