A Daughters of Fortune novel, Book Two

Summerside Press


Lilly and Rosie, daughters of an empire coming of age in the roaring twenties, can have anything they want…except freedom.  Expected to marry well and to take the reins of the empire, they have their lives planned out for them.  But, Lilly, Esme’s daughter longs to return home to Montana, to adventure outside the confines of New York City.  And Jinx’s daughter Rosie dreams of the bright lights of the newly emerging silver screen.  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 after?



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Praise for the series:

“In-depth characterization and fascinating historical detail… an honest reflection of sin and the need for God’s redemption.” –TitleTrakk

“Strong entertaining, character-driven historical that will remind readers all that glitters on Wall St. is not gold… Riveting read of high society drama…highly recommended.” –Midwest Book Review


Behind the Pages:

Times haven’t changed so much from the roaring twenties. A decade where young people peered into the lives of their parents and said, we want something different. They just didn’t know what it was, so they went searching. The twenties embodied a time of great turbulence and change – from the flappers who went on to be showgirls and even Hollywood stars, to the authors who gave us the books like the Great Gatsby, and The Sun Also Rises, to the pioneers in aviation and technology – they explored life and tried to find a home for their restlessness, tried to figure out where they belonged.


Into this world, I inserted Lilly and Rosie, two very different women seeking the same thing – a conviction that they were loved, and a place to belong. Lilly believes it is in Montana; Rosie believes it is under the glittery lights, surrounded by the adoration of the masses. In truth, it comes from knowing who you are, and where you belong. It comes from Romans 8:38-39.


“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


No matter how far we run, how many “lives” we try on, we will never find ourselves outside of God’s love for us. More than that, understanding His relentless love for us – not unlike Oliver’s love for Lilly – changes us. Turning around and embracing God’s love for us helps us become the people we long to be. I love what Esme said to Lilly, her birthright, so to speak: Don’t forget your name and where you belong.


Our name is Beloved, and we belong to the One who loves us. How does that change us? We don’t have to thirst for meaning, or identity, or even love – letting that thirst control us. We have it, and as long as we hold onto God, and let him work out His good purposes in our lives, we’ll become the people we hope to be, one day at a time.


I pray that you are seeing God’s relentless love in your life. Susie May P.S. Will Rosie find her way back to love, to her family, to being a daughter of fortune? Stay tuned for the next chapter of the journey in Duchess, Rosie’s story.