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Grace HitchcockBethany House / 2021 / ePubOur Price$9.994 out of 5 stars for My Dear Miss Dupre (American Royalty Book #1) - eBook. View reviews of this product. 32 Reviews
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kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 51882 BacheloretteMarch 5, 2022kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Unsure how promo saw this story as original. One girl 30 guys tokens for the keepers.
Disappointing character development with too many deceivers and skant highlights moments.
avid reader5 Stars Out Of 5Authentic Human Reverse Cinderella ReadNovember 28, 2021avid readerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've read several versions of this type of competition and none has so well captured the human emotions, and reactions, so well as Miss Dupre. I'm sure the premise that she did not choose or want this type of attention affected how she was portrayed, and I appreciate that foundation. The way stress breaks over the suitors and how she deals with it are authentic, raw, and beautifully human. The dangers of being an heiress, a woman, and in business as a woman in such a limiting time and place evoke emotion in this 'not at heiress' reader.
From her suitor's perspective, I found the avarice disturbing and the path to redemption poignant and beautiful. I may or may not have cried as she read that journal.
Hopefully this is cryptic enough to not give spoilers and helpful enough that you'll know this is truly an excellent reverse Cinderella read.
VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Historical Fiction meets the BacheloretteMay 15, 2021VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4It's historical fiction meets The Bachelorette when Willow Dupre finds herself faced with 30 potential suitors under her roof and 6 months to find a husband or face loosing control of her family's sugar business.
In my opinion, Hitchcock has given the historical romance genre a fun and intriguing twist on the standard. Willow's a great main character with her mix of intelligence, capability, and vulnerability. Hitchcock does an amazing job writing Willow's journey from initial reluctance, to slowly softening heart, to eventual conclusion.
Of course, the cast of suitors made the story even more interesting.
I'll be honest, even though I'm perfectly content with how Willow's story resolved, there was more than one suitor I was rooting for! Hitchcock really worked hard to give the men compelling stories through their personalities, histories, and interests. Between former boxers, flower aficionados, childhood friends (and rescuers) there was a breadth of options. It also really made Willow's confusion more believable as she sorted out her feelings and connections (and added some great moments of interest like Fritz's use of flowers to communicate).
Since this is only book one in the American Royalty series I'm truly hoping that some of the other suitors find their own happily ever after in subsequent books.
For those that aren't into poor romance there are lots of other elements that make this story enjoyable. While there are the obvious moments of romance with Willow's search for romance, there are also moments of intrigue and drama as the men and Willow seek out threats to Willow from within their own. There was also an interesting side story involving Dupre Sugar's rival within the business world that added elements of mystery and betrayal for extra tension.
While there were a few points that made me shake my head a little (letting the final three beaus look into the businesses secrets while under threat from their main rival for example), the book is still a fun read and a great start to a new series.
4 out of 5 stars
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Delightful bit of American Historical RomanceApril 26, 2021Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My Dear Miss Dupre
American Royalty #1
By Grace Hitchcock
Willow Dupre has always known that she would take the reins of the family business and run it alongside her father. But her father's health has created a crisis with the board of Dupre Sugar and the shareholders are demanding that Willow relinquish control of the company to her husband or face the consequences. Willow has spent years learning and studying to take over the business and has in fact been doing so but in 1882 society is less than understanding of a woman who steps out of her properly defined place. But to satisfy the boards' demands she has to find and marry in less than six months.
The plan her parents devise is not at all how Willow thought she'd be starting 1883 - she has a carefully vetted selection of 30 of Societies finest young men to choose from. But how do you decide your future in such a setting? Willow must balance the needs of the company against the desires of her heart. And she must determine who has the good of her company foremost in his mind and not just his own gains. And if she could find someone who loves her for herself she would be more than a little pleased. I definitely would not have wanted to be in her position where her future for the most part was being decided and dictated to her by others for no other reason than because she was a woman.
My Dear Miss Dupre is an entertaining bit of Historical Fiction. I find it amazing how little women could do and be accepted according to Society's rules. Yet these same rule makers expected women of the lower classes to work longer hours and for a mere pittance and think nothing of the hypocrisy of such contrasting standards. I did find some of the information about the inner workings of sugar refining to be most informative.
This is the first book in the American Royalty series but the story in no way felt as if something had been left out or cut off. I look forward to the second book of the series (no sneak peeks of what it will be about) and would love to see one or two of the other characters from this book make it into a further book in the series. I read it over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Willow. This is a highly recommended read.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectation but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.
PianoArtAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5For Those Who Like Rich RomancesApril 16, 2021PianoArtAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Both the late 1800s sugar refinery and rich, aristocratic circles were intriguing elements in this story. I think my favorite scenes dealt with uncovering the underhanded dealings with the sugar refinery. This was not a suspense or mystery by any means, but I relished the hints it took in that direction.
I went between enjoying and being annoyed with this story. The premise was intriguing, but I thought it sounded like The Bachelorette from what I have heard, I have not watched it. Given that the whole idea of the book was Willow finding a husband, there was a lot of romance and my poor, loyal heart just had a hard time with her going between so many men. And I decidedly do not like love triangles, because I usually end up choosing the wrong guy. I guess that means I can look forward to book two.
There were some good, solid conversations with Christian themes and one of the characters in particular had a story that was emphasized with change.
I would recommend it to those who love a good romance and the twists and turns of emotions that go with it.
I received this book from the publisher and happily provided my honest review
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