Thursday, September 18, 2014

Romance Review: The Duplicitous Debutante (Cotillion Ball #6) by Becky Lower

In 1859, ladies of New York society are expected to do three things well: find a husband, organize a household, and have children. But despite her mother’s best intentions, making her debut is the last thing on Rosemary Fitzpatrick’s mind.

Writing the popular Harry Hawk dime novels as F.P. Elliott, she’s too busy hiding her female identity from her new publisher, Henry Cooper. To protect her clandestine career, she ends up posing as the enigmatic author's secretary.

Henry is not the typical Boston Brahmin, nor the typical publisher, and Rosemary entrances him from the moment they meet. As they work together and grow closer, he wonders how his traditional-minded father will react when he brings her into the family, because Henry firmly intends to marry the working-class woman.

But when her deception begins to unravel at the cotillion ball, will Henry be able to forgive her or has deceit cost her the man she loves?

I have been fascinated by the development of the United States my entire life, so it’s only natural that I write historical and contemporary romances set in America. I use my writing as an excuse to tour the country as much as possible. I now live in an eclectic college town in Ohio with my puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary.


Over the last year, I've had the honor of working with Becky, first on the blog I shared with my cousin, and now here, at Marie's Cozy Corner.  I can honestly say that she is an absolute delight to work with, and a very talented author.  I am beyond happy to help her promote her magnificent work, and I encourage all of you to do the same.  It's authors like Becky that make me proud to do what it is that I do :) 

I have said it once, and I'll say it again - Becky Lower is a fabulous writer who knows exactly how to transport a reader right into the past.  The sights, the sounds, the smells... everything about the 19th century comes to life right before your eyes.  Her detailed descriptions and thorough research come together and create not just a book, but an extremely elegant journey through time.  

This book was fabulous.  Rosemary, the main character of the story, is absolutely delightful.  She's exactly the kind of heroine that I've come to love and expect in this wonderful series.  She's charming and smart, and the fate of her dime novels is vital to her being.  But as lovely as Rosemary was, she was only a piece of this beautiful story.  We were also given the honor of Henry.  Henry is the epitome of a man in the 19th century.  He's intelligent, handsome and exudes the attitude of a hero.  Together, Henry and Rosemary have a brilliant chemistry, and as their romance grows, it brings a pleasant sort of warmth to your heart, knowing that they belong together.  

Becky Lower, I continue to read your wonderful work and continue to be impressed.  The Duplicitous Debutante was everything I've grown to love about these books and more.  I'm looking forward to reading what you have in store for the Fitzpatrick clan in the books to come.  

For fans of historical romance, you'll want to get your hands on this amazing series!  

Rating: 5 stars 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  All conclusions reached are my own.   


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