Prudence and Sir James are both a joy to read about. I loved the descriptions of Sir James, with his sunburned skin, a limp, and an eye patch! Ruggedly handsome seems an apt description of this man. Hearing of his exploits fighting pirates and living among natives was fun. Also highly interesting was Prudence and James’ interest in helping to vaccinate the population with cow pox to help stop the spread of small pox.
It was fun to read the book from Prudence’s perspective, as she valiantly tried to encourage her cousin to accept the proposal of a man she began to find intriguing. Watching Prudence begin to lose her heart to James before she even realized it herself was sweet.
I really enjoyed this regency story and recommend it to readers who like historical, Christian fiction. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
At the advanced age of twenty-seven, vicar’s daughter Prudence Pentrye is on the shelf. Content to occupy her time by attending meetings of Mr. Wilberforce’s Abolition Society and helping her father administer vaccines in an effort to prevent a small pox epidemic, Prudence is resolved to see that her younger cousin Margaret does not share her own unmarried fate.
But Margaret is plain and shy. She is repulsed when a swashbuckling baronet, Sir James Brownell, makes her an offer of marriage. With his sunburned skin, eye patch, and indifference to fashion, Sir James is not Margaret’s idea of a romantic suitor. Nor does Margaret enjoy his tales of fighting against Malay pirates and trekking through tropical jungles on the island of Borneo in hopes of capturing a living orangutan.
Prudence, however, finds herself secretly smitten. Will she maintain control of her traitorous heart or will she trust God to make her life richer and more rewarding than the one she had planned for herself?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
An award-winning nonfiction writer and former columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican.
Shirley Raye Redmond has sold 27 books and over 450 articles to a wide variety of publications, including The Pacific Stars and Stripes and Cosmopolitan as well as Highlights for Children and The Christian Standard. Two of her nonfiction children’s titles have sold more than 200,000 copies each.
Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Random House) was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection. Pigeon Hero! (Simon and Schuster) won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Patriots in Petticoats, Heroines of the American Revolution was named one of the best children’s books of the year in 2004, when it was released by Random House.
Her historical romance novel, Rosemary’s Glove, won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award. It was a finalist in the Phoenix Desert Rose Golden Quill Contest that year too.
Shirley Raye has one husband, two grown children, one delightful grandson, and an M.A. in Literature. She has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos campus, WORDHARVEST Writers Workshops, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, and many other venues across the country.