The Reluctant Debutante

The Reluctant Debutante

by Becky Lower


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The Reluctant Debutante by Becky Lower

Beautiful Ginger Fitzpatrick wants nothing to do with New York City’s conventional society— after all, she is a bloomer-wearing suffragette who holds a position in her father’s bank! Her mother is determined her willful daughter must go to the popular Cotillion ball and look for a suitable husband during the “season”—and Ginger is given no choice. But when she meets her brother’s best friend, handsome Joseph Lafontaine, the mysterious man sets Ginger ablaze with a mere glance—and gives her second thoughts about remaining single.

Joseph knows he can never have Ginger. He’s totally unsuitable as a husband for this spirited, cultured woman, for many reasons. He’s from the rough-and-ready Western city of St. Louis, and he’s her brother’s best friend. But there’s one thing he can never overcome: he’s a half-breed Ojibwa, forever tainted in the eyes of these high-society whites from the East. Despite the budding love between them, her family will never accept him.

Joseph returns to St. Louis, and months later, Ginger follows with her father to attend to banking business there. Through a twist of Fate, a deadly accident brings Joseph and Ginger together once more, and this time, neither will allow another separation. Can they find happiness together despite their different backgrounds? It’s all or nothing for THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781723515736
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 416,560
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Amazon best-selling author Becky Lower has traveled the United States in search of great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it in America on a covered wagon headed west or in Regency England. Her Cotillion Ball Series features the nine children from an upscale New York family prior to and during the Civil War. Her first Regency, A Regency Yuletide, received the Crowned Heart and has been nominated for the prestigious RONE award from InD'Tale Magazine. A regular contributor to USA Today's Happy Ever After section, her books have been featured in the column on nine separate occasions. Visit Becky's website at

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The Reluctant Debutante 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
DeborahONeillCordes More than 1 year ago
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!
booklover10CM More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
KatherineBone More than 1 year ago
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.
writingbird More than 1 year ago
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.
Reenster More than 1 year ago
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"
AmandaLVShalaby More than 1 year ago
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.
MJEsber More than 1 year ago
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!
Artchich More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
TamiV More than 1 year ago
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.
MicahPersell More than 1 year ago
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!
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
Culture conflict. Ginger Fitzpatrick, darling daughter of a New York banker, is unable to avoid entering society at the Cotillion ball. The only bit of hope she sees at the end of a long, boring summer is the promise from her father. If she completes the season scandal free, he will send her to St. Louis to join her brother in their newly established bank. When Joseph Lafontaine accompanies his good friend from St. Louis to New York to sell horses and meet his family he expects trouble. But he doesn’t expect it in the form of his friend’s charming sister, a lady he promised sight unseen to leave to the society gentlemen. Ms. Lower adds a dash of women’s rights, 1855 version, plus an ill-advised horse race to the contrast between eastern and western culture. This is the first of a series and a delightful invitation into the Fitzpatrick clan.
Chastel More than 1 year ago
*An excellent and unexpected romance of New York society and the St. Louis west... 
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Writen with explicit details, not for children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
toboggan78 More than 1 year ago
Enjoy reading the days of "old" Expectations of all parties!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago