The Fortune Hunter


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!


In 1875, Sisi, the Empress of Austria is the woman that every man desires and every woman envies. Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything — except happiness.

Bored with her dutiful Empress life in Vienna she comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton. Then years younger than her, Bay has everything to lose by falling for a woman who can never be his, for he is promised to Charlotte. But Bay and the Empress are reckless as each other, and their mutual attraction is a force that cannot be denied.

THE FORTUNE HUNTER tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty.


I have read The Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin before, so I was familiar with her work before I started Daisy’s latest book The Fortune Hunter. Much like Daisy’s debut novel The Fortune Hunter is a historical romance.

The Fortune Hunter is set in Victorian England in 1875. It is based on the Empress of Austria, Elisabeth, fondly known as Sisi. Sisi visits England primarily for the hunting, but she certainly makes her presence known along the way. Sisi is known for excelling at horse-riding and being particular with her beauty regimes which were rather strange. Charlotte Baird is another strong female character. She’s air to a fortune which she is set to inherit when she turns 25. Charlotte’s brother Fred tries to encourage her to marry his friend (who actually has his eye on Charlotte’s fortune more than Charlotte herself) but Charlotte meets Captain Bay Middleton who she immediately takes a shine to. Bay seems to be more interested in Charlotte than her fortune, but unbeknownst to Charlotte, Bay is a bit of a ladies man! Bay is chosen to become a pilot for Sisi during her trip to England. Sisi has been married since she was 16 and she’s desperately unhappy in the marriage. She has fled to England for excitement but didn’t expect it to come in the form of Bay Middleton. Bay finds himself attracted to Sisi which confuses him given his arrangement with Charlotte!

I’m not usually a fan of love triangles, but I felt like The Fortune Hunter worked. I thought Daisy Goodwin did a fantastic job of portraying the difficult relationships and situations that our characters are in. The characters are fascinating. I particularly warmed to Charlotte.  Although this book was over 400 pages long, it didn’t feel as long as that due to the nicely paced plot and beautiful writing! Daisy Goodwin is definitely a writer to check out if you’re into historical romance.

Would I recommend it?:

The Fortune Hunter is nicely paced with fascinating, well-developed characters! Perfect for fans of historical romance.

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