Heart on the Line, Ladies of Harper's Station Series #2
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Grace Mallory is all done with running and relocates to safe sleepy Harper's Station, Texas. When an old friend sends her an emergency telegram, she knows flight is her only option. The villain who caused Grace's father's death has discovered her location, and nobody can protect her. Unless it's painfully shy Amos Bledsoe!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212826
ISBN-13: 9780764212826
Series: Ladies of Harper's Station

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Witemeyer Returns with Her Trademark Blend of Adventure, Romance, and Humor

Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can't let the villain she believes responsible for her father's death release his wrath in Harper's Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she's ever known.

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 telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

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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.

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  1. Melissa
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved Visiting Harper Station Again
    July 25, 2017
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I havent read a book by Karen that I didnt thoroughly enjoy, and this book is no exception.

    I was delighted to visit Harper Station again and see what these strong women were up to.

    Grace doesnt appear overly strong as first but as we get to know her she is full of strength and she knows it comes from the Lord. I love how she used scripture to come against her enemy, just like our Savior.

    Amos is not your typical hero and he knows it, but he becomes the hero we all long for and he even surprised me with his passion, which I loved.

    There is even another romance in the story that we get to enjoy which adds to all that is happening and doesnt take away at all from the main romance.

    Overall, another great one by Karen that I recommend.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
  2. bsnksmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unconventional Hero
    July 24, 2017
    bsnksmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Grace Mallory is hiding in plain sight. As a witness to her fathers murder, she knows the man responsible is hunting for her. Hidden away in the womens colony of Harpers Station, Grace longs for a life of freedom. As the telegraph operator for Harpers Station, she is privy to any news that comes across the wire. When one of her friends breaks into her nightly conversation with Denisons Mr. A, she knows shell either have to run again or make her stand. Without the evidence her father died to preserve, can she prove her suspicions and free herself to a life in the open?

    Amos Bledsoe has been the telegraph operator in Denison for a number of years. He longs for a companion other than his sister, his mother or his nephew but the women of Denison look right past him to the big, strapping cowboys that populate the surrounding ranches. While Amos isnt bad looking, hes not tall, not muscular and not a man that stands out in the looks department. He is, however, highly intelligent, witty and very gifted on the wire. When he struck up a conversation with Hs G, all he knew about her was that she was female and lived in Harpers Station. The more he talked with her, the more he hoped she wasnt a 78-year-old grandmother. Just as hes getting somewhere with learning about Miss G, he hears a distressing message, He knows where you are. Is Miss G in danger and if she is, what can he do to help?

    When Amos rides to the rescue all kinds of unexpected events occur. Grace is stunned, then touched that he would leave his post in anothers hands just to make sure she was safe. The more time they spend together, the more they find they have in common. Can they unravel her fathers mystery before a killer tracks her down? Putting their hearts on the line with each other, Grace and Amos practically light the room when they are together. Is it possible that their taps across the miles did more than send information?

    In Amos Bledsoe, Karen Witemeyer has given readers one of the most unconventional heroes Ive ever read. In a world where horses are the preferred mode of travel, Amos rides a bicycle/velocipede. In a world where tall, dark, handsome and brawny is what women seem to prefer, Amos is, well, not. Yes, he has muscles but theyre mostly from bicycling and, even though he has the requisite dark hair, he keeps it neatly trimmed and is fastidious about his overall appearance not a trait most cowboys aspire to. I loved the clever repartee between Amos and Grace! When they got going, their back and forth was fun to read. This is the second book in the Ladies of Harpers Station series and is every bit as fun to read as the first, No Other Will Do. Karen Witemeyer is a go-to author for me. If you havent read her yet, you NEED to start! I highly recommend getting to know the Ladies of Harpers Station.
  3. BookLover
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Happy to be back in Harper's Station!
    July 23, 2017
    BookLover
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Okay, a new book from a favorite author that promises to be interesting - how could I possibly resist?! And better yet, why would I? I'm a huge fan of Ms. Witemeyer's books and am always super excited to read them and this one was no different! I so enjoyed the first book in this series and couldn't wait to get back to Harper's Station and reconnect with the ladies (and 2 gents) there!

