First Line Friday — My Dear Miss Dupre’

19 Mar

Happy Friday! I started a new book yesterday — My Dear Miss Dupre’ by Grace Hitchcock. It promises, in the words of some reviewers, to be charming and lighthearted, and I have to tell you, I need that! The past few weeks have been very emotional, and the last book I read was one of the best I have read this year, but it wrecked me! So bring on some humor and some romance and a little intrigue!

Here’s the first line:

Willow Dupre’ twirled on the ice, spreading her arms and guiding her body around the other skaters on the frozen lake of Central Park.

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 300 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 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.

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

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7 Responses to “First Line Friday — My Dear Miss Dupre’”

  1. Danielle Grandinetti March 19, 2021 at 10:15 am #

    I enjoyed this story! And loved the characters. 🙂 My First Line Friday quote comes from Ann Elizabeth Fryer’s Of Needles and Haystacks: Happy Friday!

  2. Paula Shreckhise March 19, 2021 at 12:56 pm #

    Me too!
    My first line comes from My Dear Miss Dupré by Grace Hitchcock:
    New York City, New Year’s Eve 1882
    Willow Dupré twirled on the ice, spreading her arms and guiding her body around the other skaters on the frozen lake of Central Park.

    I loved this book!

  3. Jen@GracetoGrow March 19, 2021 at 2:52 pm #

    Happy Friday! On my blog I’m sharing the first line from Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn. Right now I’m reading Saving Grace by Denise Hunter; here’s the first line: “ ‘You won’t tell my dad, will you?’ she asked.”

    Have a great weekend! 😊

  4. Becky March 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Can’t Buy Me Love” by Susan May Warren & Andrea Christenson:

    “These shoes were going to be the death of her.”

  5. sassybookishmama March 19, 2021 at 8:54 pm #

    Happy Friday!!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line from My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock.
    “Willow Dupre twirled on the ice, spreading her arms and guiding her body around the other skaters on the frozen lake of Central Park.”

    Have a lovely weekend! 📚❤

  6. Beauty in the Binding Blog March 19, 2021 at 9:45 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first lines from The Piano Teacher by Kristie Self. “The darkness lay heavy that night, unbroken by any slivers of moonlight.”

  7. Nicole Santana March 20, 2021 at 5:24 pm #

    Happy Saturday! Hope your weekend is going well. 😀
    On my blog, I’m sharing from The Reluctant Rival by Mesu Andrews: It’s a great book! Currently, I’m reading A Dark Beauty by Clarissa Kae, so I’ll share from there.
    “He squared his stance. Unabashed, he looked her over from her crown to her toes.”

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