The Pretender

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The Pretender
Written by: Ta’Mara Hanscom
Publisher: Reata Publishing
Month, Year: December, 2010
Amazon

A brief summary from Litfuse:
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:
Their lives have unknowingly intertwined over the years, but when they finally meet, sparks fly between Tillie and Noah. Its a whirlwind, weekend romance between a good girl visiting town on the weekend for an art show and a bad boy known for visiting the local bar every night…sounds promising, right? When the art show is over, Tillie leaves to go back home, but not before they promise themselves to one another. Naive promises that include sneaking around and deception, but give the reader a Romeo + Juliet type feel.

An opportunity arises to visit Noah and Tillie jumps at the chance to see her beloved again so soon. But when she finally arrives at the local bar Noah is, unwillingly, kissing another girl (basically its a Ross “She (Rebecca) kissed me” situation), but Tillie runs away before allowing Noah to explain. In fact, Tillie cuts herself off from Noah completely – this is the 70s after all, and much easier to do without social media! – and the story progresses by examining the heartbreak felt by both main characters.

Overall, I could not get behind the romance found in The Pretender. Tillie, a supposed good girl, sneaks off to a bar and instantly falls in love with the local drunk guy? And then agrees to marry him after only one day??And then shuts Noah out after she stumbles on a gal kissing him, without confronting him to find out what actually happened? It was too much for me!

While I didn’t like the romance aspect, Ta ‘Mara is a great writer and I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions and imagery she used to bring the 70’s to life.

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.

Giveaway:
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.

Join Ta’Mara in celebrating the release of the second printing and new covers by entering to win her $75 prize basket giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of The Pretender
  • A $75 Amazon gift card
  • A decorative box containing measuring cups, ten recipes from the book, a potholder, a kitchen towel, pepper and salt grinders, kitchen utensils, and an olive oil dispenser

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 11. The winner will be announced October 12 on the Litfuse blog.

 

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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