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The Courteous Cad

(Miss Pickworth #3)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  325 ratings  ·  38 reviews
He's a cad of the worst sort.
She has vowed never to marry.
Could it be a match made in heaven?

The last thing Miss Prudence Watson expects to find on her tour of the English countryside is a cause to crusade. But an unexpected encounter in the streets of Otley alerts her to inhumane working conditions at the local worsted mill, and she's compelled to act.

The object of her
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 17th 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Margaret Chind
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: regency
Recommended to Margaret by: Vicky Lynch
Coming straight in with this being my first experience of author Catherine Palmer was refreshing and entertaining and I plan to look her up in the future for more reading adventures. I discovered that this novel is the third in a series but also connected to a Christmas novella and a second series as well bringing characters together and I love things like that. Even though I not read the other books in the series I was more than able to appreciate the characters and believe that I would like to ...more
We were at the library on Friday and I recognized this cover on the new book shelf. I added it to my to-read list awhile ago at the recommendation of a book blogger.

The book was ok. I might have liked it more if I wasn't currently frustrated by almost all historical Christian fiction. It makes me wonder why I insist on picking up new titles when I know I'm only going to get frustrated at their mediocrity.

I just don't understand what the main characters see in each other. They are both frustrat
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This had one of the funniest proposals that I have ever read! This book was a great conclusion to the series. Highly recommend this whole series for fans of Jane Austen and Christian.
Nora St Laurent
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
“Marriage is not the object of my hearts desire…I shall never wed…when God reveals my mission, I mean to do it with all my heart.”

“I shall champion those less fortunate than I.” Miss Watson is serious about God’s mission for her life; her sisters view it as silly. A woman as beautiful as Prudence should be seeking the most illegible partner, settling down and raising a family. This mission to help the poor was ridiculous thinking. Did this really come from God?

William Sherbourne agrees with Miss
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Catherine Palmer
Available January 2010
Tyndale House Publishers
Fiction/Historical Romance

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Prudence Watson is heart broken, she fell in love with a American blacksmith, who is totally not on her society level. Declaring she will never wed, and traveling the countryside with her recently widowed sister, Prudence is pickpocketed by a young mill worker.

Finding a cause to champion for, Prudence plays with fire, flirting and using her feminine wiles on the owner of the mill. Joini
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another good Regency book by Catherine Palmer. Here we encounter several characters from her other books but this book can definitely stand on it's own, no need to have read the others first. I like that about a series book, it's nice not feeling like you're missing some important background information when you read a new book. The Regency historical information is definitely on target. The characters are quite believable in their emotions and actions. One can see how assumptions can totally me ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
I lost interest in this story about 1/4 of the way in and just skimmed the rest of it. If I can do that and still not feel like I lost anything, then I don't really think it's a fabulous book. It's a clean romance, but the writing is so Austen-wannabe that I couldn't really bring myself to take it seriously. The story line is interesting enough, but the main character is too overly done and the token rogue-love interest is overly done too. The Christian themes are weirdly placed. It's not that I ...more
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
Pride & Prejudice meets North & South with that hypochondriac sister from Persuasion thrown in for good measure. You'll recognize some lines and enjoy the historical aspects but I have to say the romance befuddled me. While I understand the message was a sort of redeeming love/forgiveness thing I found the character's behavior odd. "I hate you! Hold me!" - it made things feel uneven, but it wasn't so awful that I wanted to stop reading. I kinda like her alphabetic titles - this, obviousl ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was so lame I just couldn't finish it. I made it past the halfway mark and just don't wish to waste any more of my time.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very interesting read. Last review, The Bachelor's Bargain introduced the attraction between Mr. Walker and Miss Prudence Watson. This book jumps ahead a few weeks and Mr. Watson has left Prudence to prevent their continued dalliance. So Prudence and Mary are taking a trip through Yorkshire. They meet up with a mill owner after a child who works at the mill steals Prudence's reticule. Prudence becomes concerned with the plight of the mill workers and the book definitely describes how condition ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Catherine Palmer's Miss Pickworth series, "The Courteous Cad".

Miss Prudence Watson is a well to do young woman who has 2 sisters that spoil her since she is the youngest one. She has a bruised heart and has decided not to marry when she takes an outing in Otley and has a slight accident, where she ends up on her backside in a muddy puddle. A Gentleman by the name of William Sherbourne happens along and sees what has happened and he helps the young lady. This meeting, though unexpected will not b
Sara ♥
3.5 stars, I guess.

This one was pretty cute. Prudence Watson ... ah, Prudence. Well, she fell in love with a guy last book, but it just wasn't meant to be. He's gone now, and she's vowed never to marry. But she's on holiday with her sister when her purse gets snatched... and she ends up finding out about the terrible work conditions at a local mill. And the big bad wolf is William Sherbourne. Except WOW, he's good-looking and he keeps kissing her and she finds that she likes him a lot!

