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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 loved it. Allende writes from a place of deep female understandingPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite books ever.. great story... interesting from the start. And- part 2 -- keeps you going too!
Love this author..
Very interesting story. Loved learning about Chile, the Gold Rush and early immigrants. A read that is well worth your time!Published 24 days ago by Tamara Jarrow
I stopped reading the book after the first fifty pages. I was very interested in learning the historical background of Chile but I did not enjoy the characters chosen for this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by science9teacher
I LOVE HISTORICAL FICTION AND THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST. SO ORIGINAL AND ONE OF THE KIND PLOT.Published 1 month ago by Linda
I read this book years ago and actually just gave the book to good will a month, From my recollections I had not really enjoyed the book that much so I was not really looking... Read morePublished 2 months ago by shazartist
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende captures and combines a multitude of ethnicities in a captivating story about a young adopted chilean girl. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia McGregor