Review: A WORTHY PURSUIT / by Karen Witemeyer

A Worthy Pursuit / by Karen Witemeyer.
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764212802
Adult     Rating: 3

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Award-winning author Karen Witemeyer combines diligent research with superior storytelling in her latest historical fiction featuring a former headmistress and a bounty hunter.

In A Worthy Pursuit, Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress at Sullivan’s Academy, will do whatever it takes to protect her students. When a dying mother asks her to take care of her little girl, and keep Lily from her grandfather, she goes on the run to protect her. Due to her past experiences, she is reluctant to trust anyone else, especially the handsome Stone Hammond who is hired by Lily’s grandfather to locate Lily.

Stone Hammond, the best tracker in Texas, is a rugged, honest man who discovers his employer has been less-than-honest with him. He is forced to reconsider his employer’s motives — Charlotte has papers listing her as Lily’s legal guardian. Stone tries to convince Charlotte that he has their best interests at heart.

Witemeyer’s books are filled with faith elements that are clearly evident, and the historical elements are well-researched. Main characters see their relationship with God grow as they experience trials and challenges, yet the tone is not preachy. Her books are a delight to read, leaving the reader with a smile upon reading the last page.

Witemeyer manages to use the right combination of adventure, humor, and romance to produce an enjoyable book. However, A Worthy Pursuit is not as good as some of her other books. Charlotte comes across as too stiff and hard to relate to, except in her fierce determination to protect her charges at all costs.

A Worthy Pursuit will be enjoyed by her fans as well as historical fiction fans, and fans of Julie Lessman and Mary Connealy.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. 

–reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2015.