My Dear Miss Dupre
by Grace Hitchcock
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.
What a fun story! I loved it and was kept guessing throughout this fun tale!
This is kind of like an old fashioned bachelor show.
Willow Dupre is the heroine. She’s heir to the Dupre fortune, but in order for her to be in charge of all of it, she has to get married.
So her parents decide to hold a competition, and send out invitations to the thirty most eligible bachelors.
Willow is at first rather horrified, when she hears of this. But, then she decides to make the best of it.
The story moves along quickly, and it definitely kept me glued to the pages!
I loved reading about those famed Fortune Four Hundred. Some of her potential beaus were from that wealthy set, but I’m not sure that they necessarily all were…..
There was plenty to keep me guessing, lots of mystery, and I never knew quite what to expect.
I did feel sorry for poor Willow. I mean, trying to keep up with one boyfriend is enough for any woman to handle, I can’t imagine how this might have been!
The time dwindles, and she has to keep narrowing down the competition…sometimes she has an easy time deciding who to eliminate, but then, other times, she had a very difficult time of it.
Throughout the entire book, Grace Hitchcock just does such a fantastic job at bringing all of this to life in front of your eyes. The setting, the characters, all just very beautifully detailed.
If you are looking for a fun, light-hearted read, I highly recommend this book.
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