Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection

Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection

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Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer's "The Love Knot," Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister's arrival by train. Mary Connealy's "The Tangled Ties That Bind" offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers "Bound and Determined," where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels? And Melissa Jagears' "Tied and True" entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory.

Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.

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ISBN-13: 9781493412051
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2018
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Pages: 352
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About the Author

Karen Witemeyer is a winner of multiple Carol Awards and has been a finalist for the RITA Award and National Readers' Choice Award. She lives in Abilene, Texas. www.karenwitemeyer.com

Mary Connealy is well-known for her award-winning, bestselling historical romantic comedies. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska. www.maryconnealy.com.

Regina Jennings is the acclaimed author of The Fort Reno Series. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children. www.reginajennings.com.

Melissa Jagears, author of the Unexpected Brides series, lives in Kansas. Her novella, "Love by the Letter," won the 2014 Carol Award. www.melissajagears.com.
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. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. 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. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She's the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.
Carol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a free prequel ebook novella. You can learn more about Melissa, her books, and where she hangs out online at www.melissajagears.com.

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Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome books and the stories were suspenseful and fun to read
sandralb More than 1 year ago
Hearts Entwined is a great collection of Novellas by four great authors. I love this type of collection because it's a good way to try out a new author. This time I am familiar with each of these ladies and I love their work. Each writes in her own style. They are all funny, entertaining and a great read. Two of the stories I liked so well I purchased them twice. I didn't mind reading them a second time, they are that great. I would highly recommend Hearts Entwined. If you like fun, Christian Historical Romance you will love these.
jcservantslave More than 1 year ago
THE LOVE KNOT BY KAREN WITEMEYER This is the first book (or novella, rather) that I've had the pleasure of reading by Ms. Witemeyer and I. Am. HOOKED! I LOVED this story! It was so tender and heartwarming and funny! I fell in love with the characters immediately and...wait. What's that you say? This is only ONE novella in a SERIES?! Eee! Why haven't I read anything by Ms. Witemeyer before? (I'll have to remedy that!) This book reads very well as a standalone, though I've gotta warn you, it'll have you DYING to read the rest of the series! Thank you, Ms. Witemeyer, for writing such a captivating and heartwarming story for the rest of us to enjoy! THE TANGLED TIES THAT BIND BY MARY CONNEALY The comical beginning hooks you from the get-go, but as you keep reading, the tenderness and strength of the characters will impress and make you fall in love with them. The hero of this story has such a unique personality and the heroine was a perfect blend of tender and feisty. Ms. Connealy has a knack for making characters that have more than just your ordinary, typical everyday personalities. p.s. If you're a fan of Ms. Connealy's "Kincaide" and "Boden" series', you're in luck! This novella ties into both and brings back/mentions some of your favorite characters! BOUND AND DETERMINED BY REGINA JENNINGS If not for the fact that I'd already read the first book in this series...I STILL would've loved this novella!! Wow! I absolutely fell in LOVE with everyone in this story, including the camels! Lol, they were such weird little oddballs, but completely ADORABLE. And smart! I had already liked the character of Bradley Willis after reading "Holding the Fort" (book #1 in the "Fort Reno" series), but this story brought him more fully to life and I was able to understand him better. Once again, he had me laughing out loud at times and grinning from ear to ear at others! Amber's determination and straightforwardness were no match for his stubbornness (or was it loyalty?...) This was such a unique story! And I don't just mean from other books, but also from within its own series! I loved that the author found a unique piece of history that isn't widely known, and focused the story around it. Just makes it that much more intriguing! I'm so excited and will be eagerly awaiting book #2, "The Lieutenant's Bargain", set to release in December! TIED AND TRUE BY MELISSA JAGEARS Such a lovely story about the meaning of true love. Not just a flighty little attraction, but a love that withstands time and hardships and rejection. Marianne is in love with Calvin and she just KNOWS that he's in love with her. The problem is, he's been hurt in the past and is afraid that her love will be unable to withstand the hard times. Determined to prove him wrong, Marianne sets about to prove her faithfulness. Author Melissa Jagears has created a beautiful story that is filled with a sweet love that flows warmly through you and reminds you that love isn't always two-sided and sometimes you have to work hard with nothing but the HOPE of a return on it. Bravo, Ms. Jagears! I will be looking forward to getting my hands on the rest of this series!
