“A Worthy Pursuit,” by Karen Witemeyer

I recently had the chance to read A Worthy Pursuit, by Karen Witemeyer. This fiction book was published on June 2, 2015, by Bethany House.

About this book (from the back cover):

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?

Final Verdict:

I always feel bad when I don’t enjoy a book I’ve been give to review. I have to ask myself whether my personal opinion is the same as a book’s quality, and sometimes it’s not. I can think of a number of books I didn’t personally enjoy, but which were well-written and perfectly targeted at their specific audiences. No one expects a Harlequin romance novel to be Dostoyevsky, and yet if it leaves its readership satisfied then it’s done its job well. I adore a good Christian historical fiction book, one that’s clean, and lighthearted, and that I can breeze through, and good Christian historical fiction can provide all that. Unfortunately, this book didn’t fulfill my expectations – and I have enjoyed Witemeyer’s books in the past. The plot has potential, and the characters are likeable, for the most part (especially the talented kids), but it just seemed like way too much of the book was spent detailing the main characters’ feelings. When the author was describing the children and their special gifts or Charlotte’s enjoyment of music, the book picked up, but then it would get back to more feelings. Certain parts were unrealistic, like when Charlotte takes a strange man into her home – with three small children present! – because she feels like it’s the charitable thing to do, and because she can “read” that he’s a good man by looking into his eyes. Also, the insta-love was distractingly unrealistic (even for a romance novel), especially between a woman on the run and the man who is looking to capture her. Finally, when I read a historical novel, I really enjoy getting a feel for the time period, and I didn’t get that from this book either. This book may be just what some folks are looking for in a story, but I was disappointed, even for a “beach book.”

 If you’d like to check out A Worthy Pursuit it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $14.99.) If you prefer a paperback copy, it’s currently on sale for $10.72. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.
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