The Suitor

The Suitor

by Sandy Hingston

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ISBN-13: 9780425185438
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 07/02/2002
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.15(d)

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The Suitor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, unique story. Too often, romances follow a fairly standard plotline (if, indeed, they have any sort of plot), and the heroines and the men with whom they fall in love are often cut from one of three molds. I've never read a romance with a heroine as genuinely uppity and arrogant as Katherine, the heiress to the Duke of Marne. She is truly an abominable woman in the beginning. I almost didn't know if I could finish the book, and that's truly rare for me! I always want to know what happens at the end! But then...I kinda fell in love with her character. I mean, she was shallow. God, was she shallow. But she was also born in a time period when people truly believed that rank was a benediction from God and meant that you were somehow better than everyone else who was below your rank, that you had a special purpose to uphold some moral code lest civilization fall to pieces. What drivel! Luckily, our Katherine meets Alain Montclair, a rogue of the highest order. He seduces her and leaves her high and dry, whereupon she chases him to Paris. There she finds that he has been condemned to die and is languishing in the Bastille until his death date. She helps him escape, and the two run off together and become lovers. They lead a peasant's life for several weeks, and Katherine's worldview broadens and changes immeasurably as she is forced to work for their food, keep their house, and live on means very much below her station as a duke's daughter. Then, through a series of events, she finds herself separated from Alain and betrothed to Lord Dalrymple, a seemingly good man who takes her just as she is, even knowing that she is a fallen woman. Her relationship with Dalrymple seems to be going swimmingly, though she cannot help but yearn for the days and nights she spent with Alain. Dalrymple seems the perfect gentleman, particularly by Regency standards: he doesn't push her, he courts her by sending her appropriate gifts, and he just seems to be a genuinely nice man. Then, suddenly, he is a priggish fool who believes that women are such an inferior, separate species that even their opinions regarding flowers aren't to be listened to. That, right there, is why this book didn't get 5 stars from me. The jump between the two personas of Dalrymple was not done well, so much so as to be unbelievable. Through a series of events, Katherine learns that her Alain was not a pig and was, in fact, somewhat of a hero. When he crashes her wedding to Dalrymple, she leaves in a most spectacular fashion, and the two begin their life together. There are, of course, aspects of this that are fairly similar to other romances. But the characters were fairly original (after all, how many Regency romances have you ever read where one of the supporting characters was a female teenager interested in medicine who had the support of the local doctor, who procured fetal pigs for her to dissect?), and a significant portion of the plot was most definitely unique. My only lament was that the sex scenes were not better fleshed out. That and the issue of Dalrymple's seemingly split personality led me to only give this book 4 stars instead of 5. Even so, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romances, particularly those set in the Regency period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book, it's GREAT!!! It's very well written and keeps you interested till the very end. The characters like Alain and Katherine are realistic and i immediately fell in love with them. I loved how she was a conceited brat and how to win her trust he had to go through alot. Im glad that she was finally able to change into a better person though Alain broke her heart. What i loved most was almost at the ending of the book and how Alain came back for her, it was great, i'd rather not spoil the ending. But Mark my word, this is a must read book!!! This is the first Hingston book i read, that i found by accident and learn to love it, this certainly wont be the last of her books that i read if they are just as good as "The Suitor." Hingston keep up the good work, im a writer myself and i must say that Higston work is most inspiring. I wouldnt be at all suprise if this become a best-seller, in fact, it should be!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1813, the Regent of snobbery is Katherine Deveraux, daughter of a marriage between a duke and an heiress to a dukedom. Her superior airs turn ugly when she avenges a slight from a fellow student at Mrs. Treadwell¿s Academy for the Elevation of Young Ladies. Though her actions could have ended tragically, Katherine shows no remorse. The school¿s secret partner Countess Christiane d¿Oliveri worries about her charge¿s indifference while Katherine¿s father and stepmother visit Russia. As she heads home from London after rectifying Katherine¿s actions, Christiane notices Alain Montclair enter a gentleman¿s gambling hall. She asks for his help with bringing Katherine down a couple of pegs by getting her to fall in love with him before he deserts her. Kent sounds perfect for the part when an irate spouse decides to skewer Alain for cuckolding him.

Alain turns on his charm on Katherine, but she ignores him. Soon he realizes that the superiority complex hides a lonely woman seeking the love she lost when her father stopped mourning her mother with her. The French wastrel and the English parvenu fall in love, but can he can overcome her formidable mental defenses?

THE SUITOR is an amusing Regency romance that cleverly provides a subtle message on the strengths of women intertwined into the plot. The lead couple is a delight and the return of Treadwell and d¿Oliveri (see HOW TO KISS A HERO)add a feel of homecoming to the humorous story line. If any Regency author has a right to act snobbish it is Sandy Hingston who always furnishes superior novels.

Harriet Klausner