Book Review: Duchess

23 Apr

Duchess-e1361378037456When 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.

SWarren-98Susan 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

My Impressions:

Duchess is the third and final novel in Susan May Warren’s epic series, Daughters of Fortune. Boo hoo! I mean it. I loved this series and this book, and felt a little sad for it all to end. Surely there is more! Oh well, I will have to be content with the time I spent with Esme, Jinx, Rosie and Lilly. And if you have not had the opportunity to read this series, be sure to start at the beginning with Heiress (review HERE) and proceed on to Baroness (review HERE) for all the lovely drama, history and romance that Warren so deftly writes.

Duchess takes up the story of Rosie Worth, aka Roxie Price, blonde bombshell, set to take over the silver screen. The old Hollywood detail is great. The studio system, the contract actors and early movie making comes to life. But it is Roxie/Rosie’s story — the quest for adoration, applause and love — that takes center stage. Roxie continues to make her own way and her own mistakes in search for her destiny. She endures a lot of bumps and hardships along the way, until a chance encounter sets her on a course toward God. Then her life really begins.

I liked all three books in this series and felt each one was better than the previous. Warren has achieved a true feat — no disappointments, no letdowns along the way — just wonderful writing, characters, and stories. So get this book! Or the series! You will not be sorry.

Highly Recommended.

(I received Duchess in conjunction with LitFuse. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To read other reviews, click HERE.

To purchase the books in this series, click on the links below.




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

One “glam” winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • 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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