Sunday, October 29, 2017

Book Review - The Pretender - A Blackguard in Disguise


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.


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

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This was a very interesting book - unlike anything I have ever read. I pulled me in right away and I felt very invested in the lives of Tillie and Noah.

As the book begins, we find Noah off track in his life. He's drinking and wasting his life, much to the regret of his older brother who has been responsible for him since he was a small boy. He's a "bad boy" who does what he wants despite the pleas of those in his life.

Tillie is a young artist who has plans for her life. She meets Noah under very strange circumstances and it's almost instant love for both of them. There is a deep connection between the two of them - so much so - that Noah decides to turn his life around. Things get very confusing after this.

There are a lot of story lines in this book - some of which I wasn't sure how they really related to Tillie and Noah, however, since this is book one of the series, I'm sure this will become clearer in the other books. I felt sad at how they were so convinced of what others told them about each other after them falling so hard for each other. I hated to see the turns their lives took because of these untruths.

This is a really fascinating story and, while there were some slow parts for me, I would definitely read it again and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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