Tragedy. Sacrifice. Love.
New York City, 1830. Clarissa Tanner is carefree and joyous until the sudden death of her parents. Forced to pay off family debts, she's given one choice: auction off her beloved horses or reluctantly enter 1830s New York Society to face the dreaded marriage market.
Nicholas is a man on a mission. He is hunting for his missing brother who got mixed up with the wrong crowd at the wrong time. To pay his way, Nicholas takes a position as a dance instructor, providing refresher lessons to the beautiful but distracted Clarissa.
As Clarissa trains her thoroughbreds and Nicholas continues his search, the two find a connection through grief and movement. With the season looming, Clarissa wonders if she could possibly lose her parents and the man of her dreams in rapid succession.
The Reluctant Debutante is an American historical romance set in New York's Hudson River Valley in the 1830s. If you like strong female characters, 19th century historicals, and sizzling chemistry, then you'll love Jean Jacobsen's stunning debut novel.