My Dear Miss Dupré (American Royalty)

Written by Grace Hitchcock
Review by Elizabeth K. Corbett

Willow Dupré, a wealthy heiress from one of the foremost families on Fifth Avenue, is the most sought-after lady in New York society. With her father retiring, she has no time for anything else, let alone a man, because she is far too busy overseeing the family business. Despite the fact that she is a devoted businesswoman, the board of shareholders holds the fact that she is a woman against her and will not stand behind her. Not long after, her parents announce that she must find a husband who can help her maintain power among those who would try to take it away. When she learns that her parents have entered her into a competition where she must choose from among some of the premier suitors in society, she is reluctant, to say the least. Willow must use caution and wit as she assesses the motives of those who want to be the king of her sugar empire.

To the modern reader, the plot of this book is reminiscent of the popular reality show, The Bachelorette. In what is a unique take, author Grace Hitchcock has combined the modern with the old fashioned by setting her book at the height of America’s Gilded Age. As a professional businesswoman, Willow Dupré is no shrinking violet but a largely unconventional heroine who goes against the grain of polite society. In short, she is a woman before her time.

Overall, the book is amusing and entertaining, a relatively quick read. The characters are interesting and possess great depth. It is apparent by her knowledge and word use that Hitchcock did considerable research when writing this book.