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Novella’s are such a wonderful change of pace in reading. While a good long book is really to get into is great, I love how novella’s allow you have a have a “snack” and the treat of moving on to the next story! Hearts Entwined is exceptional as are all the authors! This collection of historical romances is top notch! The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer, has an unusual plot which I thoroughly enjoyed. Misunderstanding drove Claire and Pieter apart years ago but a surprising event brings them back together. This is a beautiful story of forgiveness and what true love really is. It can overcome the strongest stubbornness and pride. The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy, was a delightful read, filled with so much humor. Conner has been gone from home for 5 years but returns with big plans for his future to marry his childhood love Maggie. After 5 years she has quit waiting and has moved on with her life. He definitely took her for granted. Both are equally set on pursuing their dreams and it doesn’t set well with each other. Conner is determined not to give up. Through his deep love and sacrifices for Maggie, God brings about amazing things. Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings. Ms. Jennings books are hard to put down so this story was a page turner too! This novella had a lot of humor in it too. (Love that!) Bradley Willis is a private in the cavalry. His youthful impulsiveness though with good intent has him “punished” with a mission to carry out. To his surprise it is escorting a Captain and is very attractive daughter, Ambrosia, across the scorching Texas plain. Oh and the captain’s beloved camels! Bradley and Ambrosia’s feisty personalities were fun to watch play out. Learning about the camels was fascinating and their usefulness to the Texas Calvary in the mid 1800’s. Tied and True by Melissa Jagears kept me turning pages. It is the story of poor boy falls in love with rich girl but with a twist to it. Marianne’s parents had her life planned out for her up to the detail of whom she would marry, an equally wealthy childhood friend, David. Her heart though had made other plans as she fell in love with his poor secretary, Calvin. He returned her feelings but strongly believed it would not work. The things she did to prove her love were incredible! I liked her compassion and true servant’s heart in the Lord. Not only her family’s bank account stood in the way of convincing Calvin but memories of a difficult childhood. Marianne truly displayed the motto, “Actions speak louder than words” to show him that her love was what was important, not rich lifestyle was all she wanted. My what spunk she had! A sweet love story. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I hav
IHeartReads More than 1 year ago
My favorite moments & lines from this collection: The Love Knot "You ARE my future, Claire. Nothing is more important to me than you." Ah! That line! And another moment that stole my heart is later in the book when Peter's sings a low lullaby to a baby. I loved learning about Peter and Claire's history together and where they hailed from. The Tangled Ties that Bind Starting the story with the characters up a tree--literally! Mary Connealy is a comedy genius. There's nothing like getting reacquainted with an old crush while hovering over the deadly horns of a mama buffalo. This scene came to life for me, calling up memories of a trip I took to Wyoming where I saw a buffalo napping beside a picnic table. The giant beast made the table look like doll house furniture. Bound and Determined If you've seen the movie HAWMPS! you will love this gem. Laughed myself to tears in the third chapter. I thought, "Oh no she didn't just go there,” but yes, indeed, she did. Tied and True “Don’t shove away a lifetime of blessing because you fear trials. You’ll have them no matter what you do.” This story began with some beautiful, poignant moments and had me glued all the way through the ending. My Overall Impression: Loved this collection and would recommend to anyone who loves clean historical romance with a side of laughter. I sighed at the many sweet scenes interwoven with comedy and heart-tugging moments. Can't wait to read more from all these authors! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher free of charge. My review is voluntary, and the opinions expressed are my own.
LizzyB27 More than 1 year ago
This book is four novellas: The Love Knot by Karen Witmeyer is about Claire inheriting her newborn nephew delivered to her by her ex boyfriend who wants to make amends. Claire is stubborn and is having a difficult time with this, until she falls ill with fever and she sees just how deep his love and devotion are. This was a very lovely story. The Tangles Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy has childhood friends, Conner and Maggie, in love and wanting everything. Maggie a doctor and Conner a rancher. But, can they really have it all? This story was so sweet. Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings takes us herding camels across Indian Territory by Ambrosia, her father, and the all too amazing Private Bradley Willis. Just imagine all the dust these two kicked up! It was a very good read. Tied and True by Melissa Jagears is about a wealthy Marianne and not so much Calvin. Calvin believes she deserves better and she won't make it as a poor woman. But she wants to show him what she can and cannot handle. This story was absolutely beautiful!
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored Hearts Entwined. I haven’t read a book of novellas in a while and this was one that will stick with me for some time. I have read all four of these authors before so I was quite excited to dive into these short but engaging stories that all showcase each author’s abilities and minor characters stories from their series. The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer was a story about Claire, a fiery Irish woman, and Pieter a Dutchman with a lot of patience and a determination to tear down his only love’s walls that she built around her heart. I so enjoyed watching these two lovebirds let the past hurts and misconceptions go and venture onto the path of true love that was meant for them. This was a story of a young couple separated and brought back together in less than ideal circumstances, but the determination of both assured their happily ever after. The Tangled Ties that Bind by Mary Connealy was another romantic tale of two people who had grown up together and one went away for a time. Connor comes back and in author Connealy fashion, finds himself and the object of his affection already in trouble. Maggie has just about given up on her dreams to be with Connor when all of a sudden he comes back. Maggie however has new dreams and is now training to be a doctor and moving to the big city. Connor’s love for Maggie and at