From her first novel, A Tailor-Made Bride to her recent novella, Love on the Mend (review here), Ms. Witemeyer has linked our hearts to her characters, especially the heroine of each novel. A Worthy Pursuit is no different. Charlotte (Miss Lottie) Atherton is a women of strength, patience and character. A worthy personality to be a beloved teacher (and headmaster) of a "special school" for the gifted. Her love and dedication for her students leads to our story, where she takes two orphans and one boarding student on an adventure of hiding for their protection. Not knowing who she is, a tracker by the name of Stone Hammond was hired to retrieve her. And of course, that's when fireworks alight.
I truly love this story. I love Miss Lottie's brilliance, her love for the kids and her vulnerabilities. Who hasn't had a past or something in their past that shaped who they are today? Miss Lottie's story-line teaches us, with God's help, we need and will overcome our own prejudices. Stone's quite the "cowboy" and the hero one always dreams of growing up. He's not only one of physical strength, but one of integrity. Well, shouldn't two people as such learn and embrace their differences and be together?
Not only the main hero and heroine of the story captures me, but all supporting characters, including the three adorable kids, Stephen, John and Lily, along with Dan and Marietta and don't forget the ever funny Mr. Dobson (whom, I had guessed he was a person in Miss Lottie's past, that came back in disguise of a sort - but I was wrong). The dime novel books about Dead-Eye Dan and Hammer Rockwell was a hoot and how it integrated into the story-line was hilarious.
Ms. Witemeyer gave us a novel to enjoy, love and laugh with. She gave us A Worthy Pursuit worthy of pursuit. So go and get your copy today, laugh, cry and just enjoy Ms. Witemeyer's humor and prose.
PS, I also want to point out that all of Ms. Witemeyer's starts (before the story) with a verse, that I find extremely fitting to each story. I want to share this one with you, because I think we can all relate.
'Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.'
- Deuteronomy 31:6
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Bethany House for an honest review.