The Duplicitous Debutante

The Duplicitous Debutante

by Becky Lower

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The Duplicitous Debutante 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?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440578939
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Series: Cotillion Ball Saga , #6
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 731,714
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Becky Lower lives in Ohio, near the birthplace of rock and roll, and admits to using song titles and lyrics for inspiration when writing her romances. Find Becky Lower at, on Facebook, and on Twitter @BeckyLower1.

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The Duplicitous Debutante 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
19 year old Rosemary Fitzpatrick has been writing and having her dime novels published under the guise of F.P. Elliott, presumably thought to be a male by Cooper Publishing. Everything has gone smoothly until the head of the publlishing company decides to send his son, Henry Cooper, to meet with each of the authors personally.  When Rosemary receives a letter confirming this, she works herself into a tizzy and meets with the handsome gentleman, introducing herself as the author's secretary.  Although Henry Cooper is entranced with her beauty and extremely tiny waist, he still insists on meeting with the author of the Harry Hawk  dime novels or else he will drop F.P. Elliott as one of the top authors of the publishing house.  Rosemary attempts to convince her brother Halwyn to pretend to be the author but circumstances occur that he cannot do this.  So, her father, George accepts the challenge. However, the day of the meeting, he is taken ill so once again Rosemary attends the meeting with Henry but without F.P. Elliott at her side.  Since he is new to the city, Henry is invited to the Cotillion Ball as a guest of friends of the Fitzpatrick family.  He is introduced to Rosemary  who he only knows as Mr. Elliott's secretary, not a debutante in the upper class society.   As I read this book, I laughed, cried, held my breath and felt for both the heroine and the hero.  Can Henry deal with the fact that Rosemary  is not who she said she was, and is truly the author? Can Rosemary love a man whose father is unwilling to accept a working woman as  a  future wife for his son?  I didn't want this book to end. Although I consider each book in the series after I've read them to be my favorite , this one is superior because I fell in love with the plot, with the heroine, with the hero, and with Harry Hawk of the dime novels Rosemar y is writing.  Please, I beg of you, Ms. Lower, to do a series using Harry Hawk as your hero.  I have read every book of Ms. Lower's be it hi storical or contemporary romance, and f ind her to be an author who should be on the best selling lists.  Keep writer, Ms. Lower, and tha nk you for giving me so many h ours of pleasurable reading. Sharon Lee Fernberg
AmandaLVShalaby More than 1 year ago
Rosemary Fitzpatrick’s turn has arrived, and her love story is one for the books! (Yes, pun intended.) Our darling little dime novel author is a huge success with her Harry Hawk series, but will her new publisher Cooper & Son Publishing be ready for a female novelist? More specifically, “& Son”, the handsome Mr. Henry Cooper? This duplicitous debutante attempts to keep her writing byname, F. P. Elliott, separate from Rosemary Fitzpatrick, debutante extraordinaire, and you can just imagine the fun that ensues – especially as the determinedly curious Mr. Cooper works furiously to unravel her mystery. Henry, who in my opinion rivals Joseph - my all-time favorite hero from the first book in this series, The Reluctant Debutante - is handsome, a former fencing teacher (yes, please!) and his banter with Rosemary is playful and engaging. You cannot help but root for Rosemary’s career and love life as this charming story unfolds. If you’re a fan of historical romances, especially Victorian-era America, or heroines who are writers, don’t miss this one – or any of the books in The Cotillion Series. There’s nothing like finding a new favorite series that follows the story of a family like the Fitzpatricks, who you can’t help but love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars for an immaculately researched book full of tension and wit! Really enjoyed it!
MicahPersell More than 1 year ago
Wow, the chemistry between Henry and Rosemary is white hot!! They are by far my favorite characters of the series, not just for their heated interactions with each other, but for the masterful nuances of their personalities. They were both interesting and complete persons on their own, which is, in my opinion, something that is not found often in a genre that can sometimes rely too heavily on the idea of lovers completing each other. This series just gets better and better!
