Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks – (November, 2011)
Rating: A; Nearly Perfect; A Keeper!
Heat Level: 2; Mild or implied love scenes
Fortune’s Son by Emery Lee
Fortune’s Son by Emery Lee is a brilliantly written story about a tumultuous love worth fighting for. Prepare yourself to be swept away by this hauntingly tragic yet uplifting tale of how love conquers all.
Philip Drake knows an unfavorable gamble when he sees it and Susannah, Lady Messingham equals nothing less than trouble. When the dazzling widow seeks Philip’s help to become an experienced gambler, his instincts tell him to walk away. He is on the cusp of reaching his majority and seeking a more respectable future than one spent at the gambling dens. Yet he takes the risk to assist Susannah despite his reservations because there is something about her that he cannot resist. What he does not know is that Susannah needs to make a fortune at the tables, and quickly, because her debts are pulling her under far too quickly. What begins as an easy alliance ends up consuming this pair in a long and treacherous journey that changes them both forever.
It is not everyday fortune shines down on you and you have the opportunity to read a novel such as Fortunes Son. This engrossing and thoroughly developed tale tosses you into a classic era where you have no choice but to quickly absorb everything and every detail. One charming detail would have to be the dialogue. It was rich, eloquent, and added so many dimensions to the characters. It also helped another factor which Lee excels at, and that is historical detail. The novel is just overflowing with different aspects of 18th century England and you become immersed in all of it. Whether it be gambling, duals, or every day life in historical England…Lee will bring it all to you.
Fortunes Son has a unique dynamic between the characters. Philip is the young gambler, seeking his independence, but far too mature for his age. Susannah is the older, independent widow holding on to her independence by a thin thread. What is charming about these characters in the manner in which they perceive one another. It not only leads to misguided notions about their true character, but also makes their romance all the more complicated. As with all characters, they have flaws. Yet in this case, I could not help but love these characters more because of them. Their journey took on more ups and downs that my poor heart could handle, but the end result made their journey worthwhile.
My one disclaimer is this: As a reader, it is important to know Fortunes Son veers towards that fine line between historical fiction and historical romance. For me, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing at all, but if you are looking for a straight forward romance, this may not live up to your expectations. It was so thorough and detailed, it can’t just be considered a romance. This novel has more far more depth and character than the thrilling romance at the center. It was very interesting because while most romances seek to push two characters together, this hero and heroine had to work to change themselves first. They were both on different paths It is a very emotional and heart wrenching journey that a reader should not take lightly.
Fortunes Son by Emery Lee is an emotional and heart-wrenching journey of two characters as they struggle through life. While reading this tale, you can easily appreciate the effort extended to assembled such a fascinating and authentic novel. Such carefully crafted characters and setting engage readers in a novel of breathtaking beauty. This novel will have everything you want and then some. I strongly encourage you to become swept away into the wondrous world of Fortunes Son.