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Fancy Pants (Only in Gooding #1)

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When Britisher Lady Sydney Hathwell's father dies, the American who planned to wed her suddenly reneges. Stranded in America and penniless, Sydney contacts a relative in Texas who, mistaking her male-sounding name, invites his "nephew" to join him on his ranch.

"Big Tim" Creighton, however, is appalled when this mincing fop arrives at Forsaken. He determines he'll turn Fan
Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 30th 2007 by Bethany House Publishers (first published September 1st 2007)
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Jan 23, 2009 Megan rated it did not like it
This book was my first foray into 'inspirational' literature. I picked a book that didn't look too preachy and was happy that the proselytizing was minimal especially in the first half of the book. It was a standard romance, a young woman is orphaned and left with a cold man who doesn't love her as a fiancee. She runs away from him designed as a boy to her uncles Texas Ranch. Antics ensue between herself and her Uncles dashing young partner. It was interesting to read a new genre type. There is ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Stephany rated it really liked it
When I first picked this book up, I didn't know it was historical fiction. (The front cover illustration is very misleading!) It took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked! There were so many great facets to this story, not the least being the main character.

The story was about a girl named Lady Sydney Hathwell whose father sets her up with a wealthy businessman that she quickly realizes she does not want to marry. For one, he would use their honeymoon to secure business
Dec 03, 2011 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, christian
This is the first book I have read by this author and I am anxious to read more. The story starts out where Sydney has come to America as a titled heiress who just lost her family. She is coming to meet a man to see if they should marry. Sydney decides "they do not suit" and heads off to Texas to a long lost uncle that would rather she be a boy than a girl. She dresses and convinces most of the people around her that she is a frumpy, skinny boy. The first half of the book was fabulous, funny, wi ...more
Apr 19, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing
I love books that show a woman dressed up as a man and trying to fit in with the other men. I loved the first half and couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the tension between Tim and Sydney when they first meet (and she's dressed as a man). Given the circumstances, I can understand why she did it. She's threatened to marry a man who has a mistress on the side and doesn't care for her at all. So if I were her, I'd do the exact same thing: run.

Tim and Sydney develop a frienship but then he lea
Jul 17, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Shelves: gentle-reads
Not really worth reading. The characters were strange, the styling of the book was abrupt, I didn't feel that the book was very well written. At the beginning of the novel, one character is presented as being totally unlikable, a complete antagonist, but then by the end of the book, the reader comes to find a few redeeming qualities in him, even though the reader is still supposed to be be viewing this character as the "bad guy." The main character in the book has a wacky plan to dress like a bo ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok
I enjoyed a few aspects of this book and disliked several others. The humor the book attempted was often well done. Slap-stick type humor was done fairly well, and the dialogue had moments where it really was extremely witty. There were times, however, where the humor felt forced and over the top, primarily in overly witty dialogue that felt unnatural.

The romance, while very cute at parts, came across as uneven to me. Cute and plausible moments followed by rushes of feeling that didn't seem to f
"Fancy Pants" is sure a book I didn't expect it to be, in a good way of course. Sadly I found the beginning slow, although interesting, I know sounds like an oxymoron but for me its the truth. After about a third of the way things picked up in speed and interest.

Sydney has to get to her uncles, and so she does what makes sense to her, give up dresses and wear 'men's' clothes. Once she gets to her uncles though she keeps wearing the men's clothing for her uncle doesn't have a high regard for wome
Jun 05, 2013 Elise rated it really liked it
This fun historical novel/romance is about a refined British woman named Sydney Hathwell who comes to America to meet the man her father wanted her to marry before he died. This man is rude and unfeeling, and the only escape she can find is her uncle's farm. But she must do one thing in order to stay there- be a boy. Dressed as a scrawny male, the head man of the farm, Tim Creighton, is determined to make her a real man, worthy of working on the farm. He works her cruelly hard, and eventually th ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Fun Fact: British accents are actually the ones that have changed over the years, not American ones. Thus, the American accent you hear today is actually closer to how people spoke in England 500 years ago than a current British accent!

Moving on.

