Blogging Through the Alphabet: R is for Reading

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 Reading- my very favorite past time, the greatest hobby, the best way to keep learning forever. I love it.

When I was younger I could easily finish a good book in a day or two. I can’t read quite so quickly now. Little things like taking care of kids and a home and homeschooling tend to eat away at my time now. And, the advent of technology and the laptop computer gave me another favorite past time.

I still like to read as often as I can. I have a whole blog devoted to reviewing books- books I read for fun and books I receive from publishers. Leah’s Good Reads is the place where I talk about what I liked and didn’t like in the books I’ve read recently.

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to be on Susan May Warren’s 2013 Kickoff Team. I was able to read and review her newest book Take a Chance on Me. I loved it and reviewed it here.

When I posted my review, I was entered to win a copy of Susan’s book, Duchess. I was just given the book and didn’t have to review it. But I just finished reading it, and I want to share because it was really so good.

Duchess is part of series called Daughters of Fortune I noticed when I saw the cover. As it turned out, I’ve read the first book in that series- Heiress.

Duchess is set in the 1930s and 40s . It has elements of the Hollywood movie scene as well as World War 2. That setting made the book very interesting to me as I love historical fiction and that is one of my favorite time periods.

From Susan’s websiteThe 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.

I loved this book. Susan’s heroines are always strong, interesting characters; and the heroes of her stories are strong and kind but also realistic. Her books are inspiring Christian fiction without being preachy. And there is a clear gospel message for the reader to pick up.

I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I had read the first book in the series. I love it when I pick up a book and begin to enjoy it and then realize I’ve read a previous one in the series. I didn’t recognize the series title, but I kept thinking a few of the names sounded familiar. It wasn’t until about three-fourths of the way through the book that it finally clicked that I had read the previous book and really enjoyed it also.

I can truly recommend this one as a good read. If you’re looking for a good book to read at the beach or at the pool this summer, or if you have so much leisure time you need to fill, pick up this one or another of Susan’s novels for a good read.

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