9.8.10

Book Review: Daughters of Fortune by Tara Hyland

William Melville's daughters are heiresses to the world's most exclusive fashion dynasty. Beautiful and rich, they are envied by all. But behind the glittering facade of their lives, each hides a dark secret that threatens to tear their family apart.
Smart, ambitious Elizabeth knows how to manipulate every man she meets, except the one who counts: her father.
Gentle, naive Caitlin, the illegitimate child, struggling into a world of privilege while staying true to herself.
Stunning, spoilt Amber, the party girl with a weakness for bad boys; more fragile than anyone realises.
As each of them seeks to carve out her own destiny, Elizabeth, Caitlin and Amber face difficult choices which will take them in wildly different directions. But as old wounds resurface and threaten to destroy the foundations of the Melville empire, their paths will cross again. Because the simple truth is that, no matter how far you go, you cannot escape the claims of family.
Daughters of Fortune is Tara Hyland's first book and it is brilliant. I was hooked from the very first page and I was a little sad when I reached the final page as I just wanted it to continue.
It is a saga in that it involves members of the same family across a few generations but it has a very fresh and modern feel to it. By focusing on a fashion dynasty, the author is able to bring in the glamour and the exotic locations plus the ruthlessness to be at the top of the game.
Caitlin was my favourite character, she is the catalyst for the whole plot. Her arrival as the illegitimate child alters the whole dynamic and futures of the Melville family. Plus it's great as she offers an outsider's view of this famous and wealthy family and we see all the struggles she has in order to fit in with their world.
It has to be said though that I enjoyed all the characters that Tara Hyland had created, I felt as though none of them were superfluous, they all had a part to play, however small.
Daughters of Fortune is such an enjoyable book, it has a little bit of everything , I am excited about what Tara Hyland will treat her readers to next.

6 comments:

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Lovely review! The book sounds very interesting, and I like the cover - very glamorous.

Dot said...

Irena- The cover is great isn't it, the story is just as glamorous!

Talli Roland said...

Thanks for the review! I like the cover, too. I must add this one to my list!

Dot said...

Talli Roland- Thanks, it's a really good read!

Blodeuedd said...

Hi, just found this blog, I am wandering aimlessly around the net, lol.

Anyway, this review caught my eye, perhaps I should read her

Dot said...

Blodeuedd- I wander aimlessley round sometimes!! I really enjoyed this book, really good story.

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