A Worthy Pursuit


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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? 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.
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
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Bounty hunters, bookworms and Beethoven . . . oh my! I LOVED this story!

Posted May 26, 2015 by

Our Review

y expectations are always high when I see Karen Witemeyer’s name on a book cover, and she never disappoints. Bounty hunters, bookworms and Beethoven . . . oh my! I LOVED this story!

Witemeyer’s vivacious writing style shines on every page and makes it so easy to forget that I’m ready a made-up story! She expertly combines deep point-of-view, imagery and metaphor to suck me into the story from the very first line. And her characters are so well-written, with distinct voices and personalities, that they truly come to life and I soon feel I’m joining an adventure with two old friends.

I immediately loved both Charlotte, with her mama-bear protectiveness, and Stone, with his unusual blend of humble bravado. They balanced each other well throughout the entire story and definitely made me root for them. Great secondary characters, too, especially the three children and Mr. Dobson, who immediately reminded me of the crotchety old caretaker at the blind school in the Little House on the Prairie TV series. I felt every moment of the action right along with these character, they were all so lifelike.

Witemeyer always delivers a rollicking story, and every single one of her novels I have devoured in one sitting. A Worthy Pursuit was no exception. I sorted laundry and washed dishes with one hand because I literally could not put this book down! There was plenty to keep me guessing as the story wove through its various settings and scene changes. Who could Charlotte trust? Would Stone’s allies pull through or betray him? The characters faced a lot of internal challenges—learning to trust, overcoming fear, forgiving past wrongs—but there were more than enough villains, wild animals, and runaway horses to give them plenty of external obstacles to overcome as well.

Witemeyer is clearly at home in her late 1800s Texas settings, and if you’ve read any of my other reviews on this site, you already know that’s not exactly my favorite. But Witemeyer is definitely one of the few exceptions on my bookshelf! I also loved the inclusion of dime novels, and how their real-life inspirations do and don’t live up to the hype. As a pianist, I also appreciated the intricate touches Witemeyer brought to the story as she described Charlotte’s and one of her students’ piano playing. Very beautiful!

Enemies from the opening page, Charlotte and Stone definitely have a lot to overcome in order to fall in love. And I enjoyed how they’re both slightly older characters than often found in romance novels today; and their ages played well into the angst of their romance. And Stone is a most swoon-worthy hero! He knows what—and who—he wants, but woos with patience and diligence, not just words. His intentions are made crystal clear, but he doesn’t force himself on Charlotte; he draws her in gently, and they absolutely earn their happily-ever-after.

One of Stone’s few possessions is his mother’s Bible, and I loved how this story played against type by letting the rough-and-tumble bounty hunter lead the faith elements of the story. Great spiritual themes of trust, relinquishing control, sacrifice, and clinging to joy even in the darkest of life’s moments all shine in A Worthy Pursuit.

This is a western, so there are scenes of gun play, chases on horseback, and such, but nothing is graphic or included just for shock value; these harrowing elements would make the movie of this book rated PG at most. And there is potential to see some of these characters again in the future. I, for one, can’t wait!

Saddle up for another action-packed, swoon-worthy historical romance! Karen Witemeyer fans old and new will love this story of a bounty hunter with a heart of gold and a timid teacher with fierce protective instincts. Reminiscent of one of her earlier novels, Head in the Clouds, Witemeyer once again delivers a dynamite story that historical romance fans will definitely want to pursue.

Amy Drown




    I couldn’t agree more–particularly with the note about Westerns not being your normal genre. The same is true for me, but Karen Witemeyer is always the exception! (I’m not sure how exactly I ended up reading one of hers in the first place, but I’m sure glad I did–she’s one of my favorite authors now.)


      Ditto, Brandy! The first book of hers I ever read was Short-Straw Bridge, and I was completely hooked. I’ve read all of her books multiple times, and she’s definitely an exception to my enough-with-Texas-already syndrome! So is Becky Wade in contemporary romance. :-)

    Deanne Patterson

    What a great sense of humor Karen Witemeyer’s books have. I am so glad I have discovered her as an author. She is one of my favorite authors. I am looking forward to reading all her books I haven’t read yet!


    Karen’s books always make me laugh! That is a great find in inspirational fiction.

    Joan Arning

    I like historical fiction and Karen Witemeyer!

    Kim Amundsen

    New author for me exiting.

    Samantha B

    Another new author for me! Sounds like a great book though 😉

    Caryl Kane

    Karen Witemeyer is a new-to-me author. I enjoy books that are action packed with believable characters. I am looking forward to reading her books. :-)


    What a wonderful author. Know it will be a great book when I see her name on the cover!


    I have already read A Worthy Pursuit, as a reviewer, and I absolutely adored it! I totally agree with the no cons thing.

    Jennifer Chatman

    Looks like a good book!

    Trixi O.

    A Worthy Pursuit sounds like a great book! I really enjoyed the review of a book I already have on my to-read list :-)

    Valerie S.

