by Julie HaleNovember, 2002
Magical, compelling historical fiction
In the best-selling sequel to her 1999 novel Daughter of Fortune, Isabel Allende returns to 19th century Chile and California, and to the story of Eliza Somers, introducing her granddaughter Aurora del Valle. Raised in San Francisco, Aurora, a photographer, struggles to put together the pieces of her past. Her mother died in childbirth, and her father's identity is a mystery. Brought up by her wealthy, imperious grandmother, Paulina, Aurora wants for nothing except answers about her family. This expansive novel spans five decades, years packed with mystery, betrayal, romance and tragedy for the del Valle clan. As usual, Allende delivers historical fiction of the highest order.