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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About The Pretender
The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise (Reata Publishing, September 2017)
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.
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As a whole, I enjoyed The Pretender. The South Dakota setting captured my imagination; vividly painted word pictures made me want to get on the next flight to see Mount Rushmore in person. It’s been a #bucketlist item ever since “National Treasure 2”.
But some of the characters drove me crazy – one in particular. Hanscom made a point of highlighting one character’s homosexuality, the struggle this character dealt with in the 1970s, and how he was hired anyway on condition of not bringing his boyfriends around the restaurant. I didn’t see this factoid as relevant or necessary to the story – in fact, it was downright distracting for a two-sentence inclusion. Every time the character appeared in the rest of the book, all I could think of was that. My own issue? Perhaps, but it remains at the forefront.
Further, what I saw as critical plot points didn’t get resolved in this book; I missed (or forgot altogether) that several other books remain to come. So don’t enter into the book thinking all will be tidily resolved; I realized at about 80% in, that if the author tried to resolve things now, it would be rushed and inconclusive anyway. That disappointed me, especially as the book is several hundred pages long, with an approximate “runtime” (reading time?) of 3 1/2 hours. That’s a lot of text time to not resolve critical plot points.
Would I reread the book knowing the above? Probably. Definitely, on the plot point resolution. I’m fine knowing that in advance, but it was sure disappointing to realize only 80% of the way through. The minor character’s homosexual identity is not condoned, so I’d still likely pick the book up again, but it remains disappointing and unnecessary.
3.5 stars out of 5.
I received a free copy of the book. All 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 https://www.tamarahanscombooks.com.