The is the sequel to Heiress, although this could be read alone it is best read in succession to really understand the characters and where they come from. Last September the Christian Historical Fictin world was introduced to this family and was captivated by sisters Esme and Jinx.
Susie was one of the first authors that the Creative Madness Mama discovered back when stumbling across Liz Curtis Higgs and began an all-consuming love of Christian Historical Fiction. It was her Heirs of Anton series. So now that we find she is writing another new series set in the “opulent world of the Gilded Age” one could help but be intrigued! This era seems to be a poplar one as I’ve also gotten my hands on one from Nancy Moser and before that Siri Mitchell. Who could not wait to see Susie’s take on it!?
While reading Heiress, at about 183 pages of this 380 page novel it felt like I’ve already read two full novels in this short page length with the sisters two stories. Both of romance and tragedy. Waiting for Oliver to walk up and say, oh it was a mistake and for Bennett to look out over the sea and return. Alas.
At just over halfway through the feeling of being in another novel comes along, this time a western. This is awesome. You get a gilded age adventure and a prairie romance too! As the character comes up, remembering all history bullet points on Teddy Roosevelt phrases and I think Susie is hitting them all. In finishing another segment it could be promised that these could be individual novels. Changing characters and following along in history it is as if the Heirs of Anton series were one long book instead of four shorter ones.
I did not expect a thing. Honestly I haven’t finished reading any of the Golden Era novels except Cara Lynn James first one as it came across. After finishing this one — desperate for more. Definitely makes one want to go back to the Moser and Mitchell books and get more of the time and the era. Desire to find the rest of James series and drink it all in. Easily one cannot wait for more Daughters of Fortune. Cannot even imagine what comes next. Every twist and turn took me by surprise and I was rereading sections because I was just sure that I misunderstood. Not after everything, could that happen! – I kept saying to myself. But it did. Every thing that happened made things lead to the next. It reminds me of endings that I imagined for tragic movies that did not end as I wished in their romance.
Now with all that experience of Heiress in my mind this reader is found in entering the adventure provided by the pages in Baroness, transported to a foreign land and the busiest streets of Paris. Just the setting itself almost promises a romance even if it is a short lived one. Having the date setting as 1923 there are so many emotions that may be present in the characters and one hardly knows what to expect.
*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Summerside Press for providing a copy for review.*