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Daughters of Fortune [Kindle Edition]

Tara Hyland
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Katie O'Dwyer flees the constraints of her rural Irish upbringing for the excitement of London. Here she meets and falls in love with William Melville: the imposing head of the Melville fashion dynasty. Elusive, charismatic; married. Their affair is brief but passionate. Katie conceives a child. Fifteen years later she succumbs to cancer; and her beautiful daughter Caitlin finds that she must go to live in England, with the father she has never met. Her half-sisters - cold, high-achieving Elizabeth, and spoilt princess Amber - react to her with hostility; while their elegant mother is too high on valium to notice what goes on. Reeling from her mother's death, unable to fit into this alien world, Caitlin is sent away to boarding school. It is here that something happens which is so awful, so brutalizing, it will change Caitlin forever . . .
Over the next fifteen years the sisters' lives will take them in very different directions. Golden girl Elizabeth will enter the family business, hoping to fulfil her destiny of taking the helm; longing above all for her father's approval. But Caitlin remains William's favourite; even though she has rejected his love and his money. In fact, Caitlin's success as a high-fashion designer has been achieved entirely on her own terms. Amber, meanwhile, is too beautiful for her own good. Spoilt but unloved, she craves attention: this makes her easy pickings for predatory men. But the sisters' paths will continue to cross. Because the simple truth is that, no matter how far you go, you cannot escape the claims of family.

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'Fans of the Bagshawe sisters, Jo Rees or any of the other "bonkbuster" authors out there, you'll love Tara Hyland's debut. Its story sucks you in and keeps you hooked until the last page ... a superb read. Tara Hyland will have a great career ahead of her if this book is anything to go by!' Chick Lit Reviews .Com 'If you're anything like me and you tend to judge a book by the cover, then you're probably already in love with this book ... just stunning. The prose is rich and elegant and thus matches both the setting and the cover perfectly while it also sucks the reader in. Ms Hyland can definitely write and I'd definitely like to read more by her! ... Perfect escapism! ... a damn enjoyable and engrossing read! Really, the pages were just turning themselves and it was all over before I even knew it!' Bookalicious Ramblings .Net 'An exciting read' 4 stars, Closer 20/3 'Sex, glamour and fashion- perfect' 4 stars, The Sun 12/3 'Sparkling with Gossip Girl sizzle and Barbara Taylor Bradford melodrama' Publishers Weekly 'A sprawling tale spanning English countrysides, glittering L.A. red carpets, and chic Paris runways, Hyland's first novel intricately and effortlessly dramatizes the lives and loves of a rich and glamorous cast of characters' Booklist 'The term "page turner" was coined for this book!' 'Caitlin finds herself shipped to London when her mum dies to live with her father, William Melville, head of the Melville fashion dynasty, and her unfriendly stepsisters Elizabeth and Amber. A fantastic read from debut novelist Hyland' Image Magazine (Eire) 'A modern-day Cinderella with a twist! Orphaned Caitlin finds herself in the harsh reality of boarding school where a horrific incident changes her forever. She forges a career in fashion but will her 'ugly sisters' spoil her dreams? Fast paced, drama-filled tale' Woman 'The excitement and page-turning qualities of this book took me back to blockbusters of my youth, such as Lace and Scruples. It's raunchy, moving and the fashion background is totally believable. Hyland writes so well about women's emotions and the pitfalls of life and love. Each character is well rounded and so powerful you feel you know them and understand their motivation, even when you disapprove of their actions. A great, well-written debut novel with wide appeal for all ages' LESLEY PEARSE writing in The Times

About the Author

Tara Hyland was born in Surrey in 1976. She studied History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and then worked in the City for several years before leaving to write full time. She currently lives in London with her husband, Tom. Daughters of Fortune is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (18 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039OVIDC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tara Hyland was born in Surrey, England, in 1976. After studying History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, she worked in the City for several years before leaving to write full time. She currently lives in London with her husband. DAUGHTERS OF FORTUNE is her first novel. To learn more about Tara and her books, you can visit her website at

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daughters of Fortune 26 May 2011
`Daughters of Fortune' spans a period of thirty years and follows the trials and joys of businessman William Melville's three daughters. Elizabeth and Amber, William's daughters by his wife Isabel, were brought up in the lap of luxury; the only thing they missed out on as they grew up was having their father around: William was always too busy working to spend time with them. Caitlin, William's third daughter, also lacked her father: she was 15 before she discovered she was the product of a love affair between William and her recently deceased Irish mother. Her father insists Caitlin's brought to live in the Melville's mansion, but she doubts she'll ever find any affinity with her spoilt, aloof half sisters.

