The Reluctant Debutante: Book 1 of the Cotillion Ball Series [NOOK Book]

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In 1855 New York, Ginger Fitzpatrick has absolutely no interest in taking part in the newest rage in America—the Cotillion Ball. Instead, Ginger would rather be rallying for women’s rights—at least until she meets her brother’s best friend from St. Louis, a dark mysterious man named Joseph Lafontaine, who ignites her passion and makes her question if love and marriage is such a ridiculous notion after all.

What she and the rest of New York’s high society don’t realize is that ...

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The Reluctant Debutante: Book 1 of the Cotillion Ball Series

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Overview

In 1855 New York, Ginger Fitzpatrick has absolutely no interest in taking part in the newest rage in America—the Cotillion Ball. Instead, Ginger would rather be rallying for women’s rights—at least until she meets her brother’s best friend from St. Louis, a dark mysterious man named Joseph Lafontaine, who ignites her passion and makes her question if love and marriage is such a ridiculous notion after all.

What she and the rest of New York’s high society don’t realize is that Joseph is half Ojibwa Indian, and therefore, totally unsuitable for marriage to a fine, cultured young lady.

In this Edith Wharton-meets-Julia Quinn tale, a young woman rebels against high society and opts for a life in which she creates her own set of rules.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Ever since submitting her first screenplay to Bonanza at age twelve, Becky Lower has had a love affair with the American west. Since personal time travel is out of the question, she pursues her passion by writing about it. Becky is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and lives in Oberlin, Ohio with her dog, Mary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440551420
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 7/2/2012
  • Series: Cotillion Ball , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 215,589
  • File size: 470 KB

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    A magnificent read! I guarantee you'll love journeying to 1855 N

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

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    I think some of these reviewers should be story tellers. The st

    I think some of these reviewers should be story tellers. The story line was good and different, but the writing was so bland and very, very stilted. I didn't find the characters to be developed or have any depth at all. I stopped reading half-way through, read another book, but went back to it as I was determined to finish; and I did but I won't be reading anymore of her books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Just boring

    Tried hard to get into this book, but gave up after several chapters. On and on with meaningless nothing, and too superficial to really get into. Finally hit the archive button. Two stars because of the crisp writing style and lack of typos. Review by CherishD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    The Reluctant Debutante, set in 1855, encompasses a time when ex

    The Reluctant Debutante, set in 1855, encompasses a time when expansion led eager souls westward. (Love the first meet in this book!) Ginger Fitzpatrick, determined to get to St. Louis to improve her father's banking business, pacifies her parents by first agreeing to take part in the social season. Joseph Lafontaine has come from St. Louis to New York to sell horses. Every inch the son of a French/Canadian, his arrival takes debutantes in the social whirl by storm, to include Ginger. But Joseph has a secret that could very well spell disaster for Ginger, her family, and those willing debutantes. Can Ginger and Joseph find love when prejudice and social stigmas rear their ugly heads? Will Ginger survive the dangerous perils that await in St. Louis? Ginger and Joseph triumph but not before trials test their spirits and the depth of their love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    Not that I don't enjoy a good story about dukes and earls but it

    Not that I don't enjoy a good story about dukes and earls but it was so refreshing to read an historical romance set in the United States instead of England. This first book in Becky Lower's Cotillion Ball series takes place in New York just before the Civil War. The heroine, Ginger Fitzpatrick, has been pressured into making her debut in the new cotillion, putting herself on the marriage market. Ginger is more interested in working in her father's bank and in the efforts of Amelia Bloomer to further women's rights. Just before the cotillion, her brother comes to town from St. Louis with his friend, Joseph Lafontaine, who is half French-Canadian and half Indian. The romance that develops between the two is scandalous because of his heritage. Her desire to run part of the family banking business is equally frowned upon. How they work out their relationship forms the spine of the story but the wonderful secondary characters and the fascinating historical details from a time of great change in the country put meat on the bones. I'm delighted that there will be more in this series. I know I'll want to read them all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    Debut Novel A Winner! RThe first time Ginger meets Joseph, the

    Debut Novel A Winner!

