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"You have English blood, like us," Miss Rose assured Eliza when she was old enough to understand. "Only someone from the British colony would have thought to leave you in a basket on the doorstep of the British Import and Export Company, Limited. I am sure they knew how good-hearted my brother Jeremy is, and felt sure he would take you in. In those days I was longing to have a child, and you fell into my arms, sent by God to be brought up in the solid principles of the Protestant faith and the English language."The family servant, Mama Fresia, has a different point of view, however: "You, English? Don't get any ideas, child. You have Indian hair, like mine." And certainly Eliza's almost mystical ability to recall all the events of her life would seem to stem more from the Indian than the Protestant side.
As Eliza grows up, she becomes less tractable, and when she falls in love with Joachin Andieta, a clerk in Jeremy's firm, her adoptive family is horrified. They are even more so when a now-pregnant Eliza follows her lover to California where he has gone to make his fortune in the 1849 gold rush. Along the way Eliza meets Tao Chi'en, a Chinese doctor who saves her life and becomes her closest friend. What starts out as a search for a lost love becomes, over time, the discovery of self; and by the time Eliza finally catches up with the elusive Joachin, she is no longer sure she still wants what she once wished for. Allende peoples her novel with a host of colorful secondary characters. She even takes the narrative as far afield as China, providing an intimate portrait of Tao Chi'en's past before returning to 19th-century San Francisco, where he and Eliza eventually fetch up. Readers with a taste for the epic, the picaresque, and romance that is satisfyingly complex will find them all in Daughter of Fortune. --Margaret Prior --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this book over 10 years ago and it still haunts me. Allende created a remarkable woman, yet one with whom many average women can relate with.Published 3 days ago by SheilaT
One of my favorite books ever. I loved both books, Daughter of Fortune and Portrait in Sepia. As always Isabel Allende does a wonderful job with her characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Ofori
Absolutely compelling story - never wanted it to end. I learned so much more about the Gold Rush era in California and Chilean history as well. As usual, Ms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Briggs
Isabel Allende did another fantastic job at writing Daughter of Fortune. She kept increasing my attention with every page of the novel. The novel is part history and part fiction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Herminio Flores, Ph. D.