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The Reluctant Debutante (Cotillion Ball Book 1) by [Lower, Becky]
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"This new gifted and talented writer is going to sweep every reader off their feet."-5 Stars, Sharon Lee Fernberg

"This is a must-read for any history buff."-5 Stars.Micah

"Becky Lower's debut novel, The Reluctant Debutante, is a wonderful addition to American Historical Romance."-5 Stars, Amy J

"The Reluctant Debutante is a well-researched, richly drawn portrait of 1855 America that intertwines a number of historical events and persons with a very romantic and sensual tale."-5 Stars, AS

"The Reluctant Debutante is a story rich in romance and historical detail. "-5 Stars, Wendy C.

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"This series is a breath of fresh air for a historical romance lover! I loved that the [mid-1800s America] setting for each books takes place in a different city and you can see how the approaching [Civil] war is causing havoc in so many ways. Ginger is very likable, and is a strong woman who knows what she wants." --Rachel, The Reading Cafe


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  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (July 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AZL6Z0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a must-read for any history buff. From the opening chapter, I knew I held something special in my hands. The heroine--strong, independent Ginger Fitzpatrick--is Bloomer-deep in developing women's rights. The hero, Joseph Lafontaine, is half French-Canadian, half Ojibwa Indian. The moment they meet, the sparks fly. This alone would be enough to get me hooked (when was the last time you read a well-written Western/Native American romance?), but then author Becky Lower took it even further by incorporating real-life historical events. The climax of the book--Missouri, November 1, 1855--was stunning. Couldn't put it down. Will definitely pick up the next book in the series when it releases to see what trouble the twins get into!
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This is Becky Lower's break out story set in 1855 New York and takes us on a journey to the newly found Hampton's and blazing iron trail to St. Louis. The story is stocked full of interesting characters and situations that have a promise of more stories to come. This is one summer read you won't want to put down until you hit the end. A great beach read.

Ginger Fitzpatrick is a spitfire in more ways than one and is coerced into a New York season by her mom. Ginger wants to forward women's rights through her work at her father's bank and by helping to take up the temperance cause that some of her friends are involved in. During her story she meets the first female physician, Elizabeth Blackwell, and the ever clever activist, Amelia Bloomer. Her adventures not only teach her how to trust herself and her choices, but she finds true love and companionship along the way.

Ms. Lower makes you feel like you are walking the streets of New York and St. Louis and riding the Pacific Railroad toward the West. Her characters pop off the page and are each special and memorable. At times there are a couple of slow spots, but that's a sign that we're gearing up for something exciting. With this being her first novel, I'm excited to see what will come from her in the future.

Just a taste:
Ginger`s blush rose from her toes to her cheeks, which became inflamed with color. She stared up at him again and gasped. "You threatened me on our fateful day in the livery, saying you would like to strip me of my bloomers and have your way with me. Did you ravage me?" She squeaked out the question.
"You were unconscious, and ill. I would not take advantage of you under such circumstances."
"Damn," she whispered. She pummeled her hands on the covers. Then she smiled up at him. "But I`m awake and well now."

Favorite Quote:
Let no one say again we were not meant to meet each other.
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Becky Lower's The Reluctant Debutante is a well-researched, richly drawn portrait of 1855 America that intertwines a number of historical events and persons with a very romantic and sensual tale. Vastly entertaining, with a fabulous tie-in to the famous Gasconade Bridge train disaster, Lower skillfully constructs a story full of challenges, betrayals, love and enduring friendships that has a way of pulling you into her character's lives and wanting more. All in all, The Reluctant Debutante is a portal to another time that held my attention from beginning to end!

Note: I was provided an ARC for review as a professional courtesy. No monetary or other compensation was involved.
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A magnificent read! I guarantee you'll love journeying to 1855 New York to meet the beautiful and fiercely bright Ginger, the reluctant debutante who would rather wear bloomers and protest for women's rights than dance and flirt at the Cotillion Ball. Becky Lower writes with a wonderful voice and she has a masterful grasp of the history of the era. As a historian, I fully appreciate her marvelous research skills and how deftly she weaves both rich and subtle details into her story. This novel goes far beyond the boundaries of a traditional romance, yet it will appeal to fans of romance novels and historical fiction alike. The love that grows between Ginger and her half French, half Native American hero, Joseph, is beautifully rendered. He is Ginger's equal in character and bravery, yet he is an "Indian" and therefore a target of the abject prejudice so prevalent at the time. While their romantic fate rests on his acceptance by Ginger's family - and by society in general - their own spirited and courageous decisions ultimately allow them to confront intolerance and bigotry in surprising ways, and to find their haven. Kudos to Ms. Lower for creating a novel I won't soon forget!
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Ginger Fitzpatrick is a modern woman. After all it is 1855 and she should not have to bend to the rules of society and a woman’s place in it. She wants nothing more than to continue working in her father’s bank and skip the plans her mother has for her for the coming season. Ultimately she surrenders because of the threat of her younger sisters being social outcasts because of her actions. Had she known how the season would turn out she might not have fought so much.

Joseph Lafontaine has come to New York at the invitation of his good friend Basil Fitzpatrick. Joseph has come to sell his horses and hopefully to make some New York contacts as an outlet for the family horse business back in St. Louis. The problem is that he has a secret that must be kept if he is to be successful in New York.

The story unfolds across the social season and ultimately leads to St. Louis. There are many twists and turns that Ginger experiences on the road to her HEA.
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