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Posted July 8, 2013
What a book to encourage, uplift and help you move forward in trusting God.
You learn so much about Hollywood and how it has changed now. Roxy or Rosie looked for applause to keep her mind off choices she had made.
Rolfe uses a film production to help Jews escape being killed. The time the Nazis persecuted them is so real as you read.
The romance between Roxy or Rosie and Rolfe takes time. Yet God has a plan. When they detour from his plan, he brings them together again and again.
The ending is a time of rejoicing as Rosie reconnects with her daughter from her first marriage. Her brother returns from war where he was thought dad and surprises her Mom.
Rosie and Rolfe have a daughter birthed during war. Rolfe's daughter from his first marriage is made part of their family. God's plan is unfolded to completion.
Applause was no what Rosie needed but rather fulfillment through God's love.
Posted April 30, 2013
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Daughters of Fortune series by Susan May Warren and was excited to see how all of the loose ends wrapped up (hopefully!) in the conclusion, Duchess. As I've come to expect from Warren, this book was an emotional roller coaster! I found myself feeling such intense emotions right alongside Roxy—sorrow, joy, despair, love.
I don't want to give too many "secrets" away, but let me just say that I was pleased to see how several of the story lines from earlier in the series concluded. It was fun to meet up with old characters and to reconnect with Roxy. I admit I was a little frustrated with Roxy at the beginning. She just got under my skin. But then she started to open up a little and I could glimpse the person she was becoming and grew to like her more and more!
The one thing I was a little disappointed with was how large chunks of time were skipped over. It seemed that another book could have been added to the series to allow for a tighter story and to give some of the details that we skipped over. It seemed like those could have been some of the best, juiciest parts of the story!
Overall, though, I loved Duchess. I would definitely recommend the entire series ... and would encourage you to read them in order. Enjoy getting to know these incredible women and seeing how God transforms their lives! [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Summerside Press & Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Posted April 22, 2013
Duchess took me away to the glitter of Hollywood -- a place where things are not always as they seem. And things are not as they seem in Duchess' life, either: a starlet is actually a society lady, a stuntman is a duke and a movie is a cover for a ... well, I better not say too much more about that.
Rosie/Roxy is not a Christian for most of the book, so she acts as a non-Christian would during the roaring twenties -- a time when "anything goes." Although she always has reasons for her actions, she follows her own heart and gets deeper and deeper in trouble as she and her movie company falls on hard times. But author Susan May Warren makes sure that God has a plan for Rosie's life.
Rolfe also has plans: plans to rescue Jews from the atrocities of Hitler's troops. As an honorable nobleman, he pushes his feelings aside for Rosie and focuses on his humanitarian mission -- at least he tries.
My favorite part? I'd have to say it was the plot, the settings the character arcs and the romance, especially the romance. Yes, all of it. Rosie grew from a vain, shallow performer to a warm, caring woman who understood her true calling in life. The romance between Rosie and Rolfe was a sizzling push-pull that carried me away with it.
It took me to exotic locations: glamorous Hollywood and picturesque Paris. But the part that affected me most were the scenes set in war-torn Europe. I felt the terror of the invasion, the heartbreak of watching loved ones led away by Nazis and the betrayal of ... well, I won't spoil it for you.
As a writer, I study Warren's writing to learn how to develop my own characters. But as a reader, I read her books to be swept away to another world and another place where I can escape my everyday life to spend a few pleasant hours in exotic locations and romantic times. This is where she shines.
Posted April 20, 2013
I became absolutely obsessed with this series from the very first line of the first book through the last word of Duchess. This is a beautiful, well written, inspirational series and Duchess really wrapped everything up into the perfect ending. I am sad the series is over but will definitely read it over and over again. I would absolutely recommend this book/series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2013
Posted March 26, 2013
What a lovely end to the trilogy. As with all good trilogies, I wish it could be a longer series. Really, though, you can't go wrong with anything by Susan May Warren.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.