The EPWC book group discussed Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende at their August meeting. The story takes place in Chile and in the gold rush areas of California in the mid 1800 hundreds. Allende is a skilled writer who uses ‘romantic fantasy’ and well researched material to tell her story that takes us from the heroin’s childhood experiences to her adventures in California. Nearly all of us enjoyed some parts of the story while finding some segments hard to ‘believe’! Allende’s characters are highlighted in their own chapters so the reader becomes familiar with the different experiences and backgrounds they have. To the very end there are plenty of currents pulling the story in different directions.