About the Book
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.
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Honestly, this book was an 1880s season of The Bachelorette. However, our heroine, Willow, did not ask to participate, but rather cooperated with her family's plan out of respect for them. Not intending to marry, she was surprised with the situation, yet graciously acquiesced. Willow was beautiful, sweet, and smart, and had the desire to continue the success of her family's business. The young men were specifically chosen for this contest, and each personality was defined.
As the book continued, it became more and more entertaining. There were a few behind-the-scenes mysteries to be solved, and plenty of angst. It was also quite illuminating how the New York's wealthy set were always in the newspaper, for good or for bad. It seemed strange that the entire city would want to read about the balls, dinners, and contests of the wealthy, but that's what was published.
I loved Willow, and I enjoyed the book more and more as I read, so I recommend it. Those who enjoy reading about the New York Four Hundred in the 1880s will enjoy this book. I especially recommend this to fans of Jen Turano's novels.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
About the Author
Grace Hitchcock is the author of multiple historical novels and novellas. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Dakota, and son. Connect with her online at GraceHitchcock.com.