Fortune Is a Woman

Fortune Is a Woman

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by Elizabeth Adler
     
 

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The three met in the aftermath of San Francisco's devastating 1906 earthquake--the Mandarin Lai Tsin, a runaway American heiress, and a young Englishwoman. Against all odds they made their dreams come true, building one of the world's largest trading companies and most luxurious hotels... They had only each other--and bloody secrets to bury even as they rose to…  See more details below

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The three met in the aftermath of San Francisco's devastating 1906 earthquake--the Mandarin Lai Tsin, a runaway American heiress, and a young Englishwoman. Against all odds they made their dreams come true, building one of the world's largest trading companies and most luxurious hotels... They had only each other--and bloody secrets to bury even as they rose to dizzying heights, wary of love yet vulnerable to passion in its most dangerous forms... The Mandarin would pass his multi-billion-dollar empire only to the women in the Lai Tsin dynasty--along with one last devastating truth....

Sweeping from the turn of the century through the 1960's, from the Orient to San Francisco and New York, Elizabeth Adler has written a magnificent novel of new wealth and old privilege, family passions and secret shame, of women surviving, triumphant, in the riveting saga of romantic intrigue.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Adler follows up Peach and The Rich Shall Inherit with another glitzy roller-coaster saga. Using standard rags-to-riches ingredients, she gives us a trio of Cinderellas who suffer and survive their way to fortune, romance and a predictable happy ending. Set in turn-of-the-century San Francisco and Hong Kong, the novel tells the stories of lifelong friends Francie Harrison and Annie Aysgarth and of Francie's daughter Lysandra. All three are saintly women who've been hideously mistreated by the men in their lives. Indeed, virtually every male in this novel is either a brutal monster or a weakling. Fortunately, the misused heroines all fall under the benevolent influence of a mysterious Chinese mandarin, Lai Tsin; Francie, indeed, becomes his concubine. He guides them through their troubles and bequeaths them a legacy of worldly and philosophical riches. Though Adler's historical setting is appealing, the characters are stereotypes, drawn with no shades of gray, and they never come to life. The narrative drags where the author resorts to showing, not telling, and much of the plot hangs on bizarre coincidence. BOMC featured alternate. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307574688
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/20/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
67,661
File size:
2 MB

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Fortune Is a Woman 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in a long time. I loved the characters and the storyline. I wish there was a sequel so that the story kept going. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book multiple times! Loved it everytime! What a great historical epic. Elizabeth Adler has really outdone herself!
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Best book I've ever read!!! Beautiful story.
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A VERY GOOD READ? ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fortune in a Women is a book that you enjoy reading and don't want to put it down.
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Babs5583 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books Ihave ever read. Would like to see more of her books as a nook selection for women.!
AmominIllinois More than 1 year ago
Well written with characters who come alive and are memorable
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Mary Anne Garcia More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book well written author took her time telling yhe story surprise ending
twistedpinklily More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Elizabeth Adler's books and this is by far my favorite! I have read it at least 6 times and I love it, I had to get it for my nook because my paperback broke and my hard cover is almost worn out.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have bought all of my girlfriends a copy of this book. It is an amazing tale and my favorite Adler as well! I found it so inspiring how strong women can be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as I finished it, I reread it then passed it along to a few friends who loved it as well! I have read it so many times I had to buy another copy! This is by far the best book I have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid Elizabeth Adler fan,,, and this is the best book she ever wrote,,,and by far the best book I ever read,,, I read it when it first came out ,, and this book changed my life ,,,and the life of every other woman who ever read it ,,, it is a MUST READ ,, the plot never stops,, the characters are real ,, and the ending will leave you BREATHLESS,,,, ( don't skip ahead!) ,,, Romance, intrigue, mystery, realism, emotion, this book has it all !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in a long time! I could not put it down. It will make you laugh and cry, these are the kinds of friends we should all be so lucky to have. As soon as I finished the book I reread it. Breathtaking!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is different from Elizabeth Adler's Sooner or Later and Now or Never...where they were shrouded in an investigative mystery, this novel spans a lifetime of happiness, sorrow and surprises. The friendship between the 2 main characters is one you won't soon forget. I had to pass it on to a friend right away and she couldn't put it down either! A must read!