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Baroness by Susan May Warren

Reviewed by Rel Mollet

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"...a captivating tale, brimming with intriguing historical detail and vibrant characters... a stunning addition to the Daughters of Fortune series..."

"How could she hope to find her place in a world where she knew she didn't belong?"

Lily Joy Hoyt Stewart longs for the Montana prairie but reluctantly finds herself in Paris, a place of beauty and culture that holds no appeal to her. Feeling hemmed in by her mother and step father's wishes, Lily meets pilot Rennie Dupree who introduces her to the freedom of flying the skies.

"Rosie longed for the energy, the joie de vivre of Paris to sweep her up, to carry her down the Champs-Elysees, and into a different life."

Unlike her cousin Lily, Rosie adores Paris, away from the ever present supervision of her mother, Jinx, and step-father Bennett, a man she cannot forgive. Enamoured with the silver screen and the glamourous lifestyle, Lily hopes to break loose of her family's expectations to marry well and find fame and fortune her own way.

Away from their parents' watchful eyes, Lily and Rosie discover there is more to life than following in the family tradition and eagerly grasp opportunities to flaunt the wishes of their family, as they meet men who introduce them to a world never imagined. From the skies over Paris to the bright lights of the city, Lily and Rosie finds themselves making choices that will impact their hopes and dreams and decide their future, but will it truly bring them the freedom they seek?

Susan May Warren plunges readers into the Roaring Twenties with flappers, flyboys and two feisty women. Beautifully executed, Baroness, is a captivating tale, brimming with intriguing historical detail and vibrant characters. Warren gives her characters complex emotions and struggles that evoke the same feelings in the reader. Spiritual themes are effortlessly woven throughout the story, both challenging and encouraging but never overwhelming. There are dashing men a plenty, some genuine and others with ulterior motives, but each are authentic characters that bring out the cousins' weaknesses and strengths. The dangerous world of both wing walking and New York's dance halls and clubs, fascinate and repel under Warren's deft hand. Her brilliance shines as she keeps readers guessing where Lily and Rosie's affections will ultimately lie and whether their decisions will lead to happiness or heartache, neither being assured. Baroness is a stunning addition to the Daughters of Fortune series and Duchess simply can't come soon enough!

Rel MolletRel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".