counter My Dear Miss Dupré (American Royalty, #1) - Free Download Books
Hot Best Seller

My Dear Miss Dupré (American Royalty, #1)

Availability: Ready to download

Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, plans changed. 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 empire. Willow Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, plans changed. 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 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 expected 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 Cullen Dempsey, and she must discover for herself if his motives are pure.


Compare

Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, plans changed. 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 empire. Willow Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, plans changed. 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 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 expected 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 Cullen Dempsey, and she must discover for herself if his motives are pure.

30 review for My Dear Miss Dupré (American Royalty, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    This is a fun twisty version of The Bachelorette, but set in the Gilded Age. Willow Dupré is forced to choose a man in six months to be her husband and to help run her family’s sugar refinery business. She’s to pick a mate from 30 of New York’s elite families. The process is so fun as it unfolds and you’re never quite certain which guy she’ll choose. A delight, especially for lovers of romance and strong female characters. 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date 02 Mar 2021 #MyDearMissDupré #NetGalley Thanks to the This is a fun twisty version of The Bachelorette, but set in the Gilded Age. Willow Dupré is forced to choose a man in six months to be her husband and to help run her family’s sugar refinery business. She’s to pick a mate from 30 of New York’s elite families. The process is so fun as it unfolds and you’re never quite certain which guy she’ll choose. A delight, especially for lovers of romance and strong female characters. 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date 02 Mar 2021 #MyDearMissDupré #NetGalley Thanks to the author, Bethany House, and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Madcap fun. What a predicament Willow Dupre finds herself in. She is an educated, business-minded miss who is set to take over the sugar empire her father has built. However, the board members want her to find a husband who can rule beside her. Her parents, one of the foremost families in elite New York society of 1883, have given their daughter an ultimatum: Choose a husband in only six months from 30 hand picked suitors. What a whirlwind romance. Willow has a good heart and relies on her faith Madcap fun. What a predicament Willow Dupre finds herself in. She is an educated, business-minded miss who is set to take over the sugar empire her father has built. However, the board members want her to find a husband who can rule beside her. Her parents, one of the foremost families in elite New York society of 1883, have given their daughter an ultimatum: Choose a husband in only six months from 30 hand picked suitors. What a whirlwind romance. Willow has a good heart and relies on her faith to guide her, but oh, the decisions she has to make. And the planned and unplanned circumstances that she gets into! She is down to the final choices and everything comes apart. She has asked God to guide her but can she trust her own heart? And can she see the true motives of her beaux? Very interesting was a lesson in the meaning of flowers and what messages they send to a courting couple. An enjoyable spin on The Bachelorette, with added intrigue and promise of more to come from The American Royalty series. I know I want a story about Willow’s best friend, Flora. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Review Crew and BPH Open Book. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    I've never read a book quite like this one. My Dear Miss Dupre is a gilded age romance novel. The premise of it caught and kept my attention. This book will bring to your mind the show, Bachelor because of a similar premise. It's a fun book to get through really. Willow comes from an extremely well off family and sure possible suitors could be interested in her for her money but she wants to find that one man who will fall in love with her for herself. Her family runs a sugar refinery and she is set I've never read a book quite like this one. My Dear Miss Dupre is a gilded age romance novel. The premise of it caught and kept my attention. This book will bring to your mind the show, Bachelor because of a similar premise. It's a fun book to get through really. Willow comes from an extremely well off family and sure possible suitors could be interested in her for her money but she wants to find that one man who will fall in love with her for herself. Her family runs a sugar refinery and she is set to take it over but she needs to marry by a certain date. Her parents set up a competition and she must mingle and make her choice of one of these potential suitors. We learn a little of some of the potential marriage contenders , see some disastors, some funny moments and some you just say to yourself what the heck where they thinking? I enjoyed seeing how this unfolded . Recommended!!!! Pub Date 02 Mar 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "My Dear Miss Dupré" is a romance set in 1882 in New York. Willow just kept making one bad decision after another, and so did her parents and her suitors. The historical details were unrealistic even if the Dupré family was meant to come across as arrogant and high-handed. They seemed determined to humiliate the suitors due to the way the whole contest was set up. They also seemed oblivious to the fact that this could create powerful enemies among those that were disrespected and dismissed. Willo "My Dear Miss Dupré" is a romance set in 1882 in New York. Willow just kept making one bad decision after another, and so did her parents and her suitors. The historical details were unrealistic even if the Dupré family was meant to come across as arrogant and high-handed. They seemed determined to humiliate the suitors due to the way the whole contest was set up. They also seemed oblivious to the fact that this could create powerful enemies among those that were disrespected and dismissed. Willow's willingness to be kissed (even in public!) by her different suitors threatened to ruin her reputation, yet she didn't stop the kisses. She was smart, but she was also thoughtless and lacked effective follow-through on good intentions. When several suitors pointed out that only the pushy suitors were getting any time with her, she agreed it wasn't fair but ended up dealing with it by cutting anyone who wasn't pushy from the competition. Once, Willow resolved to stop mooning over their good looks and charming manners and ask questions about their faith in God and ability to run a business, but then she never did. She never asked if the men would allow her to continue to run the business, support her endeavors, or even what they wanted out of the relationship. Bafflingly, her father told her last three suitors to write down every detail about how the Dupré business was run as they're shown around the factory. He's oblivious to how this information could be used against them in the future. The parents also made no effort to further investigate her favorites or they would've noticed that Cullen had no social standing and had been seen in public dealing with the Dupre's business enemy. And I'm supposed to take this family seriously? Willow and Cullen were the only characters that were developed to any degree, and that wasn't very much. Willow was a horrible judge of character. Cullen betrayed her, giving critical information to Willow's enemy, but Willow swooned at his green eyes and so defended him against anyone hinting that Cullen might not be trustworthy. I just didn't like these characters. The Christian element seemed to be forgiving those who have changed their ways (and proved it). There was no sex or bad language. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Welcome to the Gilded Age’s version of the Bachelorette. Willow Dupre has six months to choose a husband from the thirty men her parents have picked out for her. Otherwise, she may not get to run her father’s sugar company. Willow feels she should be allowed to run the company without the aid of a husband; however, the board members think differently. So begins Willow’s search for a husband. I was glad to see some of these dudes eliminated and pull for my choice. I also enjoyed the bits of humor Welcome to the Gilded Age’s version of the Bachelorette. Willow Dupre has six months to choose a husband from the thirty men her parents have picked out for her. Otherwise, she may not get to run her father’s sugar company. Willow feels she should be allowed to run the company without the aid of a husband; however, the board members think differently. So begins Willow’s search for a husband. I was glad to see some of these dudes eliminated and pull for my choice. I also enjoyed the bits of humor inserted within the story. Sweet story. My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This was a fun and unique novel from a new to me author. I really enjoyed the set up for this story and the unusual situation that Willow found herself in. It was heartwarming to see the full faith that Willow’s parents had in her. They were confident that she was able to run the company for her father, yet they were in an uncomfortable situation with the board members of their company. The competitions and time spent with the suitors included creative ways for the suitors and Willow to play game This was a fun and unique novel from a new to me author. I really enjoyed the set up for this story and the unusual situation that Willow found herself in. It was heartwarming to see the full faith that Willow’s parents had in her. They were confident that she was able to run the company for her father, yet they were in an uncomfortable situation with the board members of their company. The competitions and time spent with the suitors included creative ways for the suitors and Willow to play games, dine together, interact in large groups, and also time to spend courting as a couple would want to do. I knew who my favorite contestant for Willow’s heart was, however, the author did a very good job of keeping a couple of men in the running who clearly fell in love with Willow. I enjoyed watching as Willow narrowed the field down to the key players. Her heart definitely got involved in the process. There was plenty of underlying tension due to the competition, but also due to the unkind articles that began to show up in the press. Concern regarding the future of the company and whether someone was trying to undermine the family’s efforts to secure a husband who would help run the company added to the need for Willow to make a good decision in her choice of men! I was happy with the way things played out in this book and look forward to reading future novels in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Are you a reader who is a fan of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? If so, then My Dear Miss Dupre is a book that you will likely enjoy. Willow Dupre found herself in a position where she had to marry to take over her father's sugar business to satisfy the shareholders who don't believe a woman can run the business in 1883. Her parents select thirty suitors from New York's elite society and she agrees to choose a husband from that group. I have to be honest up front, I don't watch much television Are you a reader who is a fan of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? If so, then My Dear Miss Dupre is a book that you will likely enjoy. Willow Dupre found herself in a position where she had to marry to take over her father's sugar business to satisfy the shareholders who don't believe a woman can run the business in 1883. Her parents select thirty suitors from New York's elite society and she agrees to choose a husband from that group. I have to be honest up front, I don't watch much television so I don't watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette. However, I was looking for a lighter read, so I gave it a try. I enjoyed My Dear Miss Dupre as a whole. For me it went on a little long. I liked Willow and her family. I liked Cullen and Teddy and a few of the other guys. I was pulling for Cullen as he went through some challenges. I liked the fact that he kept praying and trying to do the right thing. I also liked that Willow did too. Fritz's love of flowers and their meanings was interesting too. I liked that there was a bit of mystery. This is the start of the American Royalty series. My Dear Miss Dupre was a lighter read with that happy ending that I was looking for right now. It didn't necessarily "wow" me, but I will probably give the next book a try too. I hope that it is Flora's or Teddy's story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions within this review are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    What a great fun story this was! I mean from the very first chapter it has you chuckling. Willow Dupre is part of one of the most elite families of New York in 1883. However, she is not your typical socialite. She is smart and extremely business minded as she has been trained by her father to one day take over the sugar empire he father has built. However the board members only see Willow as a woman who should be paying more attention in finding a husband rather than concerning herself with the What a great fun story this was! I mean from the very first chapter it has you chuckling. Willow Dupre is part of one of the most elite families of New York in 1883. However, she is not your typical socialite. She is smart and extremely business minded as she has been trained by her father to one day take over the sugar empire he father has built. However the board members only see Willow as a woman who should be paying more attention in finding a husband rather than concerning herself with the business. Due to her father's health declining, both her parents come up with a plan to marry her off. Oh goodness this was hilarious! Her mother was hilarious in all of this! The romance in this was nail biting for me! There were two great candidates in my opinion and one of course that was running the lead the whole time but of course only one can "win" the competition and win Willow's heart. I will not give you any clues because you really should read the story! But I will say that Willow does have some tough choices ahead of her. She definitely seeks guidance from God but in the end she has some tough choices to make as she must trust herself to do so. Overall this book was great! I really loved the spin off of the TV show the Bachelorette in this setting. There is intrigue, suspense and of course romance! I can't wait to read more from this new to me author and see where the next book in the series takes us! I would love to have a story with Willow's best friend Flora and if you read it you'll know why! I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Johnson

