Heart on the Line

Heart on the Line

by Karen Witemeyer

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Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764212826
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 159,855
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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 Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

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Heart on the Line 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
E_Espinoza More than 1 year ago
Having read nearly all of her books, I have been a huge fan of Karen Witemeyer’s historical fiction novels for several years now. Her novels are always well-written, humorous, romantic, and uplifting. I will read anything Ms. Witemeyer writes, because I am confident that I will not be disappointed, and that I will enjoy the reading experience immensely. The only disappointment I have ever felt while reading a Karen Witemeyer novel is in the knowledge that the book will eventually come to an end, and then I will be left impatiently waiting for her to write and publish another. Her newest novel, Heart on the Line, the second book in the Ladies of Harper Station series, is no exception. I enjoyed every bit of this novel from the first sentence to the last. Once I started reading this novel, I didn’t want to put it down, because I simply loved being in the fictional world that Ms. Witemeyer created. Her writing style seems to flow so effortlessly that I could not help but be swept up into the story. I was quickly invested in the plot of the novel, because it was clearly well-researched and well-developed. I also had a swift emotional connection to the characters. Their struggles and successes kept me intrigued and entertained page after page. Once again, Karen Witemeyer has crafted an historical fiction novel that is anything but old and predictable. Heart on the Line is fresh and relevant. It is creative, captivating, and clever. It is the kind of story readers long to find. It is the kind of novel that readers honor by re-reading it again and again. I am certain that I will be re-reading it and enjoying it again after I have recommended it to all of my friends of course. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review, whether positive or negative, are entirely my own.
sandralb 9 months ago
Karen knocks another one out of the park. It was so much fun to revisit Harper's Station again. I love this series. A town occupied and run by women. The concept might sound questionable, but with Karen's writing ability, you will fall in love with these ladies. And you will find them quit believably. I love the way she gives us a little bit of everything. There is adventure, sweet romance, moral lessons and plenty of humor. There are two story-lines going, Grace Mallory and Amos Bledsoe, both telegraph operators who have met over the telegraph lines. Both of these characters are not outstanding in their looks or their character. They are both very likable and strong in their own ways. The second love interest is between Helen who abhors all men, but happens to save the life of a questionable hunky stranger. There are some unexpected surprises which just adds to the adventure. If you are anything like me, you will not want to put this book down.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Can She Stay Alive? Grace Mallory is on the run for her life after she witnesses the killing of her father, and knows she will be next. Grace takes refuge in Harper’s Station, Texas, an all-woman run town, although some men seem to be creeping in. One woman has even married! Nevertheless, Grace thinks this is the last place those pursuing her will look. She proceeds to continue her career as a telegraph operator, a very unusual job for a woman. That is because it is 1894, and the rare woman that works, is usually a school teacher. Careful not to reveal her true identity, Grace has developed an on-line “friendship” with a fellow operator. He seems to be perfect, but can that be too good to be true? Just as things seem to be getting interesting between them, Grace’s life is turned upside down. Her location has been discovered, and she must decide if her friends can protect her, or if staying, Grace will bring harm to the good people of Harper’s Station. To complicate things, a mysterious man has shown up in town looking for her. Is this the one who has been hunting her down, or is someone else the culprit? As this story goes on, Grace tries to discover who was really behind her father’s murder, learn to ride a new-fangled bicycle, and try to avoid being kidnapped by the killer. She might fall in love, but she has many man hating friends who try to convince her to steer clear of romance. She also tries to uncover the true owner of a fortune. This tale will keep you on your toes wanting to know what happens on page after page. It has romance, mystery, suspense and a bit of humor. The characters are endearing, with some a bit quirky but very enjoyable. It is fun to imagine an all-woman run town—and wonder if it can stay that way. Even though this is an installment in the series, The Ladies of Harper Station, this story stands alone, and is a breath of well-written feelings and emotions that are experienced through the characters. I really liked this 5+ star book, especially since there is nothing offensive in it, and is told from a Christian point-of-view. Heart on the Line is highly recommended to those who like tales of the Old West, Romance, or well told yarns. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Heart on the Line through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
Sharon__C More than 1 year ago
This story was just an adorable story right away, and continues to be! The idea of a telegraph romance is so--again--adorable, and the appeal of a 'nerdy' and unique love interest--a shy one at that--is undeniable. If you want a feel-good story that has a wonderful blend of action, drama, danger, and all-around cuteness in its love story, then look no further! Witemeyer has created a beautiful tale, and outdone herself. Please consider Heart on the Line as your next happy read, because it's worth it! Note: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers specifically to review it. 
