Saturday, January 20, 2018

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

Heart on the Line by Karen WitemeyerHeart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Requested reveiw copy from Netgalley
Genre: Christian Old West Romance

Book Description:  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.

My thoughts: Grace and Amos are great pen pals, err.... telegraph pals. They are telegraph operators from different stations and get to know each other by their nighttime chats. When Grace is threatened during one of their evening chats, Amos goes into action to get to her side, on an obstinate and slow mule.

That tells you about how this story goes. Amos has the best of intentions, but he is more of a cerebral hero, rather than the kind you find in most Western novels. I loved the characters and their quirky personalities. While Amos isn't a typical hero, he is a wonderful hero. He will do anything that he can to protect Grace.

Grace has been hiding for over a year and I loved how her friends rallied around her. She has the clues to solve a mystery and will hide them from a bad and greedy man. There is a little bit of suspense and mystery. It is a great blend of a few genres.

I enjoyed this book. Anyone who enjoys a great romance set in the Old West should definitely give it a try. It has Christian themes and contains kissing and non-graphic violence

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