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.
I love reading Karen Witemeyer's books. I know just what to expect when I pick one up. It always feels like sitting down with an old friend. And isn't the cover cute? I love it.
This was such a fun story. I loved the interactions and spark between Stone and Charlotte. Stone would surely like you to believe that he is as tough and unyielding as his name may suggest, but really he is kind and he definitely has a weakness for the teacher, Miss Atherton. He had his work cut out for him gaining Charlotte's trust.
Charlotte is firm but so kind. I loved her tact and her ability to think quickly in surprising and tough situations. The children under her care bring life and credibility to the book. It was a great setup. Charlotte has some fierce determination when it comes to her children and as a mother I could completely relate to that.
I was interested and entertained by this book the whole way through. It was classic Karen Witemeyer and I loved it. I'm so glad I got to read and review it. My thanks to the publisher, Bethany House, for allowing and providing for it.
Content: Squeaky clean. Christian Fiction.