Book Review: Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer, Book 2 of Ladies of Harper*s Station

". . . women still flocked toward the largest muscles and deepest bank accounts available, completely overlooking the benefits of intellect and integrity." (19)

Title:  Heart on the Line
Series: Ladies of Harper's Station, Book 2
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
Audio Release Date:  June 6, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
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.

"All right, not all women." (19)

Trust me, Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer is perfect for booknerds all around, especially those that enjoy quick wit, and full on chemistry type historical romance. This second full novel in the Ladies of Harper's Station brings us back to the ladies that have as much grit as they have in hurts.

Since book 1, No Other Will Do, I've wanted to read Grace's story. And I'm glad she's the main character in this second full installment. Heart on the Line have so much more on the line than one's life, but also the lives of other and more than one fragile heart. The story of two telegraph reporters that struck a conversation one day and their lives are forever linked. I love this plot line that kind of reminds us of modern day online dating, yet with this story, it gives us a little more of the old romance that us readers come to enjoy. Our main character is an unlikely hero, but "the friendly, bantering Amos Bledsoe had a steel core," and it is his internal strength that is perfect for Grace.

The humor and wit in the pages just brightens, as well as lighten this story that started with murder. The camaraderie of the ladies at Harper's Station shone strong and true.

"He might be able to meet his Maker, but that particular problem paled in comparison to the other, more pertinent piece of information he'd just learned. Her name was Grace." (47)
"No man is perfect . . . but if he loves you and respects you and treats you with kindness, the flaws fade away . . . unless you're in the middle of an argument . . . then they seem to magnify. Those flaws shrink back down to near invisibility as soon as he says something sweet or holds you in his arms or kisses you." (78-79)

The love story between Grace and Amos was sweet and endearing, but the secondary romance line featuring Helen highlighted a deeper message of trust through trials. And I was equally impressed and captivated by this story line. In all, finding love and a home at Harper's Station continues to delight readers and I look forward to the next one.

"He makes me feel like I've come home. . ." (287)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Amanda Carpenter
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 Texas, with her husband and three children. 

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  1. Wonderful review, Annie! I need to read Karen's books!

    1. Thanks Caryl! I hope you'll get the chance soon. Thanks for stopping by!


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