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3.5 

The Davenports

By Krystal Marquis
The Davenports by Krystal Marquis digital book - Fable

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*Instant New York Times Bestseller*

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

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“Just kind of disappointing. I loved the idea but it was one plot line times four in one book, and it was too slow-paced.”
“I love that this young adult historical romance shows the voice of black people from many different walks/ starts of life. This book gives us 4 points of view of women who are experiencing life and finding love. Oliva is the oldest and is expected to marry well - however, she is falling for the local social justice leader. Helen is fighting against the expectations of a woman and wants to fix cars and be independent. Unfortunately for everyone, she is developing feelings for the man her parents want her sister, Oliva, with Ruby has always loved John, and she plans for them to be together along with her parents. They are going through financial hardship with her father's campaign, and they could use the influence. Amy Rose has plans to open her hair salon - the Davenports currently employ her. When feelings start to develop between John and her, she wants to trust him, but that's hard. I love the thought behind this book. I wish each character got their book with a happy ending instead of intertwining the stories. I wish John had a POV - it was clear that we were supposed to see the men through the eyes of the women. This book left me on a cliffhanger; it would have been unnecessary had the format been different. Also, no one finds a happy ending, and I don't love that - it extends the storyline when it isn't needed. I'll keep reading the next one, regardless.”

About Krystal Marquis

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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