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Fancy Pants

(Only in Gooding #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  6,504 ratings  ·  449 reviews
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 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
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful historical fiction that romps through Texas cow country with an English "Lady" dressed as a teenage boy trying to escape her arranged marriage to a hoity toity New Yorker. The storyline is fantastic and the characters are great.

Sidney - mistaken as a boy by her Texas rancher uncle is a smart, forward speaking young English "Lady'.
Tim - the partner of her Uncle Fuller who is bound to make this young boy into a man who is also a strong Christian.
Velma- the housekeeper and cook
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Plot - 4
Writing style - 4
Characters - 3.5
Romance - 1

In which a rich seventeen-year-old girl disguised herself as a boy in order to escape an unwanted marriage.

Plot - the plot sure was fun because I rarely read novels in which the girl disguised herself as a boy for half the book. Usually, it piss me off when the "revelation" takes too long but in this case, I really don't mind.

Though I have to say, after the "revelation", the book became dull to the point I don't care if the uncle or half of t
Dec 03, 2010 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 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and delightful book!! Tim got a little pig headed at the end but he came around. That part annoyed me but the rest was so fun!
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sydney is among the most admirable literary heroines I've come across in a while. This was a sweet story that read like a Hallmark telefilm. ...more
Amanda Tero
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Though a girl masquerading as a boy isn’t my favorite topic, Sydney’s reasons were believable. She wasn’t trying to be masculine or prove herself to be just as good as a man, so while I didn’t quite like it based on principle, the author did a great job with portraying a believable “case.”

That being said, because all of the cowhands thought Sydney was a boy, it made for some really awkward scenes that made me cringe, as well as brought up a few discussions that were crass (but once again, it *wa
Nov 24, 2011 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
This book was about a young English lady, "Lady Sydney Hathwell", who disguised herself as a boy to escape an unwanted marriage to businessman Rexall Hume. After losing her father, she had agreed to meet the American but quickly realized he only wished to marry her for her wealth and they had nothing in common. Her mother's brother (her uncle Fuller who didn't know Sydney existed) was willing to be her guardian. He had assumed Sydney was a boy and made it clear in his letter to her that he did n ...more
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
Apr 19, 2009 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 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
Feb 26, 2014 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
Margaret Hardie
Apr 07, 2014 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
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
Jun 04, 2013 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 20, 2013 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 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 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
Nov 27, 2009 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. ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really funny, a case of mistaken identity. Sydney sends a note to her uncle in Texas and he invites her thinking she is a male, saying he has no use for females. For Sydney this means he will send her away if he finds out she is a girl. She dons some britches and goes not expecting what will come. She arrives while her uncle is out of town for a medical treatment. The man who is there to receive her,Big Tim part owner and hard worker is determined to turn Sydney into a real man. Sy ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
Fancy Pants!?! I admit, I read this purely for the title. The first half was silly, but tolerably amusing. The second half was, well, let's just say I'm all for inspirational Christian fiction, but I like it on a much more subtle level. And if you have any hangups about traditional gender roles, then this book will definitely give you apoplexy. ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
Actual rating: 3.5

What a fun book! Recommended to me by a friend who evidently understands my reading tastes quite well. Because westerns + great characters + an interesting plot = just my cup of tea.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aw!!! I wish I could give a book more than 5 stars! What a strange turn of events that led them to such a great ending. Sometimes God allows us to go through things we thought we never would have wanted. That was awesome!
Jul 16, 2013 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
Heather Belleguelle
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I think that the best way I could describe this book is "bitty". It felt like the author couldn't quite decide what type of book she was writing. That resulted in a lack of flow, and a feeling that you were reading sections either from different books, or by different authors. The premise of the story was great, but its execution was a little lacking.

I loved the character of Sydney: she was plucky and resourceful, and not afraid to fly in the face of her aristocratic upbringing. The biggest issu
Oct 16, 2012 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
May 13, 2010 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
Nov 24, 2009 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 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian-lit
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