Book 2 in the Caselli Family Series Pit of Ambition 

by Ta`Mara Hanscom


ISBN: 9780984451418

Dimensions: 9 x 6

Pub. Date: October 2017

SRP: $16.00

Carton Quantity: 36

Number of pages: 270


ISBN: 9780984451418

Pub. Date: October 2017

SRP: $3.99

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JPL Books


Ingram/Spring Arbor

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Praise for Pit of Ambition

This book is about regrets, pride, ambition, choices and how they affect those around us. Guiseppi, Tillie's father is filled with regret when he sees how his daughter is being treated. Yet, now it is a little too late to do much about it and his faith in God is tested. How can God take this and work it out for good?



This is a touching story that could be about real people, their lives, their trials, and their joys. I can relate to several of the characters. We've all been there at some point in our lives. I'm really looking forward to book three!


—Michelle Callahan, Goodreads Reviewer

Pit of Ambition…continues the work of book one with giving the characters a full life, full background, and full personality…I love the detail the author puts into these books…the way she writes gives her characters substance. It's as if she gives you a pair of 3D glasses to wear while you read.


—Elle Bee, Goodreads Reviewer


Giuseppe’s black eyes filled with tears as he watched Noah check the progression of the construction site. Patient, kind, thorough…all the characteristics of a knight…how could I have been so wrong? How was I so misled? By my deceitful, old heart, of course. He sighed heavily and shook his head. And now my Angel is alone…


Noah had noticed Giuseppe’s white Suburban pull onto the site, and he wondered why he didn’t get out and have a look. In his friendly way, Noah strode to Giuseppe’s vehicle and held up a yellow hard hat. “Hi, Mr. Caselli. Wanna get out and take a look? It’s coming

along real nice…I think you’ll be happy with it.”


Giuseppe smiled faintly. “Hello, Mr. Hansen —”


“Please, just call me Noah. Everybody does.”

“Very well then, Noah, but I do not wish to be in your way.”

Noah smiled. “Oh, you won’t be in my way. Come on, I’ll show you around.”

Giuseppe nodded reluctantly and got out of the truck. He took the hard hat from Noah and fell in beside him as they walked toward the site. “How is your missus?”

“Oh, she’s doing real good,” Noah answered with a smile. “In fact, she and our little one came to town with me this time. We thought it might be nice to get away for a few days, and she’s never been to Sioux Falls. She and Tiger are at the hotel in the swimming pool.”

“That is good. And I understand from Alex you are expecting?”


Noah’s expression beamed. “We sure are. The baby is due on December twenty-fifth.”


“That will be a wonderful Christmas present.”

“It would be fun if he came on my birthday,” Noah mused. “And Carrie says that’s okay with her because my birthday is four days before her due date.”

Giuseppe’s eyes flew open in surprise. Venti uno Dicembre. December twenty-first. Rosa had heard about Noah on that very day  in 1960 and had written the date in her Bible. Poor Giuseppe stumbled just then on a stray two-by-four, but Noah’s strong hand caught him and kept him from falling.

“You okay, Mr. Caselli?”

“Of course.” He pretended to smile as he caught his balance. “I am fine, Noah. Thank you.”

Noah frowned curiously into the older man’s expression. “Are you sure you’re feeling all right, Mr. Caselli? You seem a little under the weather today.”

“Oh,” Giuseppe scoffed with a wave of his hand, “I just have so many things on my mind, what with planning to open this second restaurant and my daughter—” he stopped himself, swallowed hard, and prayed Noah wouldn’t ask.

“Your daughter? Alex said she’s been sick. Is she having more problems?”

Giuseppe shook his head and chuckled. “No, no…she is doing well. But have you not heard?”

Noah shook his head with a curious smile.

“They are expecting twins,” Giuseppe said. “She is very excited, but her mother and I worry.”

“Well, that’s understandable.” Noah took a breath and put a hand on Giuseppe’s shoulder. “Hey, why don’t you walk across the street with me and I’ll buy you a cup of coffee? I was just getting ready to take a little break, and it sure would be nice to have someone to share the time with.”

Giuseppe’s heart sprang with unexpected delight at the offer, even though his head told him to maintain some kind of a distance with Noah. But what could one cup of coffee hurt? “I would like that very much, Noah.”


Pit of Ambition is the second volume of 5 in the family epic series The Caselli Family Series.

Five years have passed since Noah and Tillie’s “chance” meeting. They’ve married other people by now, and are both beginning their families.

In the pursuit of professional and political success, Alex runs headlong into a pit of pride and ambition...and Giuseppe begins to hate the husband he chose for his daughter.

Alex and Noah are doing business on many fronts, which will bring Noah to town for an unintended meeting with Giuseppe. Tension abounds as he attempts to conceal his daughter’s identity from Noah.

Alex strays when Tillie needs him the most, and it’s Noah who will bring him home. But, instead of learning Tillie’s identity, he connects with her brothers, especially Marquette.

Unbeknownst to Noah, his new foreman is a member of the crime family Marquette has sought since 1968.

The Author

Born and raised in South Dakota, Ta`Mara loves the people of the Dakotas and their rich history. She also has a deep love for Italy and her colorful chronology. Fortunate enough to visit and stay in Italy, she added some of the details of her travels to The Caselli Family Series.

She has three grown children and one grandson. She and her husband have rescued two cats and one Pomeranian.

She teaches AWANA Cubbies and speaks at women’s events. Please visit her website at:

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