I really liked this book right up until the main character, Syndney, is revealed to be a woman. The plot until then was rich and funny and cute and full of great little moments. However, after said revelation, the book seemed to drag on and on and on and
Virginia Strom
Mar 06, 2013 Virginia Strom rated it it was amazing
Fancy Pantys , by Cathy Marie Hake. This was read over audible. It has become my most favored book. It's absolutely hilarious and filled with goodreads. I recommend this book to those of us who love romance but have gotten sick of smut. There is no sex but spades of romance and good clean humor. She dresses as a boy to escape an unwanted suitor , running to an uncle who she has met and assumes by her name, Sydney, that she is a boy. When she arrives her Uncle is going to be absent for an extend ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Tiffany rated it liked it
This was a cute story. I felt that the Christian element wasn't very cohesive. The book to me seemed like most of the plot/problem happened then there was this Christian part where she needed to come to know God then the resolution of the book happened. I enjoyed the story and writing style but to me I'd you're going to make the Christian part in the middle a major thing it needs to be brought out more throughout the book rather than just bits and pieces, then hit it hard, then end the book. Als ...more
This book had a fun story line. A girl posing as a boy trying to work on a ranch with a bunch of tough cowboys. but the writing felt a little scattered. the POV shifted between the Sydney and tim then BAM the jilted fiancé. the first half didn't really have any religion the BAM the second half it talked about it on every other page. and worse of all Sydney and tim didn't seem to have feelings for each other then the next thing you know they are professing their love for one another. I was truly ...more
Nov 27, 2009 Hannah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens-to-adults who enjoy light reading and a little bit of historical romance
Definately a good read! My first foray into the Christian/romance/chick-lit style. I actually didn't like the second half nearly as much as the first, but all in all, it was worth it to read. =) I enjoyed the storyline... it was so cool to think that a girl could do what Sydney does! :D I think Cathy Hake is definately a great author!! She blended the history in with the love story so that neither are overbearing, which I enjoyed.
Oct 28, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
Sydney Hathwell escapes an unwanted betrothel by disguising herself as a boy in the untamed Texas countryside. At first she considers this a "grand adventure" only to realize that to maintain her ruse she'll have to work just as hard as the men on her uncles ranch.
Tim Creighton is saddled with Syd "Fancy Pants" Hathwell, a spoiled good-for-nothing nephew of his ranching partner. While he doesn't appreciate being saddled with Syd, he's going to make the best of the situation and turn Syd into a
Jul 22, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Lady Sydney Hathwell landed on American soil engaged to a man she'd never met, who turned out to be a womanizing social climber. Recognizing these traits, Lady Sydney seeks a way to escape from her impending marriage, and sets out for a distant uncle's ranch in Texas. He responds to her telegram having mistaken her for a male based on her name, and Sydney decides to change her appearance and roll with it.

Tim Creighton has worked at the Forsaken ranch since his life fell apart a few years earlier
This was a really cute read. The story line wasn't my favorite to begin with, but once I just suspended my belief for a bit, it was good. There were a lot of hilarious moments, and the romance ended up being really sweet.

The Texas ranch setting was very well done. I really liked reading about the details of ranch life.

I was intrigued by the discussions of women's role versus men's roles. Since Sydney "proves" herself as a man, Tim can't say that she is relegated strictly to "women's work," and
Margaret Hardie
Apr 10, 2014 Margaret Hardie rated it liked it
Well, I certainly liked it for about 2/3 of it. It was a fun story. I laughed, liked the characters and was excited for a wonderful potential romance. Then it just lost me and got all wound up in a preachy mess. I felt I was reading two different stories. I love wholesome God infused themes, but this was just over the top for me. I didn't feel the characters 'conversion' to Christianity was anything but author contrived - just 'stuck' in there because it is supposed to be a Christian book. I did ...more
May 13, 2010 Christine rated it it was ok
A girl from English Aristocracy decides to not wed the guy she's "supposed to" and head off to find the one living relative she knows uncle who thinks she's a boy.

So, cut the hair, put on a pair of pant and boots, and head to a ranch in Texas. When she gets there her uncle is out of town so she has to hide her secret which of course leads to some interesting and akward experiences.

