Review: Prudence Pursued by Shirley Raye Redmond

Prudence PursuedPrudence Pursued
by Shirley Raye Redmond
Adult Historical Romance
Ebook259 Pages
July 29th 2014 by Astraea Press


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 Review

Prudence Pursued was an unexpected story. It's the second book by this author I've read and so I assumed I would enjoy it. What I wasn't expecting was the setting that dealt with the small pox vaccine, the small community of Bath set in historical England, and the quirky and sweet characters the story focused on, specifically the heroine and her hero.

I have to be honest that the beginning of the story was a little slow for me. I wasn't sure about the historical background of the vaccine, but I did find that interesting. I just wasn't sure how it all fit with the story. I also could tell where Pru's interference with Margaret and Sir James was headed, but it took me some time to really connect with the characters and feel invested in the story. However, once I got to know these characters better, especially Pru and James with their nonsensical chatter, blunt and honest conversations, and the beginning of flirtations my interest became more peaked. By about half-way through I was cracking up at the dialogue and curious to see how Pru and James would get to where I thought they were headed and when they would realize what was happening. The ending was a complete joy! I loved the way James talked to Pru and I loved Pru's insecurities and how she tried to stifle the hope that had been awakened for the first time in her, but that she couldn't stop.

Prudence Pursued was an enjoyable sweet historical romance. By the end of the story the characters had become dear and ones I connected with. I loved the dialogue and the mannerisms of many of the characters, even if I thought several of them were rather humorous. I'm looking forward to seeing what Redmond writes next.

Content: Clean

Source: From the author, which did not affect my review in any way.

What do you think? Will you be adding this to your tbr?


  1. Glad you liked this one, Tressa! Sounds like a sweet historical - and that cover! SO pretty. :)

  2. Okay how slow is the beginning? Like how far into it? You know how I am about books. If I know what to expect then I might be able to handle it. Great review though :)

  3. I cannot wait to read this book!

  4. The cover is gorgeous! I did end up liking it. :)

  5. Hmm. Slow. It's just the setting up and the facts and there's not a lot going on. It was basically the first half. For me it was a three the first half and a 4/4.5 for the second.

  6. It was cute. Not my favorite of hers, but I still liked it. I need to post my review.


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