About the Book:
What could they possibly want when they already have everything?
Two daughters of fortune have been handed all the makings for storybook happily-ever-afters. The only problem is, they don't want to live fairy-tale lives. But when forced to decide, will they really be able to abandon lives of ease and luxury for the love and adventure that beckons?
Coming of age in the turbulent Roaring Twenties, each woman sets out to find romance on her own terms. But at what cost will she find her happy ending?
About the Author:
Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of thirty novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. A four-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.
Rosie and Lilly are cousins who, at the start of this novel are in Paris each longing for what they don't have; Rosie for the freedom to be a star on the stage and marry whom she would like and Lilly to go back to her ranch in Montana. Both are children of money and privilege and yet both feel constrained by the life they feel they are being forced to live. Being young ladies of seventeen or so they, of course, know everything and their parents cannot possibly understand that the times they are a'changin' and things are just not done they way they were back then.
The book moves from Paris to New York and then to the Midwest as Rosie and Lilly try to shake the family bonds they feel bind them so tightly. I did not quite understand the dynamic of the almost hatred these girls had for their families. Perhaps if I had read the first book in the series I might have had a better understanding, I don't know but it seemed to be there simply to send these two off on their adventures. Adventures that they seemed to survive quite well despite being fairly pampered young women of money. Little was discussed of how they managed to have enough money to live but long strands of pearls seem to be an ongoing theme. And neither girl ends up or ever was a Baroness so the title baffles me.
It took me a bit to get involved in the story but once I did I found it to be a fast read - I ended up finishing it in one day. I can't say that I cared for Rosie at all. Lilly was a more well rounded character. The parents were there to provide a sounding board and or maybe I should say dart board for the girls' reasons for doing what they did. The book had little happiness in it and it does not leave much hope for the next chapter as the Great Depression is looming.
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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
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Baroness from Litfuse Publicity gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.