The Davenports

The Davenports

Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 02/02/2023
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The Davenports
(Slightly) Bridgeton but YA
A big thank you to NetGalley who gave me a proof in exchange for an honest review. This book is described as a book for fans of Bridgeton which got me hoo... READ MORE
Sarina Thomas
The Davenports
Brilliant and bold.
Thank you to the publisher for an advance reading copy of this book. The Davenports is a study of a real family in 1910 America. It follows the paths of f... READ MORE
Chloë at Cheltenham Waterstones


"If this whole series existed right now, I'd tear through it to the exclusion of everything else in my life." -Teen Librarian Toolbox

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.

Olivia, the beautiful eldest Davenport daughter, is ready to do her duty and marry. . . until charismatic civil rights leader Washington DeWight sweeps into town and sparks fly.

Her younger sister, Helen, is more interested in fixing cars than falling in love-unless it's with her sister's betrothed.

Amy-Rose, 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 follows four determined and passionate young Black women as they discover the courage to steer their own path in life-and love.

"Deftly written . . . A dazzling debut." - Kirkus (starred review)

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

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
  • ISBN: 9780241556047
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 266g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm

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The Davenports
Fascinating story
This was a very interesting story where a wealthy black family try cementing their place in thier local society. Their impositions and expectations on thei... READ MORE
Patricia Moren
The Davenports
A black Bridgerton. Very good
A great saga of a black family of good fortune in 1910 Chicago. As this book twists and turns through four young girls' lives, it draws you in. The lovely ... READ MORE
Kim Mooney
The Davenports
A great YA historical fiction series starter
Set in 1910s Chicago, THE DAVENPORTS tells the story of four young Black women navigating life within a family of wealth – an unusual status for Black fami... READ MORE
Bosties Lovebooks
The Davenports
Romantic historical fiction with a unique perspective
The Davenports is set in 1910s Chicago and is told from the points of view of four young Black women. Formerly enslaved, William Davenport has built the su... READ MORE
Penny Olson
The Davenports
Really enjoyable
I read an eARC of The Davenports so thank you to the Krystal Marquis, Penguin and @netgalley for allowing this. I started reading this and then suddenly I... READ MORE
Jennifer Charlton
The Davenports
Strong YA historical fiction
The Davenports are a rich and successful family living in Chicago. They are an accepted part of society despite being black and only one generation away f... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
The Davenports
A Romantic Glimpse of 1910s Chicago
I really enjoyed listening to this one! It’s got the glamor of upper class 1910s Chicago from the view of two wealthy sisters, their best friend and their ... READ MORE