Sunday, July 23, 2017

My Review: Heart on the Line

I just love this cover!  I know you can't see it very well (or maybe at all) here, but there's a swirl of Morse code looping across the cover and I'd really like to know if it actually says something . . . where are Grace and Amos to translate for me when I need them?

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.

About the Author:
Christy Award finalist and winner of the ACFW Carol Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes Christian historical romance for Bethany House, believing the world needs more happily-ever-afters.  She is an avid cross-stitcher and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

I "procured" (read: bummed) this photo from Karen's website.  I tried to use the "official" photo, but I liked this one too well. 

My Review: 4 stars
Okay, a new book from a favorite author that promises to be interesting - how could I possibly resist?!  And better yet, why would I?  Im a huge fan of Ms. Witemeyers 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 couldnt wait to get back to Harpers 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 cant 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 Amosbeing a bit more wordy than say Helens, or even Graces 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 Graces 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 steamymoments.  I loved that Amos isnt 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 cant physically best any of the men in Harpers Station, he still does his best to be Graces 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!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my review!  I hope you'll consider checking out this book, as well as Ms. Witemeyer's other ones!  Many of which help comprise my very long list of favorite books!  As always, links are below if you'd like to learn more!
Have a fantastic day!

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