    I haven’t yet read one of Karen’s books but I’m hearing rave reviews for this one. Congrats Karen!

    Rachel Dodson

    I want to read this book so bad! My friend told me about it and I wished I had gotten one to review!

    Sharon Timmer

    I have read several of Karen Witemeyer’s books & I am sure thi sone will be just as entertaining as the others!

    Sonnetta Jones

    Another author that I was not aware of and have never read.


    I enjoy Karen’s books and look forward to this one.

    Jackie McNutt

    Loved the review! You were spot on about Karen’s book! I love the humor and her characters and stories are among the best. I am looking forward to reading this soon!

    Sylvia M.

    I so enjoy reading your reviews, Amy, and also love a new Karen Witemeyer book. Yay for the humble hero. They’re always steady rocks for the heroine!

    steph j

    I am currently reading this book. Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors!

    Emilee Douglas

    I love Karen’s books. I’m looking forward to this one.

    Amanda T

    A new author for me. I’ll have to check out her books!

    Rebecca Dewey

    I agree about being able to pick up a Karen Witemeyer book without reading the back and knowing it will be a great story. I haven’t read one of her books yet that I didn’t enjoy.


    Wow 5 of 5 stars. I’ve not read her before but would love to start with this one. You’ve convinced me with such high praise for a (Texas) genre that isn’t your favorite.


    Karen is such a fantastic author… She solidified her rank among my favorite authors after I read “Short Straw Bride” and it seems like her books just get better and better. :-)

    Mackenzie Carol

    I am not surprised to see that there weren’t any cons; Karen Witemeyer never fails to amaze and please me with her novels. I cannot wait to read this one!!!

    Julianna Rowe

    Thank you for sharing your reviews with us! I LOVE Karen Witemeyer books and A Worthy Pursuit looks to be one I shall most certainly have to read!! 😀 My first of her books that I read was A Tailor-Made Bride and I’ve been a major fan since that momentous day.


    No cons? Wow. Guess I’ll have to add this to my summer reading list

    Cheryl Baranski

    I can’t wait to read this book!


    Karen is such a fun writer! I’ve enjoyed two of her novels thus far. Impressed to see zero “cons”. Nice!


    I love Karen’s books! They’re always on my “must read” list! This one sounds just as fun and interesting as her others have been!


    Karen Witemeyer is one of my all time favorite authors! I have read almost all of her books! I cannot wait to read this one too!


    I have been wanting to win this book for a while now. It sounds completely amazing and I love love the book cover.

    Pauline Osborne

    Karen is an author that writes words that cheer us on when we need a little lift, thanks for sharing….

    Carol Alscheff

    I haven’t read a Karen Witemeyer book in a while. This one looks good. I would like to win it.


    Love, love, love reading books by Karen! Looking forward to reading this one when I can get my hands on it!

    Karen R

    Love Karen Witemeyer’s stories. They never disappoint. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. Nice review!


    Karen is a new author to me and I love reading historical fiction. This is a book I would enjoy reading. The cover is really fun too!

    Sherri Myers

    She is a new author to me, soudns like she is a great writer from all the comments!

    Danielle Hull

    I saw a post about the making of the cover, so I’ve been wanting to read it, but you’ve got me hooked with no negatives :-)


    I love Karen Witemeyer’s books. After this review, I can’t wait for my copy to come!


    This is on my TBR list. I can’t wait to read!


    I really love all the books by Karen and I can’t wait to read this one!


    I have read several of Karen’s books so I know this one will be great too!! Thanks for the review!! Btw, the cover is so cute!!


    Haven’t read any of Karen’s books yet but they look so neat!

    Pam K.

    Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors. I love her characters. I’m looking forward to reading A Worthy Pursuit.

    Tamara Wilkins

    I love Karen’s books. They are funny and relaxing with a little bit of drama. Looking forward to reading another one, and I hope she keeps them coming!


    I can just lkk at this cover and know I would love this book! Beautiful!

    Natalie Tibbitts

    I am so excited for this book! I love this author!!

    Terrill Rosado

    I have had this book on my TBR list since it was first revealed. Karen Witemeyer is an amazing author.

    Cynthia St. Germain

    I love Karen’s books

    Lientjie Human

    I have read most of her books, and can’t wait to read this one.


    I have this book on my to read list. Now that I have read your review I am even more excited to read the book. Thanks!

    Lisa Redecop

    I have read one of Karen’s books and it was very good, and this one looks just as exciting I would love to read it.


    Oh, Wow! I love Karen’s books, they are so cute and fun!

    Cyndi Wilson

    If I didn’t already love Karen’s books, your review would’ve convinced me to try this one out! Looking forward to reading it!

    Cindy Marshall

    Looking forward to reading Karen Witemeyer’s new book!! I have enjoyed reading her books.

    Eileen Byron

    I really enjoy Karen Witemeyer’s books. I am excited to see she has a new book out! I word in education, amd daughter of retired school teacher, and love learning.

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