I liked the book, but I think that perhaps I would have liked it a little more if I had read it instead of l
Aug 10, 2012 Saralyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian-lit
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Nov 24, 2009 Kendra rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I learned about it from my sister Kristen and she just loved it so she said I had to read it. It is about a girl who is orphaned and goes to stay with her uncle. But she dresses like a boy because she does not believe her uncle will want her if you is a girl. But when she gets there her uncle is out of town working on health issues, so she is under the care of her uncles pretty much partner "Big Tim". She goes through a lot but it is all pretty hilarious and I absolute ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Kristin rated it it was ok
The premise of this book was a little quirky (English girl of the peerage moves to Texas to await her turning of age, but must dress as a man, since she can't be on her own as an underage woman) and caught my attention. I agree with previous reviews that the cover photo is misleading. This is historical christian fiction.

I think I've come to understand that I have strong preferences when it comes to books. I like a little suspense. We all keep reading a book, wondering "What will happen next?"
Jul 01, 2014 Gmc rated it really liked it
Fancy Pants - Only in Gooding!, Bk 1 by Cathy Marie Hake

When Britisher Lady Sydney Hathwell's father dies, the American who planned to wed her suddenly reneges. Stranded in America and penniless, Sydney contacts a relative in Texas who, mistaking her male-sounding name, invites his "nephew" to join him on his ranch. "Big Tim" Creighton, however, is appalled when this mincing fop arrives at Forsaken. He determines he'll turn Fancy Pants Hathwell into a man before the boss returns home. From the g
Brooke Barenfanger
A cute historical novel where a woman pretends to be a man and pays the consequences for her deception. It's fresh, lighthearted and definitely not cliche. Not every woman has to be a schoolteacher, storekeeper, or farmer in every historical novel. Cathy Marie Hake did a lovely job with portraying her characters. I enjoyed it immensely.
Dec 08, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it
Lady Sydney masquerading as a boy was so entertaining! There were plenty of hi-jinks and ridiculous situations to keep me reading. But I didn't totally believe that they now loved each other, it came together a little too quickly for it to feel real and meaningful. The resolution with the antagonist was a little awkward it came to a head and just as quickly fell off the table. I was frankly surprised when the scene changed and he was never brought up again. There was a significant amount of prea ...more
Sarah Ruut
Feb 21, 2015 Sarah Ruut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for something light and funny. I had heard that Cathy Marie Hake was great at it, so I picked up one of her books to see if I agreed. I was not looking for deep, moving characters or amazing historical accuracy and detail. I just wanted a fun story to read and enjoy.

Fancy Pants accomplished my goal! You can imagine the kinds of problems that could creep up on a young woman dressed as a boy… I found myself laughing throughout the story, and often cringing at what was sure to come ne
Aug 10, 2012 Lindsey rated it liked it
This book had potential, but I felt like it fell short. It is a little slow at first, but then it picks up and becomes interesting and funny. Sadly, the ending is very abrupt and a let down. So I am mixed on this book. It is a cute story worth reading, but don't expect a page turning, finish in 1 day read.
Sep 24, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first half or so of this book, more than I expected even. I didn’t believe she could pass for a boy as long as she did but was willing to suspend that disbelief as it was fairly amusing. The reactions when people found out felt authentic for the most part.

Here’s when the book began to lose me: Sydney is convinced she won’t be forgiven for her deception and runs away. The guy chases her down. This feels like we’re building to some major drama. And then they go shopping. I seriously
Nancy H Vest
Mar 30, 2014 Nancy H Vest rated it it was amazing
This was a fun and light read. I immediately liked both main characters, Sydney and Tim, and I enjoyed their banter back and forth and my escape to their world. The story clearly showed the societal differences between men and women at that time (late 1800's). The author described the work of men and women in ways to make them interesting, but didn't go on and on with details about either. And she described the openness of Texas in a way that makes me want to take a car trip.

Yes, I knew where th
Feb 22, 2015 Toni rated it really liked it
Great book set in the days of the late 19th century on a cattle ranch in Texas. A young titled English girl sent to America to explore the possibility of marriage according to an arrangement between her father (now deceased) and a social climbing American businessman bent on using a pretty, titled wife to further his business.

She makes plans to run away to her uncle in Texas, but knowing she could never travel through the western territory alone, she dresses as a boy. Of course she shows her in
Jan 05, 2014 Chrissy rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
The first part of this book, when is pretending to be a boy, had me laughing out loud in parts. Cute. There are some very Christian themes in the end part of the book. I liked this one.
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