Friday, July 3, 2015

Review - "A Worthy Pursuit" by Karen Witemeyer

A Worthy Pursuit
by Karen Witemeyer
Published by Bethany House Publishers
352 Pages
Target Audience: Adults
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
About this 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.
A Worthy Pursuit is the first book I've read by author Karen Witemeyer and I really liked it! After I started reading it, I did not want to put it down! I found some parts to be quite funny and I was laughing a lot while reading it. There was also quite a bit of action in the story making it a fast-paced read.

I thought the characters were great, both the main and side characters. I admired Charlotte's character for wanting to take care of the three children she has taken charge of and her wanting to keep them safe from harm no matter the cost to her own self after the school they attended was closed and the children didn't have a good place to go.

Stone is a likeable and honorable character. He is more concerned with finding out the truth about the situation he has become involved in and doing what is right instead of just retrieving the girl he was sent to find in exchange for money with no thought to who might be the best guardian of the girl.

The three children - Lily, John, and Stephen - were charming. I enjoyed reading about the uniquely different talents that they've each been blessed with and how they use those talents. I thought Lily was absolutely delightful and her character had me laughing the most in the book.

Overall, I enjoyed A Worthy Pursuit and would be interested in reading more books by Karen Witemeyer. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction, westerns, and Christian romances.

*I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.