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, Amos Bledsoe lands on the gentlemen's end of the hero scale. He's highly intelligent, modestly athletic, and romantic! Best of all, Amos is DEVOTED, to his faith, to his family, and to his friends (especially those he'd like to be more than friends with)! I've been a Grace Mallory fan from the moment she pulled her little derringer from beneath her skirts in the first Ladies of Harper's Station book! She is a quiet and compassionate member of the Harper's Station community. Grace is intelligent and courageous, I love that gal! Heart on the Line has a winning combination of sweet romance, humor, and western adventure with endearing characters. Karen Witemeyer consistently delivers quality Christian fiction. I highly recommend her stories and look forward to the next installment of this series! I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to a new release from Karen Witemeyer, but I was especially excited about Heart on the Line because it continues with the Ladies of Harper’s Station. I loved No Other Will Do and couldn’t wait to revisit the town and its community. This second book follows Grace Mallory and Amos Bledsoe. The way they get to know one another through telegraph messages is so sweet, and I so loved how Amos is not a hero typically found in a western-set romance. He’s a little nerdy and quirky and wonderful. Arriving danger brings the two together, and the following drama, suspense, action, and romance is excellent. It’s an entertaining gem of a book, and I completely loved Heart on the Line, like No Other Will Do, of course. I recommend it. (Both books, actually.) Thanks to Bethany House, I received a complimentary copy of Heart on the Line and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Heart on the Line is exactly what you expect from a Karen Witemeyer book -- a delightful story with fun characters and lively adventure. A female telegraph operator in a town populated mostly by women and her bicycle-riding male counterpart in a nearby town ensure an entertaining read. The story includes danger and romance, with plenty of quirky characters to keep things lively. This is the second book in the Ladies of Harper's Station. It works well as a stand-alone, but I look forward to reading the first book to answer questions about some of the characters and their stories. I highly recommend Heart on the Line for anyone interested in a fun historical story. Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts for this review.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Dependable can sometimes seem like a dull word but in this case it means anything but. Witemeyer is a dependable author. By this I mean her stories always can be depended upon to model utmost moral character while at the same time exhibiting the most charming romance. I find this a refreshing attribute. I never have to worry that the latest narrative might contain anything of an objectionable nature. Therefore, I highly recommend any of her books but especially Heart on the Line. Amos Bledsoe didn’t strike me as a swoon worthy hero in the beginning. He is not your quintessential tall, dark, and handsome man. But what Amos ‘lacks’ in physical hero qualities, he more than makes up for in his character. By the end, I absolutely adored him! He is witty, brave, staunchly in love with Grace, and willing to put his heart on the line. What more could a lady ask for? Grace Mallory is hiding out in a small women’s colony after witnessing a tragic event. I liked her character but didn’t really connect to her in any way. The lady who did capture my attention was Helen. With a prickly pear demeanor and an air of mystery surrounding her, I found her fascinating. Helen’s love story is secondary to Grace’s, but stole the show, in my opinion. “She glanced at the sky, where a handful of puffy white clouds swam lazily across the bright blue expanse. So peaceful. Perhaps even happy. Helen didn't really know what happiness felt like. To her, it was simply the absence of pain. Yet when she looked at a sky like this one, something inside her whispered that there could be more. There could be joy that led to dancing, to laughter, to a place where fear could not penetrate.” (Witemeyer, pg. 100) There is a prequel novella, Worth the Wait, and the first novel, No Other Will Do. Although Heart on the Line is the second full length book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Fans of historical fiction with strong Christian values, mystery, and romance will enjoy this book. I received a print copy from Bethany House for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. No compensation has been received.