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Fancy Pants Paperback – September 1, 2007
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"Cathy Marie Hake delivers a very good book to her readers... I would definitely recommend reading Fancy Pants." -- Julie Kornhausl, romancereaderatheart.com
"Cathy Marie Hake knows how to deliver a touching, yet amusing story with threads of inspiration woven throughout." -- Connie Payne, onceuponaromance.net
"Hake is a wonderful historical novel author." -- Diana Pederson, bellaonline.com
"Lots of fun lurks between the covers of this book...." -- Cindy Crosby, faithfulreader.com
"The humorous situations, witty dialog, and interesting characters will keep you reading right up to the end." -- Dorothy Jones, RomanceDesigns.com
"[Hake] has created characters that seem real and endearing who also live a life which is a testimony to God." -- Brenda Talley, theromancestudio.com
From the Back Cover
When "Big Tim" Creighton spies the mincing fop headed toward Forsaken Ranch, he is appalled. Thankful his boss isn't around to witness the arrival of his kin, Tim decides he'll turn "Fancy Pants" Hathwell into a man worthy of respect.
Lady Sydney Hathwell never intended to don men's attire, but when her uncle mistakenly assumed she was a male, the answer to her problems seemed clear. Her disguise as "Syd" was meant to be temporary...but the arranged marriage she's fleeing, her uncle's attitude toward the fairer sex--and her own pride--compel her to continue the guise far longer than she had intended.
When her deception is exposed, will she be forced to abandon her hopes for family...and true love?
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She convinces her aunt to return to England & assures her that she will be fine as she intends to sneak out while Hume is away on business & go to her mother's brother, Uncle Fuller Johnson. She makes plans to dress as a young boy because after contacting her Uncle Fuller, he assumes because of her name that she is a nephew, not a niece & along with the money he sends a note telling her that there is no place for a women on his Texas cattle ranch.
As she sneaks out she picks up an unwelcome friend...Hume's Whippet, Oscar is trotting along with her. After trying unsuccessfully to get him to return to the house she finally gives up thinking it's still dark outside so she welcomes the company, Pretty soon she picks up another run-away, a terrier, and then another dog joins the procession & as she rounds the corner a fourth dog adds to the procession. It finally dawns on her what the attraction is...it's the sandwich she has tucked into her pocket. After each dog scarfs up the offering she is once again left with only Oscar but her troubles are not over. A carriage stops & out hops Hume. He has recognized his dog but in her disguise, not her. That's probably because the stupid man never really looked at her to begin with.
So now Sydney is on her way to an education into a man's world that she will not soon forget & an adventure the reader will totally enjoy.
I totally enjoyed this book even though it did have a few places that were a little slow. It was well worth reading.
Sydney is running from an ill-advised engagement. She is a well-brought-up member of the English peerage, but both her parents died within a short time and a distant cousin inherited. So she comes to New York to meet the man her father had selected. But he is totally unsuitable and doesn't even get her name right. So she flees to her uncle in Texas who thinks she's a boy. Hilarity ensues. Her uncle's partner is appalled at her weak physique and her fancy ways. He sets himself to whip "him" into shape before the uncle gets back.
I enjoyed this book so much. The story was fun and the romance was sweet. The comparisons between English upper class propriety and life on a ranch were spot on. Sydney was amazed at the different way men conduct themselves when women are not around. She became somewhat of a feminist.
I am going to look for more books from this author. I highly recommend this book. Try it. You won't be sorry.
Tim Creighton had lost his wife and son to a cholera epidemic, and he wants nothing to do with anything that could cause such pain again. Fuller had befriended him when he didn’t even know he needed one, and he’s devoted to the man. When a sissified nephew shows up, while Fuller is away for medical help, Tim is determined to whip the lad into shape.
This book is dubbed to be full of humor, but I didn’t find this to be so. I didn’t like the hero very much. Tim is an arrogant, puffed-up, alpha male who runs rough-shod over Sydney like a slave-driver. Although I know the author needed a name that would pass for both male and female, “Sydney” wouldn’t have likely been girl’s name in this time period. “Sidney,” as a boy’s name would have been the only probable usage. No one would have talked of a “cravat” at this time either. This name faded away after the battle of Waterloo in 1815, and England wanted nothing to do with anything French. From then on, the word for a man’s neck gear was called a “tie.” Even if “cravat” had remained a few more years, it wouldn't have been used in 1890. I have never heard only the Lord’s Prayer used as the prayer of salvation, as Tim had Sydney do, either, but I guess it could be done. I’m more use to the new believer asking for forgiveness and inviting Christ into his/her heart. In addition, the book seemed to drag in places, and the ending was rather rushed and weak. I debated whether to give it four or five stars. Although I thought it a little better than just four, the story never made it to 4.5, where it would round up to a five for me, because I had no problem putting it down. It’s still good enough that I would recommend it, however.