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Poor Amy de Lacy Her father's death has left the family impoverished and she's the only one who can rescue them Her older sister Beryl sweet as she is is just too plain to attract a husband But Amy with her stunning blue eyes and golden hair is. Premise Amy de Lacey is the unusually beautiful second daughter of a gentry family that has fallen on extremely hard times Realizing that her family is essentially unable to grapple with the financial realities reuired of them Amy decides that she'll have to trade her beauty for a fortune and get married to a very rich man While making her first foray into fortune hunting Amy encounters a young gentleman Harry Crisp who is charming and handsome and well to do but not massively rich enough for her things ensueWhat I liked the prose Some of the historical details Some of the side characters Up until the halfway point I thought it was pretty good I'm a big fussy stickler for prose in historical romances so the prose is really good by my standards What I didn't care for the plot driving tension is supposed to come from the fact that Amy must marry a very rich man who is willing to restore her family's fortunes but secretly wishes she could marry young Harry Crisp instead That's fine but there are a couple of things that did not work at all for me First Harry just blows through her objections that her family is very poor Several people are like Money isn't everything to her but Amy's family are legitimately poor they have no servants virtually no money and have to ration food It isn't like they have to be careful about buying new hats they're totally broke There are also some poignant repercussions of this poverty Amy is beautiful enough to attract a husband even without a dowry but her two sisters are not To remain unmarried if you wished to marry as a woman of this time was not a minor inconvenience It often meant that you had no money or power of your own that you would spend the rest of your life as a hopefully beloved but often barely tolerated hanger on in someone else's household Basically I felt like Amy's predicament marry for money to solve her family's problems or marry for love and abandon them to their fate was uite hard to solve I was curious how the author was going to solve it I feel like what follows is not actually a spoiler I mean you've read a romance novel before right But I will tag it anyway view spoilerBut then I realized that the author wasn't really going to solve it There is some deus ex machina rearranging of the pieces on the board at the very end but I found it unsatisfying Amy neither achieves her goal marry to sacrifice herself but save her family nor grapples with the conseuences of choosing love over money The problem just evaporates hide spoiler

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Ejects him But she can't so easily dismiss the memory of just one sweet kiss And it takes some skillful meddling on the part of well meaning friends to create a second chance for the lovely fortune hunter and the man who offers far than a fortun. Jo Beverley is not at the height of her powers but compared to others this is a highly enjoyable book No evil characters here but fairly predictable outcomes and good writing

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The object of every man's fondest desires Now she must use that advantage to snare a wealthy husband Amy has no doubts about her foolproof plan until she meets Harry Crisp Handsome and charming Harry is not nearly wealthy enough and Amy uickly r. See my review here 3


10 thoughts on “The Fortune Hinter

  1. says:

    I have never read a Jo Beverley novel I'm not sure this was her best work This is a really short regency period historical romance Published in 1991 this is a part of a series However it can be read as a stand aloneAmy's family has fallen on hard times She is determined to marry a very wealthy man so her entire family can live in the style they once did and her sisters will have dowries so they can also marry wellBut Amy meets Harry after getting caught up in a rain storm and seeks shelterHarry knows his family wishes he would start to think of marriage He thinks Amy would be perfect even though they only just met He proposes marriage but Amy bluntly tells him no because he isn't rich enough There is a terrible argument and they part hating each otherNow they must each travel to London for the seasonAmy must learn that her family must find their own way andnot use her to restore to them the wealth she so Desperately wants for themAmy's family seems nice in a way but they also don't seem very warm Harry is just hurt and doesn't want Amy to marry for money Even if she doesn't find love with himI agree that Amy was irritating Even at the very end she doesn't seem to have completely let go of her goal despite the fact she loves Harry and he loves her she puts her ungrateful family first I think Amy was very lucky to have Harry I just wonder if she really appreciated him as much as she should haveThis novel is rated PG mild language Overall a C


  2. says:

    I enjoyed this Regency romance despite the closing circle of love in which every available male in the books is eventually a subject of his own novel in which he meets his unknown beloved and falls in love with her This book introduces Amy de Lacy a fabulously beautiful girl who is nobility fallen on hard times This has made her a bit bitter being the only practical member of a very impractical family Amy decides give her family an opportunity for suitable finances by becoming a fortune hunter and ensnaring a rich man In the end the story is really about a man who can override a woman's compulsion for self mortification through an misinterpretation of duty In other words Amy decides she'll throw away her first fish the one she really likes and is mildly rich in hopes of casting her net for someone who can clear up her family's debt overnight which is of course totally foolish bogus reasoning and ruins the book Luckily the man saves her from herself or her need to believe that she doesn't deserve happiness


