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.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bethany House Publishers
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.
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters are in a tavern and alcohol is being served.