Cuppateabigbook More than 1 year ago
How It Made Me Feel:I greatly enjoyed this book and was intrigued from the moment I made it past page 2. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and sometimes, I feel that the authors don't always get the feeling of what it was really like in that time period. Though I will never know for sure, what the United States was like in the 1900's, I know that what I read in Becky Lower's book seemed extremely realistic and true to the point. I enjoyed the witty repartee and intelligent conversations between the characters and was easily transported to the many different events happening in the book. It didn't take me very long before I was feeling what Rosemary was feeling and I, too, was worried about the future of her dime novels. I loved that the characters were each their own personality and were able to keep me entertained even when they weren't scripted with each other. We were able to really get a chance to know not only Henry and Rosemary, but Rosemary's family as well, and I thought it helped add to the depth of character. What I Thought Worked:I absolutely loved the different little tidbits of information that were included in the pages of this book. Becky Lower did a fabulous job of incorporating fencing terminology and painting a picture of the type of man and character Henry was. I also enjoyed the French she would slip in from his time in New Orleans.  What I Thought Didn't Work:After reading it and then re-reading it, I don't really have anything I would list as something that should have been changed. It was a great "can't put it down until I'm finished" book that I know I will enjoy again. Why It Got That Rating:I loved the history that was evident in the story. I found it easily believable as something of the time period and I loved that the characters were intelligent and able to have conversations of merit. That, paired with a romantic twist and an author background, made the novel one I would love to have on my permanent bookshelf. Who Would I Recommend To:I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic historical fiction. It was an easy read, but it was still able to capture your attention and give you connection with the characters. Last Impressions/Remarks:This is a book with a wonderful aroma, fragrant bouquet, and a pleasant aftertaste, that offers satisfaction and entertainment. I would most certainly read it again and will be recommending it to as many people as possible.
Karenls1956 More than 1 year ago
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
  Nineteen year old Rosemary is a little unconventional. Of course she comes from an unconventional family.  Rosemary's family supports women working outside the home.  Very few people agree with the idea of women in business. Rosemary writes dime store novels.  She's very happy until she receives a letter stating she has a new publisher.  He wants to meet his new authors.  Rosemary knew she had to find someone  to portray F.P. Elliott.        Henry Cooper is given the small publishing company as a test. His father wants to see if his son can step into the family business. Henry is ready for the challenge.  When he meets Rosemary, he's certain she's the woman for him. Now, if only she'd confide in him. Tell him her secret.  Henry is prepared to wait though.      Modern and funny, this book was a delight to read. I enjoyed the banter between Rosemary and Henry.  The energy between them is palpable.  I laughed out loud in some spots. I can well imagine this family living in any city in the world.  I was thrilled they held true to their families thoughts and beliefs.  You'll enjoy how the women of Rosemary's family seem to be in charge.  This really is a lovable bunch. Well plotted and easy to relate to characters make this an easy read.      I didn't find any issues.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's liberated women in a time when they were frowned on.   ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Duplicitous Debutante hooked me immediately with its likable, romantic hero Henry Cooper and heroine Rosemary Fitzpatrick, both of whom are beset, at the start, with one complication after another. As a successful author with a male pen name, Rosemary must convince Mr. Cooper, the son of her long-time, chauvinistic publisher, to continue her contract, without his finding out that F.P. Elliott is a woman. And she desires to convince the man Henry Cooper that she is a worthy match for him, not, as she pretends, the lowly secretary to the great author of the Harry Hawks adventures. (As an aside, I loved it that each chapter of The Duplicitous Debutante started with an installment of Harry Hawk’s latest adventure!) It quickly becomes apparent that Henry and Rosemary are capably matched, and each is smarter than the other. Henry enjoys sparring with Rosemary and invites her to take fencing lessons from him, which leads to wonderfully physical, sensual sessions together.  Each twist of this clever tale brings into play another moré of the day and, more often than not, turns it on its ear. Ms. Lower gives her characters free rein and delivers a delightful, historical romance that had me laughing out loud and admiring the cleverness of the protagonists and supporting cast.  --katie o'boyle
