17 June 2015

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

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.

Once again, Karen Witemeyer’s newest book did not disappoint. A Worthy Pursuit begins with the premise of a schoolteacher determined to protect a young girl and a tracker paid to bring her home. From there, the story takes many exciting (and at times, nail-biting) twists and turns. Charlotte Atherton and Stone Hammond make great set of protagonists, working together well despite their opposing roles in the drama and developing a surprising yet heartwarming romance. Any fan of Karen Witemeyer will be pleased with this delightful novel and I heartily recommend it. I enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait to read more from Witemeyer in the future.

Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of A Worthy Pursuit and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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