My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock (review)

Their numbers dwindle as the society gentlemen invited to court Willow Dupre reveal their character flaws and hidden motives in Grace Hitchcock’s delightful Gilded Age romance.

Willow must navigate the unwanted mass courtship in order to placate the board members if she hopes for their support in her assuming her father’s role at Dupre Sucre. With some of the bachelors not ready to give up even without being crown with a laurel and a sugar rival seeming to know her every move, Willow is faced with betrayals and  in this lively Historical Romance homage to modern reality television. 

There is so much to enjoy in this story – Willow’s business acumen and the respect she continually shows her parents, the way two of the men men vie for her heart, and a more mature suitor who left me hoping for a future reappearance in this series.

Whether or not you are a fan of a certain “reality” show (I fall on the not side), My Dear Miss Dupre is an amusing romp of a romance story perfect for an escape from the modern day. Recommended.

This review refers to an ebook I voluntarily read via my public library’s Overdrive service. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own, with apologies for the accent missing from the ‘e’ in Dupre and Sucre.

About the Book

Upon her father’s unexpected retirement, his shareholders refuse to allow Willow Dupré to take over the company

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.

My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock (American Royalty #1) | Bethany House, March 2021 | ebook, 364 pages

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