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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 threatens the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte and all of their futures.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Daisy Goodwin has triumphed again. In The Fortune Hunter she weaves a rich and textured tale of desire and ambition. Sizzling with energy and passion on every page, Goodwin’s characters compel the reader to fall in love with them.”

    Amanda Foreman, author of the New York Times bestseller Georgiana

  • “Daisy Goodwin returns with another captivating historical novel, this one the dramatic story of a nineteenth century love triangle entangling ‘Sisi’ (more properly, Elizabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary’), a handsome but impoverished British horseman, and a resourceful young heiress. In The Fortune Hunter, all three emerge as real people, perhaps the enigmatic real-life wife of Franz Joseph I most of all.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Goodwin uses finely drawn characters and intriguing plot lines to create numerous memorable scenes such as when the empress, accompanied by Bay, visits and exchanges polite but pointed barbs with Queen Victoria. Although readers who enjoyed The American Heiress will be first in line to savor Goodwin's new novel, they will be followed quickly by others who appreciate engaging and thoughtful historical fiction.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Goodwin’s second novel travels the difficult protocols of Victorian-era fox hunting, as well as the even more complicated protocols of love and marriage in the era, especially for an intelligent young woman with a fortune…Goodwin manages to take the reader deep inside the characters’ longings and flaws in a way that makes the reader root for them. An enchanting, beautifully written page-turner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Goodwin’s second novel is a luxurious indulgence for romantically inclined readers…Mingling historical fact with imaginative fiction, Goodwin writes with effortless grace, and her dialogue’s subtle wit is delightful. Each of her three protagonists commands attention and sympathy, which heightens the story’s poignancy. Charlotte’s levelheaded personality remains unaffected by her wealth or her relatives’ dependence on it, and Bay is movingly torn between duty and his sense of self-worth. Finally, despite her outlandish regimen for maintaining her complexion and ankle-length chestnut tresses, Elizabeth is never less than beguiling.”

    Booklist

  • “With its witty dialogue, intriguing research and cameo appearances by Queen Victoria and other royals, Goodwin’s latest is a pleasurable excursion into Downton-land complete with high-society weddings, lavish balls and an exciting, all-or-nothing horse-racing finale.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A sumptuous, scrumptious confection, with country houses, Austrian Empresses, and Victorian glamour galore.”

    Lucy Worsley, chief curator, Historic Royal Palaces

  • “Goodwin’s Victorian-era grand romance is beautifully narrated by Clare Corbett. The story is told by three vivid characters: heiress Charlotte Baird, Empress Elizabeth of Austria, and the roguish Captain Bay Middleton, who has a passion for both of them. Corbett gives all of them distinct voices and personalities. Despite the number of secondary characters, each is given a voice that fits his or her personality. Corbett’s narration and Goodwin’s story give listeners an engaging audiobook experience. J.L.K. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, July 2014
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books for July 2014
  • A People Pick of the Week, July 2014
  • A USA Today Notable Book
  • An August 2014 Amazon Best Book of the Month for Fiction
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
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