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Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
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May 05, 2011

it was amazing

The heroine of this book, Eliza Sommers, is orphaned at birth and raised by Victorian spinster and her brother, Rose and Jeremy Sommers in the English section of Valparaíso, Chile. She is raised by the Sommers's housekeeper, Mama Fresia, who teaches her to cook and dabble in some superstition and magic. When Eliza is a teenager she falls in love a clerk who works at her uncle's company, Joaquín Andieta. About this time the gold craze is going on in California and Joaquin takes off to make his fortune and Eliza finds out she is pregnant. Eliza manages to convince a Chinese cook on one of the sailing ships to help her stow-away and help her get to California to find Joaquin. Eliza nearly dies on the voyage from Chile to California but with the help of the Chinese cook Tao Chi'en who happened to be a physician in China she is saved.

Once they reach California Tao intends to split ways with Eliza but she begs him for his help and he relinquishes. He dresses her as a young Chinese male and passes her off as his deaf-mute brother. They have many adventures along the way until she finally leaves Tao to go on her search for Joaquin. However, they keep in touch via the mail and remain close. Even though Eliza is on a physical journey to find Joaquin she finds herself on a spiritual journey as well.

This is a great adventure book with never a dull moment. This is a story full of history, longing, and redemption. I promise you will love it.

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Joanne I started out enjoying this book. By the end I started skimming pages just to get through it. Disappointing.

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