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Dalliances & Devotion

(The Truitts #2)

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  39 reviews
A change in course can be refreshing…when it's done together.

1871

After two disastrous marriages, beauty columnist Amalia Truitt's life is finally her own—well, it will be if she can get herself back to Delaware and demand access to her share of the Truitt family fortune. After all, the charity she's organized for women who can't afford their own divorces won't fund itsel
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Published August 26th 2019 by Carina Press
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Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
This review originally appeared as part of Pink Heart Society's August edition!

Rating: 4.5 stars

Yes, yes, yes. This was just what I wanted to read. A newspaper columnist and two-time divorcee is the target of harassment and needs a bodyguard in the form of her first love? YES. And let’s also mention that they are both Jewish, plus he’s an immigrant. All set a few years after the end of the American Civil War.

Our wonderful couple consist of Amalia and David, former young lovers who have a misunde
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Amelia Foster
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yet another brilliant and engaging historical romance from Ms. Grossman.

I am a huge romance lover, but historical romance isn't my go-to... unless the author is one as gifted as Ms. Grossman. She won me over with book one in her Truitt series Appetites & Vices so I was SUPER anxious to get my hands on this puppy and it did not disappoint.

Dalliances & Devotion stars the daughter of Urs and Jay from Appetites & Vices fame. I absolutely fell in love with Urs (kinda want to be her when
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Leah
I loved this book and all the characters! Read the review on my blog!
Mary Ann Marlowe
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Felicia's first book Appetites and Vices, and was immediately grabby hands for the second as soon as I'd put that one down. I was thrilled to be approved for an ARC from NetGalley so I could plunge right back into her delightful words. This book did not disappoint. I found it curious that rather than setting the book in a contemporaneous time with Appetites and Vices, Felicia chose to follow the next generation of Truitts, and that allows us to move along in history to see how thi ...more
nick
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2019, arc, adult

After just two books Felicia Grossman has installed herself in my list of my favorite authors. Her sophomore novel, Dalliances & Devotion, is yet another wonderful story about one clever and endearing heroine. I loved this book!

Amalia Truitt is a heroine after my own heart. I was immediately intrigued by her from the synopsis because it mentioned her being a twice-divorcee and a beauty columnist. Those are both characteristics almost unheard of in historical romances. Then, there was the men
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Evie Drae
Felicia Grossman is the singular reason I, as a non-historical romance junkie, have developed a new appreciation for a genre I had all but written off. Her debut Appetites & Vices was the first historical romance my contemporary-loving heart adored. So, needless to say, I was champing at the bit for the next in The Pruitts series from Carina Press—Dalliances & Devotion. And just as her first book left me swooning and in love, so did this one.

Grossman tackles her genre with a unique flair
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Adele Buck
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Taralynn Moore
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Felicia Grossman manages takes a women's empowerment approach to historical romance that makes my heart swoon almost as much as her leading men. Dalliances & Devotion is another amazing journey down the road of heart and societal balance, all without risking the independence of her heroine. Historical and Contemporary readers alike will gobble up every delicious word, just like I did!
Etta Silby
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so, so excited to see the next book in the Truitts series was FINALLY coming out!! I'm a huge fan of Ms. Grossman's voice and style as an author. I couldn't wait to get my grubby little hands on the next installment of this delightful series, and I can attest... I was not disappointed. Grossman knows how to weave a tale, and her characterization is so on-point it ain't even funny. Plus, the realism of her historical elements and descriptions make the world she creates rich and bold. I can' ...more
Lori D
What an amazing addition to the first book in this series Appetites and Vices. I have to say I am excited to have discovered this author as she takes you on a journey of romance and world building. I learned a lot of history and was captured by the characters she created which actually come off the page!
Amalia Truitt is a determined lady and is really a crusader for women and everybody is not happy about that.. David Zisskind is an old love who had his heart broken by Amelia in the past but is n
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Angela
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story that some might pick up and not really give it a chance but just like Appetites and Vices you have to stay with the story. Beta heroes are not normally my go to reads but I have to say David is out of this world. The connection between David and Amalia is intense. Their story is interesting and the side characters do no detract but make the story even more interesting. These stories are different in a very good way. Love it!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher throu
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Anadosen
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After two disastrous marriages, beauty columnist Amalia Truitt’s life is finally her ownwell, it will be if she can get herself back to Delaware and demand access to her share of the Truitt family fortune. After all, the charity she’s organized for women who can’t afford their own divorces won’t fund itself. When I started reading I couldn't put it down.Felicia Grossman is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read t ...more
Evie Drae
Felicia Grossman is the singular reason I, as a non-historical romance junkie, have developed a new appreciation for a genre I had all but written off. Her debut Appetites & Vices was the first historical romance my contemporary-loving heart adored. So, needless to say, I was champing at the bit for the next in The Pruitts series from Carina Press—Dalliances & Devotion. And just as her first book left me swooning and in love, so did this one.

