Review: Hearts Entwined Historical Romance Novella Collection from Bethany House Publishers

"I want to be so tangled and knotted up with you that nothing will ever pull us apart. . ." (The Love Knot)

Title:  Hearts Entwined
Authors: Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  October 3, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction / Novella Collection
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Hearts Entwined
Four Historical Romance Novellas of Love (With a Twist of Humor)

The ways of love can be complex. Sometimes a relationship full of unexpected twists and unlikely turns leads to a bond that's strong and secure. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that follow the winding path of romance in stories that celebrate a love that lasts forever.

The Love Knot
When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?

The Tangled Ties That Bind
Connor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?

Bound and Determined
As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.

Tied and True
Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?


Hearts Entwined is a historical romance novella collection with stories from authors Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears.  Personally, I love novella collections. It gives readers a glimpse into an author's writing style before committing to a full length novel if the author is new, or in my case, provides stories of characters from their previous novels that I've fallen in love with. Then there's also a little bit of "what happened" to the main characters of those novels. Hearts Entwined included stories that gave us a sort of continuation from these authors' last full length novel, but still can be read as a standalone.

In Karen Witemeyer's The Love Knot, it's part of the Ladies of Harper's Station series. Claire gave readers quite the impression in the other books of the series, and I'm so glad to have her featured in this one. Though, I didn't find too much action happening, the romance part was the highlight. We get a bit more backstory to who Claire was and is, and how she came about to Harper's Station. With a man from the past, adding a baby in the mix and how trust is earn when it was easily lost, The Love Knot may grip you from the start. 

Mary Connealy's The Tangled Ties that Binds is just as part of the Kincaid Brides as it is the Cimarron Legacy series. Though I've only read the latter, I can still easily enjoyed this novella even without reading either. Both Connor and Maggie are headstrong and possess a determination that one can't help but admired. Add in the author's trademark humor, our cowboy just don't know what he's got himself into as he follows his heart.

"No one but God could create such a perfect vehicle for traveling across the desert." (Bound and Determined)

Did you know how cute and comical camels are? No? Well, Regina Jennings can tell you or you can read about it in her novella, Bound and Determined. I laughed quite a bit with them around. I was looking forward to Private Bradley Willis' story since his appearance in Holding the Fort. His mischievousness have finally met his match in Ambrosia Herald!

In the last story of the collection, Melissa Jagears' Tied and True continues in the fashion of the Teaville Moral Society series with a female character that unwaveringly fights for what she believes. In this case, it's not a matter of what, but whom.

"You never know what surprises a day will bring." (Bound and Determined)

Each story in Hearts Entwined has a wonderful mix of humor, wit and romance, incorporating a purposeful message that will give you just the right amount of surprise. A lovely collection for fans of historical romance as well as fans of these authors.

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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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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Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has over half a million books sold. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. 

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Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.

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Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps, A Bride in Store,and A Bride at Last, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. 

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  1. I just finished this book and loved it. Nice Review. Blessings

  2. I just started reading this and so far am enjoying it very much. I enjoyed the review.

  3. I love your review Annie! I read and LOVED this collection. It was a very welcome distraction from life.

    1. Thank you Andrea. Aren't stories wonderful? Distractions, but definitely good ones.


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