    This book was a delightful romp into the Gilded age! The unique plot and romantic competition kept me on my toes and invested in this story. I am a huge Bachelor tv show junkie and this book was like putting the show into a time travel machine to the Gilded Age! A house full of gentleman vying for the attentions of Willow Dupre’ an American heiress! What could go wrong? The outings and dates were fun and adventurous and reflected the time period perfectly! I enjoyed how the plot progressed and w This book was a delightful romp into the Gilded age! The unique plot and romantic competition kept me on my toes and invested in this story. I am a huge Bachelor tv show junkie and this book was like putting the show into a time travel machine to the Gilded Age! A house full of gentleman vying for the attentions of Willow Dupre’ an American heiress! What could go wrong? The outings and dates were fun and adventurous and reflected the time period perfectly! I enjoyed how the plot progressed and watching some relationships grow and others wither. I can’t say too much without giving spoilers, but the end has a few twists and some unforeseen conflicts! I enjoyed this book and found it to be delightfully light and fun! I have not read a historical romance with this particular plot before and I was a fan!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock is similar to the TV show the Bachelorette, but set in the American Gilded Age. Not so willing participant, Willow Dupre, the heir of the Dupre sugar fortune can not believe what her family had gotten her into. She has 6 months to choose a husband and get married or lose her family business. No pressure! I enjoyed meeting Willow’s family, her friends, and the bachelors. My Dear Miss Dupre had good chemistry, well crafted scenes, and the elegance reminiscent My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock is similar to the TV show the Bachelorette, but set in the American Gilded Age. Not so willing participant, Willow Dupre, the heir of the Dupre sugar fortune can not believe what her family had gotten her into. She has 6 months to choose a husband and get married or lose her family business. No pressure! I enjoyed meeting Willow’s family, her friends, and the bachelors. My Dear Miss Dupre had good chemistry, well crafted scenes, and the elegance reminiscent of the time period. I found the story original, romantic, funny, and I was wondering how it would all come together up until the end. It was truly a pleasure to read. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    My Dear Miss Dupre is a fascinating story of Willow, a business minded woman who, decided by her parents, must find a husband. Quickly. So they set up a competition with thirty men from their area to wed her and help assist her in the family sugar business. Beginning on New Year's eve, she must decide on one husband by June. She gets it narrowed down to eight, and eventually three, all the while, one man she really is interested in is working with her business adversary. Cullen, however, has bec My Dear Miss Dupre is a fascinating story of Willow, a business minded woman who, decided by her parents, must find a husband. Quickly. So they set up a competition with thirty men from their area to wed her and help assist her in the family sugar business. Beginning on New Year's eve, she must decide on one husband by June. She gets it narrowed down to eight, and eventually three, all the while, one man she really is interested in is working with her business adversary. Cullen, however, has become a changed man since meeting her. He is no longer working with the adversary, but rather working with Pinkerton agents to arrest the man. On the last day of this competition she has to decide between him and one other man, and it is a difficult decision for her. Great story I really enjoyed!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer K

