by Karen Witemeyer
From the back cover:
When Danger Arrives, It’s More Than Just Her Heart on the Line
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.
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 Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
You can also find Karen’s interview about Heart on the Line here: ‘Heart on the Line’: Meet Karen Witemeyer + a Giveaway.
Heart on the Line takes us back to the Ladies of Harper’s Station with another fun yet dangerous tale. What caught (and held!) my attention was the two main characters. It seems most books feature strong, dominant personalities in their heroes and heroines. Grace and Amos would not fit that mold. Instead, we have two individuals who are much quieter and more bookish than what we have come to expect. And yet beneath their softer exteriors lies that same strength of character their more outspoken counterparts possess.
I loved the characters in Heart on the Line, and I loved their interactions with one another. Wonderful dialogue, whether spoken or tapped! Sweet loyalty and faith are woven throughout.
Because this is the second book in the series, the background of the first book would probably help a reader catch all the nuances, especially of secondary characters. (Plus, the first one is good, too!) Either way, Heart on the Line is going on my keeper shelf. This is one I’d love to read again!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)