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved being back in Harper’s Station with some of my favorite women! Karen Witemeyer writes another refreshing book with unexpected heroes and heroines, plot twists you won’t see coming, and a sweet romance that captures you from beginning to end. This book is refreshing because the hero and heroine are not your typical male/female leads. Amos Bledsoe is not your typical male lead. Sure, he’s confident, intelligent, sweet, funny, and kind… but he’s not in the least broad shouldered, big muscled, or “macho man.” I loved him more for the fact that he didn’t bemoan this fact; he accepted what God gave him and that, to me, makes him very attractive. Grace Mallory obviously agrees with me! Her character is strong in a reserved kind of way. She is loyal, funny, caring, and witty. I loved getting to know them through their “instant messages” on the Western Union telegraph line! I also loved the fact that they both accepted their limitations, and relied on God and others to do what they knew they couldn’t do on their own. Neither one of them tried to do more than what they were capable of doing. They prayed, they planned, and they involved people who could help them. During that time, they had an old fashioned courtship. Amos’ rushing to Harper’s Station because he knew Grace was in trouble is all sorts of sweet. He didn’t even know what kind of trouble there would be! And let’s not forget about Helen…broken, angry, and bitter Helen (don’t worry, I won’t give anything away!). If you couldn’t tell, I really, really, really LOVED this story. My heart was on the line from beginning to end. I couldn’t wait to see what happened between Grace and Amos, I enjoyed catching up with Emma, Malachi, Victoria, Ben, and the rest of Harper’s Station, and I was not disappointed at the plot: fast moving, romantic, and faith filled. It’s a great book! I promise you’ll enjoy it. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like reading Karen Witemeyer’s books and Heart on the Line was another captivating novel. As part of her Ladies of Harper’s Station series, Heart on the Line introduces us to Grace, the telegraph operator in Harper Station. She came to Harper’s Station to hide, but an ominous telegraph message alerts her that danger is headed her way. But more is headed her way than that message. So begins story of seeking peace, acceptance, and love. A story of affection and action, Heart on the Line has great characters, and unexpected plot twists. Witemeyer creates a story of overcoming pain and learning how to heal through her genuine characters in Heart on the Line. I look forward to reading the next book by Karen Witemeyer. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer for my candid review.
OntoHerBookshelf More than 1 year ago
Karen Witemeyer has been a long-time favorite of mine. Her books always incorporate unique characters, humor, and a sweet romance. Heart on the Line is no exception to that formula. I could hardly pass it up, what with the heroine and I sharing a name. I loved, in particular, Amos Bledsoe. He was such an interesting character, from his love for bicycles, to his way of responding to different situations. I can see why Grace fell for him. :) I also enjoyed how they met, on the line, as it were. The different elements of working for a telegraph office were fascinating, as I really knew nothing about that. I also appreciated how this wasn’t an easy journey for Grace and Amos. Just when you think they’re about to win, they get a set back, which is true to life, isn’t it? This is a sweet read with some danger in the mix. If you’ve been reading the Ladies of Harper Station series, then you’ll enjoy this latest installment.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Let's throw some cliche's out here that Ms. Witemeyer has obliterated with this novel. Women are only attracted to macho men - NOT. Anything less than a macho man cannot be a hero - NOT. Every woman turns to mush when a macho man pays attention to her - NOT. A spindly, intellectual man cannot save the day - NOT. Good triumphs over evil - YES! (even if it takes a while) I loved this novel. As always, Ms. Witemeyer wrote a spectacular story, and I loved visiting with the women of Harper's Station once again. I highly recommend this book. I received this book free from the publisher/author. The above review is my honest opinion.
LizzyB27 More than 1 year ago
Grace's father is shot and killed before her own eyes. She then goes on the run, ending up in a place called Harper's Station She is a Western Union operator there nearly a year later. Once evening, while chatting over the wire with a fellow operator, whom she has never met, they are interrupted with a word of the bad guys have found her and they are on their way to Harper's Station. They very next afternoon a strange man arrives in town looking for Grace. The Marshall throws him jail and goes to get Grace. This stranger, by the way of code tapping, proves he is her friend from the wire, he has come to help her as he heard her receiving the warning. A man impersonating a Pinkerton lawman soon kidnaps Grace, torturing her, threatening to harm and kill her and her friends over some books her father "stole". Amos, her wire friend, finds her, attempts to rescue young Grace, gets knocked on the head, in a position he had not anticipated! Grace shoots the faux Pinkerton, gets away, sends a nearby sheriff to locate Amos and the dubious lawman. This historical romance has some very well timed humor. A very enjoyable book!
