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Fortune's Son [Kindle Edition]

Emery Lee
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Book Description

Love is the ultimate gamble...
Seasoned gambler Philip Drake knows every trick and uses most of them. After years of infamy, he's ready to accept the mantle of respectability with his earldom-- until a devastating racing loss and the threat of debtors' prison force Philip right back into his gaming ways...
Susannah, Lady Messingham, is a woman with a past who refuses to belong to any man again. But Philip's skill catches her eye and she persuades him to teach her how to win at the tables. Their new partnership turns into an exhilarating high-stakes game that entangles them in terrifying risk and unimaginable rewards...

Immerse yourself in the risky side of Georgian England with a pair of lovers who aren't afraid to risk it all on a toss of the dice...

Editorial Reviews


4 STARS from RT Book Reviews
"Lee brings the atmosphere of the Georgian era to life with lush descriptions that beg the reader to see, hear, feel and touch it all... with a lively cast of characters and surprising twists and turns that are reminiscent of Fielding's Tom Jones or Defoe's Moll"- RT BOOK REVIEWS

5 star TOP PICK "FORTUNE'S SON by Emery Lee is a brilliantly written story about a tumultuous love worth fighting for...Such carefully crafted characters and setting engage readers in a novel of breathtaking beauty.
This novel will have everything you want and then some. (The Romance Reviews )

"an excellent historical romance you won't want to put down! Ms. Lee will pique your interest immediately and keep it right to the very end. I'll be anxiously awaiting more from Ms. Lee."

"a page-turning account of the lives of two people brought together by fate... This is a very enjoyable read with a multi-dimensional (and, surprisingly, male) protagonist." Michael DiSchiavi , Historical Novels Review

I enjoyed the writing style immensely; I zipped through the book in two days. It was a fast-moving, gripping read that I had a hard time putting down. (Readin' and Dreamin' 20110903)

I truly enjoyed immersing myself in the lives of these two and had a hard time putting the book down. (Broken Teepee 20111104)

This was really a lot of fun, the story picks up from the get go and never lets up. (At Home with a Good Book and the Cat 20111119)

One of my favorite historicals this year! (Maggi Andersen Blog )

From the Author

Passion, drama and excitement fill the pages of my follow-up to THE HIGHEST STAKES. Set deep in the world of 18th century gaming, FORTUNE'S SON immerses the reader in a time and place where nothing is sacred and virtually anything might be wagered on the turn of a card, or a roll of the dice.

Beginning with their first chance meeting over a Hazard table, and with motives known only to themselves, FORTUNE'S SON chronicles the tumultuous romantic journey between a young but seasoned gamester and a widowed courtier, who refuses to be the next Royal Mistress regardless of the cost.

Experiencing the agonies and ecstasies of the gaming tables, Philip Drake and Lady Susannah Messingham precariously navigate their way in the high-stakes world of card sharps, courtesans, and the intriguers of Georgian England. As their tale of passion and drama plays out, they are led through hardship, heartbreak and loss before final culmination in redemption and enduring love.

With romance, a bit of adventure, and the excitement of gaming coupled with a supporting cast of the wits, gamesters, sporting men, and roués of Georgian England, I promise great fun and a riveting read!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1238 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402256442
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UEF4N4
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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FORTUNE'S SON by Emery Lee is a brilliantly written story about a tumultuous love worth fighting for. Prepare yourself to be swept away by this hauntingly tragic yet uplifting tale of how love conquers all.

Philip Drake knows an unfavorable gamble when he sees it, and Susannah, Lady Messingham, equals nothing less than trouble. When the dazzling widow seeks Philip's help to become an experienced gambler, his instincts tell him to walk away. He is on the cusp of reaching his majority and seeking a more respectable future than one spent at the gambling dens. Yet he takes the risk to assist Susannah despite his reservations because there is something about her that he cannot resist. What he does not know is that Susannah needs to make a fortune at the tables, and quickly, because her debts are pulling her under far too quickly. What begins as an easy alliance ends up consuming this pair in a long and treacherous journey that changes them both forever.

It is not everyday fortune shines down on you and you have the opportunity to read a novel such as FORTUNE'S SON. This engrossing and thoroughly developed tale tosses you into a classic era where you have no choice but to quickly absorb everything and every detail. One charming detail would have to be the dialogue. It was rich, eloquent and added so many dimensions to the characters. It also helped another factor which Emery Lee excels at, and that is historical detail. The novel is just overflowing with different aspects of 18th century England and you become immersed in all of it. Whether it be gambling, duels or every day life in historical England...Ms Lee will bring it all to you.

FORTUNE'S SON has a unique dynamic between the characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Emery Lee brings Georgian England to life in her recent release Fortune's Son. With its cast of colorful characters and a love story rife with twists and turns, this meticulously researched book is a captivating from start to finish. Not your typical beach read, it accompanied me everywhere I went on a recent cruise vacation: poolside, afternoon tea, even to the beach in Cozumel. I simply couldn't put it down. It's that good.

After you finish this one, you will want to go back and read Emery's debut novel, The Highest Stakes, for more background on some of the characters. I can hardly wait to find out where this gifted author will take us next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in Historical Fiction ~ At Last! December 6, 2011
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If more historical fiction were written like this, I'd be reading more of it!

