For Tara Hyland, Daughters of Fortune was a dream come true. As her debut novel, this epic tale could have been set up as a trilogy or series, but instead she chose to have the story broken up into four parts, each picking up about 3 to 5 years where the last one left off. Everyone knows that money can either help your problems, magnify your problems, or both. This grand story about the 3 daughters of a fashion tycoon is as deep as it is absorbing.
Caitlin and her mother have always gotten along. They were inseparable and Caitlin didn’t even mind that her father had died before she was born. Beautiful, Irish and artistically talented, Katie saw the gem that was her daughter and hoped that the secret she harbored wouldn’t cause Caitlin to lose the light inside of her. When Katie realized that her cancer was going to take her away, she told Caitlin the truth, that her father isn’t dead after all. William Melville was alive and well, and very, very rich. Katie wrote to William, telling him of his daughter, but by the time William arrived, it was too late.
Wanting to make things right, William packs Caitlin up and moves her to his mansion in England. New to money and power, Caitlin struggles to fit in with this new world, while keeping her mother’s memory alive.
William’s oldest daughter, Elizabeth, resents Caitlin for doing the one thing she couldn’t: get her father’s attention. Blonde, beautiful and stoic, Elizabeth embodies the very essence of the Melville name. Knowing that one day she planned on taking over as the head of her father’s fashion house, Elizabeth will never let anything get in the way of her dream.
Amber, the youngest of the three, is spoiled. With an angelic face and quick tears, Amber usually gets what she wants, especially from her mother, Isabelle. At a young age Amber realized that the only way to get William to come home and pay attention to her was through tantrums and acting out. William, not seeing the cry for attention for what it was, sends her off from one private school to the next.
This novel is wide spread over several years, and you get to see these characters grow and change. They become friends; people that annoy you while simultaneously showing you how strong and caring they can be. You see these girls fall in love, get betrayed, find their niches, and learn to adapt. This is the kind of book that you’ll be thinking about long after you put it down.
You can find Daughters of Fortune at any of Tulsa’s local book stores: Barnes and Noble, Borders and Gardners.
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