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Usually on Mondays we have an opportunity to visit with authors, but today we have a special “guest” from Karen Witemeyer’s new novel, A Worthy Pursuit. Before we hear from Charlotte, though, here’s a quick summary of her story.
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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.
Welcome, Charlotte! You’ve had quite a situation on your hands. How do you normally respond to conflict?
I tend to circumvent conflict as much as possible. Not avoid it (though I do that when necessary), but I anticipate where it might arise and figure out ways to maneuver around it. I like to stay out in front of problems so they don’t catch me unaware.
I imagine this was a situation you had to consider well in order to be prepared. It can be hard to know whether or not someone is trustworthy. How did you know that you could trust Dobson?
Dobson had been at Dr. Sullivan’s Academy for as long as I could remember. Even from my days as a student. He was always a grumpy sort, but he cared about the children in his own way. He always tended to repairs in their quarters before tending to the staff’s demands, even when Dr. Sullivan railed about his slowness. I knew his loyalty lay with the children first, so when he offered to escort us to Madisonville, I gladly took him up on his offer.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
I have a new favorite after going through my adventure with Stone and the children. It speaks a truth I was reluctant to hear but needed to accept. I can be rather stubborn when it comes to releasing control. My new favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
This experience must have given you an entirely new understanding of trust — even in trusting the Lord. What is your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to raise Lily in a way that will make her late mother proud. To provide so much love and security in her young life, that she will never doubt my devotion to her and will experience all the joy life has to offer.
It sounds like you are off to a great start on that one! When you first met Stone, you treated him with kindness, even though you knew his intentions. What kept you from chasing him away immediately?
I knew chasing him away would do no good once he found us. I’d hoped that we’d hidden well enough to elude him forever, but I knew better than to place all my eggs in that basket. My only prayer was to convince him of my legal claim to the children. I had the documentation to prove it, but an unscrupulous man wouldn’t care about my papers. All he would care about was the reward Dorchester had promised. That’s why I hid Lily away in the cellar. If Stone had proven to be unscrupulous, I would have let Dobson bonk him on the head again and escaped with the children a second time. Thankfully, Stone turned out to be honorable and sought the truth without being blinded by greed. Having him as an ally turned out to be the biggest blessing I could have imagined.
That must have been such a relief! What character trait do you admire most in Stone?
His persistence. Definitely. I never thought I would allow myself to care for a man after being betrayed by my father, my employer, and my former beau. In fact, I defended against such a thing by walling away my heart. But Stone can be relentless when he’s pursuing a goal, and he never gave up on me. Never have I been so glad to break one of my own self-imposed rules.
Thanks for visiting with us today, Charlotte! Karen has offered to give away a signed paperback copy of A Worthy Pursuit, so one lucky winner will have the opportunity to read your story! 🙂
Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award, and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes in giving the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook.
Other books by Karen Witemeyer:
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Finalist for both the Inspirational Readers Choice Award – Novella, and the ACFW Carol Award – Novella
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