I am such a sucker for Karen s books I can t wait for them to release and I snatch them up right away In her latest book, A Worthy Pursuit, she has done it once again Drew me in and kept me interested.When the academy closes down mid semester, Charlotte is worried about what will happen with some of the children that are orphaned She takes off in the middle of the night with three of them so they will not be sent back to the poor house and the brutality that is there Unfortunately, a grandfather decides he wants one of the children and sends a tracker to find them She claims to have custody over the children, but will her documents and proof hold up once she is caught Always a pleasure to read Story moves along and the characters are full of life God is always deeply saturated within the pages of a Karen Witemeyer book I have nothing negative to say Pick up a copy Thank you, Bethany, for sending this book to me As always, this is my honest opinion Here s to many If you would like to check out my face off with Karen, just head on over to WOW This book had all my favorite things richly developed characters, suspense, humor, rough n tough Texans, and NEW VOCABULARY WORDS I love a book that will send me to the dictionary Thank you, Karen Witemeyer Sending me to a dictionary is no easy task Of course I could gather from the context clues what the words meant, but I wanted to KNOW, so I could go forth and actually use the words I could really go on and on about this book The love story was beautiful, the suspense plot was on point, and I loved, loved all the characters I m a teacher like Lottie, and a reader like Lily Though not NEARLY as gifted as the latter, as I cannot do what she does after one read through, I do have a tendency to remember what I ve read seen very vividly, even years later My friends are always saying How can you keep all of those books straight in your head I really don t know I have the oddest collection of random information in my head due to all of the reading and remembering I ve done Anyway, READ THIS BOOK It s SUPERB FABULOUS SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS. 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 AcceptsCharlotte 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 ThemWhen 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 Then A New Danger Forces Charlotte To Trust The Man Sent To Destroy Her Stone Vows To Protect What He Once Sought To Tear Apart Besides, He S Ready To Start A New Pursuit Winning Charlotte S Heart happy sigh So, if you ve been following me for any length of time, you probably know already that Karen Witemeyer is one of my top favorite authors She s just so good Of course, I jumped at the chance to get a copy of A Worthy Pursuit to read and review After all, I d been waiting for it for months It definitely did not disappoint I love how all of Karen s books and characters are so different And I almost always love her male characters Stone Hammond was no exception I loved how rugged he was, yet such a softie I wouldn t mind meeting my own Stone Hammond Lol But anyway, I very much loved the story, and I highly recommend looking into Karen Witemeyer s books if you haven t already Really Do it Even if you don t normally read Western historical fiction, Karen is such a fantastic writer that I m sure you ll enjoy it anyway And if you re a writer like me, then definitely read them There s a lot to learn from her writing style I received the book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. A Worthy Pursuit was an amazing read I ve read and loved several Karen Witemeyer stories, but I think this is one of my favorites I found the characters delightful and the danger in the story made for a gripping read.The romance was very good I liked how she was a worthy pursuit and the ending was so tender and sweet The writing was excellent and I didn t have any trouble following the story All in all, I loved A Worthy Pursuit and recommend it if you like historical romance novels It is a great one Disclosure of Material Connection I received one or of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention review it on my blog I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion which I ve done All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Charlotte Atherton is a kidnapper.Or that s the way Stone Hammond heard it He s been hired to retrieve the grandaughter of a wealthy client and when Stone goes after something, he gets it His reputation as a Texas retriever is so well established, he has even become an overblown character in some fellow s dime store novels about the heroes of the West.But the three kids that have supposedly been kidnapped by Miss Atherton don t need a dime store hero They have the real thing in Charlotte, who may be past her marketability on the marriage market but is well and truly the only person who seems to love the two boys and girl she rescued in the dead of night from the very real hazard of neglect upon the closing of their boarding school for exceptional youth.Stone is flumoxed Charlotte is not at all what he was expecting to find But she and the kids just might be exactly what he needs If his appearance doesn t wind up destroying the home they have scratched out for themselves A Worthy Pursuit is an entertaining Texas romp, with Whitemeyer s classic blend of old western style shenanigans, dastardly villains, and true heart Enjoy. I really enjoyed this one Full review to come.ContentRomance Squeaky cleanLanguage NoneViolence MildReligious MildSource Received review copy in exchange for honest review. This was a cute little love story It read a little bit like one of Lily s dime store reads, but it was cute and held my interests The story follows Charlotte Atherton, a teacher at a school for gifted children, John a pianist , Stephen who was talented with mechanics , and Lily who had a photographic memory When the school is about to close Charlotte leaves in the middle of the night to protect Lily from her scoundrel grandfather But little does she know he hires a retriever , Stone Hammond, to bring Lily back to help him in his dirty deeds But when Stone meets Charlotte, he is completely under her spell And then Lily figures out he is none other than, Hammer Rockwell from her dime store readers When her grandfather sends a second bounty hunter after her, and Stone says they are going to his good friend, Dan, Lily is beyond excited when she learns he is none other than Dead Eye Dan, her hero But it is up to Stone and Charlotte to keep Lily safe forever Through it all Charlotte and Stone break down walls each has built up.This book was the perfect bit of happiness I loved how Stone and Charlotte fell in love, with the little bit of suspense built in, and that it was the perfect bit of lightheartedness that I needed. About this bookStone 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 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 Series No, it is a stand alone Spiritual Content Deuteronomy 31 6 at the beginning later quoted Talks about God trusting Him H s are capital when referring to God Many Prayers Many Scriptures are quoted mentioned Mentions of Bible reading Charlotte Stone both have faiths Mentions of those in the Bible and Stone s horse s name is Goliath Note adevilishly Negative Content Minor cussing including a blasted , a dad blamed , a drat it all , a hang it all , a form of sissy , a why the devil , two forms of dad gum , two dumb , three shut up s, four forms of idiot , five forms of stupid , fifteen forms of shoot Curses are said but not written Blood Injuries up to semi detailed Fighting, guns knives semi detailed Wrestling a bobcat detailed Mentions of drinking, a bar and using whiskey for cuts A mention of a threat to drown a kitten barely above not detailed Stone mentions about the evil he s seen barely above not detailed.Sexual Content An almost semi detailed kiss, two barely above not detailed kisses, a semi detailed kiss, a very detailed kiss A cheek kiss, Two forehead head kisses and two barely above not detailed hand kisses Mentions of kissing kisses semi detailed Wanting to kiss, touch embrace Touches Embraces boarder line semi detailed detailed Noticing, Nearness Attraction boarder line semi detailed detailed a hussy , A mention that Stone has trailed men who d rape a woman barely above not detailed A mention of a brothel that catered to wealthy men Spoiler view spoiler Charlotte father had an affair no details hide spoiler I absolutely loved this book I haven t had an emotional connection to a historical romance in quite a while, but this one grabbed me by the heartstrings and didn t let go This story starts with a bang literally and doesn t let up for a moment The main characters, Stone and Charlotte, are excellent From the beginning, you can see that they belong together, but their journey to that conclusion is so much fun.Stone is a wonderful hero, but Charlotte stole the show for me In my opinion, it s so hard to create realistic heroines in romances without making them either too irritating or too perfect, but Ms Witemeyer did an excellent job with this one My heart truly went out to her and all of her reactions were plausible and understandable considering her background.The kids were so cute in the story, each one multifaceted and refreshingly unique Too often, it s hard to tell kids apart in a story because they begin to sound the same No such issues with this book If you re in the mood for a sweet, funny, and heart wrenchingly romantic historical read, pick up a copy of this one I highly recommend it Disclaimer I received an e copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.