23 July 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews A WORTHY PURSUIT by Karen Witemeyer

A Worthy Pursuit
A Worthy Pursuit
by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House Publishers (June 2, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

Pursuing trust, faith, and love..

Being able to trust others is necessary in life but it can also be a particularly difficult endeavor when there has been past hurts. Throughout this romantic western adventure in 1891, the issues of trust and the lack thereof are deftly interwoven throughout the pages of an inspiring and irresistible love story!

Stone Hammond is a bounty hunter turned retriever who has seen it all, and none of it was pleasant. When he is paid to retrieve a young girl by the name of Lily from a seemingly stiff-backed schoolmarm kidnapper, he encounters a beautiful, caring woman who doesn’t fit the usual profile of an abductor. But appearances can be deceiving, so Stone resists trusting this enigma of a woman who seems to actually cherish the child. He intends to get his questions answered but first he needs to earn her trust.

Former headmistress at an academy for gifted children, Charlotte Atherton determines to keep Lily and two other young charges safe after the school was unexpectedly shut down. Charlotte had pledged to Lily’s now deceased mother she’d keep the girl safe from Lily’s grandfather, but when the imposing and muscle-bound Stone Hammond finds them; will she be able to keep that promise? When others begin to also come after Lily, Charlotte will have to decide if she can trust Stone. And when he begins to pursue her heart, can the barrier of distrust she has for men crumble enough for Charlotte to find happiness, love, and a heart that can trust again?

‘A Worthy Pursuit’ is intriguing, engaging, and will hold you captive within the story like a trussed up bounty hunter’s prisoner! There’s plenty of adventure that’s set at a lively pace, and humor to keep you smiling throughout. The character pairing of the heroes is sigh-worthy perfect, with loads of chemistry, witty dialogue, and personality. Other delightful characters are as equally compelling. Highly recommended and extremely enjoyable!


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Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


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64 comments:

  1. What a blissful, sigh-worthy review to wake up to this morning. Perfectly written and enticing!
    Karen Witemeyer is such a wonderful author, but it has been quite awhile since I have read one of her books. I need to get caught up! :o Thanks for the wonderful review, NOELA.

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    1. Why thank you dear Diana, how sweet!! :-) You'll have to definitely read this one of Karen's to have some much bigger sighs!! ;) One thing I know for certain with Karen Witemeyer's stories... Each and every book is a real treat and a blessing in my life.

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  2. NOELA, thank you for the great review! Karen Witemeyer is a new-to-me author. I look forward to getting to know her and her books.

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    1. Karen Witemeyer was the first ever Christian Historical Romance author that I'd read and I have her to thank for my passion for inspirational historical romance. I can't recommend her books highly enough Caryl... You absolutely must try one out if you win the Amazon voucher! :-)

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  3. Great review! I like reading books during this time period. I'm sure this is a great book!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. It certainly is, Susan!! I really hope you get a chance to read it soon! Great time period with amazing characters and story-line... make for an awesome read I know you will love! :-)

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  4. Another lovely review - making me want to run out and read it now! I love all her books. :)

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    1. See if you can wait a few days and you might just win a voucher to grab it! ;) Thanks and bless you, Susan!

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  5. "bounty-hunter's prisoner" ~ what an adept way to describe our capture within the story! Thank you for your review, Noela. And... the offer of money to buy more books :D Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Thanks Kathleen!! :) Hope you get 'captured' by this story soon too, if you haven't already, Kathleen! Blessings!

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  6. Great review. Sounds very interesting.
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Thank you Tina, and yes, it is a very enticing and captivating book!! God bless!

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  7. I love Karen's books, but have missed her past few. They always make me laugh=)
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I agree Patty! There are always smiles and laughs to be found in Karen's books. Maybe this voucher will help you to get caught up hey! :-)

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  8. A Worthy Pursuit is the first book I have read by Karen and I absolutely loved it. I have added her to my favorite authors list and will definitely be reading some of her others. abilene_nana(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Ohmygoodness Ann, yes definitely plan on reading Karen's others!! And trust me in that her very first ones are just as great as her more recent. I might even say better... But that might be nostalgia talking! ;) At any rate, I've read those first few more than once! :)

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  9. I typed a comment, but it may have disappeared?

    I love Karen's books, and while I've missed the last few I really hope to get my hands on a copy of this one eventually.

    cherryblososmmj(at)gmail

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    1. I can't see an earlier comment MJ, so I'm glad you tried again! I wish I could put this one into your hands myself, but hopefully a voucher will help you do that. All the best!

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  10. Great review! I love Karen Witemeyer's books, which is saying something because as a whole I don't like westerns. lol.

    cross(dot)karen(dot)r(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'm a big fan of westerns but they have to have romance to satisfy my 'girly nature' haha. Karen's are a more softer type western I think which is a nice in-between!

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  11. Love the storytelling of author Karen Witemeyer...will add this novel to my TBR pile.

    silhouettesinscale @yahoo .com

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    1. It's a must-have for that TBR pile Juanita! :-) She's a wonderful storyteller isn't she? God bless!!

