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JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews5 Stars Out Of 5Heart on the Line - The Ladies of Harper's Station #2 by Karen WitemeyerJanuary 29, 2018JenGalaxy4 Christian Book ReviewsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely adored Heart on the Line, the second full length novel in the Ladies of Harper's Station series by Karen Witemeyer.
Once again, the townspeople of Harper's Station are facing a possible menace to their quaint little safe haven. Only this time, the target is on telegraph officer Grace Mallory. When her location has been revealed to the man she is running from, a warning is sent to Grace via the telegraph line. She has a decision to make - continue running or face this man...while possibly putting her friends at risk.
Amos Bledsoe, fellow telegraph officer and Grace's late night friend on the wire, intercepts the message as well. Amos knows he can't leave Grace to face the danger alone, so he rushes to her side to help. He's drawn to her through their chats over the wire, but they've never met in person - will he find Grace to be all he's daydreamed of?
The characters in this story are beautifully written and a pleasure to root for. Amos is an unlikely hero - he's resourceful and perhaps a little nerdy. He fits the typical sidekick mold, but is clearly capable of shining on his own! Grace is shy and hesitant but strong. She carries her faith with her and uses the Holy Scriptures in the most trying of times. The villain is cunning and pure evil and his scenes keep you on the edge of your seat. Emma and Malachi (from the first book in the series - my review here: No Other Will Do )return in supporting roles as well as many others we have come to know from the series. The book also shares the point of view of shy farm girl Helen, whose storyline is also very enjoyable!
This is a tale filled with humor and suspense, faith and love. Every twist and turn this story takes is very intriguing. It was a page-turner and very hard to put down!
This series is a winner!
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Can She Stay Alive?December 19, 2017tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Grace Mallory is on the run for her life after she witnesses the killing of her father, and knows she will be next. Grace takes refuge in Harpers Station, Texas, an all-woman run town, although some men seem to be creeping in. One woman has even married! Nevertheless, Grace thinks this is the last place those pursuing her will look. She proceeds to continue her career as a telegraph operator, a very unusual job for a woman. That is because it is 1894, and the rare woman that works, is usually a school teacher.
Careful not to reveal her true identity, Grace has developed an on-line friendship with a fellow operator. He seems to be perfect, but can that be too good to be true? Just as things seem to be getting interesting between them, Graces life is turned upside down. Her location has been discovered, and she must decide if her friends can protect her, or if staying, Grace will bring harm to the good people of Harpers Station.
To complicate things, a mysterious man has shown up in town looking for her. Is this the one who has been hunting her down, or is someone else the culprit?
As this story goes on, Grace tries to discover who was really behind her fathers murder, learn to ride a new-fangled bicycle, and try to avoid being kidnapped by the killer. She might fall in love, but she has many man hating friends who try to convince her to steer clear of romance. She also tries to uncover the true owner of a fortune.
This tale will keep you on your toes wanting to know what happens on page after page. It has romance, mystery, suspense and a bit of humor. The characters are endearing, with some a bit quirky but very enjoyable. It is fun to imagine an all-woman run townand wonder if it can stay that way. Even though this is an installment in the series, The Ladies of Harper Station, this story stands alone, and is a breath of well-written feelings and emotions that are experienced through the characters. I really liked this 5+ star book, especially since there is nothing offensive in it, and is told from a Christian point-of-view. Heart on the Line is highly recommended to those who like tales of the Old West, Romance, or well told yarns.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Heart on the Line through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A sweet romance with western adventure!December 15, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Without a doubt, Amos Bledsoe lands on the gentlemen's end of the hero scale. He's highly intelligent, modestly athletic, and romantic! Best of all, Amos is DEVOTED, to his faith, to his family, and to his friends (especially those he'd like to be more than friends with)!
I've been a Grace Mallory fan from the moment she pulled her little derringerfrom beneath her skirts in the first Ladies of Harper's Station book! She is a quiet and compassionate member of the Harper's Station community. Grace is intelligent and courageous, I love that gal!
Heart on the Line has a winning combination of sweet romance, humor, and western adventure with endearing characters. Karen Witemeyer consistentlydelivers quality Christian fiction. I highly recommend her stories and look forward to the next installment of this series!
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
hes75 Stars Out Of 5Heart on the LineNovember 14, 2017hes7Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I always look forward to a new release from Karen Witemeyer, but I was especially excited about Heart on the Line because it continues with the Ladies of Harpers Station. I loved No Other Will Do and couldnt wait to revisit the town and its community.
This second book follows Grace Mallory and Amos Bledsoe. The way they get to know one another through telegraph messages is so sweet, and I so loved how Amos is not a hero typically found in a western-set romance. Hes a little nerdy and quirky and wonderful. Arriving danger brings the two together, and the following drama, suspense, action, and romance is excellent. Its an entertaining gem of a book, and I completely loved Heart on the Line, like No Other Will Do, of course. I recommend it. (Both books, actually.)
Thanks to Bethany House, I received a complimentary copy of Heart on the Line and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Charming bookNovember 6, 2017alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Heart on the line is the latest offering by Karen Witemeyer and the second book in the Ladies of Harper Station series.
Harper Station is a safe town that was founded and is run by women who, for different reasons need to feel safe from the world. Grace Mallory has become the town's telegraph operator. After the office is closed for the day, Grace has found friendship with a neighboring towns operator. But when Amos overhears that Grace at Harper station is in trouble he knows he must help.
We first meet Grace in the first book and I really enjoyed getting to know her better in this book. She is a great character full of life. She is smart and fearless, yet she also knows when she needs help.
I have to admit that I really liked Amos. He wasn't your typical hero. He was such a great match for Grace. They were a very believable couple and had great chemistry together. Both of them using their minds and working together outsmart our villain Chaucer Haversham,
The secondary story, Helen and Elliot or Lee for short, in my opinion was just as good and It was nice to see Helen's story worked out and how it tied into Graces'. Lee and Helen were a great couple. They balanced out each other so well.
The story itself was as always a well thought out and most of the book is conversation which makes it a fast, easy read. There were some christian elements, but they seemed to be overshadowed by the story. Overall, it was a book that will make you want to see what is on the next page.
Although this is part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone because it's not a continuation of the first book.