"A Worthy Pursuit" by Karen Witemeyer is a stand alone book and the latest release by the author through Bethany House. I have really enjoyed this author in the past because of her creative characters and plots with a setting of the wild west and her laugh out loud sense of humor. After finishing her most recent books before this--which were all part of a series--I was a little sad about leaving the familiar characters and setting off on an adventure with these new ones. Thankfully, this book picked up quickly and I soon felt connected to the characters.
Charlotte Atherton was a headmistress at a school for talented children before it unexpectedly closed down, leaving a few children in her care until their parents/guardians could pick them up at the end of the school year. She is evading the law, trying to keep her charges safe from one girl's grandfather who wants to use her talents to progress his business, when a tracker on their case catches up with them and begins to win Charlotte and the children over with his kindness.
Stone Hammond is a strong man with a high work ethic. When a wealthy grandfather requests his services to find and return his kidnapped granddaughter, Stone accepts. When he finds the girl and her temporary guardian, he discovers his boss's motives weren't in his granddaughter's best interests. With his attraction to the teacher, concern for the child's safety, and loyalty to his employer all caught in the crosshairs, he joins the band of children and their teacher on the run from the law until he can sort it all out. But with a ruthless tracker underhandedly tracking them, will they have enough time to sort it all out?
I nearly immediantly connected to these characters, loving the adorable little children and wanting to see justice done in the story. The plot moved smoothly and I loved to see the characters coming to terms with the situations and learning to lean on God and take risks in opening up and trusting each other. This was a great story that kept me hanging.
Thank you so much to Bethany House publishers and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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