Adventure and romance abounds! "A Worthy Pursuit" by Karen Witemeyer

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about the book....

A teacher on the run. A bounty hunter in pursuit. Can two enemies learn to trust each other before they both lose what they hold most dear?

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the orphaned girl entrusted to her care. Charlotte promised Lily's mother she'd keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When Miss Atherton produces documentation that shows her to be Lily's legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he's been led to believe. Is she villain or victim? 

Then a new danger forces Charlotte to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone vows to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he's ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte's heart.

my review....

With plenty of action and adventure (and let's not forget romance of course) to keep you glued to the pages, "A Worthy Pursuit" is sure to please longtime fans of Karen Witemeyer. The plot is definitely a unique one, as I've never before read of a teacher forced to take her charges and hide-out from a bounty hunter before! Stone and Charlotte are each fun, strong characters in their own right, and I have no doubt that female readers especially will enjoy the way that love sparks between them. Each battles some insecurities that make them wonder if they are worthy to be loved, and I think that readers will definitely relate to this theme throughout the book.

But probably my favourite aspects of the book are the gifted children with the unique talents that God has given them. This is definitely the first time I've stopped and thought about what it would be like for children in that era to have such special talents, talents that unfortunately make them vulnerable to be exploited. But it's not only their abilities that make them intriguing - it's also the troublesome situations they can stir up as well! There were a few laugh out loud situations in this book that endeared these characters to me.

On the whole, this was a solid story that was easy to read. I didn't love it as much as some of Witemeyer's earlier works (like the Short-Straw Bride) partly due to the unrealistic nature of some of the plot points, but it was certainly an enjoyable book. I award this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Karen Witemeyer

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award, and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyerwrites historical romance because she believes in giving the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at

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