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A Worthy Pursuit

(A Worthy Pursuit #1)

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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 pr
Paperback, 341 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Bethany House Publishers (first published May 26th 2015)
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A smidgen difficult to get into at the very beginning, but that only lasted until the end of the prologue. I loved this story!! So fun and enjoyable and a bit suspenseful at times too. And the epilogue... If you know me at all, you know that the epilogue is a big deal to me. Well, this one was perfect, absolutely perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better one. ...more
**Edit 2020** I really do have a soft spot for this book. I love these characters and this story. And whoa, dramatic ending!! And I love my 2015 self for writing this review, so please enjoy:

WOW. This book had all my favorite things--richly developed characters, suspense, humor, rough 'n' tough Texans, and NEW VOCABULARY WORDS. I love a book that will send me to the dictionary. Thank you, Karen Witemeyer. Sending me to a dictionary is no easy task. Of course I could gather from the context clues
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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, an
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I ended up listening along with the audio too. These are my honest thoughts.

The children in this story were delightful! I love a story that features prodigies, and the talents these particular kiddos had were lovely and well written.

I adored the use of dime novels in this story. So creative!

The “grizzled gnome” was amazing, as was Dead-Eye Dan.

There were plot twists galore, which pleased this reader’s heart. I also enjoyed the adv
Anna Hurtt
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I haven't had an emotional connection to a historical romance in quite a while, but this one grabbed me by the heartstrings and didn't let go!

This story starts with a bang (literally) and doesn't let up for a moment. The main characters, Stone and Charlotte, are excellent. From the beginning, you can see that they belong together, but their journey to that conclusion is so much fun.

Stone is a wonderful hero, but Charlotte stole the show for me. In my opinion, it's s
Jaye Knight
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, historical
*happy sigh*

So, if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you probably know already that Karen Witemeyer is one of my top favorite authors. She’s just so good. Of course, I jumped at the chance to get a copy of A Worthy Pursuit to read and review. After all, I’d been waiting for it for months. It definitely did not disappoint. I love how all of Karen’s books and characters are so different. And I almost always love her male characters. Stone Hammond was no exception. I loved how rugged
Anne Osterlund
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Atherton is a kidnapper.

Or that's the way Stone Hammond heard it. He's been hired to retrieve the grandaughter of a wealthy client; and when Stone goes after something, he gets it. His reputation as a Texas retriever is so well established, he has even become an overblown character in some fellow's dime store novels about the heroes of the West.

But the three kids that have supposedly been kidnapped by Miss Atherton don't need a dime store hero. They have the real thing in Charlotte, wh
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Worthy Pursuit was an amazing read. I've read and loved several Karen Witemeyer stories, but I think this is one of my favorites. I found the characters delightful and the danger in the story made for a gripping read.

The romance was very good. I liked how she was "a worthy pursuit" and the ending was so tender and sweet. The writing was excellent and I didn't have any trouble following the story.

All in all, I loved A Worthy Pursuit and recommend it if you like historical romance novels. It is
sydney elaine
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
ms. witemeyer has become one of those comfort authors i know i can always turn to when i’m feeling like i’m about to fall into a reading slump, or just need a little pick-me-up. they’re sweet and quick reads that i enjoy every single time.
this one is no exception... i adored the characters and the plot moved better than i was expecting when i read the summary. the romance was sweet (per usual) and a little bit of a slower burn than i feel like she normally writes, but i still enjoyed it! defini
I really enjoyed this one! Full review to come.

Romance: Squeaky clean
Language: None
Violence: Mild
Religious: Mild

Source: Received review copy in exchange for honest review.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute little love story. It read a little bit like one of Lily's dime store reads, but it was cute and held my interests. The story follows Charlotte Atherton, a teacher at a school for gifted children, John (a pianist), Stephen (who was talented with mechanics), and Lily (who had a photographic memory). When the school is about to close Charlotte leaves in the middle of the night to protect Lily from her scoundrel grandfather. But little does she know he hires a "retriever", Stone Ham ...more
Charity Andrews
I am such a sucker for Karen’s books. I can’t wait for them to release and I snatch them up right away!! In her latest book, A Worthy Pursuit, she has done it once again. Drew me in and kept me interested.

When the academy closes down mid-semester, Charlotte is worried about what will happen with some of the children that are orphaned. She takes off in the middle of the night with three of them so they will not be sent back to the poor house and the brutality that is there. Unfortunately, a grand
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
Date: 1891
Place: Texas
Genre: Christian Western Romance
Format Kindle
Main Characters:
Charlotte Atherton, 28: Teacher in hiding with three students
Stone Hammond, 35: Tracker sent to retrieve one of the students
Lily: Student grandfather hired Stone to return
Stephen and John: Students (Parents are traveling/other an orphan)
Dead Eye Dan aka Daniel Barrett
Mr. Dobson Caretaker and protector of Ms. Charlotte and the children

P.O.V. switches between Stone Hammond and Cha
Dora Hiers
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sitting down to read a Karen Witemeyer book is like settling back on the couch and chatting with a friend or loved one who I haven't seen in awhile over a cup of coffee. Exciting, comfortable, and over way too soon!

What a great cast of characters! Charlotte, aka Miss Lottie, former headmistress who creates her own family of abandoned students. Lily, an orphan entrusted to her care by Lily's mother, Lottie's best friend. Stephen, left behind by parents who travel extensively in Europe, and John,
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great historical romance.
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Karen Witemeyer has done it again! Her books drive me crazy. I am hooked by the story within the first few paragraphs, staying up all hours of the night, walking around with red, puffy eyes that are lined with lovely bags..all because I cannot put her books down. Of course, A Worthy Pursuit is no different!