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read a book by Karen that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, and this book is no exception. I was delighted to visit Harper Station again and see what these strong women were up to. Grace doesn’t appear overly strong as first but as we get to know her she is full of strength and she knows it comes from the Lord. I love how she used scripture to come against her enemy, just like our Savior. Amos is not your typical hero and he knows it, but he becomes the hero we all long for and he even surprised me with his passion, which I loved. There is even another romance in the story that we get to enjoy which adds to all that is happening and doesn’t take away at all from the main romance. Overall, another great one by Karen that I recommend. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Okay, a new book from a favorite author that promises to be interesting - how could I possibly resist?! And better yet, why would I? I’m a huge fan of Ms. Witemeyer’s books and am always super excited to read them and this one was no different! I so enjoyed the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to get back to Harper’s Station and reconnect with the ladies (and 2 gents) there! As always, Ms. Witemeyer manages to take a story line that might seem tired or overused and makes a brand new and unique one! I can’t recall ever reading a book about telegraph operators and I loved the concept of a couple meeting on the wires. It almost reminded me of a very early version of online dating or something of the like. I was fascinated, to say the least! And with her now familiar style, Ms. Witemeyer drew me right into the lives of these characters, making me care about them and rush to find out how their story would end. I enjoyed her details and descriptions and how she tailors them to each perspective, with Amos’ being a bit more wordy than say Helen’s, or even Grace’s at times. My only mildly negative comment is that I was a bit disappointed in the mystery, knowing part of the outcome right away, as soon as a particular character was introduced. And I did find the conclusion of Grace’s trials a bit anticlimactic, though she did make up for it in the ending that had me smiling and sighing. I loved Grace Mallory and Amos Bledsoe from the first and was cheering for them the entire story! Their relationship was so sweet, as well as having a couple “steamy” moments. I loved that Amos isn’t exactly the typical Western hero and how that actually worked to his advantage. He is kind and caring, attentive to Grace and definitely protective, despite knowing he can’t physically best any of the men in Harper’s Station, he still does his best to be Grace’s hero. His stature also causes him to be quick witted and improvise with what he can do, and I quite enjoyed his unique adventures. And I appreciated how Grace was able to see the great guy behind the glasses and fastidious manner. She fell in love with the quick wit, stories, and kindness evident in the man on the other end of the wire and looked to find the same in the man who came to ride to her rescue. I loved that. And their romance. It was so well written and if I had an ebook copy, there would be quite a few highlights marking the sweet things Amos says and does. Definitely worth a reread and a few sighs along the way. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an unique historical novel! My thanks to Bethany House Publishing for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Heart on the Line is a cleverly crafted tale! Witemeyer brings Harper’s Station to life with her signature wit and charm, and it was such fun to revisit this uncommon community. I loved the wealth of historical details that are included in the narrative and especially delighted in the uniqueness of the characters and their story. The relationship that develops between Grace and Amos is tender and heartfelt, and their journey progresses with unexpected twists and turns. Brimming with humor, suspense, and romance, I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer was a very cute and clever story. This is a tale of two telegraph operators, and it explores the concept of ‘online dating’ in the late 1800s. When Grace Mallory and Amos Bledsoe are assigned to each other, they become very fond of one another. Then, when an enemy from Grace’s past catches up with her, Amos takes the opportunity to come to the rescue. I especially liked Mr. Bledsoe, with his mild-mannered quirks and quiet ways; he was like the Clark Kent without the Superman. No, it wasn’t the hero who had an alter ego in this story… I also enjoyed the secondary story about another lady in the women’s colony Grace lives in as she deals with the perturbing surplus of men in her sanctuary. It was also nice seeing the couple from a sister book, even though I haven’t read it yet. Heart on the Line was very amusing and even had some action. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
RobbyeReviewer More than 1 year ago
Grace Mallory has spent the last year hiding in the all-female town of Harper’s Station. She had learned the art of telegraphy and uses her experience to work in the town’s telegraph office. However, a sinister man tracking her finds her hideout. Now her life and the lives of her friends are in danger. Amos Bledsoe, bicycle rider extraordinaire and telegraph operator in Dennison, Texas, overhears a startling message for Grace and sets out to help defend her. Heart on the Line is written In Miss Witemeyer’s traditional style with lots of humor, intrigue, suspense and tales of the wild west! She also infuses all of her heroines with an ability to fend for themselves, along with a strong, unwavering faith in God. I savored Heart on the Line. Grace’s courage and spunkiness were integral to the story and held me riveted, wanting to know how she could extricate herself from her dire circumstances. I am sure if you enjoy historical fiction mixed with a little romance, you will enjoy this newest story in the Harper’s Station Series. Karen Witemeyer has written another superb book about life in the late 1800’s. Heart on the Line is book two of the Ladies of Harper Station Series. However, it is great as a standalone. I didn’t even realize it was part of a series. (I had read the first book last year and vaguely recognized a few of the town’s inhabitants in the newest book.) I received this book from Bethany House. However, I was not required to write a review.
