Daughters of Fortune

Daughters of Fortune

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 façade 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, naïve 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.
  • Simon & Schuster UK | 
  • 592 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781847398529 | 
  • May 2011
List Price £6.99

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Introducing Tara Hyland

Tara Hyland, discusses living in London, writing as an occupation, and the impetus for her new novel, Daughters of Fortune.

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This reading group guide for Daughters of Fortune includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Tara Hyland. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. 



Introduction

At the age of fifteen, Caitlin O’Dwyer loses her mother, only to find out she is the daughter of English fashion mogul William Melville. Forced to leave her small Irish village and everyone that matters to her, Caitlin must move to England and become a part of the Melville family. Unused to the staid manners and traditions practiced within the family’s stately home, Caitlin’s even more out of place with her new sisters: the elder Elizabeth, a serious, ambitious blonde; and the younger Amber, a coltish free spirit who always underestimates the implications of her wild behavior. Tara Hyland’s debut novel is an epic family drama swirling with romance, fashion, scandal, loss, jealousy, and money. As three very different sisters are pitted against each other and their family, they discover that the ties that bind a family may also be the means for tearing it apart.

 

Discussion Questions

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