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The Affectionate Adversary (Miss Pickworth Series #1) [Paperback]

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Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  084237549X  
EAN  9780842375498  

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Charles Locke is risking everything to make his fortune in a tea-trading enterprise. Sarah Carlyle believes money is the root of all evil and is determined to be rid of her fortune. When Charles and Sarah are thrown together at sea, their hearts are unexpectedly bound. But when Sarah discovers Charles's hunger for money and Charles discovers Sarah's fortune, their love is suddenly in question. Can Sarah give her heart to a man motivated by money? And does Charles truly love her--or does he love her fortune?

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The Affectionate Adversary  Feb 15, 2007
I enjoyed The Bachelor's Dilema by Catherine Palmer, but I found this book to be tedious and repetious. The heroine's constant fixation that only people who were destitute could enter Heaven was annoying and not entirely biblical.
Alright I Guess........  Nov 9, 2006
The affectionate Adversary was an alright book I suppose. What I found annoying was the fact that Sarah was so misguided. She thought that she had such a horrible life that she should go give up everything and go live in some dirt hovel. Every time that Charles showed his love for her she still thought he wasn't good enough for her because he wouldn't go live in a shack with her. Sarah did not love her money over God, she was not obsessed about it either. Therefore it's strange how she came to the conclusion that she needed to live in a hut to be happy. Not very realistic. I wish she would have come to the right conclusion faster. Other than the slightly annoying heroine, it was an ok book. Miss Pickworth was hilarious. But..... don't worry. "THE BACHELORS BARGAIN" is an awesome book, about Sarah's maid Anne. I Loved it.
Loved it! Excellent Christian romance with perfect degree of adventure!  Aug 29, 2006
This story, complete with pirates, English fortune, and 19th century marriage expectations is a joy to read! I couldn't put it down.
Another excellent book by Ms Palmer!!  Apr 12, 2006
I think the thing I like most about Catherine Palmer's books are the spiritual challenges she skillfully weaves into each one. She shares her spiritual journey with us the reader and I am very grateful. This story is about a woman, Sarah, who has found riches to be the source of great trial and loneliness. She has been a pawn all her life , unable to trust anyone because of it. She really wants to please God and to find joy in her life but her efforts to follow Him have been a little misguided (can't we all relate to that?) .I think one of the most pinnacle moments in the book for me was when Charles finds out who Sara really is and greed rears its ugly head and Charles sees its allure and flees because he no longer can trust that it doesn't cast a shadow over even his love for her. The characters and their growth is real, its painful and I for one am glad to have been priviledged to go along for the ride! The only thing that did annoy me was when Sarah left for Brighton (or wherever toward the end of the book). Few books are perfect after all!!
A nicely detailed period romance with more than just love and passion  Mar 28, 2006
Catherine Palmer is a bestselling, award-winning romance novelist, and her latest, THE AFFECTIONATE ADVERSARY, turns her talents towards love in the early 1800s between a commoner and a wealthy baroness.

Charles Locke is a good man with high aspirations of spending the family's savings by investing in tea, which he believes holds the key to their future success. While at sea, a pirate attack scuttles his plans, and he is left for dead. Another ship arrives in time to rescue him, and the widowed Sarah Carlyle nurses him back to health. Locke falls in love with her, not realizing that Sarah is a titled heiress. However, Sarah has other future plans in mind, namely getting rid of a fortune that weighs her down with guilt by distributing it to various deserving charities.

When the two are back in England, Charles discovers her wealthy status and sets out to convince her that his feelings for her are real and that he's not another gold digger. (Although, he does confess to himself, "Though he did love Sarah, as much as before, the knowledge of her fortune had affected him.") He is not in her social class and seemingly she is out of his reach. However, as they reconnect through mutual friends, Sarah's gentle influence on Charles begins changing his priorities. Soon, he begins to see money not just as a way to pleasure and leisure, but as something that could be put to work to make a difference in the world.

Which is a moot point, since he's lost all the family fortune to pirates...or so it seems. Meanwhile, Sarah's piety is called into question by Charles, who helps her come to grips with a difficult past and to see that what she wants to do with her money and what God may want might be two different things. An advice columnist is consulted by Sarah's family about her potential relationship, and the answer may nudge Sarah into making a decision. (This is the first book presumably of a series introducing advice columnist Miss Pickworth, according to the jacket.)

Like everything Palmer does, the story reads well. The trouble is with certain plot developments and characterizations. The difficulty for the reader will be in suspending disbelief about a few points. Sarah's first marriage, it seems, was never consummated; an unnecessary stock plot development in many Christian novels. (It seems as if faith romance likes its protagonists to be virgins!) The relationship among the three sisters is never fleshed out well, and there's more telling than showing in their relationship. Sarah's resistance to Charles is never quite believable, except that it keeps the story moving along. I never "bought" Sarah's attitude toward money. John Grisham pulled off this sort of "woman who doesn't want her fortune" character in THE TESTAMENT with aplomb. But Palmer fails to bring it off convincingly here.

There's a definite author aspiration toward reminding readers of Jane Austen, with references to the game of whist, locations such as Brighton and Cheapside, and lines such as "It pains me to disappoint a deeply respected father..." or Pru's skirts "six inches deep in dirt." (Can you say Pride and Prejudice?)

However, nice specific details help readers immerse themselves in the time period of the early 1800s, and there is enough of a spiritual development plotline to hook readers who like their romance to evince something more than love and passion. If you enjoy the tea angle, which is not much more than a minor part of the story, you might also investigate LEAVES OF HOPE, Palmer's upcoming contemporary romance novel with tea as central to the plot.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby. Contact Cindy at

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