    Grace Hitchcock’s humor had me laughing out loud in this American heiress story. She included interesting characters who were put in creative situations to reveal their true character. The storyline had me turning pages to discover the ending. The faith lessons included involved both prayer and scripture to guide the main characters. Fans of The Bachelorette TV program will certainly enjoy this Gilded Age version. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series. I was given a copy of Grace Hitchcock’s humor had me laughing out loud in this American heiress story. She included interesting characters who were put in creative situations to reveal their true character. The storyline had me turning pages to discover the ending. The faith lessons included involved both prayer and scripture to guide the main characters. Fans of The Bachelorette TV program will certainly enjoy this Gilded Age version. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This book was such a fun read! Imagine the Bachelorette, except clean and modest in the late 1800s New York. Willow Dupre is heir to a sugar empire. However the board refuses to allow a woman to take over. She has to find a husband so her parents choose men to vie for her affection. It is witty, fun, mysterious, and action packed at times. The journey to find a husband is full of antics. I really enjoyed the read! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All views stated here are my ow This book was such a fun read! Imagine the Bachelorette, except clean and modest in the late 1800s New York. Willow Dupre is heir to a sugar empire. However the board refuses to allow a woman to take over. She has to find a husband so her parents choose men to vie for her affection. It is witty, fun, mysterious, and action packed at times. The journey to find a husband is full of antics. I really enjoyed the read! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All views stated here are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate Campos

