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The Courting Campaign

(The Master Matchmakers #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  63 reviews
The Nobleman and the Nanny

Emma Pyrmont has no designs on handsome Sir Nicholas Rotherford -at least not for herself. As his daughter's nanny, she sees how lonely little Alice has been. With the cook's help, Emma shows the workaholic scientist just what Alice needs. But making Nicholas a better father makes Emma wish her painful past didn't mar her own marriage chances.

Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Love Inspired
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Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
This weekend I took the time to finish a trilogy which I had started awhile back (with the second book..because I didn't know there was a first and third...#blondemoment) and I wish I hadn't put these on hold!!!! They were wonderful!! "Love Inspired Hostoricals" quickly became my favorite source for clean Christian regencies when I read "Engaging the Earl" by Mandy Goff, and Regina Scott quickly became one of my favorite regency authors when I read "The Wife Campaign". These novels are full of w ...more
I'm not opposed to characters having faith, but the inner prayer dialogue in this is sooooo cheesy. And also very modern. It was annoying.

I also didn't feel like the conflict with the villain was dealt with well enough at the end. Maybe that story will be picked up in the next book, but this was not a very satisfying ending. Kind of a blah read overall. I needed something undemanding but distracting to read, and this didn't hold my interest enough to be distracting.
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Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Simply Charming! This is the First Love Inspired book I think I have read and I really enjoyed it! When I first came to find out about the Love Inspired books I was afraid they would be all lovey dovey with no meat to the stories. Then I read the book description about The Courting Campaign. I was greatly intrigued and I was not disappointed in the least! I LOVE the way Regina writes and the pace of her story is fabulous; with scenes seamlessly flowing in to others! I love the way she entwines t ...more
Angie Thompson
I stumbled across this book quite a while ago, and it seemed like the more times I glanced at it, the more hesitant I became to read it. The whole premise--servants trying to match-make for their master? Trying to set him up with a nanny, no less?--seemed to smack of modern sensibilities dressed up in historical garb, which is a problem I seem to be running across more and more. But I finally took the plunge, ready to cringe all the way through it.

And then--I didn't! I won't claim everything in
Emma Pyrmont has escaped a terrible childhood with her foster family to join the household of the noted natural philosopher Sir Nicholas Rotherford as nanny to his small daughter Alice. Emma adores the sweet young girl in her charge and wishes her employer would feel the same. With the help of some meddling servants, she sets out to court Sir Nicholas - not for herself, as the servants wish, but for his daughter. She also hopes to show him the valuable lesson she learned, that everyone is loved ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars. Three months earlier orphaned Emma Pyrmont fled London and her foster father's abuses for a position in the secluded Derbyshire countryside as a nanny. Entering service is a step down in the world, but the sacrifice is worth it, allowing Emma to determine the course of her future, free from her foster family's abuse and manipulation. Like her foster father, the master of the house and father of her young charge, Sir Nicholas, is a natural philosopher -- and while lacking the former's ...more
Emma is the nanny to an inventor’s daughter. She was raised by an inventor and has bad memories and wants nothing to do with getting involved with Nicholas but as she gets to know him she learns that he may be an inventor but he cares and his deep feeling of responsibility pushes him to work and not spend enough time with his daughter. When Emma’s character is questioned Emma and Nicholas have to work together to get to the truth and they both find themselves realizing they need each other.

Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Courting Campaign is the sixth book I've read by Regina Scott and definitely one of my favorites! I loved how Nick was a scientist and in the midst of trying to make a new invention work - that whole aspect was very interesting! I also loved how in spite of Emma's background, she was able to overcome it and find a better life for herself. Another thing I adored about this book
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Courting Campaign was such an enjoyable read. Regina Scott did a great job of crafting a hero who was very scientific, but still approachable.

Sir Nicholas Rotherford is a driven man. He feels compelled to solve a scientific problem in order to assure the safety of the miner's who work on his land. He is so driven in his need to help them, that he has neglected the relationship with his four year old daughter.

Emma Pyrmont is his daughter's new nanny and she is determined to help Sir Nicholas
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book is perfect for romance lovers who like a good story that is kept clean. There is a Christian theme behind the book, the main character, Emma, has strong religious beliefs. They are a prominent theme in the way that she lives her life.

Emma was an orphan. She recently escaped from the clutches of a foster father who misused the orphans entrusted to his care. She took employment as a nanny in a small village, far from London. She has fallen in love with her charge, Alice, and seeks to bri
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Emma is a nanny for four year old Alice. Her father, a scientist, doesn't seem to have time for Alice so Emma decides its up to her to get his attention for Alice. She finds ways to manipulate him to spend time with Alice.