Grossman tackles her genre with a unique flair
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Dalliances & Devotion by Felicia Grossman is book Two in The Truitts Series. This is the story of David Zisskind and Amalia Truitt. I have read the previous book but felt this could be a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Amalia is a beauty columnist who is also a twice Divorcee who help other women seek divorces who can't afford it. So she wants to return to Delaware to claim some of the Truitt family fortune which will help her fund her cause. But there have been death threats from a st
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Marid
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed book one in The Truitts series, and book two did not disappoint. One of Felicia's strengths is well developed (and likeable) characters, and those skills were out in force here. She's not afraid to explore her character's weaknesses and flaws-- which give the story texture and depth, but she also gives her babies space to grow. The historical context of Dalliances and Devotion is essential to the story arc, and is deftly rendered and densely packed. Additionally, any story that ...more
romancejunkie
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David and Amalia story was wonderful and beautifully written, it was amazing to see them rekindling their lost love and finally finding happiness and their forever. Their HEA was sweet and beautiful.
The mystery in the story with the threats she was receiving also added to keep the reader intrigued and wanting to know who was behind them. I loved this book, it is now one of my absolutely favorites.
I received a free arc copy of this book from Carina Press Publishing via NetGalley, all the opi
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Annarella
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a fun read, engrossing and well written.
Even if it's the second in a series I had no issues with the characters and the plot.
i liked the cast of characters, unusual and interesting, the well researched historical setting and the plot.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley, all opinions are mine.
Sarah
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Review coming soon...
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full RTC
b.andherbooks
Absolutely delightful and sexy!
💙1870s USA setting
💗Both main characters are Jewish
🗡Intrigue
💋Twice-divorced and completely unapologetic heroine.
🚃Trains
🚞cave sex

And SPOILER ALERT: (view spoiler)

Felicia Grossman is writing some of the best "unusual" historical romances right now. I'm not typically drawn to the 1870-1900 time period, but Grossman and Joanna Schupe are changing my mind!

I've also never read a historical featuring Jewish characters, and this story shows the
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Maureen Marshall
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Carina Press for an e-arc of this book. All opinions are my own.

Felicia Grossman’s follow-up DALLIANCES AND DEVOTION was even more enjoyable for me than the previous book (which I loved, see review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...). Again, we spend time with a historical Jewish American heroine (Ursula and Jay’s daughter) Amalia who has been through two quickie marriages and divorces and is trying to prove to her family that she isn’t a flighty (vacuous, vapid, verbose) fl
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Angel - Angel Reads
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an e-arc of Dalliances & Devotion from Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book. 

Earlier this year I read Appetites & Vices, the first in this series and adored everything about it. When I heard there was going to be more books, I had to get on it. Dalliances & Devotion was such a fun and intense read, and I really enjoyed it so much.  

Dalliances & Devotion follows Amalia Truitt a
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Laura
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

Content notes:
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*2.5 stars*

This makes me utterly, utterly sad, but I did not love Dalliances & Devotion.

As a Jewish reader, I'm always on the lookout for books with Jewish protagonists, and bonus points if they aren't horribly depressing. A nice romance book with Jewish MCs, and bonus, a historical romance (my favorite), and I'm all in. I was so, so thrilled to see this book and this series, and I couldn't wait to try it. But, alas, it wasn't all that I was expecting.

I liked the Jewish aspects of the stor
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SH
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dalliances and Devotion is the second book in the series “The Truitts” and follows Amalia Truitt, who is being threatened by a stalker. She has experienced two divorces and is currently working as a beauty columnist. The threats begin when Amalia begins her charity to assist women who are unable to fund their own divorces. As the threats become more serious, her brother calls in David Zisskind, as her security and a means of uncovering who is threatening Amalia. Several events occur to put Amali ...more
Rebecca
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got about halfway through the first book by this author before giving up because it never really clicked. Then I decided to give this a try and I'm glad I did, as I really liked it. I think it's the first historical romance I've ever read where both the hero and heroine were Jewish! (That was one of the things I did not like about the first one -- it was billed as a great Jewish HR and then the hero is...not Jewish.) It was refreshing to see, however, that the couple from Appetites & Vices ...more
Margaret
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little different than any historical romance I've read before. I had no idea when I started the book the hero, heroine and their families are of the Jewish faith. Customs, clothing and Yiddish phases threw me off until what little knowledge I have started to kick into the flow of dialogue and descriptions. The heroine who has been divorced twice and works to help other women through divorce, is under the protection of Pinkertons from death threats. Her former lover, David, is an agent and stay ...more
Feminist_Romance Esme
Ya girl is a beauty columnist, getting harassed because she’s Jewish and it’s 1871 in America. The fella charged with protecting her is her hottie ex. I received this arc in exchange for an honest review. #gifted

The premise of this story is very engaging. Not just the makeup (💖) but also Amalia is a 2x divorcee and Jewish. Wonderful! Most importantly, yay diversity! The hero was also Jewish, and an immigrant with English as a second language.

The aspects I liked about this book was that it was fe
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Samantha
In general when I received and ARC from Netgalley this plot seemed like a good book. Amalia is portrayed as a spoiled brat who on a whim gets married and divorced. However for the 1800s that’s not quite a good thing. Now she is being threatened and her family hires protection. The problem... David is our Jewish hero who started with nothing and has risen above. They were teens in love but now they have a second chance. It just feels like these two characters are so childish and spoiled they can’ ...more
Jackie
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC courtesy of Netgalley

I so very much love the idea of having Jewish characters in my American historical romances. But Grossman is just not a strong enough writer yet to make such stories work. I've tried both her first and now her second book, and have not been able to get beyond thee half-way point in either of them. Grossman doesn't know how to build a scene, how to pace a story, how to move the plot from one event to the next in a way that makes sense or makes the reader need to keep read
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