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The Davenports

The Davenports

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The Davenports delivers a totally escapist, swoon-worthy romance while offering a glimpse into a period of African American history often overlooked.

"The perfect read for fans of escapist historical fiction." --NBC's TODAY

The Davenports are one of the few Black families of immense wealth and status in a changing United States, their fortune made through the entrepreneurship of William Davenport, a formerly enslaved man who founded the Davenport Carriage Company years ago. Now it's 1910, and the Davenports live surrounded by servants, crystal chandeliers, and endless parties, finding their way and finding love--even where they're not supposed to.

There is Olivia, the beautiful elder Davenport daughter, ready to do her duty by getting married . . . until she meets the charismatic civil rights leader Washington DeWight and sparks fly. The younger daughter, Helen, is more interested in fixing cars than falling in love--unless it's with her sister's suitor. Amy-Rose, the childhood friend turned maid to the Davenport sisters, dreams of opening her own business--and marrying the one man she could never be with, Olivia and Helen's brother, John. But Olivia's best friend, Ruby, also has her sights set on John Davenport, though she can't seem to keep his interest . . . until family pressure has her scheming to win his heart, just as someone else wins hers.

Inspired by the real-life story of the Patterson family, The Davenports is the tale of four determined and passionate young Black women discovering the courage to steer their own path in life--and love.

"The Davenports has it all: romance, heartbreak, courage." --Ebony
"A fresh, utterly enchanting read." --Ayana Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Beasts of Prey trilogy
"Deftly written . . . A dazzling debut." --Kirkus (starred review)
"Stunningly wrought . . . Presents a cast of take-charge women." --PW (starred review)
"It has the compulsive readability of Gossip Girl." --Booklist (starred review)
"Compelling . . . distinct and satisfying." --BCCB
"Skilled . . . Well-written . . . Sure to please." --SLJ
"If this whole series existed right now, I'd tear through it to the exclusion of everything else in my life." --Teen Librarian Toolbox

Author: Krystal Marquis
Publisher: Dial Books
Published: 01/31/2023
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.06lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.70w x 1.60d
ISBN: 9780593463338
Age Range: 14-17

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/14/2022
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2022
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 01/01/2023
School Library Journal 01/01/2023 pg. 76
Shelf Awareness 01/31/2023
Booklist 03/15/2023 pg. 47

About the Author
Krystal Marquis happily spends most of her time in libraries and used bookstores. She studied biology at Boston College and University of Connecticut and now works as an environmental, health, and safety manager for an online retailer. A lifelong reader, Krystal began researching and writing on a dare to complete the NaNoWriMo Challenge, resulting in the first partial draft of The Davenports. When not writing or planning trips to the Book Barn to discover her next favorite romance, Krystal enjoys hiking, expanding her shoe collection, and plotting ways to create her own Jurassic Park.

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