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.
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.
When I found out Karen Witemeyer needed reviewers for her new book, I practically jumped out of my chair. I’ve been a fan since I read Head in the Clouds five years ago. At the same time, however, I was pretty nervous – I’ve noticed that some authors can get a little lazy as the years go by, and the quality of the writing can suffer. Not the case with Witemeyer. Her first book, Tailor-Made Bride, is my least favorite of her books, but I believe they have consistently gotten better with each book I read.
Witemeyer creates delightfully stereotypical men – big, masculine, men who work with their hands or guns – who always have some unknown soft side. Her women are almost perfect, but always have that one quirk or characteristic that keeps causing them trouble. Together, boy and girl find help in each other and God. Such is the case in A Worthy Pursuit.
Stone is all bounty-hunter, until he has to retrieve a beautiful woman and children who start him thinking about families. Charlotte doesn’t trust men, until she meets one who’s not only trying to break up her family, but as trustworthy as a man can get. It takes a while for these two to figure out their relationship and their current situation, but the journey is a fun, heart-warming read. If you like Mary Coneally books, you’ll enjoy Karen Witemeyer.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.