Book review: Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

September 3, 2008

Title: Daughter of Fortune
Author: Isabel Allende
Pages: 399

Daughter of Fortune is the story of Eliza Sommers, an orphan who is abandoned on the doorstep of a wealthy British household in Chile. Eliza is brought up by Miss Rose, a spinster who stays with her brother’s Jeremy and John. She plans to turn Eliza (who is of indeterminate origins) into a lady.

Much to Miss Rose’s horror Eliza falls in love with Joaquin Andieta who is one of her uncle’s poor employees. When Joaquin leaves Chile to mine for gold in California Eliza is heart-broken. She decides to run away from home and follow him to America when she finds out that she is pregnant.

Eliza enlists the help of Tao Chi’en; a Chinese doctor who works as a sailor.  Tao hides Eliza in the hold of a ship on it’s way to America. Eliza and Tao then search America for four long years.

I’ve been a fan of Isabel Allende’s writing ever since I read The House of the Spirits. Her epic tales of families, love, revolution and a bit of magic never fail to enchant me.

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