Wednesday, March 17, 2021

My Dear Miss Dupré By Grace Hitchcock

My Dear Miss Dupré
by Grace Hitchcock
Publisher: Revell
Series: American Royalty
ISBN: 9780764237973

Anyone else ever won over simply by the cover of a book? That's how it was for me. I didn't even read the summary (once again) because the cover grabbed my attention. Thank you to Bethany House for sending me my copy.

Summary:

Thirty suitors, six months of courting . . .
would it be enough time for her to fall in love?

Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, she is forced into a different future. The shareholders are unwilling to allow a female to take over the company without a man at her side, so her parents devise a plan--find Willow a spokesman king in order for her to become queen of the business empire.

Willow is presented with thirty potential suitors from the families of New York society's elite group called the Four Hundred. She has six months to court the group and is told to to eliminate men each month to narrow her beaus until she chooses one to marry, ending the competition with a wedding. Willow reluctantly agrees, knowing she must do what is best for the business. She doesn't expect to find anything other than a proxy . . . until she meets a gentleman who captures her attention, and she must discover for herself if his motives are pure.

My Review:

This was such a fun read! A clever Regency era take on The Bachelorette! I've never read any of this author's books before so the cover totally sold me.

Just like in the TV show, Willow is presented with men who her parents think will make good matches. Unlike in other stories where children are forced to do their parents will, Willow joins in their quest. As the future sugar queen of Ducré Sucré, she knew that she had to make hard decisions in regards to her future.

I loved the variety of men, except for the shysters, of course. I thought the activities Mrs. Dupré thought up were cute. It gave them all the opportunity to learn more about the character of each man.

I think readers will have their favorites to root for. I know one of mine, but can't tell you his name or if he makes it to the end (although I want to)! I felt for Willow as she tried to be honest and up front with her feelings toward each man. I also liked that for the most part we could read her thoughts for each of the men and her decisions. The emotional hills and valleys Willow has to go through exhausted me on her behalf. I couldn't imagine being in her shoes.

One of the men's faith becomes real to him and you can see his spiritual growth through the story. The same goes for Willow in her reliance on His and not herself.

I'm not sure if book two will introduce us to some other "American royalty" or if maybe Flora, Willow's best friend will get her own story. I'm hoping so because of her part in My Dear Miss Dupré.

About the Author:

Grace Hitchcock (www.gracehitchcock.com) is the author of multiple historical novels and novellas. She holds a master's degree in creative writing and a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in history. Grace lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Dakota, and their son and daughter.

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