    As always, Ms. Witemeyer manages to take a story line that might seem tired or overused and makes a brand new and unique one! I can't recall ever reading a book about telegraph operators and I loved the concept of a couple meeting on the wires. It almost reminded me of a very early version of online dating or something of the like. I was fascinated, to say the least! And with her now familiar style, Ms. Witemeyer drew me right into the lives of these characters, making me care about them and rush to find out how their story would end. I enjoyed her details and descriptions and how she tailors them to each perspective, with Amos' being a bit more wordy than say Helen's, or even Grace's at times. My only mildly negative comment is that I was a bit disappointed in the mystery, knowing part of the outcome right away, as soon as a particular character was introduced. And I did find the conclusion of Grace's trials a bit anticlimactic, though she did make up for it in the ending that had me smiling and sighing.

    I loved Grace Mallory and Amos Bledsoe from the first and was cheering for them the entire story! Their relationship was so sweet, as well as having a couple "steamy" moments. I loved that Amos isn't exactly the typical Western hero and how that actually worked to his advantage. He is kind and caring, attentive to Grace and definitely protective, despite knowing he can't physically best any of the men in Harper's Station, he still does his best to be Grace's hero. His stature also causes him to be quick witted and improvise with what he can do, and I quite enjoyed his unique adventures. And I appreciated how Grace was able to see the great guy behind the glasses and fastidious manner. She fell in love with the quick wit, stories, and kindness evident in the man on the other end of the wire and looked to find the same in the man who came to ride to her rescue. I loved that. And their romance. It was so well written and if I had an ebook copy, there would be quite a few highlights marking the sweet things Amos says and does. Definitely worth a reread and a few sighs along the way.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an unique historical novel!

    My thanks to Bethany House Publishing for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
  4. Gabrielle
    London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fluffy and fun
    July 18, 2017
    Gabrielle
    London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Even though "Heart on the Line" could be a stand alone book, it should be called Book #2 in the "A Ladies of Harper's Station Novel" series because there are numerous references to "No Other Will Do". (another book by Karen Witemeyer) I was glad to have read that one first. I think I would have felt slightly out of the loop without that background information. (Yes I know it says it's book #2 on this website but it doesn't on the cover)

    But don't let that deter you. "Heart on the Line" was a charming tale of a telegraph operator who is facing grave danger at the same time as finding love. And while the plot was, shall we say, predictable, the writing was smooth and enjoyable. Plus the plot kept moving forward.

    One thing I loved about this book were the characters. The bad guy was so bad and the good guys so good. The supporting characters were the perfect blend of quirkiness and depth. I am always a tad hesitant to support books that cast men in a bad light and on the surface it might seem like "Ladies of Harper's Station" novels might do that. A whole town where men are not allowed? (Can you imagine the uproar if women weren't allowed in an all male town!) But I appreciate that the author did show the heroic men in a good light. Yes, many women have been tragically harmed by men, but that doesn't mean we should teach our daughters to despise them. Quite the opposite! God made us to live together with them.

    And while I know it's a run-of-the-mill staple among romance novels, it did irk me ever so slightly that the author felt it necessary to state repeatedly how beautiful the heroine was. The way it's written makes it sound like her beauty was why the hero was willing to risk all to save her. Would she not be worth saving if she was plain or overweight? I know this is a reflection of our societal values but it's within our ability to fight against it. Even if the heroine's waist wasn't tiny, she would still be worth the effort and worth loving.

    Over all I enjoyed this book. It was a fun fluffy read - perfect for an afternoon lying in the hammock on a breezy summer day.

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
  5. Mockingbird
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fun Journey into 19th-century Technology
    July 17, 2017
    Mockingbird
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I've never read anything by Karen Witemeyer before, but others have long recommended her books to me. So when the option to review one came up, I thought that I would give it a try. :-) I loved the cover of this novel - the heroine looks like she is brimming with a very happy secret and the telegraph equipment intrigued me.

    Overall, I enjoyed this easy-reading story and learned *a lot* about late 19th-century telegraphy ~ That unique historical backdrop ofHeart on the Line really kept me interested. The author also includes an unorthodox hero - a "nerdy", bicycle-riding fellow telegrapher who flirts in Morse code - which was a humorous touch that I enjoyed. Funny enough, since I could figure out what would happen with Grace and Amos fairly early on, it was supporting character Helen's story that ended up really piquing my curiosity - I wish we had gotten to have a whole book for her! :-)

    Witemeyer has a deft touch with words, and her story is tightly-woven ~ The reading itself is really enjoyable (even apart from the story) as a result. Grace and Amos are distinctive individuals who truly felt like living, breathing people. I would have liked the Christianity of the characters to be even more involved in the storyline, but I appreciated that it was included. Taking everything into account,Heart on the Line was a fun story with a solid message of appreciating the way in which God makes us each unique.

    A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House to me, and I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
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