Book 1 in the Caselli Family Series

The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise

by Ta`Mara Hanscom


ISBN: 9780984451401

Dimensions: 9 x 6

Pub. Date: August 2017

SRP: $16.00

Carton Quantity: 26

Number of pages: 356


ISBN: 9780984451401

Pub. Date: August 2017

SRP: $2.99

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JPL Books


Ingram/Spring Arbor

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Praise for The Pretender

…hard hitting topics of drugs, alcohol and abortion…A wonderful book to kick off what promises to be a fabulous series.


It's gritty, thought provoking and passionate all at the same time.


This was a fast paced read that I couldn’t put down!


This has to of been one of my favorite Christian stories by far that I have  [read] this year.



This is a powerful story of love, hope, lies, regret and fate.




Giuseppe looked in Rosa’s eyes as she stood in their bedroom doorway. She didn’t say a word, but he recognized the grief in her expression, guessing what she was about to tell him. Rosa closed the door and took a seat beside Giuseppe.


“She spoke of him,” she whispered. She looked down at her lap and shook her head. “I have to tell her.”

Giuseppe shook his head in adamant disagreement. “No. Let us wait—”

“For what, Giuseppe?” Rosa whispered as she fought the tears of frustration. She wanted to end this nonsense. “Let us go to Noah.

Let us get an explanation and bring him to Angel. It must have been a misunderstanding. I can no longer bear her sadness pressing upon my heart.” Rosa’s tears escaped and trailed their way down her cheeks. She took quiet breaths as she sobbed, and put her hands over her mouth so that her daughter wouldn’t hear her crying.

“No, my Rosa.” He put his arm around her shoulders and pulled her toward his body. “I do not want to take the risk.”

“Please, Giuseppe, before this thing with Alex goes any further, she should be told. Is it not more than mere coincidence that we have prayed for Noah for nearly fifteen years before their chance meeting?”


“Disobedience combined with coincidence,” Giuseppe said with a frown. He shook his head and locked his jaw. His Angel’s heart would not be risked again, no matter what the explanation. Alex Martin, on the other hand, was an honorable man and obviously in love. She would be safe with Alex, and her heart would mend with his charming attentions.

The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise is the first volume of 5 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.

These compelling stories are interwoven with Biblical truths and real life events from the author’s own past. Easy to understand and relate to, as well as encouraging.

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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