Charlotte unexpectedly leaves to help prepare a photography exhibit with her godmother in London. The letter she left for Middleton is intercepted and he does not know why she has left or for where. During this time, a relationship develops between the Empress and Middleton and they have an affair.
However, the Empress is very needy and demanding and Middleton eventually wants out after a scandal ensues. Charlotte is upset and humiliated and plans to run off to photograph America with a male, homosexual friend of her godmother. It is hard to describe the plot of the novel without going into a detailed description of what happened.
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You will have to read for yourself to find out if Middleton and Charlotte end up together in the end. 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. I started out reading the print edition but couldn't find the time to just sit and read so I used a credit.
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So glad I did as the narration increased my enjoyment of this surprisingly quiet historical novel. For me it seemed the pace picked up a bit in the second half of the novel and I was quite happy to listen for large chunks of time. Especially appreciated is the author interview at the end. Very interesting. I often listen to audiobooks when I'm trying to fall asleep. This one was perfect for that. If you could sum up The Fortune Hunter in three words, what would they be?
It was just an okay story nothing extraordinary really. I have doubt that Empress Elizabeth was an adulteress. The historical facts are not accurate at all and for most is quite fictional. Nonetheless, the story remained descent but with so many inconsistencies in relation to the whereabouts of the main characters. The book was relating a lot promiscuity and indecency and shed light on a glorious aristocracy with their many flaws.
Unfortunately, Charlotte Baird naive side was very much annoying and she looked foolish throughout the book.
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Would you recommend The Fortune Hunter to your friends? Why or why not? Well, that I would say yes and no Which scene was your favorite? The entrance of the Empress at Melton to observe the naive Charlotte and how she confronted both protagonists Bay Middleton in a daring way. Also the confrontation with Queen Victoria Well, they are Empresses after all! Who was the most memorable character of The Fortune Hunter and why? None really but Augusta was quite something.
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I think each character had their moments. I would say the Empress as well who is very much willing to break all conventions to live her forbidden love. Also the fact that Sissy really raised her voice no matter the circumstances which requires requires great control of oneself Any additional comments? The narration was quite superb and theatrical, the very way a narration should be.
I congratulate the narrator for their achievement, I don't think the book would have that much enjoyable without it. I had quite a laugh too several times throughout the book. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
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I would recommend this book to any Anglophile who would enjoy a little bit of romance and intrigue, a dash of court gossip, and a mousy but plucky heiress. Beautiful Sissy, Empress of Austria and a dashing Cavalry Officer are also involved in this very entertaining and well written book.
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The main characters were well developed and multidimensional. The story keeps on moving. Perhaps there are no major surprises but the author manages to keep us turning the page. The narrator managed to make the three main characters very distinct. I enjoyed the dialogue, which is important to this story and an enjoyable part of it. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? Although there are a number of characters in this book based on well known historical figures, I did not approach this book as historical fiction.
The facts are bent to suit the narrative, which is OK as long as the reader does not expect otherwise. I enjoyed this book immensely.
The story is interesting as a romance but the historical detail makes it so much more fascinating. The narrator if superb. If you like victorian romance you will love this.
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Enjoyable to listen to. This is the second one that I have heard from this author. The narrator was great. She did the different characters voices well. I stopped 13 chapters in because the story moved too slowly. Goodwin has hit on a winning formula—a sophisticated blend of money, class, history, misunderstandings among lovers, spirited women, and unpredictable but irresistible men—and is sticking with it.