I loved the feeling of grandeur and wealth which went along with the novel; this is a family who are extremely rich and are used to living the high life but, as always, the adage is certainly true that money doesn't buy happiness. Whilst from the outside this world would appear to be ideal and the characters in it flawless, it's only when we're taken closer that we see that of course, this isn't completely true.

I was worried I'd be put off the story a little by how perfect the sisters appeared, and in particular by how good-looking they all are, but actually this just seemed to add to the whole grandeur of the narrative. In a way these women seem at first glance to almost be a type of super-human: beautiful, rich and talented, but naturally like all of us girls, they do have failings and weaknesses, making their characters much more satisfying to explore.

Caitlin was the most `ordinary' of the girls - probably because she'd had such a normal upbringing until her mother dies.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking (long) read! 15 Mar. 2010
By Bob and Billy's Mum TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A very satisfying saga of the 3 Melville sisters - spoilt and wayward Amber, uptight eldest Elizabeth, and their talented but insecure half sister Caitlyn.

Told with a racy mix of scandal, sex and fashion, this book is a perfect match for holiday / relaxation reading and I really enjoyed reading it whilst I recovered from a recent operation.

Whilst at times I was so absorbed I could not put it down, there were plenty of 'sections' to the story - each girls parts, different eras etc, that there were natural points when I could put it down to attend to other things. I mention this only because it is an incredible book - very long indeed - and without those breathers I would feel somewhat frustrated! Nevertheless, even in those times I had put it down, I wanted to read more, and found myself towards the end thinking of the characters and what they had got upto, and what on earth they would do next!

I will not give away any plot details, but if you are a fan of the Barbara Taylor Bradford type family saga, this will do a treat.

Loved it - more please!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I was Fortunate to read this! 25 Mar. 2011
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
It's a huge chunk of a book at 400 pages, but I found these whizzed past quite fast because you can absorbed into the book very quickly. It begins with a look into the past at Caitlin's mother Katie and how she was born. I was a bit surprised by this because I expected the action to begin with the 3 sisters quite quickly so it was nice for the author to take a different route. The book moves through a few time periods throughout the book so we can see the development of these characters throughout their lives from young teenagers to adult women working with the Melville company. Therefore, I was able to develop feelings for them and actually care about what happened to them.

Hyland creates the wonderful world of Melville really well, but doesn't dwell too much on the shop side of things, rather choosing to focus on behind-the-scenes of the company and the personal life of the 3 girls.Caitlin seems to be the main character of the 3 as it is her feelings we encounter first of all, and she is the one that the sympathy of the reader is aimed at. As the book progresses, it moves onto a deeper look at the lives of Elizabeth and Amber, but I still found myself what Caitlin was up to! I liked how different the 3 sisters were, it made for 3 very different stories, and the way they weaved together towards the end was perfect.

Hyland's writing is very easy to read, and progresses the story very well. She writes in the third person which is the most logical writing style due to the amount of main characters used. This allows Hyland to jump backwards and forwards between characters easily, and gives an overall cohesion to the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Daughters of fortune 22 May 2010
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It's a long time since I've read anything which could possibly be described as a blockbuster, so I was interested to see what this book was like. Unfortunately I found it a little tedious and felt it was perhaps 150 pages too long.

The story follows the three daughters of William Melville - Elizabeth, Amber and the illegitimate Caitlin. The family business makes and sells high end fashion and has a good reputation in the fashion world when the three girls are teenagers but that is about to change as they reach maturity and the family firm's standing starts to slide. I thought the sections which described the internal workings of the fashion world and how the clothes are designed were fascinating - but all too short. Somehow I could never build up a picture of William Melville and his long suffering wife, Isabelle, always seemed very much a shadowy figure.

I found I had little sympathy with Elizabeth or with Amber who seemed very much stereotypical spoilt little rich girls. Caitlin was more interesting but ultimately I wasn't sure I cared what happened to her. The writing style seemed to me to be too journalistic and gave me the impression I was reading a feature on the Melville dynasty rather than a story. As a result it is was like looking through a window at what was happening and as a reader I felt little involvement with this family whose problems were quite obviously of their own making. Overall I found this book disappointing.
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