REVIEW: A Suitable Husband by Jude Knight
As the Duchess of Haverford’s companion, Cedrica Grenford is not treated as a poor relation and is encouraged to mingle with Her Grace’s guests. Perhaps among the gentlemen gathered for the duchess’s house party, she will find a suitable husband? Marcel Fournier has only one ambition: to save enough from his fees serving as chef in the houses of the ton to become the proprietor of his own fine restaurant. An affair with the duchess’s dependent would be dangerous. Anything else is impossible. Isn’t it? (First published in the anthology Holly and Hopeful Hearts: A Bluestocking Belles Collection)
Dear Ms. Knight,
I decided to round out my holiday reading this year with one more of your novellas. What attracted me to it is that it’s a romance between a shy heroine and a chef – in Regency England!
So yes, it’s a very feel good all around story that in all honesty would probably not have ever happened or been continenced (as Cedrica is a [very, very] distant relative of a Ducal family). Unlike in so many Regency stories, destitute distant relatives are not left to starve or forced to work as unpaid servants but rather are swept up by a kindly Duchess and treated as close family. The ladies and gentlewomen of the committee formed to further women’s education are all kind and thoughtful to Cedrica. The growing feelings between Cedrica and Marcel aren’t quite insta-love but occur fairly quickly over the course of the house party plus the Duchess acts the Fairy Godmother. But it’s the holiday and I want to feel good. Plus as Cedrica assures her beau, she’s used to pinching pennies and feels more at home in his kitchen then above stairs.
It’s very sweet (no cooking pun intended) and a nice, happy story. B