The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
(St. Martin’s Press, 2014, 480 pages)
Charlotte is the sole heir to the Lenox fortune but she must be chaperoned by her aunt and get approval from her brother on who she can marry until she reaches the appropriate age. Charlotte mostly doesn’t mind though as long as she has her photography to take her mind off her everyday life. That is until she meets Bay Middleton, one of her brother’s friends and a rumored fortune hunter. Charlotte’s family tries to warn her not to fall for Bay because they are afraid he will just use her but Charlotte cannot help herself. And luckily, Bay is in the mindset to settle down. Unfortunately for Charlotte, the Empress of Austria, Sisi, is in England to hunt and has requested Bay to escort her and their mutual attraction is sparked immediately.
I’m a little biased against this book just because a summary I read led me to believe the book was mostly centered on Bay and Sisi’s relationship when in fact, that is hardly shown. And it is mostly displayed as Sisi will go to any length to get what she wants, including Bay, and Bay can’t stay focused on one woman unless she is by his side. I also was bugged by the historical inaccuracies in the story that can be easily discovered by a simple internet search. I understand that this is a historical fiction but I don’t like the idea of switching around events in the character’s life just to add some drama to their backstory. Charlotte was hands down my favorite character which is interesting since she is the most fictional of the major characters.