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Fortune's Son Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2011
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*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
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!
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Top Customer Reviews
The story opens up with our hero in his thirties, with a hangover after his huge loss on the racing track, and now trying to once again come up with money to pay his debts. And while he's arranging the sale of some horse-flesh, someone in his company mentions the name of Susannah, Lady Messingham, and off into memory lane goes our hero.
We are now meeting Philip Drake at age twenty, a second son of the Earl of Hastings. He is handsome, full of life and devilry, charming and doesn't give a damn about his ruthless father or half-brother. He hasn't seen them in years and refuses to live off of his family's money. His quick wit and talent at dice and cards are the only means of his support while awaiting his mother's legacy left to him when he turns twenty-one.
Susannah, Lady Messingham, is a twenty-eight year old widow that has money troubles of her own and as she spots young Philip at play, decides that he just might help her out by tutoring her in gaming.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Or can she?
Philip and Sukey partner up to spin the wheel of fortune and the sexual sparks are flying fast and furious. There are plenty of ups and downs, great gains along with devastating losses, a duel and more until the story switches back to 1751 where we find Philip's back to the wall and he's forced to pay the piper for the errant deeds of his youth.
This was really a lot of fun, the story picks up from the get go and never lets up. Those of you who have read The Highest Stakes probably hated Philip as much as I did, but hats off to Emery Lee for fleshing him out and letting us see the bounder behind the mask, as well as a huge thanks for giving us more than just another romance - a whole lot more. This story should suit lovers of romance, as well as those who need a healthy dose of history along with the romance - and attention Publishers there are a lot of readers who expect more than just another wall-paper historical. Kudos to Emery Lee for writing them. I want more!
**Review copy provided by publisher, thank you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one the most detailed historical fictions I have ever read. That is a good thing and and a bad thing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jasmyn9
By: Emery Lee
Published By Sourcebooks Casablanca
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Series: Georgian Gamesters #2
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I found it difficult to finish this book. The two main characters were reckless and invoked little sympathy. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by tag
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 morePublished on November 2, 2012 by SKTisdale
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 morePublished on January 20, 2012 by Anna K.
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... Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Pam Asberry
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... Read more
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 morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Kathleen Kelly
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... Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by Linda Banche