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Posted January 16, 2012
A Georgian delight!
I think it is important to first point this out Romantic Historical Fiction, is not a mistake, it is a deliberate choice to categorize a sub-genre of historical fiction. Historical Romance is much too broad a brush. Emery Lee is an author who writes historical fiction with an emphasis on romance. While her stories are relationship driven don’t be fooled by the covers, there is serious research and substantial scholarship behind her writing. Lee’s talent is how she takes you into the decadent, lush Georgian time period and can impart a wealth of information which is intelligently presented in her own unique style. She sweeps you into the England of George II. Fortune’s Son is a powerfully emotional love story set at the time when the Hanoverian King was anything but secure on his throne.
With the absolute glut of Tudor’s reheated, I cannot tell how happy I am to find a book that is, a) not about the Tudors. b) A brilliantly executed work of historical fiction. Emery Lee’s Fortune’s Son, is part sequel and part prequel. Beginning and ending 1751. We find Phillip in a state of financial ruin... But how did he get there? How did Sukie and Phillip meet? How did they live their lives from 1739 to 1751? Get ready and enjoy the ride. This is a standalone novel but I recommend that you also read The Highest Stakes.
While there is so much more I won’t go into here. I will say that I enjoyed Ms. Lees intelligent take on this historical period, the world of high stakes gambling, that was not just cards and dice, the English would wager on anything and everything and it was fascinating. I think that Ms. Lee has a rare gift and I am looking forward to reading her books for years to come
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Posted October 24, 2011
4.4!LOVE,GAMBLING AND A ROLL OF THE DICE!A MUST READ! FORTUNE'S SON BY EMERY LEE...
FORTUNE'S SON by Emery Lee is an exciting historical romance set in 1739 - 1751 Georgain England.It is the next installment to "HIGHEST STAKES" and is the story of Philip Drake and Susannah,Lady Messingham, who where secondary characters in the previous book,but played a very important in that story. "Fortune's Son" has romance,betrayal,love,high stakes,secrets,gambling,sacrifice,redemption,a bit of carelessness,forgiveness and a bit of sensuality.Philip,after years of gambling and infamy attempts respectability with his earldom, while he finds love,he finds himself in threat of debtor's prison. Susannah,a young widow,in need of funds,decides to enlist Philip's gambling skills to teach her how to win at the gambling tables. They find not only their hearts are involved,their freedom is also at risk. Philip,in "Highest Stakes" is not very nice,oh well,you must read "Highest Stakes" to realize his bad side. He struggles with self-serving,sacrifice in "Fortune's Son" he seeks redemption in the end. Susannah,refuses to ever belong to another man,falls prey to her heart. Together, Philip and Susannah learn love,sacrifice and that life is a roll of the dice.Immerce yourself into the world of Georgian England,gambling,love,with this pair of lovers as they struggle through twelve years of life. Another great read. A must read for any historical,romance,Georgain era and any one looking to be taken away into the world of early gambling vices and its aftermath.Received for review from the author and the publisher. Details can be found at Sourcebooks Casablance,an imprint of Sourcebooks,Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.
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