I won't go
Christy Lockstein
Dec 14, 2009 rated it liked it

The Courteous Cad by Catherine Palmer is the third book in the Miss Pickworth series taking place in Regency England. Prudence Watson is the toast of the ton with her golden curls and rosy cheeks, but while traveling in Yorkshire, she is struck by the plight of mill workers and feels the need to improve their working conditions. But when she meets the mill owner, William Sherbourne, she is forced to reconsider her quest. This historical romance never quite clicked for me. The story is mostly dia
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This read was a breath of fresh air. What a delightful story! William is a cad indeed, but isn't each of us really a sinner and deserving of hell forever? Without our Lord and Saviour dying for us and paying the ultimate price, we forever would suffer. However we have his promise, much like our lady, Ms Prudence Watson, ends up giving him after all the wrong they have done to each other and others as well.

This book will make you laugh because Prudence is so delightful a character. I am so excite
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was a pretty mindless, unrealistic romance novel, but it was easy to read and relatively entertaining. There was a lot of Now I Love You, Now I Don't back and forth action that was annoying and the plot was completely ridiculous, but I guess anyone with a pen and paper can have a silly book published these days.

Wouldn't really recommend this book unless you need a fast read for on the beach maybe where you don't actually want to use your brain while you're reading it.
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it
The historical aspects of this book were really fabulous, but the story itself left me a little wanting. The dialog seemed witty, but the characters had an inability to be honest with each other and their lack of trust was exhausting. I missed how they could possibly have fallen in love with all the hostile accusations and mistrust. It was a little heavy on the Christian fiction end, and although it was about forgiveness, it left me a little sad.
Eleanor Jethro
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading the above and enjoyed it. The story kept moving along. It reminded me of the old days here in the US with the cotton mills. Prudence did a terrific job of helping to improve the work life of the children and the adults at the mill. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like easy reading with a great storyline. I received this book fred from Goodreads First Reads. Thank you
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
At times reminiceint of Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North and South', this book was a good, clean, and quick read. I didn't know that it was written by a Christian author when I won this book, but am glad to have found her, and will read more of her books. Not very complicated in its characters, but it had surprising twists and turns along the way to keep it interesting. Good read.
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
My first Palmer novel and oh how I loved the combination of history, romance, and faith. I have read many Christian novels that were played out, and/or much much to trite "He touched her hand and immediately went to pray for hours to cleanse himself". This was interesting and passionate without turning into a Harlequin porn novel.
This wasn't my favorite in the series, but I did still enjoy it. What brought it down a bit was that I actually liked Prudence better in the previous book, and it needed to be a bit longer to get a nice feel for the characters. I also didn't like the main man's recent runaround past. Otherwise, an enjoyable read.
Third in the series which brings together characters from two series. The plot was unusual for this genre. It was much like North and South by Catherine Gaskill with the plot revolving around a revolt of the factory workers, (like the Luddites) It had religious overtones which I enjoy reading. I reread it and enjoyed it better the second time.
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I debated giving the book 3 stars because at a certain point a little past the middle I started to get bored of the 'I love you but I hate you' thing, however overall I did enjoy the book and the writing style. I really liked the beginning and thought it had a good ending (which makes a nice last impression) so therefore this book gets 4 stars.
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
This was a struggle to get through, and a relief to finally finish. Don't read it if you're really only wanting to complete the trilogy. I've not read the middle book, but at times this felt like a contradiction to the first of the series.
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-read
I accidentally read this book twice. It was good writing, but the story lacked something. I usually like English stories, but this one just didn't quite make the grade for me. Catherine Palmer is a good author and I have enjoyed other books by her. I am thankful that the CAD did mend his ways!
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I loved every moment of it! From start to finish. It shows how powerful love can be sometimes. Prudence and William show that here. They show that even if love is nearly impossible its still possible. I highly recommend this book!
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Regency romance. I was a little frustrated with the love- hate, love- hate relationship but it grew on me and The Courteous Cad turned out to be a nice conclusion to the Miss Pickworth series!
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Hmmm...did I expect too much? The characters are kind of wishy washy: "You must help us" and a few pages later "You must leave here". "I hate wait a minute, I love you" (OK, not direct quotes, but you get the picture). I'm feeling flu-like symptoms coming on.
Oct 11, 2009 rated it liked it
This one was good, but had a lot of political unrest in it, as does the rest of the series in dealing with right and wrong in English society. It apparently brings the characters from two different series together, but I've only read one of the series.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Almost as good as The Bachelor's Bargain. Prudence gets herself in all kinds of trouble trying to help children and women mill workers while hiding her identify from the mill owner who's pursuing her romantically.
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this book better than the first of the series, I was disappointed after the second book. The book started out well, but Palmer tends to do a push the limits of "will they/won't they?" in Romance novels, which can become tiresome.
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Catherine Palmer lives in Atlanta with her husband, Tim, where they serve as missionaries in a refugee community. They have two grown sons. Cathy is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and holds a master's degree in English from Baylor University. Her first book was published in 1988. Since then she has

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