A Desperate Fortune

  • by Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
  • 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Beloved New York Times best-selling author Susanna Kearsley delivers a riveting novel that deftly intertwines the tales of two women, divided by centuries and forever changed by a clash of love and fate.
For nearly 300, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.
Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing - for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.
As Mary's gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to her, Sara faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew - about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women are united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the unlikely coincidences of fate.


What the Critics Say

A grand adventure...Susanna Kearsley just keeps getting better and better! (Lauren Willig, New York Times best-selling author)


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Customer Reviews

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Interesting Story, Spoiled By The Narrator

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Susanna Kearsley has long been a favourite author of mine and I was really looking forward to getting engrossed in this book. It has her hallmark elements of mixing the past and the present and the subject matter ( exiled Jacobites, ciphers, modern day code-breaking, Asperger's syndrome ) was really interesting. But.... the overall experience was spoiled by the narrator. Her voice was sometimes boring and sometimes strident and I found it off-putting. Part of me wanted to give up on it; I only kept going because I wanted to learn more about the Jacobite elements. It was a good job I persevered because otherwise I would have missed a whole section at the end about the author's research which, for me, was the best part of the book.

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- bookylady

Painful narration

Love Susanna Kearsley books but the narration by Katherine Kellgreen spoils them. Bring back Carolyn Bonneymen! I have just seen the latest edition to Audible is also Katherine Kellgreen so I am reluctant to get it. Overall this story is great but the pronunciation and style of narrating is hard on the ear. I would say give it a try and get past the voice but it's not easy.
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- Mrs D J Taylor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-04-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios