Tuesday, March 6, 2018

HEART ON THE LINE by Karen Witemeyer, Review by Paula Shreckhise

Karen Witemeyer deftly tells a tale that captured my interest from the start. The prologue begins with a bang and the excitement and humor build throughout the story. She populates the novel with quirky, mostly female inhabitants of the town of Harper’s Station, Texas. Add to that a pretty, fiesty, determined heroine; a nerdy, gentlemanly, resolute hero; and a suavely, deplorable villain.

Heart on the Line, Ladies of Harper's Station #2

It is 1894 and our heroine, Grace Mallory, is fleeing for her life with the evidence that will prove detrimental for one heir and beneficial to another. She finds our hero while corresponding with him on the telegraph. He is fellow operator, Amos Bledsoe. Not only are they both telegraph operators, but they share a faith in God, an exemplary work ethic, and a great sense of responsibility. Together they must keep the villain from finding the incriminating documents—- that is if they can figure out who the villain is! 

Karen is known for her humor and wit in her writing and this comes through delightfully. I especially enjoyed the character of Helen, the wary manhater and the thoughts that ran through her head. Not only is Karen humorous but her mysterious plot plays out well.

I’ll be reading more books about the ladies of Harper’s Station.


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.

*I received this book from the publisher with no obligation to review or provide a positive review. This is my honest opinion.
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  1. I enjoyed a writer's class taught by Karen Witemeyer and she's just exactly what you'd expect if you're read her fiction! Thanks Paula!

  2. Great review, Paula! I still need to get to this one.

  3. She is such a great writer. Wonderful review! Looking forward to reading this one!


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