Daughter of Fortune

A Novel

Allende, Isabel

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Daughter of Fortune
A Chilean woman searches for her lover in the goldfields of 1840s California. Arriving as a stowaway, Eliza finances her search with various jobs, including playing the piano in a brothel.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
ISBN: 0061120251
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALLENDE 2006
Characteristics: 399, 18 p. :,map ;,21 cm


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A Chilean woman searches for her lover in the goldfields of 1840s California.

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Mar 20, 2013
  • wilqser rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I wanted to read fiction non-mystery for a usual change of pace and I couldn't have picked a better one. This is very well written story of a young girl, trapped by convention, following her first love into the New World and all it's trials and tribulations. The story is excellently colored by Isabel Allende, and I would recommend to anyone even if the subject is not to everyone's liking because the prose is magnificent. I wish I could write like she can!


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Raised in the British colony of Valparaiso, Chile, after being abandoned as a baby, a pregnant Eliza follows her lover, Joaquin Andieta, to California at the height of the Gold Rush and finds adventure and adversity on her road to independence and love. 416p.


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