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Publisher's Note:  

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.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bethany House Publishers


A Worthy Pursuit

by Karen Witemeyer

Review Date:
06/01/2015

Recommended Age:
18+

Overall Rating:
****

Profanity / Language Rating:

Violence / Gore Rating:
**

Sex / Nudity Rating:
***

Overall Review:  

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer is a fun read.  Many of the main characters of the story are endearing and sometimes humorous.   The basic plot concept was interesting and a little different from the norm, but the romance was pretty much routine.  A person tragicized by the past has to move past the hurt and learn to trust and ultimately love.

Readers will enjoy the historical aspects of the story, but will also find these aspects to be kept mainly in the background.  There is a feeling of living in the Wild West era and enjoying the days of telegraph and gunslingers.

A lighthearted and pleasant read, but it is also a rather predictable read.  Small confession: there was a moment in which this reviewer was hoping for a tragic ending and not the typical happy ending; can't really explain why, because I actually liked the characters.  Don't be distressed though, as this does not happen, and readers will find satisfaction in how well the author determines the fate of not only the two main adult characters, but also the children.

Review of a digital Advance Review Copy.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Mention of people being willing to slit throats; characters strike others with objects and in some cases render them unconscious; character has an entanglement with an animal and receives deep scratches; report of gunfire; characters strike one another with fists; a child is threatened at gunpoint; person threatened with a knife; character shot with rifle and blood is mentioned.

Sex/Nudity:   Word rape is said; non-married characters hold hands, kiss and embrace; character reported to have had an affair; male is shirtless to allow treatment of injury.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Blackmail, adultery.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Characters are in a tavern and alcohol is being served.



Reviewed By Susan
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