Lily and Rose, daughters of an empire coming of age in the roaring twenties, can have anything they want … except freedom.
Expected to marry well and to take the reins of the empire, they have their lives planned out for them. But, Lily, Esme’s daughter longs to return home to Montana, to adventure outside the confines of New York City. And Jinx’s daughter Rosie dreams of the bright lights of the newly emerging silver screen. But following their dreams – from avant garde France, to Broadway, to the skies in the world of barnstormers and wing-walkers will take all their courage.
And if they find love, will they choose freedom or happily ever after?
The is the sequel to Heiress, although this could be read alone it is best read in succession to really understand the characters and where they come from. Last September I was introduced to this family and was captivated by sisters Esme and Jinx.
Susie was one of the first authors that I discovered back when I stumbled across Liz Curtis Higgs and began my all-consuming love of Christian Historical Fiction. It was her Heirs of Anton series. So now that I find she is writing another new series set in the “opulent world of the Gilded Age” I could help but be intrigued! This era seems to be a poplar one as I’ve also gotten my hands on one from Nancy Moser and before that Siri Mitchell. I could not wait to see Susie’s take on it!
While reading Heiress, at about 183 pages of this 380 page novel I could already say I felt like I’ve already read two full novels in this short page length with the sisters two stories. Both of romance and tragedy. I’m waiting for Oliver to walk up and say, oh it was a mistake and for Bennett to look out over the sea and return. Alas.
At just over halfway through I felt like I’m in another novel, this time a western. This is awesome. You get a gilded age adventure and a prairie romance too! As the character comes up, I am remembering all my history bullet points on Teddy Roosevelt phrases and I think Susie is hitting them all. In finishing another segment I promise these could be individual novels. Changing characters and following along in history it is as if the Heirs of Anton series were one long book instead of four shorter ones.
I did not expect a thing. Honestly I haven’t finished reading any of the Golden Era novels except Cara Lynn James first one as it came across. After finishing this one I’m desperate for more. I want to go back to the Moser and Mitchell books and get more of the time and the era. I want to find the rest of James series and drink it all in. I cannot wait for more Daughters of Fortune. I cannot even imagine what comes next. Every twist and turn took me by surprise and I was rereading sections because I was just sure that I misunderstood. Not after everything, could that happen! – I kept saying to myself. But it did. Every thing that happened made things lead to the next. It reminds me of endings that I imagined for tragic movies that did not end as I wished in their romance.
Now with all that experience of Heiress in my mind I am found in entering the adventure provided by the pages in Baroness, I’m transported to a foreign land and the busiest streets of Paris. Just the setting itself almost promises a romance even if it is a short lived one. Having the date setting as 1923 there are so many emotions that may be present in the characters and one hardly knows what to expect.
*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Summerside Press for providing a copy for review.*
Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.
A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.
She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. You can find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com.
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Expected to marry well and to take the reins of the family empire, they have their lives planned out for them. But following their dreams — from avant garde France, to Broadway, to the skies in the world of barnstormers and wing-walkers — will take all their courage. And if they find love, will they choose freedom or happily ever after?
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