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The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. By and large, I read work that can’t easily be categorized in one genre, but historical novels have a special place in my heart. Daisy Goodwin is one of the foremost historical novelists of recent years. Her canon includes the PBS show Victoria, which is a picturesque interpretation of Queen Victoria’s reign. I haven’t seen the entire series, but what I have seen is captivating.

The Fortune Hunter is also a period piece about the Victorian era in England, with the Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Bavaria as the primary historical figure. The story follows a young heiress named Charlotte Baird, who becomes involved with a notorious (but not heartless) playboy, Bay Middleton. When Middleton becomes the object of Sisi’s affections, the three are thrust into a public love triangle.

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

I like reading about the Victorian era, because it’s a time period I don’t know much about. If you’re familiar with Victoria, Goodwin’s touch is apparent throughout The Fortune Hunter. I enjoyed reading the novel all the way through, but it was a little long and slow at times. I kept thinking it was going to really pick up the pace, but it pretty much remained a courtship novel all the way through. Nonetheless, the characters are vibrant and lovable (or hate-able) and Goodwin is a great storyteller. I would definitely read one of her other books.

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