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The Affectionate Adversary (Miss Pickworth Series #1) Paperback – February 17, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084237549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842375498
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Catherine Palmer lives in Missouri with her husband, Tim, and sons Geoffrey and Andrei. She is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and holds a master's degree in English from Baylor University. Her first book was published in 1988. Since then she has published nearly forty novels, many of them national bestsellers. Catherine has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Christy Award, the highest honor in Christian fiction. Twice she has been nominated for the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Total sales of her novels number nearly two million copies.

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Catherine Palmer lives in Atlanta with her husband, Tim, where they serve as missionaries in a refugee community. They have two grown sons. Cathy is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and holds a master's degree in English from Baylor University. Her first book was published in 1988. Since then she has published over 50 novels, many of them national best sellers. Catherine has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Christy Award, the highest honor in Christian fiction. In 2004, she was given the Career Achievement Award for Inspirational Romance by "Romantic Times BOOKreviews" magazine. More than 2 million copies of Catherine's novels are currently in print.

With her compelling characters and strong message of Christian faith, Catherine is known for writing fiction that "touches the hearts and souls of readers." Her many collections include A Town Called Hope, Treasures of the Heart, Finders Keepers, English Ivy, and the Miss Pickworth series. Catherine also recently coauthored the Four Seasons fiction series with Gary Chapman, the "New York Times" best-selling author of "The Five Love Languages."

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This book is a Page-turner and I recommend it to anyone looking for a well-written romance!
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I liked that the main characters weren't perfect, but, I have to admit, Sarah's character did become rather annoying.
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I found the story line of this book very tedious and unbelievable, however that was not the worst of it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on March 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Catherine Palmer is a bestselling, award-winning romance novelist, and her latest, THE AFFECTIONATE ADVERSARY, turns her talents towards love in the early 1800s between a commoner and a wealthy baroness.

Charles Locke is a good man with high aspirations of spending the family's savings by investing in tea, which he believes holds the key to their future success. While at sea, a pirate attack scuttles his plans, and he is left for dead. Another ship arrives in time to rescue him, and the widowed Sarah Carlyle nurses him back to health. Locke falls in love with her, not realizing that Sarah is a titled heiress. However, Sarah has other future plans in mind, namely getting rid of a fortune that weighs her down with guilt by distributing it to various deserving charities.

When the two are back in England, Charles discovers her wealthy status and sets out to convince her that his feelings for her are real and that he's not another gold digger. (Although, he does confess to himself, "Though he did love Sarah, as much as before, the knowledge of her fortune had affected him.") He is not in her social class and seemingly she is out of his reach. However, as they reconnect through mutual friends, Sarah's gentle influence on Charles begins changing his priorities. Soon, he begins to see money not just as a way to pleasure and leisure, but as something that could be put to work to make a difference in the world.

Which is a moot point, since he's lost all the family fortune to pirates...or so it seems. Meanwhile, Sarah's piety is called into question by Charles, who helps her come to grips with a difficult past and to see that what she wants to do with her money and what God may want might be two different things.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brenda S. Sydnor on February 15, 2007
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I enjoyed The Bachelor's Dilema by Catherine Palmer, but I found this book to be tedious and repetious. The heroine's constant fixation that only people who were destitute could enter Heaven was annoying and not entirely biblical.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By romancelvr on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
The affectionate Adversary was an alright book I suppose. What I found annoying was the fact that Sarah was so misguided. She thought that she had such a horrible life that she should go give up everything and go live in some dirt hovel. Every time that Charles showed his love for her she still thought he wasn't good enough for her because he wouldn't go live in a shack with her. Sarah did not love her money over God, she wasn't obsessed with it either. Therefore it's strange how she came to the conclusion that she needed to live in a hut to be happy. Not very realistic. I wish she would have come to the right conclusion faster. Other than the slightly annoying heroine, it was an ok book. Miss Pickworth was hilarious. But..... don't worry. "THE BACHELORS BARGAIN" is an awesome book, about Sarah's maid Anne. I LOVED it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LJWatson on June 18, 2007
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I bought this book at Christmas and have forced myself to finish it. It took me 5 months! The first few chapters are the best part of the book. The rest is mind-numbing drivel that bores you too tears. Charles survives a near-death experience and is constantly put down by the whiny Sarah. I wanted Charles to tell her off so bad! He kind of did at the end, but either way this book is a sleeper! I hear the Bachelor's Bargain is better, I hope b/c I have already bought it as well. Are we even sure Palmer wrote this?
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on November 29, 2007
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What happens when two people who are meant to be together meet during tragic circumstances? They fall in love. And it seems that they'd be happy together, except that one of them makes it difficult, putting unreasonable obstacles in their path. Sarah Carlyle and Charles Locke meet on a ship from India to England. The year is 1814. Charles's ship suffers from a pirate attack. The pirates steal his fortune -- the fortune that would have established his trade in the tea business. He barely survives the attack, and is taken to another ship. Sarah Carlyle looks after him. A young, rich widow, she has found that her calling is to become a missionary, and plans to give away all of her fortune to the poor. She also plans to live in poverty somewhere in India. She insists that God has this purpose for her. Back in England, Charles is smitten with the plain but caring Mrs. Carlyle. Except that she's not Mrs. Carlyle but Lady Delacroix, a rich widow of noble blood. He wants to get ahead in life, have financial security for his family. She wants him to give up his dreams and join her in a life of homelessness and poverty in India. Who's right and who's wrong?

Sarah is the most annoying heroine I have read in quite a long time! She irritated her sisters and she irritated me. She wants to give away all of her fortune and live like a homeless person in a foreign country. Who on earth would agree with such a thing? And why on earth would she think that God wants her to do this? Charles's plans to get ahead in life are sensible, but Sarah thinks that he's only after her patronage. So, for 325 pages, you will read one scene after one tiring scene centered on this "romantic obstacle." The story is redundant to the point of being coma-inducing.
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