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July 31, 2014

Today's Featured Title and Contest July 31, 2014

This Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Friday, August 1st at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE FORTUNE HUNTER by Daisy Goodwin, which is now in stores. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Today's Featured Book and Contest: THE FORTUNE HUNTER by Daisy Goodwin
Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse.

Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National --- until he meets Charlotte Baird. A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that jeopardizes the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and threatens all of their futures.

This brilliant new novel by Daisy Goodwin is a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures.

-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here for the reading group guide.
Click here to enter the contest by Friday, August 1st at 11:59am ET.

Should you encounter any issues with the contest page while entering, please perform a hard refresh of the page by pressing the "Ctrl" and "F5" keys simultaneously.

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