Posted by: Jennifer | September 30, 2007

Rogue’s Widow, Gentleman’s Wife – Helen Dickson

Dickson, Helen. Rogue’s Widow, Gentleman’s Wife. (New York: Harlequin, 2007). ISBN – 9780373294534.

Main Characters: Kit Claybourne (aka Christopher Benedict Claybourne, Earl of Rossing and Amanda O’Oconnell

Date: 1880

Description from book:

Claiming what is rightfully his . . .

Amanda O’Connell is in a scrape. If she doesn’t find a husband while she’s in America, her father will marry her off against her will.

Then Christopher Claybourne – a dark, mysterious rouge sentenced to death – inspires a plan. She’ll marry him secretly, and then return to England a widow.

Everything works perfectly, until Amanda meets her father’s new racehorse trainer. He’s gorgeous, he’s a gentleman and he’s . . . her husband! Christopher has escaped, determined to clear his name. Then he’ll claim what is rightfully his – his title and his bride!

My Thoughts:

There were parts of this story that I truly liked, and parts I really disliked. I’m still not sure why Amanda felt the need to marry Kit in the first place. She felt that she needed to be married – and widowed – to allow her father to forget his schemes to marry her off to some old, established member of the ton. To me, this paints a very unflattering picture of Amanda’s father – one which doesn’t really fit with who Sir Henry turns out to be. I so disliked him in the beginning of the book. Additionally, she was quite nasty to Kit when he shows up as her father’s horse trainer – too nasty given the circumstances of their quick marriage in Charleston, in my opinion. After all, she did promise to be his wife until he died – even if he were to escape his execution. I tried to skip over this part of the story because I felt that it weighed the story down. I also didn’t understand Kit’s reluctance to discuss his past and his family. He was adamant about not talking about them. However, when the story finally comes out, I wasn’t sure why Kit had felt the need to flee England. His father loved his older brother best – an older brother who wasn’t very nice. So, what? These questions that I had made it difficult to get totally immersed in the story.

Read first on September 30, 2007

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Responses

  1. I haven’t read the book yet, but it sounds like a copy of ‘Sheena’ by Katherine E. Woodiwiss….


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