    RThe first time Ginger meets Joseph, the reader knows they belong together. But Author Becky Lower doesn't make it that easy.
    The Reluctant Debutante takes a walk back to the 1800s, when women showed their breasts, not their brains, and introduces us to Ginger Fitzpatrick, a champion of women's rights. We also meet Joseph Lafontaine, a French-Canadian hunk who makes cooking over an open fire sound like foreplay.
    Ms. Lower incorporates rich descriptions with colorful situations and takes us down a precarious road through New York and St. Louis before bringing these two together, only to have them thrust into the famous Gasconade Bridge train disaster.

    Once you turn the page to that chapter, there is no putting the book down.
    Ms. Lower's debut novel is well written and leaves the reader eager for the next installment in the Cotillion series.
    Rena Koontz - author - "Love's Secret Fire"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    Becky Lower's The Reluctant Debutante is a well-researched, rich

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    Debut author Becky Lower spins a gripping forbidden love story i

    Debut author Becky Lower spins a gripping forbidden love story
    interwoven among dramatic events unfolding in our own country in 1855,
    from the nouveau riche of New York City to the expansion of the American
    West. Feisty red-haired Ginger Fitzpatrick, the oldest of nine siblings,
    prefers to be friends with Elizabeth Blackwell and Amelia Bloomer than
    empty-headed debutantes, and would rather work in her father's bank than
    attend the Cotillion Ball. Joseph Lafontaine, her brother's friend, is
    half-French Canadian, half Ojibwa Indian. He is upstanding, brave, and
    understands that his Indian blood prevents him from ever having Ginger.
    This story encompasses duty to family, the difficulties of sibling
    relationships, and the changing roles of women, all interwoven in the
    grip of a love that cannot be denied. Lower grabs you by the ankles and
    holds onto you tightly until you reach the page-turning climax based on
    the real Gasconade Bridge Disaster of 1855. This story will have you
    laughing, crying and begging to know what happens to Ginger and the rest
    of her eight brothers and sisters. Stay tuned for more from this
    talented new author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    Just finished reading ‘The Reluctant Debutant,’ and

    Just finished reading ‘The Reluctant Debutant,’ and was thrilled. Love the story line. If you like romance for the sake of romance, I recommend it. An easy read. Can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Set in New York City and St. Louis at the end of the nineteenth

    Set in New York City and St. Louis at the end of the nineteenth century, The Reluctant Debutante is a story rich in romance and historical detail. Becky Lower seamlessly weaves actual events into the life of heroine Ginger Fitzpatrick, a young woman more interested in demonstrating for women’s rights than being paraded about the Cotillion Ball. She meets a kindred spirit in Joseph Lafontaine, a man chafing under the societal restrictions placed on him as the son of an Ojibwa woman. Ms. Lower gives her characters a delightfully difficult time in their quest for happily-ever-after, forcing each to grow as the story drives westward to a gripping climax on the Pacific Railroad.
    This first book in the Cotillion Ball series was a fun and engaging read. I look forward to following the lives of the other Fitzpatrick children in future books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    This is Becky Lower’s break out story set in 1855 New York

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Sizzling romance set in real-life historical events

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2015

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    I really enjoyed the story, but the writing has a lot of work th

    I really enjoyed the story, but the writing has a lot of work that needs to be put into it. I do look forward to seeing where Lower goes with this family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2015

    GOOD READ

    Good story. Writen with explicit details, not for children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Wonderful book

    The book was great. A prob!em I have is when you offer books that are part of a set or series, they all should be offered! I was a was able to obtain the first three books. However am unable to obtain books 4 a and 5. Bummer!!

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Worth the read.

    Enjoy reading the days of "old" Expectations of all parties!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

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