Monday, April 28, 2014

The Pretender by Ta'Mara Hanscom - A Review

Thank you for coming back to the second day of my blog-a-thon!
Today's book - THE PRETENDER - Book 1 of the Casselli Series


My Jean-Marc’s uncle was married to an English woman, and she told us once, a very long time ago, that in this world there are men of two kinds. The one, the knight, is the man possessing only strength and quality of moral character. He will never ask a lady to compromise her honor for less than a vow, and never, ever will he consider another once he has captured her heart. A knight keeps his vow, even when it hurts, and the honor of a knight is a thing a country is built upon. A knight comes along only seldom these days.

Now, a blackguard is a man who can be found quite easily, for it is an easy thing to be a blackguard. He attempts to trick the young ladies into taking him home and caring for him, making them believe their honor can be given away as a mere trifle, offering no vow, and making only human demands. The blackguard is to be avoided at all costs, for to settle for someone like him is to settle for something less than ideal.


Angel in Angelo’s Kitchen
c. 1975, © 2013 Reata Archives
In the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Tillie Caselli promises to marry Noah Hansen. Theirs’ was a love intended to last, and their promises were never to be broken. But when there’s an illusion of unfaithfulness, the result is an error in judgment—an error that changes the course of lives.

My Thoughts:
This book is definitely a journey of emotion. I laughed, cried and cheered them on. In this book, I met the Caselli's. Tillie is just seventeen and it's pretty much love at first sight, as she meets the young, but slightly older than her, motorcyclist, Noah Hansen. Was he a knight or a blackguard? 
It is tough to say much about this story without giving away spoilers, but I can say this, once you read this series, Caselli's will be part of your world too.  The Caselli's are such a loving family, offering support and forgiveness. They love God and do their best to follow his ways. They have high values, and they are prayer warriors. It made me think about how I am raising my children and what I am teaching them. 
There is also a twist of mystery to this series which follows all the way through. Its exciting and adventurous. I wish I could share the whole story with you, but I really want you to get this book. I highly recommend it. You will not regret it. And there is more to come this week. 

I read this book last year also and you can read my review HERE
This book is available through the following sources: 
Reata Publishing
Amazon Kindle for just $2.99
Barnes and Noble

About the Author:
Loving all things Italian, Ta`Mara created the Caselli family true to their ethnic name. Born and raised in South Dakota, she brings this traditional family alive on the Great Plains where she has spent the entirety of her life.
It is Ta`Mara’s prayer that, as the readers explore the truths in these volumes, they will come away with a new perspective on love, forgiveness, obedience, and God’s plan for marriage.

You can find out more about her on her WEBSITE.

Stop by on Saturday for an interview with Ta'Mara and an awesome giveaway! She will be giving away two sets of her books!  I am so excited!

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