Friday, September 11, 2015

Review: A Worthy Pursuit


A Worthy Pursuit
Karen Witmeyer

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

To keep her beloved students safe from the circumstances following their boarding school closing, Charlotte sneaks three of them away in the dead of night to give them a better life. However, one of the children’s grandfather hires a tracker named Stone to bring his granddaughter back.

After reading Short Straw Bride, I fell in love with Karen Witemeyer’s writing. I was quite excited to read A Worthy Pursuit, and the book definitely did not disappoint. There were bounty hunters and kidnappings, touching moments and hilarious instances. I enjoyed this book from start to finish.

Charlotte loved those children and would do anything for them. Her care and teaching skills were amazing, making me wonder if a real person could actually be that good at it. The way she interacted with each of the students, understanding and teaching them in the best ways for each, showed how much she cared for them.

The action part of this book was pretty awesome too. Despite his status as a bounty hunter seeking Lily, he would not allow the children or their teacher to come to harm. His plan was to rescue her from her “evil” kidnapper, after all. His care for the children pushed him to take dangerous chances and defeat enemies no matter the odds.

I absolutely adored the way that one of the characters was written into a dime novel! The girl Lily loved those dime novels and when she discovered that one of the men she knew was one of them—it was priceless! And the pains those men took to forget about those books too! The humor of it was perhaps my favorite part of the book.

Overall, the book is filled with strong characters, daring fights, funny instances, and sweet moments. I look forward to reading the next book from Karen Witemeyer and would highly recommend this one to others.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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