A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer


When a schoolteacher kidnaps his granddaughter, a wealthy businessman hires Stone Hammond to bring her back. Yet, when Hammond finds Charlotte Atherton and the little girl, his perfect record of retrieving may be history. Charlotte claims that Lily’s dying mother asked her to care for Lily and has the paperwork to prove it. Hammond, who “could fit what he knew about women into a bullet casing and still have room for gunpowder,” has to decide if he will follow his orders or his heart, while Charlotte must determine if she can truly trust Hammond with all she holds most precious.

A Worthy Pursuit is a sweet tale of love and redemption. Both Hammond and Charlotte have been hurt in the past and are leery of placing their trust in anyone but themselves. Their initial attraction to each other puts a new level of confusion into their situation, since they both question whether they are basing their decisions on truth or romantic feelings. They both have to learn to trust that God brought them together for a reason.

One of the scenes I really enjoyed was when Charlotte finally chose joy, when she finally realized that she was the one who was keeping herself from enjoying the blessings of God by focusing on the worries of the world. It is a trap we all fall into, but God’s hand is always reaching down to pull us out – we just need to look up to Him.

While A Worthy Pursuit was relatively predictable (not exactly a spoiler alert, since it’s a fairly foregone conclusion: Charlotte and Hammond fall in love…), it was still a rather enjoyable read. If you like romance, definitely pick up this book. Good choice for a summer afternoon when it’s too hot to work in the garden (like it has been the past few days)!

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House blogger review program. I was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions are my very own!

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