Prudence Pursued by Shirley Raye Redmond
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Description: At the advanced age of twenty-seven, vicar’s daughter Prudence Pentrye is on the shelf. Content to occupy her time by attending meetings of Mr. Wilberforce’s Abolition Society and helping her father administer vaccines in an effort to prevent a small pox epidemic, Prudence is resolved to see that her younger cousin Margaret does not share her own unmarried fate.
But Margaret is plain and shy. She is repulsed when a swashbuckling baronet, Sir James Brownell, makes her an offer of marriage. With his sunburned skin, eye patch, and indifference to fashion, Sir James is not Margaret’s idea of a romantic suitor. Nor does Margaret enjoy his tales of fighting against Malay pirates and trekking through tropical jungles on the island of Borneo in hopes of capturing a living orangutan.
Prudence, however, finds herself secretly smitten. Will she maintain control of her traitorous heart or will she trust God to make her life richer and more rewarding than the one she had planned for herself?
My thoughts: Prudence has been enlisted by her aunt to convince her cousin to marry Sir James. He is an eligible bachelor with the means to relieve the family's financial burdens.
Prudence soon learns that Sir James is not suitable for her cousin, but he would be prefect for her. The predicament is one that she has a hard time working through. Sir James and Prudence share a love of helping others and a determination to see everyone vaccinated against small pox.
This book was sweet. I had a hard time getting into the story, but I'm glad that I kept reading. It was fun to read. I enjoyed Prudence. She is a great character, a strong woman who's not afraid to try new things or go against common opinion.