    *I received a copy for review from the publisher through Booklist.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, plans changed. 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 empire. Willow is presented with thirty potential suitors from the families of New York society's elite group called the About this book: “Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, plans changed. 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 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 expected 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 Cullen Dempsey, and she must discover for herself if his motives are pure.” Series: Book #1 in the “American Royalty” series. Spiritual Content- Psalm 40:3 at the beginning; Scriptures are mentioned, read, & referenced; Prayers; Talks about God & dreams; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Cullen says he ignored God for a while, but starts praying again soon after meeting Willow; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; A few mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; A few mentions of churches & Sunday school; *Note: A mention of Cullen having a “physique of a Greek god”. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stinking’, a form of ‘stupid’, two ‘blasted’s, two forms of ‘shut up’; Cullen holds back from saying a curse; Some eye rolling; Being attacked & kidnapped (up to semi-detailed); Fighting, Injuries, & Blood/Bleeding (semi-detailed); Throwing up; Mentions of murders & how they happened (border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Mentions of accidents, injuries, & blood/bleeding; Mentions of fighting (including boxing), injuries, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of illegal activities, criminals, thieves, stealing, stolen goods, & prison; Mentions of threats & blackmail; Mentions of gambling & debts; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of rumors & gossip; Mentions of throwing up; A few mentions of cheating; A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of cigars; A couple mentions of alcohol; A mention of a casino. Sexual Content- Many hand kisses (as greetings), five cheek kisses, two almost kisses (up to semi-detailed), two not-detailed kisses, an accidental barely-above-not-detailed kiss, three semi-detailed kisses, and a border-line semi-detailed // detailed kiss; Staring at lips & Wanting to kiss; Touches & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes, Flirting, & Winks; Noticing (including muscles, barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of a woman giving into a man before they were married, being caught, & a possible child out-of-wedlock; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of reputations, chaperones, women being ruined, & compromising situations; A few mentions of Cullen’s father having mistresses; A few mentions of a man entertaining and conquering women (this includes his comments about having a woman prove her devotion (physically) before proposing to her); A mention of a man not taking advantage of a woman; A mention of a man loving his wife as they have many little ones; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A couple mentions of a woman’s form-fitting bathing suit & her ankles; A mention of a man being willing to help a woman button her dress; A mention of women showing off their assets. -Willow Dupre, age 24 -Cullen Dempsey P.O.V. switches between them & Teddy Set in 1882-1883 364 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star Early High School Teens- Two Stars Older High School Teens- Three Stars My personal Rating- Three Stars This book was one I was anticipating due to it having all my favorite parts of a historical novel—the right time period (1880-1914 is my preferred time period to read about), set in a big city, and because of it being Christian fiction, faith content. These three elements were great in “My Dear Miss Dupré” and I enjoyed those elements, but especially the faith content tremendously. The faiths shown from Willow and Cullen made this book for me and I wish I could have given it a four-star rating because of the prayers and Scriptures highlighted in this story. As you can tell, this book only received a three-star rating, though, let me explain on why. I struggled at the beginning to keep tract of who-was-who. (Thankful for reading an e-book copy with a search feature in books like this.) Along with lots of descriptions of what Willow was wearing and the surroundings, it took me a bit longer than I expected to get into this story. I did find the plot of a competition for Willow’s hand to be outlandish, but entertaining. There was certain comments from others about mistresses, a man using multiple women in a physical way, and other lewd suggestions. While this may go over younger readers heads at times and while it wasn’t strongly directed, I was a little disappointed by these suggestive comments. I went back and forth liking and… tolerating Willow and Cullen. I would enjoy their faith scenes, but then Willow would seem a little fickle at times (which I can understand because she wasn’t used to being around men that are flirting) and Cullen would start fighting with someone to protect Willow. Which, some readers might find romantic, but I don’t personally find that attractive (especially the scene of him knocking someone’s tooth out and hanging from a thread of gum and also “enjoying the crush of bone beneath his knuckles”). Another note: This didn’t bother me, but some readers might not like the love triangle in this novel. We see Willow’s point of view, but also Cullen and Teddy, who are both after her hand. Ahh, love triangles. There’s always someone who gets hurt. All of that said, this book had good potential and I’m willing to try out the rest of the series. It might not be one I squee and fangirl about, but I’m glad I tried it and will be looking out for the next book. Link to review: Coming soon. *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Willow Dupré twirled on the ice, spreading her arms and guiding her body around the other skaters on the frozen lake of Central Park. My Dear Miss Dupré has a love it or hate it premise. Willow Dupré, our heroine, finds herself the center of attention due to her parents' unusual arrangement for finding her a husband. They have arranged for THIRTY ELIGIBLE bachelors (from New York) to all court their lovely daughter at once. She'll be handing out LAUREL CROWNS and asking the bachel First sentence: Willow Dupré twirled on the ice, spreading her arms and guiding her body around the other skaters on the frozen lake of Central Park. My Dear Miss Dupré has a love it or hate it premise. Willow Dupré, our heroine, finds herself the center of attention due to her parents' unusual arrangement for finding her a husband. They have arranged for THIRTY ELIGIBLE bachelors (from New York) to all court their lovely daughter at once. She'll be handing out LAUREL CROWNS and asking the bachelors if they accept the crowns ever so often. There will be individual dates and group dates. Instead of a bachelor mansion, the men will be staying with the family in their mansion. All the men under the same roof with her. At one point, halfway through the competition, they even add a travel/vacation plot. What I didn't point out just yet is that this book is set in 1882 in New York City. No doubt about it, My Dear Miss Dupré is a premise-driven novel. It checks off ALL the things you'd expect from any and every season of the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Well, almost. Considering that this is Christian fiction and HISTORICAL fiction, we're spared a fantasy suite depiction. It is an odd little book to be sure. It is clearly derivative of The Bachelorette. The twist is that it's set in the past. But it doesn't really vary off from that pattern, that predictability of The Bachelorette. The odd-ness comes in the balancing of modern-day Bachelorette vibes and the values and morals of the nineteenth century. It's a tricky balance. For example, should Willow be giving away kisses to multiple suitors. She says yes. Her mother (and best friend) say NO, NO, NO. And for being set during this time period, there sure is a lot of freedom and independence when it comes to chaperones/chaperoning. But what really makes it odd is that this forcing of the historical lens on the process (Bachelor Nation) makes for a thought-provoking read. There's this struggle between pride and shame, arrogance and humility. For example, the bachelors, the male contestants if you will, there's this internal struggle of IS THIS THE MOST HUMILIATING THING IN THE WORLD???? Why am I allowing myself to be put in this situation where I am groveling for attention, acceptance, etc??? Why am I letting my ego take so many punches??? Why do I care so much for this one woman??? How did I get dragged into this mess??? There's pride each time a laurel is offered--to a certain degree. But it's a condescending type of pride even then. Willow struggles as well. She didn't ask for this. But she didn't refuse either. She goes along--no matter how silly or ridiculous. And most of the time it's a big ego-boost. She loves the flattery, the attention, the me-ness of it all even while she's questioning the motives of some of the contestants. She is really having the time of her life. It isn't all easy, however. One way to read the novel is as a parody of The Bachelorette. One example of the melodrama: Willow’s jaw dropped. Whatever is he upset about now? “Mr. Seaborne. You forget yourself.” Cullen tilted his head, his brows lowering to a point as he set aside his cup and reached for Willow’s. “And why am I a cad?” Mr. Seaborne gestured to where they sat, the vein in his head becoming more prevalent. “You robbed me of my special moment with Miss Dupré.” Willow’s stomach dropped, the lingering taste of chocolate turning bitter. The Fae? Oh, Cullen. “Oscar, you planned this?” She lifted the nosegay and gestured to the set behind her. “Of course I did. I gathered those blooms myself and had the servants prepare the rest.” Cullen groaned. “My apologies, chap. I did not know.” His nostrils flared. “How could you not know that it wasn’t meant for your use? Who do you think would have set up such an interlude?” Willow stood, unwilling to allow his jealous wrath to fall solely on Cullen’s shoulders, broad as they were. “I am so sorry, Mr. Seaborne. I should have realized—” He lifted his splayed fingers. “You were not to know, miss. But, Dempsey, you have no such excuse. I just told you that I had something special planned.” About my star rating. I was really torn between a two and a three. If you're not taking it remotely serious as historical fiction or a genuine heart-felt romance with all the swoons expected, then it offers a few laughs at its over-the-top ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios. Perhaps a genuine three stars. IF you are taking it semi-seriously for the laughs and the swoons, well, maybe closer to two stars. I found the romance predictable from the start. If only betting on the final two was that easy watching The Bachelor/ette. I did like some of the romantic elements--but the switch from silly to serious was too extreme a jump to make at times.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jerrye Bell

