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Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Recommendation: Fancy Pants

Yesterday I started reading a book I'd nicked off a friend's book shelf a couple of days ago. Fancy Pants by Cathy Marie Hake (published by Bethany House). It is a fun, light read. One of those "Don't talk to me I'm reading books!", a compulsive, page turning read.

It's the story of an English Lady who travels to America to met a prospective husband. However upon arriving she discovers the man is only interested in the influence her connections can provide him. He even has the audacity to call her by the wrong name! So Sydney decides to take matters into her own hands and skips town to find her mother's brother, someone she has never met. But things quickly get out of control with disastrous results.

When "Big Tim" Creighton spies the mincing fop headed toward Forsaken Ranch, he is appalled. Thankfully 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 seems clear. Her disguise as "Syd" was meant to be temporary... but the arrange marriage she is fleeing, her uncle's attitude to the fairer sex - and her own pride - compel her to continue the guise far longer than she had planned.

Cathy Hake is the author of over twenty books. Her prose is smooth and easy to read, her characters are spunky and distinctive. All in all, a great book to curl up with. Four and a half stars from me.

Hmmm, makes me want to go write a romance....

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