BirdFlight More than 1 year ago
The first book in "The Women of Harper's Station" was a game changer in Karen Witemyer's books. None of her works that I have read before came close; now we have book 2 in the series and I can most assuredly say it is a book to look forward to! Grace Mallory gave up everything for the sake of doing what was right, fleeing her home into the safety of the women's colony of Harper's Station, but now the enemy has found her and is more the willing to bring the fight to a colony of "defenseless" women. What Grace didn't expect was help from a friend she'd only communicated with over the telegram wires. I loved the first book, but this one hit the sensitive parts of my heart so hard. isn't the most muscular guy in town. What caught my attention the most in this book was how the author made a point to make the characters more...human. Grace could still find someone handsome and get a little goo goo eyed over a handsome man, but she'd come to her senses quick enough. Or Amos, he had to battle a lot that he couldn't win by getting in a fist fight and that drove him crazy sometimes. It showed these characters had limitations, and they knew it too. Very few books bring up this fact, let alone having it written it in such a way that the characters have to realistically face these challenges. I also enjoyed getting to see the story from three different points of view; yes, there is another main character in this story besides Grace and Amos, but I won't spoil who it is. Just know I had to battle who I loved reading from, Amos, Grace, or the third character! It took all I had to not speed read just to get to the next character's point of view. oh so very hard... So you readers know you don't have to read the first book to enjoy this one, but I would recommend getting it from the bookstore or library, as some things will make a bit more sense if you do read it. well everyone, that's all I have for today. I hope you enjoyed the review. Until next time, I hope y'all have a blessed day! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors, and not just because she's here in the Lone Star State! Heart on the Line is an absolute delight and among my favorites of hers. What a great premise: two telegraph operators who become friends through dashes and dots, the precursor to today's internet romances! And I love that the hero isn't a swashbuckling hero but a more diminutive - dare I say nerdy? - fellow who prefers brains over brawn. Add in the setting of the "No Men Allowed" Harper's Station (well, except for the Sheriff) plus encroaching danger, and the result is an engaging story that is impossible to set aside! Witemeyer weaves amusing moments among the tense, and I alternately chuckled and held my breath. Don't miss Heart on the Line, and grab the first book, No Other Will Do while you're at it! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Bethany House for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I had such great ideas about this book until I sat down to actually write them. I stumbled across this book on NetGalley and knew I had to have it. Then I saw it in my Bethany House email and was actually disappointed I'd already snagged it up. I actually read a blog post from the author about the idea behind this book. I was in for the whole pound, not just the penny. Then when I realized it was actually second in a series my heart fell a little bit. I need to pay closer attention to that stuff. Not that it overly mattered, I had to read this book. I just didn't have time to squeeze in another book first. Please let it read as a stand alone, please. And it did. And it was amazing. And no matter how I read it and that it wasn't necessarily in order (because you KNOW I have to go back and read the first) it's still an amazing book that drew me and and flew right through in less than 2 hours - yup so good I donated my entire day off to it. Housework on the other day...well there's more days off eventually right? These characters walked right into my day and marched their way right into my heart. I knew what was what almost every step of the way, I think/hope I was supposed to, but what also surprised and uplifted where I needed to be. Seriously, how have I never read this author before? That has got to change in a big way. Amos was exactly what you expected him to be, a slight bit geeky with a heart of gold. And an abiding patience in the knowledge that he is above what other's perceive him to be and that the right person is out there for him. He didn't necessarily expect the boat load of drama that came with her but well, what's a guy to do. Grace is a little bit different. A shy retiring shell, content to not be the object of attention, but a core of pure steel when the need arises. Of course being on the run from a killer can do that to a girl. Together, along with her friends, the are able to figure out life, love and what must come next. I HAVE to go back and read the first novel in these series. There's enough illusion to some events that were sure to cloud the story of Emma that I'm sure was told there. Adn I can't wait for the next book which I hope will continue the story of Helen and the other women of Harper Station. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