This story starts out with a young teacher (Charlotte Atherton) forced to sneak out with 3 students in the middle of the night. She will stop at nothing to keep them safe and sound.

Stone Hammo
Stone Hammond is the best in the business. The business of retrieving people that is. When he is asked to track down and return a little girl to her grandfather, Stone is determined to locate the child and her teacher. Charlotte Atherton is the former headmistress at Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths. When the school closed suddenly, Charlotte left with Lily and two boys, one an orphan and the other's parents were traveling in Europe and unable to come get him. She will do anything to ke ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Packed with the perfect blend of romance, emotion, faith and action, plus twinkles of humor, A Worthy Pursuit is a more than worthy read. The characters – main and supporting alike – are lifelike and skillfully developed with a depth of heart and history that feels like they are part of a series rather than merely a stand-alone novel. The message of orphans (of all ages) finding a place to belong and be loved resonates sweetly and subtly. The fast-paced action drives through the book with all th ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Karen Whitemeyer is always good for a fun read and this is no exception. What I love about her writing is that it's not just laugh-out-loud funny at times, it's just genuinely good. She inserts you right into the middle of each scene and drags you right into the action and emotion of every situation.

What I particularly loved about this one is that the main character (Charlotte, or Miss Lottie), was very complex in a way you don't normally find in the humorous Western romance genre. I especially
Vickie McDonough
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Worthy Pursuit is one of the most fabulous historical romances I've read. If I could, I'd give it 10 stars

The best tracker in Texas, Stone Hammond, is hired by a wealthy man to find his abducted granddaughter--and Stone always finds who he goes after. When he locates the abductor, she's not what he expected--and the children are happy and well-cared for. Either she's the most responsible, kind-hearted abductor in the world, or some of the information from the grandfather isn't right. He aims
Another delightful story from Karen Witemeyer...I was so excited when this book came in a few days early (before the official release date) that I bought it right away and thought I'd read it quickly. But library books got in my way...well, the waiting just made me love it more.

Charlotte is the perfect heroine–big heart, spunky, willing to do anything to protect the children under her charge. And the children are dears themselves: Lily with her devotion to dime-novel shoot-em-up heroes; John wi
*happy sigh* Karen Witemeyer delivers yet another masterpiece! I loved this tale of the determined teacher and the stubborn bounty hunter. The story was so unique and interesting that I just couldn't put it down! I've been looking forward to reading this book for months since Witemeyer is a favorite author of mine. Let the withdrawal begin. I'm so bummed that I don't have another new book by her to read. Guess I'll just have to reread old favorites! ;) ...more
Tenille Berezay
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always love Witemeyer's books and this one didn't disappoint. It seemed that there was more humor along with the romance this time. The character's (especially the children) were well written. There were a few plot points that I questioned, but I really enjoyed this read. If only Witemeyer would write faster! ...more
The start of the story was so good and it had me hooked for a large portion of the book, but some parts were not too believable. I liked that the romance didn't happen instantly and that the couple was on the older side for the time. The ending was good and wrapped everything up pretty well. It's a book I'd recommend.

4.5 stars
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bounty hunters, bookworms and Beethoven... oh my! LOVED this story! Full review at ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books that Karen Witemeyer has written. I recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes romance and suspense.
Sarah Vanscoyoc
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another for the keeper shelf!
Amazing. Superb. Fantastic. Fabulous. Her best yet. I would (and probably will) use all of these to describe Karen Witemeyer’s, A Worthy Pursuit! I had high expectations for this story, after having loved her previous books, and I can happily say that it surpassed every one of them!
A Worthy Pursuit grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let go! Even when I had to put it down for work and to sleep, the characters and story stayed in the front of my
An adorable action read taking place in Old West Texas. The children are a delight in this story with three different personalities that help make this not overly a romance novel. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

I'm not sure how the cover fits with the character of the story. Our heroine doesn't seem to be all that "smiley" throughout the novel.
Sedoo Ashivor
Karen Witemeyer is one of my favourite authors. This was very well written as usual but the plot was totally inconceivable. The more I discussed with my buddy, the more we realised how weak the plot was:
1) How did Charlotte's parents' and Alexander's disappointments classify as evident reasons for her lack of trust? These points were over flogged unnecessarily. She never looked for her parents and they never looked for her? She just banished herself to a marriageless, loveless life at 28?! Sound
Dawn Kinzer
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Author Karen Witemeyer never fails to give readers these four things: romance, sexual tension without crossing uncomfortable boundaries, humor, and a spiritual message (without smacking you in the face with it).

In “A Worthy Pursuit,” Charlotte Atherton, a former headmistress of Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths hides out with three of her students after the school is closed. The orphaned girl Lily was entrusted to Charlotte’s care by the dying mother, and she must protect Lily from her
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For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

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“Beware, Charlotte Atherton," Stone murmured as she disappeared around the corner of the barn. "I'm coming for you." A smile of anticipation stretched across his face. "And I always retrieve what I set out after.” 6 likes
“Anyone who could disappear with three kids and leave no trace is a force to be reckoned with. I respected your mind from the beginning, but over the last few days, I've come to respect your heart as well.” 3 likes
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