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My mom married a handsome, flashy guy and stuck with him all her life. I wish for her sake she hadn't, or that she'd left him when she found out the truth. Thanks to her strength, we all survived and more or less prospered, but he could have made her life so much better than it was. You can't always take people at face value, and that's a very hard lesson for a young woman to learn. I certainly found it so.

Prince in disguise? Major Julian Stretton in Sheila Simonson's A Cousinly Connexion.


Lillian Marek

How about Pierre in War and Peace? He isn't as glamorous as Prince Andrei, and Natasha isn't exactly perfection herself, but when they end up together, you have the feeling it will work.

Mary M.

Though I don't recall the title and author (but I bet someone else will), one of my all-time favorite Regency reads featured the heroine's choice between a solid but stolid country doctor and a reprobate duke disguised as a traveling salesman. Perfect example for this topic! Spoiler : the loser was redeemed in a subsequent book.


Sounds like Libby's London Merchant by Carla Kelly. The duke was selling boxed chocolates, which didn't exist in that era :)

The sequel was called One Good Turn.

Patricia Franzino

I remember the character, Dobbin, from Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" who never stopped loving Amelia. He's not handsome or stylish. He's a practical, reliable man, and a strong soldier as a captain during the war with Napoleon.

After her memories of her late husband are shown to be false, (he was after Becky), she relents and accepts the better man. She realizes his worth and marries him. He's a sad but persevering man who waits years for the woman he loves.

There was a non-fiction book years ago, "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough" by Lori Gottlieb in which she strongly believes in this type of man for greater happiness and stability in life.

Lillian Marek

I always felt sorry for Dobbin. He deserved better than Amelia.


I think Gilbert Blythe fits here. :)

Sue McCormick


Sue McCormick

There's nothing flashy about my husband of 45 years — just pure helpfulness, and getting ti done. It's a good marriage.

I'm unable to call up any names beyond the ones already mentioned above. But I do indeed approve of this type of hero when I meet him.

Michelle H

Besides one you already mentioned, Colonel Brandon, the one that immediately comes to my mind is this guy. Freddy from Georgette Heyer's Cotillion. You don't even really think of him as a hero until maybe three quarters of the way through the book. But Cotillion was one of the first Heyers I read. I'm getting better at spotting them now if they aren't revealed right away.

Patricia Franzino

One of my favorite of Heyer's Regency novels.

Mary M.

Right you are, Janice. Thanks, now I can dig them both out and enjoy ithem once more.

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