About the Book:
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Summerside Press
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Daughters of Fortune” (book 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical, Romance, Series
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5
Wanting her name in lights is all Roxy Price ever wanted, which is what led her back to the man who broke her young, impressionable heart to make this happen. To do this, she leaves behind everything – her family, her child… and her name, Rosie Worth, adopting an entirely new look and becoming the blonde bombshell Dash’s studio wants her to conform to. Slowly, Rosie loses herself in the pursuit of topping the box office, and then tragedy strikes leading her to meet again with the one man from her past whom her mother, Jinx once hoped Rosie would marry. Now, fighting against the Great Depression and larger studios, Rosie takes up the challenge of saving the company Dash started but at what cost will her fame come?
If ever there were a time to describe something as “snazzy” fraught with tragic events – all in the same sentence, Susan May Warren’s historical series would be the one that could pull it off. It is meant as the highest of compliments as this three-part story has become possibly one of the greatest of its genre, judging by those I have yet to read or are currently residing on my bookshelf. The gorgeously designed cover sparkles (the only flaw is a dark-headed actress instead of a blonde) and what’s inside is just as breathtaking – a story that sweeps its reader up in the golden age of Hollywood, and an exciting, never-dull excursion in Europe.
In past, I’ve described the books as “dark fairy-tales” and that is a theme pulled through into Duchess
, Rosie’s story – and unfortunately, the last that I know of. Everything about this book is spectacular. Warren weaves a story that kept me glued to its pages, anticipating and wondering what would come next in Rosie’s life. Wishing beyond anything that nothing would happen to shatter any fragile happiness she built or to ruin her cousin, Lily’s new life – sadly, Lily doesn’t get the same space in this novel as the more equals parts she and Rosie shared in Baroness
and her absence was duly noted. It was a pleasantry to experience Rolfe an d Rosie’s scene’s together – whether they were shooting in the countryside of France (mysterious for multiple reasons) or being swept into the competition of the golden age of Hollywood, reminiscing about what their pasts could have been, they seemed “right” together. Rolfe was perhaps the most interesting of the heroes specifically in this series. Alarming to the reader who wants to savor the story a bit more is the time span this novel covers. Much like Heiress
, there is a good fifteen years covered in these 300-some pages and it is sometimes a drawback. Never did I feel gipped or as if I wasn’t being given enough information or time with the character’s, it just seemed unnecessary to cover such an all-encompassing time span save for being able to draw from historical events in which case, the time frame is more understandable. Instead of fifteen years, the story still could have been told as effectively in half that time – and given the ending a more realistic bent.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say how sorry I am to see this “Daughters of Fortune” saga come to an end. These pages transported me back into the 1920’s, 30’s and beyond in what “felt” remarkably authentic. Any classic film buff will also appreciate this. Best of all, everything collectively held me; while reading I barely acknowledged anyone in a civil manner and instead would respond with an “uh-huh,” buried in the drama and captivating saga that finally brings Rosie full circle, home again – both in a place that does her heart good and spiritual well-being. Something within its pages held me spellbound from its intriguing beginnings to its tempered sorrows in Duchess. Susan shows off just how talented her pen is by these alone, and they will be one of the rare historicals that have a reserved spot on my overflowing bookshelves. Well done, Susan May Warren – this series was just swell, smashing, sensational, and all that jazz.
Synopsis: The golden age of Hollywood is in the business of creating stars. Rosie Worth, now starlet Roxy Price, has found everything she’s wanted in the glamour of the silver screen. With adoring fans and a studio-mogul husband, she’s finally silenced the voices—and grief—of the past. Her future shines bright…until the fated Black Friday when it all comes crashing down. When Roxy loses everything, she finds herself disgraced and penniless. Her only hope is to join forces with Belgian duke Rolfe Van Horne, a longtime film investor. But Rolfe is not who he seems, and he has other plans for Roxy and her movies—plans to support a growing unrest in Europe, plans that could break her heart and endanger her life.
With thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.