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 is a charming romance. It’s set in a high society fashion and with a deadline. A young woman must choose a man to have by her side so that she can run her family business. Otherwise, she cannot run it at all, according to the share holders. Willow does not want her life to change. Changes come to her life and she will have to make some choices. Grace Hitchcock writes well. I felt transported to a time when women were limited. But it also felt more modern with it’s glamour of the time period. The whole story was intriguing. It had me begging to find out what happened and how it would all end. These characters were quite an interesting group. The leading female protagonist was a strong female lead. I was surprised yet entertained. In the end, I would recommend this to all fans of women’s and historical fiction.