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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402256442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402256448
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. " - THE ROMANCE REVIEWS

*5 STARS and TOP PICK* from NIGHT OWL 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. She's my new favorite author and I highly recommend Fortune's Son!"


RT Rating = 4 STARS
"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

"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

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. She sweeps through a decade, bringing together an older heroine and younger hero in an atypical story. (RT Book Reviews 20111025)

this proves to be a very enjoyable read with a multi-dimensional (and, surprisingly, male) protagonist (Historical Novel Review 20111025)

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 )

This novel will appeal to those readers who enjoy the damaged hero/nurturing heroine as well as the older woman/younger man tropes. If you like card games (like Blackjack) and gambling, this is definitely "the" book for you. I'm also recommending it to those who like to read romantic historical novels, more specifically, during the Georgian era. (Love Romance Passion )

FORTUNE'S SON by Emery Lee is a poignant and heart-wrenching journey of two characters as they struggle through life and love. While reading this tale, you can easily appreciate the effort extended to assemble such a fascinating and authentic novel. Such carefully crafted characters and setting engage readers in a novel of breathtaking beauty. This novel will have everything you want and then some. I strongly encourage you to become swept away into the wondrous world of FORTUNE'S SON.
(The Romance Reviews )

From the Author

AUTHOR'S COMMENTARY:

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 roll of the die.

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 what it might 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!

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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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 By Pam Asberry on December 19, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna K. on January 20, 2012
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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 place. Ms. Lee's Fortune's Son is that kind of book. You feel like you're right there in the gambling action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Bookish Dame on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Kelly on November 26, 2011
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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. A bereft widow who is trying to make ends meet and a disowned son of an earl who has a thirst for gambling meet and form an alliance if you will. The authors impeccable research and historical settings make this book an interesting read. I highly recommend it for those
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Banche on November 17, 2011
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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.

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