My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (to review)
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Book Description: 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, 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 the teacher he’s after produces documentation that shows she’s the little girl’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe. Is Miss Atherton villain or victim? She acts more like a loving mother than an abductress, and the children in her care clearly adore her. Should Stone break his perfect record?
Then a new danger threatens, and Charlotte is forced to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone becomes determined to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he’s ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte’s heart.
My thoughts: There are many things that I liked about this book. The first is that the two main characters are principled and want to make the best choice and circumstance for Lily, the girl who is in Charlotte's care and is the subject that Stone is supposed to retrieve for her grandfather.
They have a tenuous relationship at first. They have an obvious attraction to each other, but they are trying to do their job. Charlotte is honoring Lily's mother's dying request to take care of her and not let her Grandfather have custody. Stone is trying to figure out who has the legal custody of Lily and what would be best for the little girl. He is a bounty hunter with principles.
I loves Lily's character. She is such a sweet little girl. She lives life to the fullest and has a great attitude. She idolizes Stone and his friends as being the good guys in her dime novels. Her enthusiasm for their exploits is funny. She is also very brave. She lets herself become a part of dangerous situations to bring down the bad guys. She wants the adventure. She knows that Stone and his friends will take care of her because that is what they do in the books she reads. She has faith in them.
There are two other boys in Charlotte's care. They are not as prominent, but good kids that you can't help but like. The kids do a lot for the moving of the plot and comic relief.
Stone and Charlotte have a dynamic relationship. They have the banter that I love in good romance stories. Stone is more confident in what he wants and is bound and determined to get it. In this case, he wants Charlotte.
This book has adventure and sweet romance. It is clean with a little bit of violence and a little bit of kissing.