Book Review: Baroness

19 Apr

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?

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.

My Impressions:

Baroness is the second book in Susan May Warren’s Daughters of Fortune series. (Read my review of book 1, Heiress, HERE.)  This book in the continuing saga of the Price family women, follows cousins Lilly and Rosie, two very confused young women living amidst the frenetic energy of the Roaring Twenties.  Determined to throw off more than just their mother’s corsets, the two are looking for love and life, often in all the wrong places.  It would be easy to portray Lilly and Rosie as poor little rich girls, but Warren explores the deep wounds both possess as explanation for their rebellious natures.

Lilly and Rosie have daddy issues.  Lilly never knew hers; he died in a mine explosion before her mother even knew she was pregnant.  Rosie’s father, now dead, was abusive to her mother and what love he did show to Rosie was tainted by the rage often present in her childhood.  Both young women now have loving step-fathers, but they refuse to believe in that love.  Their issues with fathers that hurt, abandon, die, etc. warps their feelings toward other men and especially God.  This all too real problem among women is realistically portrayed by Warren.  In one scene, Oliver, Lilly’s step-father says I often wonder just why you think so little of me.  And why, when I’ve only wanted the best for you, it’s so hard for you to believe that I love you.  I believe Warren captures God’s heart in those lines.

Besides the father theme, Warren brings to life the new world ushered in following WWI.  Flappers, bootleg hooch, mobsters,  baseball and the aviation craze all come to life in vivid colors.  The characters Warren has created jump out from the page and become real.  This is a book you need to read!  And although it can easily be a standalone novel, you should start with Heiress.  The series is too good not to.  And I eagerly await the third installment, Duchess.

Don’t just take my word for it, read what other reviewers have to say HERE.

Highly Recommended.

(I received Baroness from LitFuse in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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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2 Responses to “Book Review: Baroness”

  1. Gypsy Soul April 19, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    Reblogged this on " and thus began the tale of the gypsy soul " and commented:
    found this one really interesting….

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  2. Diane April 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I also reviewed this book and really enjoyed it. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. Have a great week! :O)

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