The Pretender: A Book Review

About the Book 

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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My Review 

The only thing I did not like about this book is the fact they I need to wait for the next book in the series to find out what happens with our star crossed lovers…yes I was that invested. I enjoyed meeting this very intriguing family that includes the quintessential Italian parents, the artistic and passionate youngest, and only, sister and brood of doting older brothers who range from cowboy to international spy to up and coming politician.  They are loud, protective and determined to preserve the family honor.  

Enter the lost, wondering Soul, Noah, orphaned at a young age, raised by his older preacher brother and rebellious against everything and everyone. When a chance meeting at an art show brings him face to face with Tillie, the artistic sister, there is instant love…and we also fall in love with the idea of this adorable couple. It is heartbreaking as a series of misunderstandings keeps them apart and forces them to begin life without the other.  

If you enjoy the idea of true love, new beginnings and family pride and tradition, this series is a perfect read.  

*I was generously given a copy of this book by the publisher but the opinions are all mine*

4 thoughts on “The Pretender: A Book Review

  1. Sounds intriguing! I’m usually skeptical about reading a series of books that are dependent on each other and yet to be published. I read so voraciously that I tend to lose parts by the time the next book becomes available. I tend to prefer a series that is a complete story within each book. I think a better approach, for me at least, is to purchase each as it is published and then read the entire series at once! Thank-you, always enjoy your reviews!

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    1. I always seem to discover book series’ well after publication so I can read them completely at one time. Reading pre published books does leave my hanging a bit. I have a few more reviews coming up in the next month including some Christmas fiction!


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