Fancy Pants (Only In Gooding Book #1)

Fancy Pants (Only In Gooding Book #1)

by Cathy Marie Hake

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Overview

Humorous Romance From a Bestselling Author

When Britisher Lady Sydney Hathwell's father dies, the American who planned to wed her suddenly reneges. Stranded in America and penniless, Sydney contacts a relative in Texas who, mistaking her male-sounding name, invites his "nephew" to join him on his ranch.

"Big Tim" Creighton, however, is appalled when this mincing fop arrives at Forsaken. He determines he'll turn Fancy Pants Hathwell into a man before the boss returns home. From the get-go, he has "the kid" mucking stalls, clearing and plowing a field, and assisting with a difficult calving. But when Sydney's true identity is uncovered, Tim resents being deceived. Yet in time, he also finds that he doesn't like all the attention Sydney garners now that she's wearing pretty gowns...

Together Sydney and Tim will discover the importance of family and what it means to be a man--and a woman--of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441202246
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Series: Only In Gooding , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 203,411
File size: 557 KB

About the Author

Cathy Marie Hake is a registered nurse who worked for many years in an oncology unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. The author of over twenty novels, she lives with her husband and two children in Anaheim, California. Visit Cathy's Web site at www.cathymariehake.com.
Cathy Marie Hake is a registered nurse who worked for many years in an oncology unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. The author of over twenty novels, she lives with her husband and two children in Anaheim, California.

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Fancy Pants 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I really liked reading this book and would have given it 5 stars except for the last 1/3 of the book. It was a hoot and the characters were well written up to that point. The preaching became a bit over the top for me and the story seemed to drag a bit the last 1/3 of the book. The ending was good but not great for me. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the sweetest book! Didn't lag...the story line was rich with plot and this was an easy, fun read. Review by CherishD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vey good and hilarious, but very christian so if you don't like books that talk a lot about Christ don't read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down--delightful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. I just wish the romance was brought out more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was cute, funny, and well-written, but I'm torn. Loved the first two-thirds of the story. Wanted to delete the book many times during the last third. As others have said, the last third was way, way too preachy. I don't have a problem with books that include aspects of Christian faith as long as it's kept within the confines of the story, which was the case for the first couple hundred pages. Then the storyline took a bit of a left turn. This book was supposed to be a romance, but it was completely absent until the end. The author did a great job developing the friendship between Tim and Sydney, but the romance felt forced and thrown in as an excuse to preach and convert. I have another book by this author, but I'm not sure if I'm even going to read it. It's unfortunate because I really enjoyed the author's writing style.
Kaelme More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed a few aspects of this book and disliked several others. The humor the book attempted was often well done. Slap-stick type humor was done fairly well, and the dialogue had moments where it really was extremely witty. There were times, however, where the humor felt forced and over the top, primarily in overly witty dialogue that felt unnatural. The romance, while very cute at parts, came across as uneven to me. Cute and plausible moments followed by rushes of feeling that didn't seem to follow the pace for growth that was previously set. Secondary characters also weren't fleshed out very well, and the salvation acceptance near the end seemed rushed and unnaturally timed/forced. And the resolution with Syd's proposed fiance completely lacks any sense of plausible resolution. All tension leading up to that point is doused when, it turns out, there was nothing really to fear and a simple solution was readily accepted. While there were individual scenes that interested me, I would not pick up the book in order to re-read.
Anonymous 10 days ago
I really like a book that shows how much God loves us ; and can be both romantic and funny .
palmtreegirl24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very sweet and heartwarming. The characters are written well, and made me smile at some points. The plot line is good although a bit rushed in the end. Altogether a great book! The story is about Lady Sydney Hathwell. Raised in a very rich, cultivated society Sydney travels to America to meet a man who has asked permission to marry her. When she arrives, she finds him cold and rude. While he is away Sydney decides to go to live with her Uncle whom she has never met. When she receives her uncle's letter in reply, he assumes she is boy and so she decides to dress like a boy so that her Uncle will continue to want her. When she arrives her uncle is not only gone for several weeks, he has also left in charge "Big Tim" the man determined to make "Syd" into a man! Through all the hard work Sydney learns many lessons, and finally her disguise has been discovered. Will Sydney be able to stay at her Uncle's Ranch? Will Time ever see her for who she is and realize that she loves him? One part I thought were a little questionable about this book, was when Sydney is still pretending to be a boy and is at the saloon with the "Soiled Doves". Granted, this was the only place she could take a bath without people knowing about her disguise, but I did not like that she had to pretend that she had used their "services". I understand that she was not saved yet, but I am surprised she would have considered it proper, even when pretending to be a boy! I also did not like the rushed ending as I mentioned before. I felt that the "bad guy" of the story, the man Sydney traveled to America for, gave up way to easy in the end. He had spent 6 months tracking her only give in in the end. It would have been far more interesting if he had put up more of a fight! I know some people don't like Christian Fiction to sound preachy, but I am the opposite. I enjoy learning from the books I read and Cathy Marie Hake's books have that quality! From little life lessons throughout the book to Tim giving Sydney the Salvation message, this book has some wonderful spiritual qualtities to it! Other Authors you might enjoy: Deeanne Gist
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This amusing modern day comedy of errors requires some serious suspension of disbelief for the reader to enjoy it. The premise is that Sydney is running away from an arranged marriage and so dawns "britches" in order to travel on her own to her uncle's ranch in Texas. This proper English lady manages to fool everyone on her journey, including the ranch hands at her uncle's, who thing she is a "dandy" young man in need of toughening up. The foreman, "Big Tim" puts her to work as a ranch hand, but can't figure out why she/he isn't developing into a strapping young man. This book has a pretty predictible plot, and it's hard to believe how well Sydney gets away with her ruse--fooling the all the men but not the women around her. Still it's an amusing read for fans of Christian fiction romances.
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Mary17 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book.
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Couldn't put it down. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Old west cowboys customs and their prejudges.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out slow, but couldn't put the book down after that. Very good book!!
friendship1 More than 1 year ago
A book that fills your time when you desire just to read.
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good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started slow ... but wound up loving it. Ending was a bit short but oh well. Still very good and very well written.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
Cute story. Enjoyable read with humor and romance. The characters are a hoot. This is a fun read but very predictable,
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