About 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.
In My Opinion
With a Gilded Age take on The Bachelorette, My Dear Miss Dupre is an entertaining and fun read.
Willow Dupre is not your average well-to-do woman of the period. She is business-minded and perfectly content helping run her father’s company. But when her place there is threatened, her parents take matters into their own hands and arrange for her to choose a husband from the men they’ve selected.
There is a little bit of a love triangle throughout the book, but I guessed who would win her hand early on. Throughout the reading, there were moments I wanted to shake some sense into Willow (she has lots of business sense but very little when it comes to men and romantic relationships).
Grace Hitchcock adds moments of humor amidst the competition and the subplots that really tie the entire story together. This is a decent beginning to Hitchcock’s first series, and I’m interested to see where she takes us next.
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