Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer (review by Kristi)

heart on the line

About the book:  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.

Paperback, 328 pages                     Published June 6, 2017, by Bethany House Publishers


My review:  From cover to cover I liked this book. Karen Witemeyer has once again woven a tale of romance that includes suspense and wit. Her characters are people you feel like you know and her word choices and descriptions make you feel as if you are transported back in time and to different locations. Heart on the Line had this reader’s heart from beginning to end.

I liked Grace Mallory from the get-go. She’s intelligent, loyal, and feisty. She’s also very girl-next-door and someone that I think I would get along with in “real life”. I also, from the very get-go liked Amos Bledsoe, the hero of the book. Thank you, Karen, for giving us nerdy girls a hero that we can totally relate to and swoon over. Amos isn’t full of muscles and brawn but he has brains, a heart of gold, and a loyalty to Grace that is so sweet to read about. I loved reading about their meeting over the telegraph wires and how it progressed into a friendship and more. Their friendship had a very natural progression and wasn’t rushed or forced. I rooted for this couple throughout the book.

This book was such an easy one to read. The story is good and solid and is told at the perfect pace. There is never a moment to be bored with the goings on in Harper’s Station. The descriptions are great and made me feel as if I were there.

I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and romance. If you’ve never read a Karen Witemeyer book this one would be a great one to begin with. Although this is the second book in the Ladies of Harper’s Station series it completely stands on its own. Don’t wait. Pick up your copy today!

I received a free copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.


About the author:  For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website.

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