I received a review copy of The Fortune Hunter from St. Martin’s Press. Loosely based on the life of a 19th century Empress of Austria, Sisi was known for her great beauty and passion for riding. Her marriage to the Emperor is one of state and not of love, and Sisi travels to escape her marriage and the formal life of Vienna. When she accepts an invitation to hunt in England, she falls for the handsome British horseman, Bay Middleton.
I thought this would fall under the category of historical fiction, but with the exception of the very real characters of royalty, there is no history here. And that is a shame, because when I looked at Sisi’s personal history, it is a fascinating one and would make for a fine, page-turner of a novel. Instead, Daisy Goodwin decided to focus solely on the romance between the Empress and Middleton. And while it has been quite a few years since I read a good romance novel, this one doesn’t hold a candle to the likes of Kathleen Woodiwiss or Johanna Lindsay.
The Fortune Hunter will hit the shelves on July 29, 2014.
2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014