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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.
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 16 days ago by Patricia McGregor
It was a little slow at first. Found it very interesting after they reached San Francisco.Published 18 days ago by Barbara Durr
Excellent translation full of many period descriptions from 3 cultures. Very enjoyable read.Published 2 months ago by 41spots
Isabel Allende is a wonderful story teller and this book kept me captured thru the whole book.Published 2 months ago by Helen H Moore
Delightful and fascinating read, full of rich characters, melodious prose, and historical details. Loved it and will read more by Allende!Published 2 months ago by Holly A
I randomly picked up this book at a book sale based on the cover alone. It seemed like something I would like and, overall, it was. I enjoyed parts of this book quite a lot. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cayt Landis
This is a wonderful captivating story that sucked me in from the first page. From the first moment I met her, I wanted Eliza Sommers to win over her circumstances and become happy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacintha Topaz
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 2 months ago by SheilaT