Intelligent, elegant, and intimate in characterization, Emery Lee has delivered yet another exhilarating book in her historical fiction series, making a name for herself in the ranks of those who write the best historical novels in the business. Gambling, horse racing, poverty, prison and passion~ want more?

"Fortune's Son" is rich in authentic Georgian detail that brings the settings and circumstances alive for a reader. Emery's story focuses on the gambling life of ne'er-do-well and overreaching Philip, Earl of Hastings, and its secondary epic love story between Philip and Susannah, Lady Messingham is just as absorbing. Don't assume either of these storylines is told in the ordinary "fluffy" manner of some other historical fiction novels.

Ms Lee has a gift for writing, absolutely, and she is scholarly. This sets her a notch above. Her characters are complex. I wonder if they are skeletons drawn from actual figures of Georgian England. Significantly, one thing I loved about her writing is that I forgot to care so much about the gowns and surroundings because I was so swept up in the richness of her characters and the action of her novel; and I can tell you that's highly unusual for me! I'm nearly always engrossed in the interiors and fashions described in historical fiction; that's not to say Emery didn't salt her novel with them, just the same. It's just that she didn't need them to carry her book.

Main Characters

Philip Drake, Earl of Hastings ~ I loved his impetuous nature balanced by his passion for true friendship, love and humanity. A gorgeous man, earthy, but with a conscience.
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Emery Lee's Georgian romance, FORTUNE'S SON, is a fascinating, fast-paced tale of power used and abused, opulence and desperation set in the London world of high-stakes gaming.

Life among the rich, powerful and famous in Georgian London is not as wonderful as you might think. Ask young Philip, estranged second son of an earl, who lives hand-to-mouth by gaming. And ask Susannah, knight's widow, left a small jointure and quickly running out of money. When these two impulsive people, both determined never again to bow to another's command, meet, their chemistry is immediate and explosive. Philip, smitten by the older woman, agrees to teach her how to win at cards. Thus starts the tale of two flawed, wildly impetuous lovers and the disasters they suffer, both of their own making and those brought about by others who wish their downfall.

Highly researched, FORTUNE'S SON gives us a fascinating glimpse of both the grit and the glamour of Georgian society. I love lots of descriptions and Ms. Lee's descriptions of people, places, manners and customs are detailed, accurate and vivid. I also love the Georgian language. I'm not a fan of the current trend to expunge all trace of period speech. Language is part of the story and enhances the feel of the era.

Gaming plays a major role in this novel, and although I love detail, I don't much care for descriptions of card games. Most are too long and boring, and the author's explanation is usually insufficient to explain the action. Ms. Lee has succeeded where others failed. She weaves in enough of the mechanics of the era's card games to propel the story along without confusing us with the esoteric points.

While Ms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fortune's Son
By: Emery Lee
Published By Sourcebooks Casablanca
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: Georgian Gamesters #2
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Published 21 months ago by Arlena
2.0 out of 5 stars Not many redeeming characters
I found it difficult to finish this book. The two main characters were reckless and invoked little sympathy. Read more
Published on March 24, 2013 by tag
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching & heartwarming epic love story. MUST read!
This book has been on my wish list and TBR for a year now and the only reason for it was its cover. I mean, just look at it! Read more
Published on February 3, 2013 by bookworm2bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
Emery has written a beautiful love story filled with intrigue, pain, hope, and undying devotion and love. If I could give this one ten stars I would! Read more
Published on November 2, 2012 by SKTisdale
5.0 out of 5 stars The Patrick O'Brian of Romance
I'm a huge fan of Patrick O'Brian's addictive Royal Navy historicals. They don't seem like they are re-creating a distant time and place--they seem like they are of that time and... Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by Anna K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fortune's Son
Another great book by Emery Lee. A fast paced story of gambling, love and deceit told in the era of Georgian England where appearances mean everything. Read more
Published on November 26, 2011 by Kathleen Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Georgian gamble pays off!
Publishers have oversaturated the historical market with Regency Romances and Scottish medievals. Emery Lee offers something different - a Georgian romance with a widowed heroine... Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Kim Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Fortune's Son--A Winner!
First I must say that I read Emery Lee's book The Highest Stakes when it came out. I consider it to be one of my favorite books ever. Read more
Published on November 6, 2011 by Lindi Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling historical romance
In Emery Lee's latest sweeping historical romance, FORTUNE'S SON, Susannah, Lady Messingham, is on the verge of financial ruin, but she is hardly one to give up easily. Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by DeAnna Cameron
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More About the Author

Combining meticulously researched historical settings and love of a great romantic tale, Emery Lee fictionally explores the Georgian era in her distinctly 18th century voice. Her debut novel THE HIGHEST STAKES, Sourcebooks Landmark, is an epic tale of star-cross lovers set in the high stakes world of 18th century horse racing.

Second in her Georgian era trilogy, Emery Lee spins a web of drama, passion, and deceit, deep in the world of high stakes gaming, when a chance meeting at the hazard table between a seasoned gamester and a courtier of a prince, changes their destinies as unpredictably as a roll of the dice.

She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, RWA PAN and Georgia Romance Writers.

** She also writes scorching HOT historical romance as Victoria Vane**

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