    My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ________________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Grace Hitchcock brings readers the start of a new series entitled American Royalty - a start that kicks the series off with a Gilded Age "Bachelorette" styled romance that is spiced with excellent characters, snappy wit and just a bit of intrigue to keep things interesting. This is one of those really delightful stories that pulls you in from pag My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ________________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Grace Hitchcock brings readers the start of a new series entitled American Royalty - a start that kicks the series off with a Gilded Age "Bachelorette" styled romance that is spiced with excellent characters, snappy wit and just a bit of intrigue to keep things interesting. This is one of those really delightful stories that pulls you in from page one and keeps you smiling after you finish the last page. Willow Dupre is the heiress to Dupre Sucre Company and has all the necessary qualifications to run the company with one exception - she is not a man. In an effort to appease the Board of Directors and allow her the opportunity to run things as she would like, her parents create an opportunity for Willow to find a husband of her choice. They have invited thirty of The Four Hundreds' most eligible bachelors to participate in a courting contest for Willow's hand taking place at their home. Shocked by this seemingly outlandish idea, Willow balks at the contest but soon comes to see the merit of such a plan. She is determined to find someone that she can not only depend on to allow her the freedom she desires but also someone she can love. So begins the contest and her introduction to some wonderful, and not so wonderful, gentlemen. Included in the gentlemen vying for her hand is an old friend, convinced she will fall in love with him, a mysterious Irishman, a childhood crush, a botanist and a host of other varied individuals. There is plenty of personality crashing around and lots of bravado coming from the most amorous of candidates. But alongside this incredible decision, Grace must discover how an vicious competitor of her company is keeping his hand in her business. Can she manage both? Will she find love? Is anyone not who they present themselves to be? These questions and others must be answered before Willow can finally become the leader she has always dreamed of being and finding the love she has secretly longed for. I loved the styling of this story and the development of the plot. Everything was so engaging and creative that I found myself smiling hugely at the careful crafting of scenes and the characters. Details of each situation were laid out so as to give only the information necessary while keeping the air of mystery intact. I loved the oddities of some of Willow's suitors and their hilarious attempts to gain her attention. One of my favorite odd characters was Mr. Harolds - his scene with Willow and the examination of her head was hysterical. Cullen was a marvelous "hero" and I loved reading of his struggle to do the right thing. Teddy was somewhat annoying in his arrogance towards Willow but I really felt like he did love Willow as much as he said. I also really liked Willow's friend, Flora, who seemed to be very excited to help Willow sort through the suitors. She was honest in her opinions and did make Willow think through her decisions about whether to keep a suitor or no. I could easily see her having her own story and it being a very good one. I will certainly be recommending this story to others in the hope that they will enjoy this fantastic story as I did. I will also be purchasing a copy of this book for my shelves as I know I will want to read it again. Looking forward to the next book in the series! I received this temporary complimentary E-book from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley in order to provide a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This historical romance combines a number of issues. First is the glass ceiling. Willow wants to take over running the sugar manufacturing empire from her ailing father, with his permission and enthusiastic mentoring. It is an era when women are not thought suitable for business so the stockholders demand she be married first. This brings up the second issue, a sort of bachelorette contest. Willow's mother invites men to vie for marriage to their very eligible and potentially wealthy daughter. A This historical romance combines a number of issues. First is the glass ceiling. Willow wants to take over running the sugar manufacturing empire from her ailing father, with his permission and enthusiastic mentoring. It is an era when women are not thought suitable for business so the stockholders demand she be married first. This brings up the second issue, a sort of bachelorette contest. Willow's mother invites men to vie for marriage to their very eligible and potentially wealthy daughter. And that bring up another issue of the paparazzi. A well known family, Willow's husband contest brings with it much adverse publicity. Hitchcock adds a bit of business intrigue and mystery to provide some depth to the plot. Since Willow is naive enough to take her suitors at face value and is allowed to be with them unchaperoned, there is some suspense too. I had some serious issues with the novel. I found it odd that in this era the men had six months to lounge around, apparently not having to work or manage their businesses, to be at the call for time with Willow. And that the men stayed in the same house with Willow just seemed unrealistic. And then there was all the unchaperoned time she spent with various men. Unrealistic all around. My biggest issue was with the development of the character Willow. She plans to run the sugar manufacturing empire. She has been to college and taken the kinds of classes needed to do so. Yet she comes across as a very naive and foolish woman. (Her thoughts on her own foolishness on page 300.) She can't spot a single fraud among the suitors. She believes she is a savvy business woman yet cannot detect blatant deception unfolding right before her eyes. Having been a female business owner myself, Willow's character absolutely did not work for me. There is no way she is at all suitable for running a business. No wonder the stockholders doubted her ability. This is a novel for readers who would appreciate reading about men posturing with clenched fists for Willow's attention. Readers would need to be able to overlook inconsistencies in Willow's character as well, just enjoying the book for the basic romance aspects of it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "Gentleman, allow me to present the lady of the hour, the future queen of the Dupre Sucre empire, Miss Willow Dupre". It was either the most brilliant idea in high society history or the most abominable; as far as Willow Dupre was concerned the jury was still out. Her parent's notion of parading thirty gentlemen callers in front of her was not only embarrassing, but seemingly impossible. How was she to choose a potential husband from the lot of them, when her time would be hopelessly di 4.5 stars "Gentleman, allow me to present the lady of the hour, the future queen of the Dupre Sucre empire, Miss Willow Dupre". It was either the most brilliant idea in high society history or the most abominable; as far as Willow Dupre was concerned the jury was still out. Her parent's notion of parading thirty gentlemen callers in front of her was not only embarrassing, but seemingly impossible. How was she to choose a potential husband from the lot of them, when her time would be hopelessly divided between so many? Was this truly the only way to maintain leadership of her father's prestigious sugar company, to convince the board of directors that she was capable; she was on a deadline to snag a "male figurehead? . .this wasn't the 1840's." How utterly chauvinistic of them. As Willow begins to cull out the gentlemen who are obviously not "match material", the selection process becomes harder as the stakes become higher. Unfortunately there are wolves in sheep's clothing mixed in among the flock, determined to watch her fail, but Willow has no time to commiserate her circumstances; her father's health is deteriorating quickly while the company curiously continues to gain customers, but lose money. Who might Willow trust to treasure her heart, while fully and selflessly appreciating her acuity for numbers and ledgers, for as one of her best friends dully noted, "the heart was not like a business transaction". And just when her decision becomes clearer in her mind, her heart takes a near fatal tumble. A story that might have come across as a bit trite, has instead portrayed encounters rich in experience, allowing extravagance to dance upon the pages of a delightful journey into the lives of the nouveau rich, proving that at the core of every soul is a desire to be loved unconditionally, first by a Maker and with the help of Providence, also by a soul mate. It will require incredible courage for Willow to make the right decision, as it has for so many others. "Lord, I trusted you to give me a new song. Is this it? A ballad of a broken heart?" I was scheduled to receive a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I have to admit that I have watched a few seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and I still don't understand how someone can meet the love of his or her life through such a convoluted method. Willow Dupre has been running her father's sugar empire since he had a heart attack, but she has been thwarted at every turn by the board of directors who believe a woman can't have a good business mind. So her parents put together a New Year's Eve party different from any other they've ever thrown I have to admit that I have watched a few seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and I still don't understand how someone can meet the love of his or her life through such a convoluted method. Willow Dupre has been running her father's sugar empire since he had a heart attack, but she has been thwarted at every turn by the board of directors who believe a woman can't have a good business mind. So her parents put together a New Year's Eve party different from any other they've ever thrown before. They have invited thirty-one bachelors from the New York Four Hundred families setting up a Bachelorette season to end all seasons. Instead of a rose, Willow gives out laurel crowns to the contestants she wants to know better. She has to winnow out the ones who are just in the "game" for her money and not for her. There are a few keepers in the group. Willow's parents have set it up so that the men she chooses stay in their mansion until the list is pared down to the final two. While there are too many similarities to The Bachelorette to ignore, there are some compelling reasons to read the book. One of the contestants, Cullen Dempsey, has connections to a man who is for all intents and purposes a mob boss, Heathcliff Wellington. Wellington wants the sugar company and will go to any lengths to insure the cooperation of his "man inside." In a fit of conscience, Cullen goes to the Pinkerton detective agency to let them know what he knew about Wellington's practices and feeds the Pinkertons information about Wellington, but at the same time he feeds Wellington information about Dupre Sucre. When Willow finds out, she feels betrayed, but it takes several people to help her figure out what the truth is. This is my first Grace Hitchcock book to read, and while My Dear Miss Dupre has its moments, it's not one I truly enjoyed. Three stars. Bethany House and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    My Dear Miss Dupré by Grace Hitchcock Back of the Book: “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 su My Dear Miss Dupré by Grace Hitchcock Back of the Book: “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.” Impressions: This book is the “Bachelorette” Gilded Age edition. I think the idea of multiple suitors vying for your hand is a bit ostentatious and gaudy but it was still a fun read. The suspense of knowing who Willow chooses kept me reading. Rated: kidnapping, murder reference Liked: I enjoyed the more drama-filled story of Cullen’s life going on in the background of this book. Disliked: The idea of well-to-do suiters groveling for Willow’s hand in a competition in this time period seems so far-fetched to take seriously. I also don’t understand the draw to such an endeavor as the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” in more modern terms so perhaps this just wasn’t the best book for me? Quotes: “My dear girl, if the right beau so much as kisses your hand, there won’t be any spark. There will be current pulsating from your hand directly to your heart.” “Money does not make us noble. Character does.” I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review shared here.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    How wonderful would it be to have your pick of 30 of the richest young men in New York to marry? This is the situation Willow Dupré finds herself in as the board of her father’s sugar will not let her run the Dupré Sucré company without being married. As tempting and this sounds, how do you turn down the other twenty-nine suitors? How will Willow know the man she picks is the right one? Willow discovers that some men are honorable, while others are looking to advance their careers and their pocke How wonderful would it be to have your pick of 30 of the richest young men in New York to marry? This is the situation Willow Dupré finds herself in as the board of her father’s sugar will not let her run the Dupré Sucré company without being married. As tempting and this sounds, how do you turn down the other twenty-nine suitors? How will Willow know the man she picks is the right one? Willow discovers that some men are honorable, while others are looking to advance their careers and their pocketbooks by marrying her. Crazy things happen as the competition grows fierce for her hand and the number of potential husbands dwindles. Frauds, fisticuffs, and friction between the suitors and Willow made this part of the story entertaining. I grew partial to some of the men and others I was glad to see leave as they were not her type and would have been a disastrous choice. I loved the secondary plot of her company’s competitor and his villainous activities to stop at nothing to ruin the Dupré Sucré empire. The duplicity of one of the suitors, his struggle with his past mistakes and righting them were what really provided suspense and depth to the story. Will he be the man Willow chooses after she finds out what he has done? Flora, Willow’s best friend, was a godsend. She was a sounding board and a wise counselor in helping her with her suitors. Her candor was refreshing and what Willow needed since her mother was not helpful in guiding her. She was a true friend who intervened when it was necessary to ensure Willow’s happiness. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the American Royalty series because Ms. Hitchcock has introduced some intriguing characters who I would like to see receive their happily ever after. I recommend this book and hope you will enjoy this story as much as I did. I give this a 4.5 star rating. I received this temporary complimentary E-book from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley in order to provide an honest review. I am not being compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Renee Knoblauch

