Posted by: JulieAloha | November 21, 2018

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende: Admissions Reading Challenge 3 – Book 8

November 21, 2018

Isabel Allende has been one of my favorite authors for many, many years. She incorporates so much culture and history into her storylines, painting an accurate picture of people’s existence in the time and place they are set. I love her frank depiction of people’s characters, thoughts, and lives – she doesn’t shy away from harsh reality nor from entwining spiritualism and beliefs with that reality. Her characters are thrown into situations which force them to change their perceptions, make hard choices, and pursue unexpected actions in order to move forward and to survive. And as she often does, she includes significant social lessons appropriate to the time period, but also important to keep in mind today. Set in the 1840’s from Chile to China to the Gold Rush in California, this novel started a little slowly for me; there are many characters to discover and learn their backstories and interconnections, but eventually I was racing across pages, devouring words ravenously to find out what happens. An exciting adventure with great heart!

Points: 24.0; Current point balance: 94.5

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