  3. says:

    Premise Amy de Lacey is the unusually beautiful second daughter of a gentry family that has fallen on extremely hard times Realizing that her family is essentially unable to grapple with the financial realities reuired of them Amy decides that she'll have to trade her beauty for a fortune and get married to a very rich man While making her first foray into fortune hunting Amy encounters a young gentleman Harry Crisp who is charming and handsome and well to do but not massively rich enough for her things ensueWhat I liked the prose Some of the historical details Some of the side characters Up until the halfway point I thought it was pretty good I'm a big fussy stickler for prose in historical romances so the prose is really good by my standards What I didn't care for the plot driving tension is supposed to come from the fact that Amy must marry a very rich man who is willing to restore her family's fortunes but secretly wishes she could marry young Harry Crisp instead That's fine but there are a couple of things that did not work at all for me First Harry just blows through her objections that her family is very poor Several people are like Money isn't everything to her but Amy's family are legitimately poor they have no servants virtually no money and have to ration food It isn't like they have to be careful about buying new hats they're totally broke There are also some poignant repercussions of this poverty Amy is beautiful enough to attract a husband even without a dowry but her two sisters are not To remain unmarried if you wished to marry as a woman of this time was not a minor inconvenience It often meant that you had no money or power of your own that you would spend the rest of your life as a hopefully beloved but often barely tolerated hanger on in someone else's household Basically I felt like Amy's predicament marry for money to solve her family's problems or marry for love and abandon them to their fate was uite hard to solve I was curious how the author was going to solve it I feel like what follows is not actually a spoiler I mean you've read a romance novel before right? But I will tag it anyway view spoilerBut then I realized that the author wasn't really going to solve it There is some deus ex machina rearranging of the pieces on the board at the very end but I found it unsatisfying Amy neither achieves her goal marry to sacrifice herself but save her family nor grapples with the conseuences of choosing love over money The problem just evaporates hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Copyright 1991 This is #5 in the series but can be read as a stand alone Characters from the other books do make appearances Although this isn't JB's best it's also not the worst Trope is THE BIG MISUNDERSTANDING failure to communicate Also love at first sight or as they say nowadays INSTALOVE The fortune hunter in this offering is actually the heroine The hero however isn't the poor good guy He bears some responsibility for the problems they have to overcome Things get wrapped up very smoothly everyone gets a husbandwife Except Miss Frogmorton


  5. says:

    See my review here 3


  6. says:

    Twodelightful stories The Fortune Hunter and Deidre and Don Juan Love Jo Beverley


  7. says:

    Jo Beverley is not at the height of her powers but compared to others this is a highly enjoyable book No evil characters here but fairly predictable outcomes and good writing


  8. says:

    Although I have read a lot of trad regencies lately and I have read uite a few of Beverley's novels in the past this is the first time I read her traditional regencies They are part of a series and due to publishers rights these two that were reprinted now are the last two in the series Although I am very curious about the secondary couples that are presumable main characters in previous books I found that these could be read as standalone so all is wellThe first story was about a young beauty that is decided to marry for money and save her family from poverty She attracts the attention of a young man that she thinks is not rich enough for her and departs for London to catch a husband Predictably the young man was in fact very rich and the old banker who is pursuing her ends up falling in love with another I thought that first proposal scene where Amy gets mad with Harry was a bit too violent and really all his friends had no reason to try and bring them together as they didn't know her all that well Since this is a light and funny regency Amy eventually accepts Harry's love and all ends wellGrade 35Read the Lovers and Ladies edition


  9. says:

    Several years have passed since their father died and the de Lacy family has been living in straitened circumstances when young Jasper buys a winning lottery ticket All of a sudden it seems that maybe some of their dreams might come true But Amy the second oldest and most sensible brings them back to their senses But seeing their disappointed faces she faces a tough decision Since she is a beauty Amy decides she needs to marry a fortune a rich man who will settle dowries on her sisters and help her brother keep his estate But on her first attempt things go badly awry leading to a meeting with Harry Crisp and the beginning of a series of misunderstandingsExcellent book Enjoyable believable characters; in a believable past world acting as they would have then Highly recommended


  10. says:

    Faced with poverty two younger siblings and an older sister who is doomed to become a spinster beautiful Amy DeLacy determines that she must marry a rich provider to help her family get out of debt When her attempted plans to seduce the rich Mr Own Staverly go wrong she finds herself being rescued by young and handsome Harry Crisp When Amy refuses Harry’s marriage proposal because he does not have enough money to support her family she finds herself going to London to socialize with the elite Will Amy marry for money or will her feelings for Harry eventually overshadow her original plan?


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