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Tara Hyland
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12 May 2011
William Melville's daughters are heiresses to the world's most exclusive fashion dynasty. Beautiful and rich, they are envied by all. But behind the glittering facade of their lives, each girl hides a dark secret that threatens to tear their family apart. Smart, ambitious Elizabeth knows how to manipulate every man she meets, except the one who counts: her father. Gentle, naive Caitlin, the illegitimate child, struggling to fit into a world of privilege while staying true to herself. Stunning, spoilt Amber, the party girl with a weakness for bad boys, but more fragile than anyone realises. As each of them seeks to carve out her own destiny, Elizabeth, Caitlin and Amber face difficult choices, which will take them in wildly different directions. But as old wounds resurface and threaten to destroy the foundations of the Melville empire, their paths will cross again. Because the simple truth is that, no matter how far you go, you cannot escape the claims of family.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847398529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847398529
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.tarahyland.com

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`Sex, glamour and fashion - perfect' --Sun, 12 March 2010

`An exciting read' --Closer, 20 March 2010

'Sparkling with Gossip Girl sizzle and Barbara Taylor Bradford melodrama' --Publishers Weekly

'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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 May 2011
These big glamorous sagas are not really my choice of book, in general I steer well clear but occasionally I see one which takes my fancy. This is one such novel and I LOVED it. It was interesting at all times, no matter which of the three sisters it focused on, all their stories were equally compelling. The only bad thing about the book was that it finished, I was gutted when it came to an end.
If you like this kind of book you'll love it. And if like me you usually avoid them, there's still every chance you'll love it because it's a great story very well written by an author who certainly knows how to keep you turning the pages.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 12 days ago by Lesley C. Ramsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!
I downloaded this book for my wife who enjoyed it.
I also had it on my iPhone and asked her what it was like. Oh it's a woman's book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert J. Major
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable tale of family and betrayal
I stumbled on this author by accident and found her work very enjoyable. This book is well written and I've personally found that Hyland creates characters and plot twists which... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diane
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Highly recommended!! This was a book I couldn't put down as I wanted to know what happened next, great for a holiday read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
A very good book, one that I didn't want to put down. Well written, you get to know the characters really well and it is not the usual expected ending. A must read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars really Good Story
Great story Hope she writes another soon!
Kept me interested all the way Through
cant wait for her next book
Published 13 months ago by Sandra Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughters of Fortune
I really enjoyed this novel and was completely drawn into the story from the first few pages. A family saga that follows the story of three sisters from a wealthy family. Read more
Published 17 months ago by adamant_wigan
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long and rather dull
The premise hooked me, as did the opening chapters but after that, it was sadly downhill. I was slogging my way through this, hoping it might pick up but it didn't. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jan-Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Summer Read
It's been a long time since I've read a book like this - glamour, wealth, family feuds, sex, fortune, and I adored every page of it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lincs Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a must read.
The most powerful families hold the darkest secrets..... oh how true this is!
This story had a way of drawing you in from the start. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Maxi Shelton
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