A Worthy Pursuit
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 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. 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.
A Worthy Pursuit fits right in with Karen Witemeyer's other books and while there were a couple aspects to it I didn't care for, overall it was a fun read. If you've enjoyed this authors books before (as I have!) then I'm sure you'll want to try this one.
I loved the plot, and I loved the three children that Charlotte had taken under her wing! Lily's obsession with dime novel heroes was so adorable, especially in the way it ended up playing out in the story. Sometimes I wish I had gotten a little more time with the boys, who were also equally interesting. I also really liked the other secondary characters, like Dan, Dobson, and Marietta.
Stone and Charlotte were both likable, and while I was at times a little frustrated with Charlotte's distrust of men, once I learned her backstory I understood it.
Really my only real complaint it that it was a little too romance-y for me. There was one kissing scene that I skimmed over and a few briefly mentioned kisses after that, but my problem was mostly with the characters being distracted by each other. I'm not saying I see anything wrong with people being attracted to each other, I just don't like reading about it :) However, this was mostly in the beginning: once the action started picking up, it wasn't so much of a problem.
In conclusion, A Worthy Pursuit was a really cute book. While I don't think it was quite as funny as some of the author's previous novels, it was still worthwhile and I enjoyed it a lot more than her last book, Full Steam Ahead.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.