Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: The Pretender A Blackguard in Disguise by Ta'Mara Hanscom


Set in South Dakota in 1975, where eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beer in a bar, and loaded guns were kept under the counter.

Frankie Valli sang "My Eyes Adored You," and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.

It's within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined-and had been for many years-yet they had no idea. 

From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart---and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride's deception.

My Thoughts:

This novel really kind of blew me away. At first I was not so sure I liked how the story was going, however as I continued reading and got to know the characters and their situations, I was feeling pretty absorbed in their lives. This is the first part of a family saga that does have an ending in this book, but maybe just not one I wanted. Their story does continue into future books which I am now really anticipating.

We have a bad boy, blackguard, and drunkard in a young man by the name of Noah. He has a tragic past but he was brought up to know right and wrong. His much older brother and sister-in-law are at a loss in how to help him break these immoral behaviors.

Tillie Caselli, Angel to her friends and family, is just about to turn 18, has a budding artistic career in front of her, and is surrounded by support and maybe a bit of too much over-protectiveness by her older three Italian brothers.  Tillie goes on a school trip and meets and instantly falls in love with Noah and him her. So much so that he asks for her hand in marriage only knowing her a couple of days. This is where I became a bit cynical towards these two characters.

HOWEVER, the author really pulled me into these characters lives in such a way that I could not only have a changed opinion about these two star crossed lovers, but actually hurt for them when a huge misunderstanding takes place that changes their lives.

There is so much to this well told part 1 of this family saga: parents, brothers, secret jobs, murder, lies, etc. The characters are endearing, if not a bit stubborn and I can only hope things turn around for the bad boy and the good girl. I impatiently wait for the continuation.

I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the author:

Born and raised in South Dakota, Ta`Mara loves to write about the Great Plains and the beauty and people of Italia. While her husband and children manage their two pizza ristoranti, Ta`Mara works full time on The Caselli Family Series, and ministers to women. 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. Find out more about Ta'Mara at :

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