Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Duchess-Susan May Warren


Susan May Warren

Summerside, Mar 1 2013, $14.99

ISBN: 9781609367718

By 1929 Rosie Worth as actress Roxy Price has become famous, rich and married to a hunk. However, when Wall Street dives on Black Friday, she is left where she started as Rosie: penniless but still married to a hunk who she does not love nor does he her which makes her ashamed. Desperate for income, she accepts a starring role in a movie to be filmed in Europe and financed by Belgian aristocrat Rolfe Van Horne; whom she met when he thought she was going to jump off a balcony.

Rosie is attracted to the film’s backer, but her gut tells her he is concealing something from her and the rest of the film crew. When Rosie finally learns the truth, she feels trapped in an unattainable situation between different types of love while wondering if God abandoned his flock.

The third Daughters of Fortune (see Baroness and Heiress) historical thriller is a powerful look at Depression Era Europe through the eyes of the title character and Rolfe. Susan May Warren provides her readers with a vivid contrast between the Hollywood studios golden era and the rise of the Nazis as the Winds of War (by Herman Wouk) come to an already depressed world.

Harriet Klausner

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