Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Duchess" by Susan May Warren {Book Review}

I have never met a Susan May Warren book that I didn’t love, nor one that I didn’t replay over and over in my head for days or weeks afterwards…

About Duchess:
Book Three in the Daughters of Fortune series.

When her country needs her, will she have the courage to surrender her glittering world and her one true love?

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. 

My Thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed the Daughters of Fortune series and she did an outstanding job of finishing up with Duchess. All of the characters I loved (and even some I hated) are back to complete the tale of the Worth family.

Disclaimer: This isn’t your typical book review…
I can’t write, “Their eyes met and they fell in love. He slays the dragon and she falls into his arms to live happily ever after.” Why? Because nothing Susan May Warren writes could ever be called ‘typical’!

There are so many things I would love to tell you in this review;  like who shows up in the end to save the day or who is reunited in the end after all these years... But I can’t stand to give anything away! Just trust me on the fact that you will have trouble putting Duchess down once you begin. 

She met the man she was destined to love years before, but she didn’t know who he was until it was too late… Rosie has way more than her share of heartbreak and tragedy; will she ever find her destiny? Duchess is a story of surrendering your will and finding peace in your circumstances

Susan May Warren is spectacular! No one can take a story and turn it into reality like she can. You become immersed in another world, in Duchess, it is Hollywood in all of its glory and Europe on the brink of a catastrophe. From the moment you start it, you are transported and you won’t be the same when you have finished. 

The twists and turns and ups and downs and just when you think everything will turn out like a fairy tale ending, the roller-coaster starts again. I was so drawn in; I sighed, wanted to cry and may have even yelled at the book a few times, “that is not how it is supposed to happen!” 

In the end, Duchess does a wonderful job of tying up the Daughters of Fortune series in a neat little bow, but it took the long way – filled with heartache, tears and betrayal - before finding a happy ending. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way…

About the author:  
Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at

The extras: 
Check out my reviews of great Susan May Warren books:
Heiress (Book 1 in the Daughters of Fortune series)
Baroness (Book 2 in the Daughters of Fortune series)
You Don't Know Me
Baby It's Cold Outside
My Foolish Heart

And don't miss the giveaway!

Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of Duchess with a Kindle Fire HD Giveaway.

One "glam" winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HD
  • Signed copies of Duchess, Baroness and Heiress
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 4th. Winner will be announced on 5/7/13 at Susan's blog.

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The fine print: 
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review.

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