I greatly enjoyed Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende, but for some reason I can’t think of that much to say about it. It is an adventure story and in some ways a coming-of-age story set in Chile and California before and during the California gold rush. The main character, a woman, runs away from home to follow her lover to California. She spends several years looking for him and in the process discovers who she is. I enjoyed the strong female character as the central figure in an adventure, and all of the characters were interesting and three-dimensional. The plot was engaging and Allende’s descriptions vividly convey the sights, smells, and sounds of the settings. At the beginning of the book I was a little confused because new characters kept being introduced and it was not clear how they were all going to be important, but between Allende’s well-placed foreshadowing and the realization that it was going to be a complex story with several intertwining sub-plots, I was quickly able to settle in to it and enjoy the book. Daughter of Fortune was a good introduction to Allende and I look forward to reading more books by her.
Such a short review is unusual for me, but I can’t think of what more to say. If you want to ask me any specific questions about this book, please do so in the comments and I will answer them in a new post.