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A Worthy Pursuit

Karen Witemeyer
A Worthy Pursuit

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. What he finds though, is Charlotte Atherton, a caretaker with documentation proving she is t... Read More

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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. What he finds though, is Charlotte Atherton, a caretaker with documentation proving she is the legal guardian of Lily and her resolve to keep Lily away from her unscrupulous grandfather. Stone is forced to reevaluate everything he's been led to believe. Is she truly a villain or is she a victim?
When 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.

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Product Details:
Pages: 352
Release: 06/2015
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: May 5, 2015
  • UPC: 9780764212802
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Jun 2, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 076421280X

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Another Shelf-Keeper! by Katie on 9/20/2015

"A Worthy Pursuit" starts out with a bang from the very beginning, the prologue pulls you in & keeps you wanting to read the next chapter & the one after that & the one after that. I've never been disappointed by Ms. Witemeyer's books & had high expectations for this one, I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed. The heroine of this book, Charlotte Atherton, was a relatable character for me personally. She's terrified of losing control & still feels the pain of the past oh so clearly, she has a hard time letting go & trusting, the journey of her faith was well written & I felt that it stayed in a very good progression of the book, not too quick and not too slow. The hero of this book, Stone Hammond, is a strong, unyielding character in his looks and in the way he acts too based on first impression, until he really gets to know Charlotte and the children. Then you know he has a heart just as big as he is in physical size. The suspense was really great, just when you think things are settling down the plot gets stirred once again. It had its slower moments but they were good ones. It was a well paced read all around. All in all I give this book a big five stars & recommend it to anyone who loves a great historical romance with suspense, fantastic characters and a sigh worthy romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

A great clean read by Stacey on 9/11/2015

One of the many things I loved about the characters in this books was how strong Charlotte was when placed in a difficult situation. She didn’t seek a man to help her, instead she found a way to solve the problem. Charlotte’s back story is vital to understanding her motives. She comes from a broken home where she saw her father break his vows, a mother who abandoned her, and she’s betrayed by a man she loves. When she becomes the legal guardian of Lily, nothing is going to stop her from keeping the child safe.

I love how Charlotte’s control issues are balanced with her mothering side. She’s a mother to each of the children in her care at the school. She loves these children and they adore her. I think the children add a fun element to book. Their personalities made me laugh several times, especially Lily.

The hero is your typical historical lead, he’s rough around the edges, but under that gruff he’s looking for someone to love him. He wants a home and children. As a reader you see the match and know it’s a good one, but the characters fight it which makes this book a good read.

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

A Worthy Pursuit by Alisha L. on 7/4/2015

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.

A Worthy Pursuit was a Worthy Read by Robin on 6/26/2015

A Worthy Pursuit
by: Karen Witemeyer

Book Summary: Historical Romance to Fall in Love With 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 little girl entrusted to her care after her mother's death. 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 the teacher he's after produces documentation that shows she's the little girl's legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he's been led to believe. Is Miss Atherton villain or victim? She acts more like a loving mother than an abductress, and the children in her care clearly adore her. Should Stone break his perfect record? Then a new danger threatens, and Charlotte is forced to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone becomes determined to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he's ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte's heart.

Review: I really liked the story overall. There were some slow parts where I wanted to stop reading, but didn't because I really wanted to know all the details. The characters were interesting and complex. I liked Stone the most because he was a good solid and loyal man despite the odds ahead of him. Charlotte was good and likable although did not see the things in front of her sometimes. She was honest and caring. I loved Dobson, the Ashes, Lily, Stephen & John, Marietta and Dan. They contributed to much to the story - humor, balance, security and loyalty. It really helps a story along when the secondary characters are so well written. The mystery was mostly how would things be resolved and the secret Lily had about her grandfather. The villains were shifty and shady - perfect for creating a fear that they will do anything it takes to win. This is the first book I have read by Karen and I am certain it will not be my last.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

I love Karen's humor and style by Seasons of Opportunities on 6/20/2015

A bounty hunter, a spinster school marm, a relentless grandfather and several exceptionally gifted children make this book hard to put down. But the credit really goes to the author, Karen, who has a gift herself with words and plots. Once again she has outdone herself in a humorous, adventurous, and sweetly romantic novel.

I have loved every book I have read by this author. One of the things I suppose I love the most is her sense of humor. One minute you will be getting out your tissue, and the next you will be laughing your head off.

Charlotte, promised Lily's mother she would keep her safe from her grandfather, and she is determined to do so. When the school she is teaching at, and Lily is a student at closes, Charlotte must make some tough choices. Pursued by bounty hunter Stone Hammond, she must decide whether to trust herself, God, or Stone. Each has their own defense mechanisms. Charlotte has a keen distrust for men in general; will she be able to trust this bounty hunter? Stone always retrieves what he goes after, but in this case - he must decide whether retrieval is the best option for the child. His kind, sensitive heart, as well as faith in God must help him determine his next move.

You will enjoy this quick read, and be longing for more when the story ends. There are a few unexpected twists and turns that add a little mystery to the story.

This book was provided for me by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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