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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Thoroughly enjoyed the dual stories...

What did you love best about A Desperate Fortune?

The historical side of the tale

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Desperate Fortune?

Mary being swept away by her long lost brother

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

she brings to life both main characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


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- Belinda

Very good narration. Nice, absorbing story

Miss Kellgren is one of the best narrators I've ever listened to at Audible. Her very good narration made the story come alive. And another wonderful novel from Miss Kearsley. Hope she writes book 2 on Mary and McPherson's adventures in Spain.
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- carole a. heredia

Book Details

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