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Heart On The Line By Karen Witemeyer

 

Ladies of Harper’s Station Book #2

Heart On The Line
Heart On The Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 would 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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Snowed In With Death By Ruby Loren

 

A Holly Winter Mystery

Snowed In With Death
Snowed In With Death

 

STORY-LINE SNOWED IN WITH DEATH BY RUBY LOREN:

In Snowed In With Death, aspiring detective Holly finds herself in Scotland.  As a result of winning a contest, she’s to spend time with 7 esteemed detectives at their annual meeting.  After solving a few minor cases, Holly’s excited at the prospect of meeting the greatest detectives in Britain.  She hopes to learn from the cases they solved and their methods.

However, things do not go as planned.  Holly finds herself in the middle a murder mystery as each detective’s killed.   Will Holly find the killer and solve the case before she meets her deadly end?  My review of cozy mystery, Snowed In With Death follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a cozy murder mystery, I must say I found humor in this story.  With snips, snarks, and quips, the reader finds these,so-called, brilliant detectives, are not as bright as Holly thought. Holly, thinking she’s not as smart as the other detectives, and in awe

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The Granite Key (The Arkana Archaeology Mystery Series Book 1) By Nancy Wikarski

 

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THE GRANITE KEY, COVER

 

 

The Search For Antiquities

Two Different Groups Involved

Good Versus Evil; Who Will Win?

 

 

 

 

THE GRANITE KEY, STORY LINE:

In her book, the Granite key, Author Nancy Wikarski has created a history story-line that is far different from the one told by archaeologist, scientist and the educational system.  Her take on the creation story and worship is intriguing; although I did not research her sources, her research appears in-depth and from many sources.

Two groups are searching for religious artifacts for two very different reasons.  The Arkana are preserving artifacts from the beginning of history, the Blessed Nephilim’s Cult leader Abraham Metcalf, has a very

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Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

This is a feel good book from the first page to the last.

 

Author Holly Martin without a doubt knows how to fill her stories full of laughter, quirky characters, ghosts, hidden treasurers, oogie monsters, curses and love.

I laughed so much during this read; Ms. Martin has a way with humor and words.

 

Story Line:

This is the story of Milly a woman full of life and loves all things Disney including castles, Princes, Princess, magic, and wishes. Her hair has pink ends and her shoes have sparkles.

 

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Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer with Caitlin Moscatello

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Inside Look At Death

Good Mourning Is A Gem:  witty,  clever, humorous

Powerful!

When I opened this book I was not sure what I would find inside.  Was I going to cry for the next few days or was just sadness waiting in the pages?

 

I was wonderfully surprised at the content; witty, clever, humorous, yes, sad at times, eye-opening, irreverent, and tongue in check with quite a different formula for funerals that I found I quite liked.

 

In the Southern Bible Belt a funeral is almost a religious experience; Ms. Meyers ideas of the send off were so different from we have, I found myself saying, yes, why not!  What a wonderful idea to have all the things that person loved and valued placed at the funeral. I found this a wonderful idea.

 

The portrayals of the ultra rich as pampered, spoiled, selfish, royalty were educational as I did not realize the rich expected so much to be done for and given to them as a course of life, a product of their privileges. As Ms. Meyers says in this book, death is the one thing that unites all of us, rich or poor.

 

I enjoyed this book from the first paragraph to last sentence as Ms. Meyers and Ms Moscatello entertained and kept my interest as they documented Ms. Meyers travels from an ultra rich privileged spoiled party planning young woman grieving for her

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The Orchard At The Edge Of Town By Shirlee McCoy

the orchard at the edge of town

 

What A Hoot!

You Will Love This Novel

I Laughed And Laughed Through This Book!

 

Story Line:

Aunt Rose’s house in Apple Valley Washington is a hideaway for Apricot Miller.  Apricot is running from a groom that didn’t know what fidelity meant; well maybe not running, when her old truck, King Henry III,  gave up the ghost and died on the side of the road, Apricot pulled her 1940 Schwinn out of the trailer attached to old Henry and pedaled off in her pink wedding gown.

 

Don’t you just the name for her truck!  What a beginning to this novel.  I could see her wedding gown and all peddling for all she was worth.

 

So, Apricot was pedaling her way to Apple Valley Washington, which is just the beginning of Apricot’s adventure in Apple Valley Washington. She peddles into an almost arrest for B&E at Aunt Roses empty house, meet her cantankerous neighbor and that handsome Deputy Simon Baylor.

 

Characters, Plotting And Development:

The cast of characters in Apple Valley never ends, gossips runs rampant, some are just odd, some eccentric, and some just plain crazy, oh the life of a small town.  Author Shirlee McCoy betrayed small town life so well with all its quirks.

 

Apricot is not what she seems, rather than being a fruit cake in a dingy pink wedding dress, she is a millionaire owner of an herbal company;  Apricot childhood was very unconventional; she was reared by hippies and an Aunt that was an original DIY herbalist.

 

She craves consistency, peace, quiet, and structure. Something she never had as child.  Guess what, she doesn’t get it in nosy, gossipy, interfering Apple Valley either.  This story was a riot!

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