Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: The Fortune Hunter
AUTHOR: Bonnie Dee
LENGTH: 235 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2018
A man with nothing finds everything.
Abandoned at birth, WWI veteran Hal Stanton faces bleak employment prospects in post-war London. Desperation spurs him to reinvent himself to hook a wealthy wife, one he will be devoted to even if he feels no real passion. But when he meets his fiance’s cousin, Julian Needham, it’s all he can do to keep his heart in check and his eye on the prize.
From the moment he’s introduced to the charming stranger Margaret plans to marry, Julian suspects the man’s motives yet fights a relentless attraction. He’s determined to reveal Hal as a fraud but must handle the matter delicately to protect his sweet cousin’s feelings. A weekend at the family estate should allow time and opportunity for him to expose Halstead Wiley.
Even as the men match wits in a battle of attempted unmasking, powerful sexual attraction threatens to overcome them both and win the day. Can a true love connection possibly grow between these adversaries without destroying lives and loved ones?
I always enjoy stories by this author, particularly the historical ones. And so that there isn’t any misunderstanding…I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, but for some reason, this lady writes ones that I really like.
In The Fortune Hunter we’re introduced to a young man on a mission. He is a WW1 veteran who joined the military at age 16 to escape the horrid conditions he was living in at a Catholic orphanage in London, and the beyond horrid conditions he was forced to work in as a child laborer in a mill. He saw a lot of terrible things while in the army and was discharged after he was wounded by enemy fire. When he got back to London there just wasn’t anything for a young and poor man to do. He didn’t have the educational background and social background to get a job. Instead he made his way servicing other men for money. He needed to reinvent himself.
Now he has found a way out. The way out is a plain late twenties spinster with money of her own. But how will he manage to convince not only her, but her extended family, that he is who his invented background says he is. When he meets the gorgeous cousin Julian, and it becomes obvious they are both interested in each other, things could get dicey.
I liked how the author pulled me along through the tale. There was never any doubt in my mind how the story would end…even from the very beginning, but that didn’t detract from my read at all. I found myself drawn into Hal’s story, imagining what it would be like to be in his shoes. I enjoyed the peep inside what life might have been like for two gay men in England in the early 1920’s. It was an enjoyable read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction…or even to those like me that don’t really, but do enjoy the heck out of this author!