Daughter of Fortune

by Isabel Allende

Harper Collins | October 11, 2001 | Trade Paperback

Daughter of Fortune is rated 4 out of 5 by 12.
An orphan raised in Valparaí so, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, young, vivacious Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849 -- a danger-filled quest that will become a momentous journey of transformation. In this rough-and-tumble world of panhandlers and prostitutes, immigrants and aristocrats, Eliza will discover a new life of freedom, independence, and a love greater than any ever dreamed.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: October 11, 2001

Publisher: Harper Collins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038082101X

ISBN - 13: 9780380821013

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heartwarming story I was hesitant to pick this novel primarily because of the ghostly picture, but then again, Do not judge a book by its cover, so I picked it up then I was astonished about the story and the development of the characters. Isabel Allende vividly writes with passion her characters and this novel is a sure hit. I recommend it and give it a 5 star.
Date published: 2007-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will fall in love with Isabel Allende If you've never read a book by Isabel Allende, let this be the one and you will fall in love. You will also love the characters and learn something about the California Gold rush and how it reached far away places. Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Isabelle's best works! A heart ripping novel...... great from the start till the end! The mixture of cultures is fantastic and very harmonic, a very multicultural novel. This novel has it all- culture, politics, romance, and of course drama.
Date published: 2005-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read As an Oprah's Book Club book I first picked it up. Once I began to read it I really enjoyed the journey the characters take. Eliza is a simple girl born in Chile centuries ago. The novel follows her as she grows up and falls in love. When she chases her love to California we see her battle against the new way of life and strangers she meets along the way. It is a piece of history, captivating, satisfying, a book you don't want to finish. I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2003-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated it I found this book to be extremly dull. I gave it to my mother with a warning that its long and tedious. The plot was annoying, and the way that events were hinted at bothered me. After I was done with it, I was happy it was over and tossed it across the room.
Date published: 2001-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Allende spun a beautiful story. Like "House of Spirits" and "Eva Luna" Allende managed to intertwine the stories of a few really interesting characters. Her novel follows a natural progression and leaves a reader thinking that she could follow up with a sequel. Her character's go beyond the stories that we read about in the novel and hint at other wonderful adventures. I would definately recommend this book to a friend.
Date published: 2000-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I liked this book, and was glad I spent the money on it. The story was alittle slow at first, but stick with it, it gets good. I loved the ending, and you really feel in touch with Eliza. if you love history, as I do, then get this book. It's the making of America!!
Date published: 2000-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Adventurous I am a big fan of Isabel Allende, but I found that her latest novel, Daughter of Fortune, was less than what I expected from a writer that gave us such wonderful novels as House of the Spirits and Eva Luna. While the writer's descriptive style is evident in this novel, I cannot help being left wanting more. The character development and the storyline seem to be lacking something that cannot be easily explained. In addition, the book, especially the first third, is extremely slow. I had a very hard time being captivated by this novel. The adventurous background and the changes of landscapes still leave me a little disppointed.
Date published: 2000-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Couldn't Put It Down I'm 15 years old and I thought that "Daughter of Fortune" was a pretty good book. I first bought it because I wanted something to read. I read a couple of good reviews about it and saw it on Oprah, so I gave it a chance. It took me awhile to get interested in the whole plot, which is rare for me, but after awhile, I couldn't put it down. This book is sappy without being too sappy. The novel is about a woman's self-discovery and the inner stength she acquires while trying to find her lover in California. The only problems I had with this book were (1) it was kind of schmaltzy at times (which can good once in awhile), and (2) it ends too soon!!!
Date published: 2000-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Isabelle Allende Anyone familiar with Allende's works will appreciate this newest and long awaited one. This book loses none of that Spanish touch Allende's so good at. Though I felt that some of the characters could have been even further developed I couldn't put the book down. A good quiet read best read in one sitting.
Date published: 2000-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Romantic Thought I thought I would enjoy this novel more than I did. It is based on a very romantic notion, that love can make you leave the most comfortable life for one that is a complete unknown. The characters were mildly entertaining, but I felt the story was missing the depth I was hoping for in the characters.
Date published: 2000-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written This book portrays an intelligent girl who grows into a courageous woman. Her life, the scenary, and the people she interacts with are described with love and passion. I was swept away in the colourful prose to a far land and a distant time.
Date published: 2000-06-12

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Daughter of Fortune

by Isabel Allende

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: October 11, 2001

Publisher: Harper Collins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038082101X

ISBN - 13: 9780380821013

From the Publisher

An orphan raised in Valparaí so, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, young, vivacious Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849 -- a danger-filled quest that will become a momentous journey of transformation. In this rough-and-tumble world of panhandlers and prostitutes, immigrants and aristocrats, Eliza will discover a new life of freedom, independence, and a love greater than any ever dreamed.

About the Author

Isabel Allende is the author of seven novels, a collection of stories, three memoirs, and a trilogy of children’s novels. Her books have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in California.


Nacida en Perú, Isabel Allende se crió en Chile. Algunos de sus libros, La casa de los espíritus, De amor y sombra, Eva Luna, Cuentos de Eva Luna, El plan infinito, y más recientemente, Paula, raducidos a más de 25 lenguas, encabezan la lista de bestsellers en varios paises de America y Europa. Isabel Allende reside actualmente en California.

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