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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

About the book:

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.
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.
Epic romance, global adventure, ethnic passion, and Christian values inspire this new series.

My Thoughts:

This is one of those times when choosing a book based on the attractiveness of it's cover is not always a good thing. When I received the request to review this book the story sounded intriguing and the cover really piqued my interest so I agreed to review it. I barely read through chapter one when I realized that this wasn't really a story, it was just words on a page and I was bored to tears. I tried several times to get into the book but just couldn't. I finally gave up and put it down. I honestly hate doing that and hate saying that, but it is the honest truth for me.
Unfortunately, I can't recommend this book.

Despite just meeting each other, Tillie and Noah's lives have been mysteriously intertwined for many years in Ta'Mara Hanscom's The Pretender. 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.

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    6 Responses to “The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise by Ta'Mara Hanscom”
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    It it to bad that you were not able to get into the book. I have read this book three times. I feel like I know the characters personally. I enjoyed the whole series. The cover update just added to this already amazing story.

    I don’t want a report, I want an experience and this book is not an experience! It is nothing but words on a page with no emotional pull.
    YAY! You loved it!! I didn’t and I don’t have to!

    I have to agree with you on it’s not a good book. I was so hoping the book matched the cover but it definitely didn’t for me. I was very disappointed and won’t be recommending it either :-(.

    Oh my goodness, I'm having such a hard time with this book. Im stressing about writing my review for this book, but it's just so bad. I can't recommend it either.


    Sadly it is probably the worst book I've read in a long time and I hate saying that.


    I understand completely! I learned when I wrote the first review for a book I didn't like to find something positive for either the beginning or the end of the review. It will be hard for this book. Good luck!

    Same...I just could not connect to this book, and every time I picked it up I could only read a couple sentences before closing it again. And that hardly every happens for me...I'm a "read the whole book in a couple hours" kind of person.

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