Set in 1910, The Davenports tells the story of one wealthy Black family in Chicago. The oldest daughter Olivia struggles with balancing her family’s expectations that she will marry a wealthy Black man with her desire to become involved in civil rights. The youngest daughter, Helen, would rather be working in a garage than courting suitors. Olivia and Helen’s childhood friend and maid, Amy-Rose, has grand ambitions to open her own haircare business. She also has always been in love with the girl's brother, John. Olivia’s best friend, Ruby is under immense pressure from her family to secure an engagement from John, even though someone else has caught her eye.
Inspired by the real-life story of the Patterson family, The Davenports is a thoroughly unique story shedding light on an often forgotten part of history. It carefully balances a soapy story about wealthy women navigating romantic relationships and social issues of the time. It reminded me so much of the American Royals series. Both reimagine U.S. history and follow four young women from various walks of life. If you were a fan of that series, check out The Davenports!
I listened to the audiobook version and would highly recommend it! I loved the narrator, but I wish the various perspectives were narrated by different voices because it became challenging to figure out which character’s perspective the section was told from.
Thank you to @penguinteen and @prhaudio for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.