After her true love jilts her, Prudence Watson abandons the idea of marriage in favor of dedicating her life to a worthy cause. While in Yorkshire with her sister, Prudence finds exactly the opportunity she is looking for. William Sherbourne, a recently retired British naval officer, has returned home to run his family’s wool mill, where Prudence discovers terrible working conditions and vows to show him the error of his ways. While William is at first charmed by Prudence, he quickly finds her efforts to “reform” him and his business practices annoying. But Prudence isn’t about to give up on her newfound purpose in life, or on William himself. In Christy Award winner Palmer’s latest Regency-set historical romance, the importance of hope, faith, and the redeeming power of God’s love plays a key part in the story as a quietly courageous heroine does her part to leave the world a better place, while also managing to find a bit of romance along the way. --John Charles
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He’s a cad of the worst sort. She has vowed never to marry. Could it be a match made in heaven?
The last thing Miss Prudence Watson expects to find on her tour of the English countryside is a cause to crusade. But an unexpected encounter in the streets of Otley alerts her to inhumane working conditions at the local worsted mill, and she’s compelled to act.
The object of her outrage is mill owner William Sherbourne, a Royal Navy officer just returned from sea. Following in his wake is his reputation as a cad—and a secret so shocking he’ll do anything to protect it. Worse yet, he’s handsome and charming and not at all the villain Prudence expected.
As always, society tattler Miss Pickworth has a thing or two to say about the young crusader and the courteous cad at whom her protests are aimed. But it seems that even Miss Pickworth has secrets to be revealed as Prudence and William learn the truth about each other—and about their own deceptive hearts.