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The Courteous Cad (Miss Pickworth Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Palmer
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On her tour of the English countryside, a chance encounter in the streets alerts Miss Prudence Watson to the inhumane working conditions at the worsted mill. She learns that the owner is William Sherbourne, a Royal Naval officer just returned from sea. Following in his wake is his reputation as a cad and a secret so ghastly he’ll do anything to protect it. Even worse, he’s handsome and charming and not at all the villain Prudence expected him to be.


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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.

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  • File Size: 805 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050Q9J56
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Love a Cad? December 8, 2009
Format:Paperback
What lover of inspirational romance would expect to admire a cad as a hero? Yet, I did. Catherine's hero was believable and likable, and flawed. I took to him immediately. :-)

Catherine Palmer's characters, the warmth she infused into her stories, and the well-crafted romantic element all shine in her upcoming release--The Courteous Cad.

This was my first exposure to her series including Miss Pickworth, yet I didn't feel like I was thrust into a world I couldn't understand or a cast of characters I couldn't follow. The Courteous Cad is a true stand-alone in that regard. I enjoy reading a novel without feeling I need to go back and read the previous books in the series. Catherine gave me that reading pleasure with this book.

I appreciated her heroine's drive to help the down-trodden mill workers. And the way the author wove history into the story made me crave another viewing of a Jane Austen film.

A delightful read.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Those Cads! March 28, 2010
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. Catherine Palmer wrote well in describing poor working conditions in England in the 1800's.

Spunky Prudence Watson decides it is her job to crusade on behalf of a group of workers at a local worsted mill.

She is angry at William Sherbourne who is the owner of the mill and away at sea as a Royal Naval officer. He has a reputation as a handsome charming cad.

As the two people meet and begin to develop a relationship, Prudence realizes that William isn't aware of the circumstances of his mill and she intends to let him know the facts from working there undercover. Her secret doesn't last as she is discovered and has to explain herself.

Early on, the cad has fallen for Prudence, but he must begin to mature and come to grips with what he really wants out of life while Prudence is attracted to him, he falls short in her eyes. She has committed herself to never marry, let alone a handsome wealthy cad. Why he treats all the ladies the same and tugs at their heart strings, she believes.

It will take an old blacksmith's love and care for Prudence to straighten out both young people's thinking and get them to share truths from their past before they can move forward into the future together.

Tyndale House graciously gave me this book to review and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Sincerely,
Paulette L. Harris
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Courteous Cad by Catherine Palmer is the third book in the Miss Pickworth series taking place in Regency England. Prudence Watson is the toast of the ton with her golden curls and rosy cheeks, but while traveling in Yorkshire, she is struck by the plight of mill workers and feels the need to improve their working conditions. But when she meets the mill owner, William Sherbourne, she is forced to reconsider her quest. This historical romance never quite clicked for me. The story is mostly dialogue, and while Palmer tries to imitate Austen's quick wit and clever conversations, I was more frustrated by Prudence and William's insistence on always thinking the worst of each other and never telling the truth. I didn't understand what they saw in each other, because he was consistently telling her and everyone else that he was a cad, and she was forever telling him that she was silly. I enjoyed the historical portion of the story with Prudence's work in the mill and her relationship with her sisters was amusing as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun Regency romance January 8, 2010
Format:Paperback
In 1817 in Yorkshire, Prudence Watson tells her sister Mary that she will never marry but follow in the footsteps of her crusader friend Betsy. Mary points out that Elizabeth "Betsy" Fry is married with children. Pru insists she may never wed or have offspring, although she acknowledges Betsy does work hard to improve the plight of the poor women whose options are limited.

Prudence aims at reforming mills with a desire to rescue children who work exorbitant hours in unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Her first target is the mill in Otley, owned by Royal Naval officer William Sherbourne, just home from a deployment at sea. As the reformer and the cad mee, argue and fall in love, each has secrets that society tattler Miss Pickworth seems to know.

The latest Miss Pickworth Regency romance is an enjoyable tale due to the solid lead couple as the resolute reformer refuses to answer to anyone except God while the Courteous Cad answers to the crusader and both respond to that telltale tattler. Although several subplots never ties back to the gender war, fans will enjoy the latest Miss Pickworth alliteration as these affectionate adversaries fall in love.

Harriet Klausner
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GREAT stories. Engaging and believable characters. ALWAYS a incorporation of Biblical principle. The Ms Pickworth series (3 books) is well worth your time if you like this genre. It is one of my favorites!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book October 8, 2013
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Interesting story, especially the history. Very well written and a quick read. I read the whole series and they are all good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Light Read. March 29, 2013
Format:Paperback
This is a nice book for easy light reading. It is basically Christian Romance but it has some depth to it in that the lead protagonist, Prudence, gets involved in trying to reform the conditions of the worsted mills in England. I was amazed the author found so many ways to keep the romantic plot going. And basically, it is Jane Austen in style with all the verbal jousting. But a bit simpler. Nonetheless, I found it to be a pleasant read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment and intrigue
Couldn't put it down. Great story with entertaining characters and an entriguing plot. Was devastated to turn the last page.
Published 1 month ago by Cherelle
5.0 out of 5 stars loveable cad
I felt that this was an enjoyable read and it made me eager to read more. I liked the humor in the book.
Published 19 months ago by Keb.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Brand new as stated and received very quickly. Great book! The first book of the series is The Affectionate Adversary.
Published 21 months ago by gabby
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I just finished reading "The Courteous Cad" and enjoyed every minute of it! I couldn't put it down - and that was after just reading the 1st chapter. Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by S. Priebe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Romance!
I've enjoyed it very much.
This romance has great characters and an excellent plot.
This book is a Page-turner and I recommend it to anyone looking for a well-written... Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! Entertaining
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the second book in Miss Pickworth series the best, but this book was still enjoyable. Read more
Published on October 20, 2010 by E&M
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving a certain cad...
This read was a breath of fresh air. What a delightful story! William is a cad indeed, but isn't each of us really a sinner and deserving of hell forever? Read more
Published on April 28, 2010 by Tonya Speelman
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!!!
I found this book really really hard to get into. I read the first 3 chapters 5 times! It was slow and boring. Overall not a good book. The first one was soooo much better! Read more
Published on March 10, 2010 by E. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars What's a Woman to do?
"Marriage is not the object of my hearts desire...I shall never wed...when God reveals my mission, I mean to do it with all my heart. Read more
Published on February 16, 2010 by Nora A. Stlaurent
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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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