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

3 Stars

A Blackguard in Disguise is the first volume of five in the family epic series The Caselli Family series. It begins in South Dakota in 1975 where eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beers 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 Hanscom 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.


My first thought - "A Christian biker book yay". But although it was Christian and there was a guy who rode a motorcycle, it was not what I thought, and sadly it was not as good as I wanted it to be.
Don't get me wrong - it was far from horrible - but it was just OK for me.

It started out good - I really liked the first 1/3 of the book and was looking forward to reading the rest. but then it got very slow for me and dragged and I got uninterested. I found myself reading parts and skimming through others. There were two things that I didn't like - there were too many off-shoots, I kept thinking "How does this relate to the story and why did she include this?" And - things evolved way too fast, even for fiction. Tillie "Angel" choose to trust and go with a stranger too fast, Noah fell in Love too fast, and he chose to change is life style too fast, then she chose to mistrust and question him equally as fast - and this kept happening throughout the book.

The character development was very good and I did really like Tillie and Noah (even though they were unbelievable). I especially liked Noah. I wish he had stayed a bad boy for a bit longer LOL I think that would have made the story more real and more interesting. But I did love that he was such a sweetheart!

So while this one was just OK for me - I know others out there would really love this book! It just wasn't what I was hoping. So please get it and check it out for yourself.

OH! PS&BTW - I loved the cover!

The Pretender Ta'Mara Hanscom
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Litfuse  ~ Thank You!

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