    I have wanted something different to read from my usual genre and thought that this book looked intriguing. Grace Hitchcock is also a new author for me. The book sounds like a modern day Bachelorette reality show but back in the 1880’s without the cameras and show producers. Not something I have ever watched or care to watch personally. I’m just a stickler for historical romance. Willow wants to run her father’s business but the shareholders will not have it. She must find a husband if she is to I have wanted something different to read from my usual genre and thought that this book looked intriguing. Grace Hitchcock is also a new author for me. The book sounds like a modern day Bachelorette reality show but back in the 1880’s without the cameras and show producers. Not something I have ever watched or care to watch personally. I’m just a stickler for historical romance. Willow wants to run her father’s business but the shareholders will not have it. She must find a husband if she is to take over her family’s business when her father retires. Her father comes up with thirty suitors from an elite group of men to stay in their mansion. Can you imagine six months to decide! Some of the men she knows like one she considers a long time friend, an old crush, and many unknown men. She wants to marry for love and not just to satisfy her father’s company shareholders. Willow is smart and is very capable of running her father’s business. She is a strong character and seeks God for guidance. She lacked some common sense in questioning her suitors and probably did some things in that era that are probably no no’s. Some of the men aren’t who they say they are like reporters and those who would love to see ill intentions against Willow and her family. As you can imagine there are a lot of characters in this book but don’t worry you don’t have a lot to keep track of as Willow narrows down the suitors. Just like good books things happen towards the end that causes drama. People aren’t who they say they are. So for a family with so much money, I found it hard that the father didn’t investigate the narrowed down list and there are a few other things that just seemed out of place for the era. Overall the book was entertaining and the plot interesting. Probably not my favorite book I have read but it wouldn’t deter me to not read the next book in the series or from the author. I received this from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Amey Madjeski

