Ladies of Harper’s Station Book #2
STORY-LINE HEART ON THE LINE BY KAREN WITEMEYER:
In Heart On The Line by author Karen Witemeyer, we find Grace Mallory telegraph operator, on the run after her father is murdered; she lands in Harper’s Station. Continuing to work as a telegraph operator, she begins dotting and dashing with Amos Bledsoe. As their friendship grows so do their feelings for each other. When notified the villain who murdered her father has found her, Grace knows she has to tell the town; for evil is on the way. Grace anguishes over the fact they might be in jeopardy.
Amos is not very handsome and rides a bicycle rather than a horse. He’s seen as an oddity to the women in his community; he wants Grace to see him as a man worth knowing and possibility loving. Will he rush to Grace’s side or stay in his quite safe town? What will Grace see when she first lays eyes on Amos? My romance book review of Heart On The Line follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Heart on the Line, by author Karen Witemeyer, entertains and enthrall the reader from the first pages. She grabbed me immediately; I could not read fast enough. A sweet clean romance filled with mystery, grief, love, faith, and strength, the reader finds two romances in this book.
Witemeyer’s characters live in an all woman town, Harper’s Station; the sheriff and goods transporter the only men allowed. I loved how the town, filled with women, supported and loved each other as family. What a unique and original job Whitimeyer gave Grace. Whitimeyer included the inequity of pay and positions for women during this time period.
What began as after work telegraph conversation with a telegraph operator, Amos, became much more. It was wonderful how well they communicated. When Amos rushed to Grace’s aid, I knew he was keeper. Far from the brawny cowboys of the west, Amos wears glasses and a suit and is insecure as the woman of his town always overlooked him for the handsome cowboys in the area. Amos is the perfect match for Grace; a knight in shining armor who will stand and protect whose who he loves. He was exactly what Grace needed.
Each woman in town has a story, some of brutal abuse; Helen was abused by her father and hates all men. She has many issues to resolve. That is until she meets the man God has designed for her. Her story’s heartbreaking, however, God has his hands on the controls ready to give Helen what she desires if only she will accept him.
Witemeyer has many plot threads to bring together which she did skillfully. A well-written story with well-developed characters, highlighting their faith in God and his goodness, the pace of story never slowed or bogged down. With an original story-line and realistic likeable characters, I found myself immersed in the story and sorry to say goodbye to the citizens of Harper’s Station. I hope Witemeyer has several more books involving the ladies of Harper’s Station. Including humor and mystery along with romance, the reader will find there’s never a dull moment in Harper’s Station.
HEART ON THE LINE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I received this book from the Netgalley and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest romance book review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, is my opinions. No one influenced my voluntary romance book review.
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