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Duchess (Daughters of Fortune series) Paperback – March 1, 2013
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Susan May Warren writes amazing characters. They just become like good friends. And her stories are always surprising, informative, and inspiring. This is Rosie's story. She starts out running away from a tormented past and trying to make it big in old Hollywood, but of course there are some bumps and detours along the way, and eventually she has to decide if making it big is what she really wants and if accolades and applause are enough.
I loved basically everything about this book. All the authentic characters, the intertwining story lines, and setting! From the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood, to cafes in Paris, and waltzes in Vienna. It was amazing and fun, and I learned a lot actually. I loved the behind the scenes look at Hollywood and movie production. And I got a kick out of reading about the casting and production of Gone with the Wind (my absolute favorite book and movie.) I loved that the plot had a whole deeper layer to it that, for most of the book you're totally unaware of, as is Rosie. The twist reminded me of old war movies like Casablanca, or the production that Rosie was supposed to be staring in in the book.
I enjoyed reading about Rosie. She has flaws, she's already had a rough life, as we read about in Baroness, and she has some wounds and battle scars to show for it. She doesn't always make the best decisions and she knows that. But she's spunky and stubborn and strong. Even courageous when it counts. I liked that her decisions, even her bad ones, rang true.Read more ›
The story begins in 1929 and the actress, Roxy, is in a clandestine marriage to Dashielle Parks. The marriage is more of a partnership or business arrangement with little or no romance. Rosie/Roxy brings all of her problems on herself. She's created her own nightmares by taking hold of her destiny instead of allowing God to deliver His chosen destiny to her. She seems to have a great capacity for making mistakes and creating unhappiness in her life. Rosie had been a daughter of an heiress who had been bequeathed a fortune. But she'd turned it down, wanting to find her own life - her own destiny.
Roxy, as an actress, had her share of applause, but she always craved more. When the applause died down, she felt emptiness. She had two chances at love, most people only get one chance in a lifetime. Her first love, Guthrie, who died in Baroness, and now Rolfe, the Duke of Beaumont, her second love. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that Rolfe, living in Europe, is transporting refugees, Jews, and other political prisoners out of the country - ahead of the Nazis. This was an interesting back-drop to the story. The story becomes very complex, but ends with a happy and satisfying conclusion.
Rosie finally finds forgiveness and redemption for her stubbornness and for all the ways she's destroyed her destiny. She is filled with peace for the first time in her life and a love that she could surrender her heart to.Read more ›
I loved the characters! Rolfe was such a great guy - I absolutely loved his character and would say he was my favorite from Duchess, though Rosie is a close second. I'm sad Duchess is the final book in the Daughters of Fortune series - I just don't want to say goodbye to them yet - but the ending was wonderful and wrapped things up very well.
The whole movie making aspect in Duchess was really interesting and I loved getting a glimpse into that world. I also really liked another part of the story, but I won't tell you what it is as I don't want to spoil it for future readers.
Duchess was a fantastic book and I completely loved reading it! If you enjoy books with drama, romance, intrigue, and a great message, I definitely recommend Duchess - just be sure to read Heiress and Baroness first or I think you'll be a little confused about some things (this is definitely a series best read in order).
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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Duchess is the grand finale in the epic historical drama series, Daughters of Fortune, a series which begins in the late Victorian Era (1890s) & carries you through until the end... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Angela Bell
I love this series and the time period they take place in. Follow the legacy this is the second of 3 seriesPublished 12 months ago by Murph
Susan May Warren continues her breath-taking series with Duchess. I don't know what to say about these books: I love them... then I hate them... then I love them! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shantelle H.
Great read on a long road trip. Thanks Susan May Warren for making the drive go so quickly!!Published 16 months ago by Anna Brueske
So good. Read it in one day. You really need to read the first two books before this one...and they're good too!!Published 18 months ago by Melissa Terebessy
Seemed alittle lengthy. could have left out some boring details.Published 23 months ago by marilady
A great book with wonderful characters. I loved the first book, Heiress. A must read! Book two, Baroness, was good but very necessary to prepare you for the last book, Duchess. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sandra
Awesome read! Def not the direction I thought it would go in but was very interesting! Couldn't put it down!Published 23 months ago by Book worm 83