    In this 1880’s version of The Bachelorette, sugar heiress Willow Dupré is reluctantly thrust into a competition arranged by her parents to secure a husband in time to appease the board members threatening to sell their shares to a ruthless competitor. Deciding a husband from 30 of New York’s most eligible bachelors in such a public way is the last thing Willow wants to do, but she has little choice with less than 6 months to marry if she wants to take over her father’s company. Among the suitors In this 1880’s version of The Bachelorette, sugar heiress Willow Dupré is reluctantly thrust into a competition arranged by her parents to secure a husband in time to appease the board members threatening to sell their shares to a ruthless competitor. Deciding a husband from 30 of New York’s most eligible bachelors in such a public way is the last thing Willow wants to do, but she has little choice with less than 6 months to marry if she wants to take over her father’s company. Among the suitors is Cullen Dempsey, who was planted by Willow’s nefarious competitor as a spy in order to appease a debt. But upon meeting Willow, Cullen quickly finds himself unable to follow through as she begins to capture his heart. He turns instead to the Pinkertons, in hopes of turning the tables on the competitor and freeing himself from his clutches. The nods in this story to The Bachelorette are overwhelming, from the crowning ceremonies to the drama and everything in between. A lot of what goes on is a little unrealistic for the time. Willow’s reputation would have suffered irreparable damage and there’s no way her parents would have set her up for such a thing. However, I chose to let it go and enjoy the story for what it was. It WAS a fun story to read. There were funny moments and serious moments and dramatic moments. Willow made plenty of mistakes, over and over again. But her heart was in the right place, and I’m glad she was able to forgive and follow her heart. The happy ending was hard fought and not without casualties along the way. Definitely recommended for those who enjoy the Bachelorette, less so, maybe, if the show drives you crazy. I think Jen Turano fans will enjoy this, and while Grace Hitchcock doesn’t have Jen’s signature humor that leaves me actually laughing out loud, this story had its moments. Thank you to Bethany House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this story. My opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Willow Dupre has worked with her dad at his sugar business and is quite competent to take over his position as he steps down. Yet the shareholders have other ideas. Willow needs to be married so that her husband can help her with the new position of being in charge or their families large sugar empire. Otherwise, the board members will sell their shares to a ruthless competitor. To appease the board members her family plans a party to present 30 hand picked suitors from which Willow will have to Willow Dupre has worked with her dad at his sugar business and is quite competent to take over his position as he steps down. Yet the shareholders have other ideas. Willow needs to be married so that her husband can help her with the new position of being in charge or their families large sugar empire. Otherwise, the board members will sell their shares to a ruthless competitor. To appease the board members her family plans a party to present 30 hand picked suitors from which Willow will have to make her choice. Each man will vie for marriage to the eligible and wealthy Willow. And the choice is to be made in six months. With this party comes lots of publicity and even jealousy. And since there is a time limit, the plans are to continually eliminate the suitors until she is left with just the right husband. Though I haven’t watched The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, the book seemed to take on that flavor. It felt like there were lots of names to remember and history to accompany them. For me it was a bit overwhelming. Yet the story was somewhat interesting. There is a bit of mystery included in the story, but the main plot is choosing a husband. My Concerns I felt this plot was a bit off for 1883. And when I realized that the suitors were to stay for the duration of the six months, or until they were dismissed, that also felt off. These were supposed to be élite business men. Not many can quickly walk away from their normal duties to pursue a wife. Because this was a lengthy book and it dealt mostly with just narrowing down the suitors, it felt a bit lack-luster and flat. It needed more pizazz and depth. My Conclusion While I found the writing very good, it was more the story that didn’t work for me. If you liked The Bachelor and/or The Bachelorette this will no doubt be a book you’ll love. My thanks to Bethany House Fiction for allowing me to receive and review a copy of this book. My review is just an honest opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    V. Palmer

    I was thoroughly charmed, enamored, and swept away by you, My Dear Miss Dupre! Right off the bat, I want to establish that I have never been a fan of the TV shows The Bachelor and/or The Bachelorette. No...just...no. However, this concept has spun some fantastic, absolutely golden fiction, and My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock is a superb example of that! The setting of My Dear Miss Dupre was glamourous and romantic, like something you'd imagine seeing on Downton Abbey. The pacing of the stor I was thoroughly charmed, enamored, and swept away by you, My Dear Miss Dupre! Right off the bat, I want to establish that I have never been a fan of the TV shows The Bachelor and/or The Bachelorette. No...just...no. However, this concept has spun some fantastic, absolutely golden fiction, and My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock is a superb example of that! The setting of My Dear Miss Dupre was glamourous and romantic, like something you'd imagine seeing on Downton Abbey. The pacing of the story moved quickly, and I was surprised and delighted at the different ways the author incorporated dramatic twists and intense subplots. Furthermore, I loved getting the perspectives of multiple men, all of whom were extremely well-developed. And this clever tactic proved to be just enough misdirection to muddle who Willow would choose to marry in the end. Don't worry -- no spoilers on the hero's identity! However, I will say that my favorite hero was chosen, and I adored his character development! Willow was an exceptional heroine! Her heart was so relatable as she struggled to trust God as all her dreams spiraled out of control around her. She aptly portrayed so many struggles that plague women in today's culture, including the debate between being a successful career woman versus the romance and marriage-minded woman. Willow's story dismantled the narrative that you can only be one or the other, instead refocusing on the truth of who God created you to be, your unique gifts, and those God-given desires of your heart. Five Stars ~ My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock is thoroughly charming! My Dear Miss Dupre is the first novel of the author's American Royalty Series, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book! Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    The Husband Hunt! PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG: http://bookreadingtic.com/2021/03/23/... Imagine, unbeknownst to you, your parents set up a competition with thirty eligible bachelors to win your hand in marriage. Willow Dupré is shocked to find out that is what her parents have done—and she must marry one of them in six months’ time. It is the bachelorette meets 1882 high society, with some crazy twists! Unusual for a female at that time, Willow has helped her father run their profitable suga The Husband Hunt! PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG: http://bookreadingtic.com/2021/03/23/... Imagine, unbeknownst to you, your parents set up a competition with thirty eligible bachelors to win your hand in marriage. Willow Dupré is shocked to find out that is what her parents have done—and she must marry one of them in six months’ time. It is the bachelorette meets 1882 high society, with some crazy twists! Unusual for a female at that time, Willow has helped her father run their profitable sugar company, with the idea she would be in charge someday. But his serious health condition is forcing him to retire in six months, and the board of directors refuses to work with a woman. If Willow doesn’t have a husband by then, they will lose the company. How can she get to know any of them well enough to marry? She discovers some of the men in the competition are spies to get newspaper stories, others are there to destroy Willow and her family. Because of that, she finds herself in dangerous situations. How can she tell who is trustworthy? Additionally, the stress of the competition causes some of the men to crack and behave badly. Others truly do love Willow, but she doesn’t feel the same, and is put in the position of breaking their hearts. This was a good read, with lots of excitement, along with surprising danger and suspense. The author took the bachelorette subject, made it fresh, not predictable, and kept you wondering how it would turn out. It is a clean story with a Christian viewpoint. I recommend this 5-star book to those who enjoy romantic tales with a twist! Bethany House Publishing has provided Tickmenot with a complimentary copy of, My Dear Dupré, for the purpose of review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Ballinger

