A Review – Heart On The Line

HEART ON THE LINE
Ladies of Harper’s Station #2
by
Karen Witemeyer
  Genre: Christian / Historical / Frontier Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Date of Publication: June 6, 2017
Number of Pages: 336
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Grace Mallory is tired of hiding. She hungers for a normal life, perhaps even a suitor like two of her friends in Harper’s Station have found. But when the man she believes responsible for her father’s death discovers her whereabouts, survival takes priority. Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His fellow telegrapher, the mysterious Miss G, has been the ideal companion.

For months, their friendship—dare he believe, courtship?—over the wire has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intends for him. However, when he intercepts an ominous message and discovers her life is in peril, Amos must shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

PRAISE FOR HEART ON THE LINE:
“Witemeyer blends history, suspense, and romance with touches of humor. Women will enjoy this story that proves heroes come in unexpected shapes and sizes and not always on a white charger.”Christian Market
“Online dating meets 1890s Texas in this charming, spiritually deep, laugh-out-loud funny romance!”—reader review on Goodreads
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“Terror squeezed Grace’s chest as Lockhart forced her head under the water. She pushed against the side of the wooden tub trying somehow to gain leverage. Water filled her nose, increasing her panic. She squirmed and writhed, her mouth coming open in a desperate bid for air that didn’t come.”
Dot. Dash. Dash. Dot. Dot. I’ve always been fascinated by Morse Code and Karen Witemeyer’s book, Heart On The Line only enhanced that intrigue of mine. It also gave me pause to reflect on how our communication has evolved from letters, to telegraphs to phones over the years. To me it was the telegraph that was the most remarkable, because even though the words being communicated were real so many hidden codes could be sent – all with dashes and dots.
Now onto the story….
Witemeyer weaves her main story and an interlayer story of intrigue for readers right off the bat with the murder of Grace Mallory’s dad in front of her. Then the mystery further deepens when right before her father is murdered he gives his daughter a set of books that holds the key to another girl’s future.
Velocipedes (read the book to find out) come into the mix with Amos Bledsoe, who is not your typical hero who has been corresponding with Grace via late night chatting over the telegraph. Their romance is developed well by the author. The Christian foundation is not overwhelming – it’s just enough.
The book has enough drama mixed with bits of romance that leads the readers into the adventure of Grace of uncovering a mystery that her father was murdered over. The story is fast paced and is a delightful read. Of course the interlayer story of Helen almost steals the entire story. I’m looking forward to reading other books by Witemeyer.

Note: I will add that I did not read Ladies of Harper Station Book #1. This story did not leave me wondering what I had missed out on in the first book.
 
Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. 

 

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1 WINNER: ALL FOUR OF BETHANY HOUSE’S JUNE HISTORICAL RELEASES, including Heart on the Line
June 23-July 2, 2017
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