This Oprah Book Club selection tells of young, vivacious Eliza Sommers, who follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849--a danger-filled quest that will become a momentous journey of transformation for Eliza.
A magnificent sweeping tale from the international bestselling author of 'The House of the Spirits'. Set in Anglophile Chile and goldrush California during the middle years of the nineteenth century, this magnificent romance tells the story of English foundling Eliza Sommers who grows up in the bustling entrepot of Valparaiso. Eliza is a spirited, sparky and ambitious romantic who becomes embroiled in a forbidden love affair with the charismatic but capricious Joaquin Andieta. When he disappears suddenly for California, and the promise of riches that rumours of gold strikes have brought him, she can but follow after him!
'As broad ranging and lyrical as The House of the Spirits. ' Daily Telegraph 'A masterpiece of historical fiction.' New York Times 'An extravagant tale by a gifted storyteller whose spell brings to life the 19th century world!Entertaining and well paced!compelling.' Los Angeles Times 'It is packed with incident, rushing from one highly coloured scene to the next ! If you like your passions grand and your views panoramic, then Daughter of Fortune will be irresistible!you'll find it hard not to be beguiled by the charm and ingenuity of Allende's storytelling.' The Times
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