Review: After reading a few of Karen Witemeyer's previous books, I have developed an expectation for a novel with likable characters and a steady plot that creates a light, satisfying read. In her latest release, "A Worthy Pursuit," Karen Witemeyer delivers an emotional story that is both charming and action-packed. This novel not only met, but exceeded my expectations. I was charmed by the children and their interactions with Charlotte and Stone. The dynamic relationships that developed between the characters provided humorous and heart-warming moments. Since the story is told from both Charlotte's and Stone's perspectives, it captures the spectrum of emotions and the insecurities they face as they question each other's motives. I was drawn to both characters, and I enjoyed their tender moments with the children as much as the love story that developed between Charlotte and Stone. In true western and dime novel fashion, Charlotte and Stone encounter danger and deceit. Through these trials, Charlotte must learn to trust, and the tender relationship that they begin to build produces some swoon-worthy moments. Both the dangerous pursuit of Charlotte and Lily and the budding relationships kept me turning the pages.
"A Worthy Pursuit" lives up to its name because it is worthy of readers' time and attention. I am eagerly awaiting Karen Witemeyer's next release; but in the meantime, I know that her other novels will be worthy reads as well.
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Summary from the Bethany House Publishers: 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.