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Publisher Description

Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, is the Princess Diana of nineteenth-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse.

Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National—until he meets Charlotte Baird. A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that jeopardizes the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and threatens all of their futures.

The Fortune Hunter, a brilliant new novel by Daisy Goodwin, is a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures.

Fiction & Literature
July 29
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

rulade ,

Interesting Read

At times the book seemed a bit contrived. The intrigue held my attention. Glad it had a happy ending.

jessica drennan ,

Fortune Hunter

This book was engaging but was a bit predictable and completely fizzled at the end.

Jodi Picoult ,

The Fortune Hunter

This was a joy to read ... A very engaging story set in an historic period of immense interest to us modern day readers ... Maybe it was because I just returned from a Danube River Cruise through parts of Austria and Hungary and had learned of Sisi and passed by Godollfo .. As a big fan of historic fiction, I gave this read 4 stars!

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