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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Availability: In Stock
Series: Miss Pickworth
Sarah Carlyle wants nothing more than to be rid of her familys ill-gotten wealth. On the journey home from dispersing some of her money to various missions, her ship comes across an attacked vessel. As she cares for the injured men, a friendship forms between herself and one heartbroken over his loss - Charles Locke. But her ideals clash with his ambition, and Sarah knows she could never marry a man whose goals in life were to earn money and build a trade empire for his descendants.
Upon returning to England without money, tea, or the woman he loves, Charles finds his father still determined to begin a company, this time with the help of a sponsor. Charles mingles among the rich to find someone willing to help, and his path crosses with Sarahs as he learns of her wealth and status as Lady Delacroix. With such radically different lives and goals, its impossible for them to be together, right?
Written in the style of Jane Austen, Palmers new Regency series is off to a promising start with The Affectionate Adversary. Manners and etiquette mask deep emotions and strong characterization. The rambling story may frustrate a few plot-driven readers despite its numerous twists, but Austen fans will enjoy the style and tongue-in-cheek allusions. The theme ties the novel together with thought-provoking quandaries. Recommended for women. Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
Blue Jeans & TeacupsCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5â€¢Â°oâ€¢:*:â€¢.AN ESCAPE, BUT NOT MY FAVORITE.â€¢:*:â€¢ oÂ°â€¢April 12, 2013Blue Jeans & TeacupsCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Warning, this review will contain a few spoilers.
This book has pros and cons for me. I suppose it reminds me a bit of a Jane Austen novel in that there is a lot of fickleness happening with these characters, making it practically impossible to believe. However, the story is filled with scripture and appropriate regency era details, which I do enjoy. The leading man falls in love with the leading lady in chapter one, and peruses her from there. Kind of rushed. As his relationship and understanding of God develop into something substantial, he prayerfully decides to follow a different path of employment. But, when something happens to suddenly change his circumstances, apparently those prayers did not matter, because that is thrown out the window and now the holy spirit has told him to redirect his path again. The sisters are annoying at best, but again, they remind me more of the sisters from Pride and Prejudice, which the book references from time to time as the characters are fond of reading Austen.
The new character, Miss Pickworth, is "London society's witty tattler", or gossip columnist of the day. She is a lower character in this book, bur apparently will make appearances in the series. I have the series, so I will probably read it and see if I like them any better, but I may read some other books first.
Overall, I would say this book is ok. Not bad. Not wow-great!
Things that ARE included:
*Several Discussion Questions at the end, along with supporting scriptures (a nice touch).
April 12, 2013
janeaustenGeorgiaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great read for the time periodJuly 22, 2011janeaustenGeorgiaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Enjoyed this author - first book of hers I have read. I was ready for the next book in the series.
AnneNCAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5July 17, 2011AnneNCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4A good light read with likeable characters. It would be a great book to read at the beach.