    “American Royalty” In 1882, Willow Dupre has only months to choose a husband out of thirty suitors if she wishes to remain in control of her family’s business. And all of the men aren’t as they seem. Doesn’t that premise draw you in? That’s how My Dear Miss Dupre began, and I loved the uniqueness. Throughout the novel, we’re given the point-of-views of Willow and two suitors, a change from the typical romance that I appreciated. At first, I wasn’t entirely sure which to root for, and isn’t that “American Royalty” In 1882, Willow Dupre has only months to choose a husband out of thirty suitors if she wishes to remain in control of her family’s business. And all of the men aren’t as they seem. Doesn’t that premise draw you in? That’s how My Dear Miss Dupre began, and I loved the uniqueness. Throughout the novel, we’re given the point-of-views of Willow and two suitors, a change from the typical romance that I appreciated. At first, I wasn’t entirely sure which to root for, and isn’t that what we wish for from a romance? Some extra uncertainty to keep us guessing? Where things got a little iffy for me were the group outings between Willow and the suitors. I didn’t entirely see those as the best way to weed out the right man. Some forthright questions (I won’t get too specific) seemed like they would’ve done the trick faster. But once I got over that, I became enthralled with figuring out the mysteries thrown in about which of the men could be trusted. I will say I did wonder why she kept some of them around as long as she did—and one guy got off WAY too easy. Willow rubbed me the wrong way sometimes, but her friend Flora—man, I had so much sympathy for her. She wins as a secondary character, and I hope she gets her own happy ending soon. While Willow came across a bit spoiled and naïve at times, I loved watching her growth. And of course, I heartily approved of her final choice. This was a fun, intriguing start to the American Royalty series, and I’m looking forward to the next one. (I'm rooting for you, Flora.) *I received a complimentary copy of this book, but the opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.* #netgalley #mydearmissdupre

  29. 4 out of 5

    Libby May

    Wow this book was like eating a twinkie. Super sweet, sugary, and with nothing behind it. The Characters I liked Willow, and I especially liked that she and her sisters answered to boy names "Will, Phil, and Bill." XD I liked Cullen a lot. I liked Teddy too. Cullen reminded me of the man who will always be my comparison for this style of male, Major Phillip Camden from On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White. But he will never measure up to Phillip. The Plot Very cliche. Very sweet. I always love Wow this book was like eating a twinkie. Super sweet, sugary, and with nothing behind it. The Characters I liked Willow, and I especially liked that she and her sisters answered to boy names "Will, Phil, and Bill." XD I liked Cullen a lot. I liked Teddy too. Cullen reminded me of the man who will always be my comparison for this style of male, Major Phillip Camden from On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White. But he will never measure up to Phillip. The Plot Very cliche. Very sweet. I always love a good read from this era and I was not disappointed in reading this one. It was romantic, suspenseful, heartbreaking and awful at the same time. A good mix. That being said, I didn't love the way the ending played out with Fritz and Cullen (even if I did like the way it ended). Again, so much fluff, nothing really worth much. The Content There were kisses, Cullen was a boxer in his past life, some mentions of blood, having mistresses. There were a few fights, some manipulation, and a horrid dude that didn't stop to get what he wanted (the Dupre sugar business). I do want to say I appreciated the author's approach to this being Christian fiction. The characters called to God often, especially Cullen, and I find it so very relatable, even if this isn't a preachy book. Often Christian fiction gets off with just mentioning God once or twice, but this one wove Him into the plot and allowed a lesson to be taught, as shallow as the rest of the book was. Four stars! Thank you to the author and the publisher for a free copy of this book! A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own. Really this was a cliche love story with a cliche love triangle (Square?) but if you're looking for a simple read full of fluff, then maybe it's for you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    What a creative idea for a book! Willow Dupre is an heiress who spent years preparing to run her family company and has no interest in marrying, however the company's board of directors won't let her take over without a husband at her side. Willow's parents devise a competition between thirty carefully selected bachelors to win Willow's hand in marriage. Willow has a set number of months to select a husband from this group that she gets to know through various dates and outings. I found it challe What a creative idea for a book! Willow Dupre is an heiress who spent years preparing to run her family company and has no interest in marrying, however the company's board of directors won't let her take over without a husband at her side. Willow's parents devise a competition between thirty carefully selected bachelors to win Willow's hand in marriage. Willow has a set number of months to select a husband from this group that she gets to know through various dates and outings. I found it challenging to keep track of the men in the beginning, but as some were eliminated from the competition and the group became smaller, this was not a problem at all. I would have liked the author to have used the opportunity to make some of the men even more eccentric and humorous, however she did a good job giving them each their own, very unique, personalities. I liked Willow because she is an independent yet soft-hearted woman. I appreciated her passion for the family business and her drive to want to take over. Willow's head and heart battled during the competition and I wasn't sure which was going to win in the end. While the main focus of the book is on the competition and Willow being forced to select a husband, there are some suspense and intrigue woven in as well. There were twists at the end that I never saw coming which kept the pages turning! I also really liked Willow's best friend Flora for her support of Willow and her spunkiness. If you like stories set in the Gilded Age or are just looking for a unique read, I think you'll like this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book through the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.