Heart on the Line is the latest historical Western romance by Karen Witemeyer. It’s book two of the “Ladies of Harper’s Station” series, the first being No Other Will Do. (Note: There is a novella that takes place between these two books entitled “Worth the Wait”.) This book also works fine as a stand alone, although the setting and background of the town of Harper’s Station and the ladies that live there is explained in No Other Will Do. Grace Mallory is the telegraph operator of Harper’s Station, and she has begun an anonymous friendship with a telegraph operator of another station on the wire after hours. When troubles come Grace’s way, this operator must decide if he wants to step in and protect a woman he’s never met, or turn a blind eye. I thought the set-up was pretty unique and this book was charming. The characters and all their quirks made me smile instead of swoon, and as such I would recommend this to someone wanting a light read but one that still contains a fair amount of action and intrigue to keep things moving along. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first in the series, I still think it’s worth reading for the cleverness of the plot and characters. Thank you to Bethany House and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Ladies of Harper's Station series, three if you count the 1.5 book. I have not read any in the series and had no trouble keeping up with what was going on. I am sure, however, I did miss some history on some of the characters mentioned in this novel and if they are as good as this one, some good stories as well. I love how you get two stories in one with this novel. Karen has a spunky writing style and keeps you interested throughout the entire novel. I love the town on Harper's Station and all its quirky residence. Getting to know Grace Mallory and Amos Bledsoe in this novel. They have common interest but is it enough to start a relationship beyond the wire? When Grace is in trouble, Amos is hoping to be the one to rescue her. This novel is full of romance, mystery, and so much more.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
STORY-LINE HEART ON THE LINE BY KAREN WITEMEYER: In Heart On The Line by author Karen Witemeyer, we find Grace Mallory telegraph operator, on the run after her father is murdered; she lands in Harper's Station. Continuing to work as a telegraph operator, she begins dotting and dashing with Amos Bledsoe. As their friendship grows so do their feelings for each other. When notified the villain who murdered her father has found her, Grace knows she has to tell the town; for evil is on the way. Grace anguishes over the fact they might be in jeopardy. Amos is not very handsome and rides a bicycle rather than a horse. He's seen as an oddity to the women in his community; he wants Grace would see him as a man worth knowing and possibility loving. Will he rush to Grace's side or stay in his quite safe town? What will Grace see when she first lays eyes on Amos? My romance book review of Heart On The Line follows. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT: Heart on the Line, by author Karen Witemeyer, entertains and enthrall the reader from the first pages. She grabbed me immediately; I could not read fast enough. A sweet clean romance filled with mystery, grief, love, faith, and strength, the reader finds two romances in this book. Witemeyer's characters live in an all woman town, Harper's Station; the sheriff and goods transporter the only men allowed. I loved how the town, filled with women, supported and loved each other as family. What a unique and original job Whitimeyer gave Grace. Whitimeyer included the inequity of pay and positions for women during this time period. What began as after work telegraph conversation with a telegraph operator, Amos, became much more. It was wonderful how well they communicated. When Amos rushed to Grace's aid, I knew he was keeper. Far from the brawny cowboys of the west, Amos wears glasses and a suit and is insecure as the woman of his town always overlooked him for the handsome cowboys in the area. Amos is the perfect match for Grace; a knight in shining armor who will stand and protect whose who he loves. He was exactly what Grace needed. Each woman in town has a story, some of brutal abuse; Helen was abused by her father and hates all men. She has many issues to resolve. That is until she meets the man God has designed for her. Her story's heartbreaking, however, God has his hands on the controls ready to give Helen what she desires if only she will accept him. Witemeyer has many plot threads to bring together which she did skillfully. A well-written story with well-developed characters, highlighting their faith in God and his goodness, the pace of story never slowed or bogged down. With an original story-line and realistic likeable characters, I found myself immersed in the story and sorry to say goodbye to the citizens of Harper's Station. I hope Witemeyer has several more books involving the ladies of Harper's Station. Including humor and mystery along with romance, the reader will find there's never a dull moment in Harper's Station. HEART ON THE LINE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest romance book review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, is my opinions. No one influenced my voluntary romance book review.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
". . . women still flocked toward the largest muscles and deepest bank accounts available, completely overlooking the benefits of intellect and integrity." (19) "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.