Nick has made it his mission in life to invent a safety lamp for England's coal miners to use that won't cause explosions when they hit pockets of flammable gas. With a little help from Emma and a few walks to clear his head, he's able to come up with a solution along with spen
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
The Courting Campaign was very nearly what I expected--no more, yet also no less. The novel is by no means a masterpiece--it is not written well, it is very predictable, and the emotions, reactions, thoughts, and speech of the characters could be over the top and bordering on ridiculous. However, it served its purpose as a light, warm-hearted afternoon read, with just enough excitement/surprises to keep the pages turning.
Carole Jarvis
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a light, but very enjoyable Regency romance. Loved how the natural philosophy theme contributed to the story. Glad to have discovered Regina Scott's writing. My 5-star rating is based on how "The Courting Campaign" compares to other books in the Love Inspired line.

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Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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Recommended to those who enjoy Christian romance.

Content: clean
 Mummy Cat Claire
The Grange, near the Peak District, Derbyshire, England, June 1815

Emma Pyrmont is the new nanny for Nicholas Rotherford and his daughter, Alice. She was lucky to secure this position and she feels blessed to have found it. She likes being away from London and away from her foster father, Samuel Fredericks.

Nicholas is an inventor and widower. After his wife died, his SIL came to live with them and run the house. Ms. Dunworthy is a mild irritation but Nicholas doesn't care much because he is busy
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
This fell short in the chemistry department for me, because Nicholas was so stuck in his work that he couldn't see anything else. He would interact a little and then go hide in his workshop. Just not a very enjoyable hero dynamic for me, it might not bother someone else at all.
Melissa Greene
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lovely, easy read. The storyline was witty and the characters well developed.
Priscilla Lawrence
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
very enjoyable historical romance
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It was an interesting story that is far from a typical regency romance story. Emma, a nanny, is campaigning for a natural philosopher, Sir Nicolas, to spend more time with his daughter Alice.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-books
Loved it! Can't wait to read the next in the series!
Tena Rees
Slightly dull

The hero Nick was an extremely dull character. Don't see what
Emma saw in him. The sister-in-law Charlotte was annoying. Not enough romance.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would rather give this book 3.5 stars but as I can't, I will err on the side of mercy. While it had it's flaws, I am thankful for a good, clean romance with a good, moral storyline, regardless of how well the story flowed. I was glad to read of a young woman who refused to be a victim of her circumstances and, instead, did what she could to make the most of her life and be a force for good in the life of the little girl entrusted to her care.
Nancy Hillyard
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the story and the interesting aspect of The development of safe lighting for coal miners.
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Courting Campaign touched me in different ways. Reminds me how many simple things we take for granted that people did not have a 100 years ago. Their are lot of coal miners in this area and yes it's still dangerous but so much safer than before. Orphans are easy prey still in the world but they should not be. That fathers spending time with their children can make a big difference in there lives.

Emma is now a Nanny in the Rotherford house for three months. Sir Nicholas has not met with her y
Vidya Tiru
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
The Courting Campaign – A Love Inspired historical set in the Regency era, ‘The Courting Campaign’ tells us the story of Emma and Nicholas, and little Alice too.

Nicholas is intent on building a lamp that will be safe to use in the hazardous atmosphere in the coal mines – to prevent accidents and injuries to workers everywhere – and more so because he feels responsible for the safety of the people who work in his family’s mines. His dedication to his work leaves him little time for family – mainl
Kathleen E.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The Courting Campaign by Regina Scott, ©2013

Emma Pyrmont has escaped servanthood in her own home in London to travel to the English countryside to take a position as nanny to a little girl. Alice Rotherford's mother died when she was an infant and Emma desires relationship for this little girl, neither of them previously received. Emma seeks to draw Alice's father to become aware of his daughter. In the three months that Emma has been Alice's nanny, he has not visited th
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I won a copy of this book through the Goodreads Firstreads program.

Emma is a governess with a past, working for a gentleman in disgrace due to the failure of a recent scientific experiment.
Nicholas devotes nearly all of his time to his laboratory experiments, hoping to redeem his reputation and make working conditions safer for miners on his land. He neglects his young daughter. Emma decides to use her scientific knowledge (gained in the home of her evil foster father) to help repair the relatio
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Courting Campaign is the first book in Regina Scott’s Master Matchmakers series. It is an Inspirational, and so it should be no surprise that it is a strictly sweet romance. Although faith is an integral part of the book, it is not preachy in any way, nor are faith elements ever intrusive or distracting from the story. However, readers considering the book should know that Emma believes in a God who has a plan for her life and prayer is a conversation she finds essential.

Scott has created a
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A classically written Regency romance laced with intrigue and witty dialogue, The Courting Campaign held my attention to the very end. The tale of Emma Prymont, abused orphaned turned nanny, and Sir Nicholas Rotherford, scorned scientist and uninvolved father, is a delightful tale of two people who are hiding from society and how they find their place, together.

Emma ran away from her uncle’s home to be employed as nanny to Sir Nicholas’ two young children and two nieces. Because of her uncle’s b
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Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn't actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first nove ...more

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The Master Matchmakers (3 books)
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