Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Duchess" Blog Tour

About Duchess: Book Three in the Daughters of Fortune series.

When 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.
Find out more about the series by clicking on these links. Heiress. Baroness.

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My Take:
When I first started reading this book, I really had a hard time remembering what had happened in the previous two books since it has been almost a year since I read Baroness. (I am a big fan of a few preface pages at the beginning of a series book in order to refresh the reader on what has taken place previously). Once I remembered most of what had happened, it was much easier to enjoy the story.

The overall theme of this novel is that Rosie is running away from what God wants her to be. This was true in the previous novel, Baroness, but it becomes even more of the central part of the story in Duchess. In fact, hers is the only story told in this third offering of the series. While the first two novels dealt with the lives of two sisters and two cousins, respectively, Duchess deals only with Rosie and is told from only her point of view. While this allowed the reader to become deeply involved with Rosie and her life, I think that it made this novel seem more drawn out than the other two. There were times when I got a bit tired of reading about the various things that happened behind the scenes during the filming of movies in the 1930s, and Rosie’s constant inner monologues of regret wore me out. I just kept thinking – well, then, if you feel that way…do something about it! Don’t just mope around!

I guess that is why I didn’t feel very connected to Rosie in this novel. While it made for a great story, I just didn’t understand her motives at all. I have never had a desire to be rich and famous, so the fact that she would sacrifice her family and pretty much everything else for stardom and the applause of others, well, I just didn’t get it. Now, like I said, it did make for a good story, especially since there was the opportunity for so much growth for Rosie over the course of the novel. Rosie is definitely not a perfect character, though, and in that way she was very realistic, even if I didn’t really relate to her feelings about things.

The various historical settings in this novel were the highlight of the book for me. Even though I got a bit bogged down in the Hollywood goings-on, the telling of that side of the story was really very good. And once Rosie and Rolfe ended up in Europe, it only got better. The twists and turns that happened with the growing unrest in Europe leading up to WWII were fantastic and really redeemed the novel overall for me.

I loved the ending of this book. I actually wish that the novel had spent more time with Rosie and Rolfe in Europe rather than in Hollywood. Even though I thought the book could have been more drawn out at the end instead of in the middle, it was still an excellent end to the series.

A series of this magnitude needs to have a big, sweeping, saga-like finish, and Duchess definitely fit the bill.

I will give Duchess … 4 BookWorms.
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