Book: The Courteous Cad
Author: Catherine Palmer
Year Published: 2009
Genre: Christian romance
Overall Rating: 2 stars
Target Audience: Women and girls who like clean romances
Romance: Mostly between the main girl and her beau. Rated, PG.
Setting: Somewhere around the late 1800s in England, I believe.
Characters: A girl named Prudence and her nemesis/beau William Sherbourne. Also, their families.
Plot: Prudence is a girl who fell in love with an older man who broke her heart. She decides that she does not want to pursue love, but rather wants to help people like she believes God wants her to. Of course, she meets a handsome bad-boy with a secret past. They fall in love and must work out how to love God and each other.
Thoughts: I liked the start of the book, but since they fell in love within 20 pages, I quickly got bored. I would rather there be more resistance to the romance rather than resistance after they fall in love. This seems to be a common theme with Ms. Palmer, who likes the romance first and then gives the characters some kind of internal conflict that prevents them from getting together until the last minute, even though they are so in love. I don’t feel that this style of romance is realistic at all. Also, people do not just feel “under a spell” so that they cannot resist making out in public. Especially in the 1800s.