VIRTUAL: Krystal Marquis launches The Davenports

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 7:00pm

Author Krystal Marquis discusses The Davenports with bookstagrammer Kaitee Tredway at River Bend Bookshop


River Bend Bookshop is proud to host Connecticut author Krystal Marquis on Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm.  Krystal will be discussing her debut YA novel, The Davenports, with River Bend Bookseller and Bookstagrammer, Kaitee Tredway.  This virtual event is free; registration is required.  Signed and personalized books are available - order via Eventbrite, directly on our website, or in the Bookshop.







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

About the Book

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.

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 bookshop 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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The Davenports By Krystal Marquis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593463338
Availability: Available at One of Our Locations
Published: Dial Books - January 31st, 2023