Monday, April 29, 2013

"baroness" by susan may warren

About the book (from the back cover): Coming of age in the turbulent Roaring Twenties, two daughters of fortune can have anything they possibly want—except freedom. Expected to marry well and take the reins of the family empire, Lilly and Rosie have their entire lives planned out for them. But Lilly longs to flee the confines of New York City for the untamed wilds of Montana. Her cousin Rosie dreams of the bright lights of the newly emerging silver screen. Following their dreams—to avant-garde France, to dazzling Broadway, to the skies of the fearless wing walkers—will demand all their courage.

When forced to decide, will Lilly and Rosie truly be able to abandon lives of ease and luxury for the love and adventure that beckons? At what cost will each daughter of fortune find her true love and a happy ending?

My take: Baroness is book two in Susan May Warren's Daughters of Fortune series. Book one, Heiress, told the story of sisters Esme and Jinx. Baroness follows Esme's daughter Lilly and Jinx's daughter Rosie. You don't need to have read Heiress to enjoy this book, but if you haven't, you won't quite grasp the impact of some of the relationships in Baroness. (Besides, Heiress is a fantastic book ... so you really should start there!)

I read this book from start to finish in about five hours—once I started, I didn't want to stop! I especially loved Lilly's story. She kept love at arm's length because she was afraid of being abandoned, but she slowly came to realize that love—from her husband, her step-father, and God—had been there all along. I loved how her story ended, as well.

I wasn't such a huge fan of Rosie. Her story was written well, but I just didn't particularly like her. The next book in the series, Duchess, will follow her quest for stardom, and I hope that she will eventually win me over!

This is a great series, and it's well worth your time! 5 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my friend Holly's review of Baroness.
Read my review and Holly's review of Heiress.

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

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