I was excited to read Duchess by Susan May Warren, a story divided into three parts, covering the years 1929 through 1938. I have enjoyed several of Warren’s previous books and I was interested in this book’s setting, “the golden age of Hollywood.” I was not prepared for the path – the 180-degree turn - leaving the glitzy Hollywood scene and heading to pre-World War II Europe to make a film. The two very different settings present avivid contrast. While Hollywood was in its Golden Age, a time of make-believe, pre-war Europe was in an escalating time of frightening change.
The beginning of the book was interesting. I believe it was an accurate description of that period of time in Hollywood. However, it was the last part that really brought me into the story. The treatment of the Jewish people became more important than filmmaking. I have read several accounts of ordinary people doing heroic things to save lives during the Holocaust. It has become a very literate period of time with many well-written accounts. But somehow the juxtaposition of the make-believe world of filmmaking with the life and death issues going on in Europe left a strong impression with me. The contrast is stark. This book affected me profoundly. It spotlights a part of our history that is necessary to never forget.
Duchess is a multi-faceted book. It is love story that progresses to a very satisfying ending; but it also has a great deal of excitement that made it difficult to put the book down. I found it inspiring as it followed Rosie’s struggle. Her sense of being loved and cherished completely depended on the applause she garnered. It reminded me that real success and real love involve giving up my deepest desires and control over life, surrendering and trusting God’s love and plan for my life.
Duchess is the third book in the series called Daughters of Fortune. I have not read the first two volumes; but I certainly would enjoy doing so. I do recommend this book. First of all, it is an excellent story with interesting characters. Secondly, it is a story history buffs will enjoy, set in an interesting time frame, spanning two continents. Thirdly, it reviews an important part of our past with a reminder that this history should never be allowed to repeat.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
About the Book
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. Find out more about the series by clicking on these links. Heiress. Baroness.
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 MyBookTherapy.com to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com