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  12. What a great review, Noela! I do believe I need to get my hands on this book :) The $10 card would certainly help.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Aw thank you Betti, I wish you all the best with your entry so you can get a hold of Karen's book sooner rather than later!! :-)

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  13. Noela, this is such a awesome review! I would love to read this book.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Danie, that is so sweet of you!! I would so love for you to read this book too!! :-)

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  14. This looks like such a good book. Thank you for the giveaway.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. It sure is, Susan! All the best in the giveaway, and I hope you get to read Karen's wonderful story soon!

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  15. Great review, I'm needing to get this read!! I have this in my TBR stack.. So, I'm moving it to the top!
    dkstevensne AToutlookD OtCoM

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    1. Haha, yes you do Deanna!! :-) Move it on up! Blessings!

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  16. I love your wonderful review, Noela! This sounds like such a fun story!!

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    1. Oh thank you Britney! It's a fun story that also touches your heart... the best kind!

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  17. I really enjoyed the excerpt & the interview! Thanks for sharing!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Robin! God bless!

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  18. A lovely review thank you. This cover makes me smile.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you Mary! Isn't it a gorgeous cover? Makes me smile too! Have you seen the background pics and story behind the cover photo? If you click on Karen's name at the top of the review, it will take you to her page where you'll be able to read the inside information! ;)

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  19. I enjoy reading reviews on books I have on my shelf (but yet to be read) so I know what to expect from the story! And I like to read about other peoples take on a book. Thanks for sharing yours :-) Definitely is one I'm sure to enjoy & Stone sounds swoon-worthy, lol! Karen's a wonderful author, I've read her Archer Brother series and loved them all. :-) I don't see this story will be anything but amazing!

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    1. I suppose I (yet again) forgot to include my email...lol...no big surprise there ;-)
      teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    2. Happy to oblige, Trixi!! :-) Oh and you are so right about Stone being swoon-worthy, what an amazing hero Karen has crafted! Hey Trixi, if you haven't read Karen's earlier books, make sure you grab them when you can sometime too. They are classic!!

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  20. I love Karen's books and try to read all of them!!! Thanks for the $10 giveaway!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. They're great aren't they?!! You're welcome, Jackie, and all the best!!

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  21. I have not read this one yet but I sure have enjoyed all of Karen Witemeyer's other books!
    Stimmer(at) familylife(dot)com

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    1. Let's hope you get to read this one soon, Sharon, because as you would already know, you have some GREAT reading ahead!! :-)

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  22. I love the book. It sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. You're welcome, Tammy. It's a wonderful read Tammy, but I hope you get to find that out for yourself! :) God bless you!

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  23. I, too, really enjoyed this book. Karen Witemeyer always writes such fun and adventurous stories.

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    1. Totally agree, Cindi!! :-) All the best!

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  24. She is a favorite author of mine! Would love to order this book!

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Diane and all the best with your entry!! You have great taste, lol, she's a fave of mine too! ;)

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  25. Love the story line. Great cover too. kamundsen44@yahoo.com

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    1. Isn't it gorgeous?!! And yes, a fantastic story line Kim! Hope you get to read it soon! :)

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  26. Thanks for the review. I look forward to reading this one. Thanks for the chance to win the gift card.

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    1. You're welcome, Shirley! Happy reading when you get to read A Worthy Pursuit!!

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  27. A beautiful, inviting review, Noela - thank you!! Karen is one of those authors on my TBR list, whose novels I haven't had the opportunity to read. She seems to be a fave of many readers, and her novel covers are always beautiful. The story line of "A Worthy Pursuit" is very compelling to me because of the apparent emotion and the children involved. Just wish I could read 24/7 so I could get to more of those novels I yearn to read.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Bonnie! There are so many books I'm longing to read as well. Karen Witemeyer however is on my short list of 'must-reads' whenever she releases a book, so her books come highly recommended by me! :-)

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  28. I have read most of Karen's books and this one is on my TBR pile.
    Great cover!

    lientjiehuman@yahoo.com.au

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    1. That's great 'lientjiehuman', she's an awesome author isn't she! I always love her book covers too, this one is a real fun one isn't it? :-)

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  29. Ordered Karen's book for our church library. Loved the cover, so cute. If I win a copy plan to "gift it" to a new patron.
    My email is: misslinda4wv. AT Gmail dot com

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    1. That'd make an awesome gift!! All the best, Linda!

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  30. I ALWAYS enjoy Karen's stories! I've been looking forward to this one. I'm quite fond of the name Stone.
    Your review is awesome as usual, Noela. :)

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    1. Stone is such a 'strong' name isn't it? :-) Karen does write incredibly enjoyable stories, they're always a fave of mine too, Anne! Thanks for coming by Anne, and thanks!!

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  31. Karen's book covers are so eyecatching aren't they, Noela ? Love your review of this, it just makes me want to read this even more ! I can always expect the unexpected with Karen's books ! I am reading her first book currently " A Tailor Made Bride " and I'm loving it ! !

    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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  32. Hello dear friends. Noela, you have given us another great review.Sounds like another real good book from Karen. I think GOD has really given a talent for her writing ability. Please put my name in for a chance at this gift card. And, may GOD continue to bless my OWG girls. Wonderful ladies. Glad to call them my special friends.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  33. I appreciate the honest review aleene617 at hotmail dot com

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