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
5 out of 5 for this reader folks! Oh Becky Lower!  I have been with you from the start of the Cotillion Ball series and I am determined to make sure that you find long lost family members of the Fitzpatrick family to add to this series because not only can I NOT get enough, but cannot image this series ever concluding.  Perhaps the children of all our couples??  LOL So YES I LOVED THIS BOOK.  I was anticipating Rosemary's story and boy did you ever deliver. Rosemary Fitzpatrick is the spitfire of this family.  Truely, they all are in their own ways, but she held a special place in my heart.  Who would possibly tame this free thinker, or better yet, who would possible just "get her" and realize she is brilliant just the way she is and is in no need of taming.  Rosemary is a dime novelist .. FEMALE novelist in the 1850's of a popular action and adventure series called Harry Hawk.  Very "NO NO" of this time, she writes under a MALE name F.P. Elliot.  When a new owner takes over her contract, Rosemary must actually meet her publisher and face the fact that she may lose everything when it is discovered she is.. well .. a SHE. Henry Cooper has a point to prove to his father.  He can run this publishing company.   Henry is a liberal thinker of his time (as opposed to his father's stuffy traditional views), believing that gender should have no place if their is talent and money on the line.  When he meets Rosemary, she is posing as F.P. Elliot's secretary (who just so happens to know all the details of the Harry Hawk series as she transcribes for her employer), and he is instantly captivated.  Rosemary is everything that he wants in a wife.  Wife she will be ... especially if Rosemary's parents have anything to do with it.  You see, Rosemary is about to come out as a debutante at the Cotillion ball and Harry is a guest of the Fitzpatrick family.  A web of deceit is weaved but with true feelings, parental influence on both sides and potential future's on the line, the truth has to come out.  When it does, will it be all too much for our couple?  Can the lies be overcome, and will Rosemary's coveted career have to be put aside for a dream at true love?? Boy did I laugh, sniffle and cringe so much reading this book.  These two are so well matched, and they are so stubborn in their own thoughts.  As a reader I felt like yelling at them "You can have it all if you just lay it all out CLEARLY" and "You guys really need to get it together already".  The pacing, writing, character build up was bang on and the fact that we visit other family members just bring this all together brilliantly.  I adore this series and if you are historical romance lover, you will appreciate that this is set in US as opposed to Europe like most HR books are.  I personally find that refreshing! So yes, I gushed .. it was a worthy gush and I can't wait for more! HAPPY READING! :)
Lindinva More than 1 year ago
Becky Lower has done it again. As a matter of fact, she has out-done herself with this newest entry into the Fitzpatrick family saga (otherwise known as The Cotillion Ball Series). Rosemary is my favorite member of this delightful, unconventional family. She is leading a double life - dime novel writer by day and debutante by night. In fact, the precocious Rosemary has been authoring melodramatic western tales since the tender age of fourteen. By using an ambiguous pseudonym, Rosemary has hidden her sex from her publisher and her readers. All is going well in her world until her publishing house is sold and the new owner's son demands to meet his authors. Hijinks ensue. First Rosemary tries to have her father or brother impersonate F.P. Elliott. When that idea falls flat on it's face, she passes herself off as the reclusive author's secretary/niece. Her masquerade is threatened by the suspicious and delicious Henry Cooper. I absolutely love Rosemary. She is fiercely loyal to the characters in her dime novel and feels that she is fighting for their lives as she strives to hide her big secret from Henry. One of my favorite traits was her Walter Mitty moments. A chance comment will send her mind off into flights of fancy. All the world is material for her dime novels. Her friends and family have learned to recognize when Rosemary has stopped listening to them and is only listening to her muse. I was so pleased that she found a gentleman worthy to share her life. It takes an extraordinary man to appreciate the extraordinary Miss Rosemary Fitzpatrick. Henry Cooper more than fills the bill.