the sacrifice of his own dreams follows Maggie to the big city to be with her and to try and get her to marry him. Both find more than they bargained for but their love that binds them together strengthens. I was quite excited to read Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings as I wanted to get reacquainted with Private Bradley Willis who is the brother in Hold the Fort and the one that trouble always seems to follow. Bradley has not changed much even though his sister is engaged to his Major, he still finds himself in trouble and a lot of times through no fault of his own. I liked that Bradley met his match in Ambrosia Herald and the information about the camels crossing US prairies was priceless. Hold the Fort was one of my favorite reads so this novella just sweetened the series. I just finished the third book by Melissa Jagears in her Teaville Moral Society series, and her story, Tied and True took me back to the second book where we get the behind the scenes story of heiress Marianne Lister and David’s secretary, Calvin Hochstetler. Marianne and Calvin are in love, but Calvin refuses to pursue her when he feels he is too far beneath her social status and he is not willing to risk abandonment by her. Calvin was hurt as a child, so Marianne sets out to prove her love is true and she goes about it in quite an unconventional way, but oh how bitter sweet their love story was. I highly recommend this novella collection and all of these authors other stories. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
I recently had the privilege of reading this new novella collection by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. Each of the stories are well woven and a joy to read. If you love historical romance, this is the book for you. Karen's story, The Love Knot, is set in the women's town of Harper's Station. Claire Nevin receives a mysterious message from her sister about a package arriving on the train. Her world is set on end with what she finds. Mary's novella, The Tangled Ties That Bind, weaves the tale of one of the Kincaid brothers. Connor returns home with one ambition in mind - to see his childhood friend again. What he hadn't counted on was her leaving as soon as he returned. In Regina's tale, Bound and Determined, Private Bradley Willis has acted out once more and is given a mission. If he fails to succeed, he'll be out of the Army. He isn't going to allow a tag-along daughter to get in the way of proving himself capable of following through with the assignment. In Melissa's book, Tied and True, Marianne Lister is determined to do whatever it takes to convince Calvin Hochstetler know how much she cares for him. The question is, will her efforts make a difference? I found this book to be a delightful read. I think you will too. :) The opinions shared here are purely my own. This book was provided free and did not require a positive review. - 2018
BTSCelebs More than 1 year ago
In "Hearts Entwined" - A Historical Romance Novella Collection, authors Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jaguars did a wonderful job keeping readers engaged. Each story held its own charm, and they were an absolute joy to read. It's impossible to choose a favorite short story out of this collection! They are all a must-read. Here is my summary of the four sweet love stories : "The Love Knot" Claire Nevin and Pieter van Duren's strong bond was instantly shattered by a gross misunderstanding between them. An unexpected baby appearing in Claire's life reunites the two and forces them to open up to one another. Their already unsteady relationship is put to the test once more when Claire is stricken with a deadly illness. "The Tangled Ties That Bind" After five long years, Connor Kincaid returns home to claim Maggie as his bride once and for all. He didn't anticipate that the teenage girl he left years ago would be pursing a career in medicine in a distant town. As he tries to convince her to run away with him, she opens his eyes to a life where they can serve others. They both discover that life together is more beneficial than singlehood. "Bound and Determined" Bradley Wills and Ambrosia Herald's love story was the most unlikely tale.  As punishment for not following the rules during a recent military mission, Private Willis is sent to escort a former officer and his stubborn daughter across state lines with a caravan of camels. What he didn't expect to do is fall in love with Ambrosia, while outrunning a group of outlaws set on killing him. Their budding relationships faces unseen challenges that Bradley is the creator of. "Tied and True" Heiress Marianne Lister faces possible disinheritance and a life full of hardship if she marries secretary Calvin Hochstetler. To top it all off, Calvin rejects her due to their differences in status. Despite the challenges, she is determined to make Calvin believe she is serious about him, and convince him that she is ready to embrace the simple life. She takes a grueling job at a factory to prove it. It's only a matter of time before Calvin sees her true heart. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Hearts Entwined is a collection of four stories. The stories include: The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings Tied and True by Melissa Jagears I thought this was a great collection. All four of the stories are full of laughter and sweetness. A fabulous read. 5+ stars. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
These historical romance novellas are part of four different series but read well as standalones, enabling a reader to enjoy them without being familiar with either storylines or characters. Each one is unrelated to the others in this collection, but all are wonderful reads by fantastic authors. The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer I loved the variations on the "knot" theme and how they played off Irish culture, embroidery, and marriage—a fitting play on words at several points. Characters are realistically portrayed and I appreciate the flaws and the characters' realization of their own contributions to misunderstandings. This sweet romance of second chances is a lovely read and a great companion to the longer novels in the Ladies of Harper Station series. The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy This novella is my introduction to Connealy's writing and I think I may have a bit of whiplash! The first part of the novella was quirky and humorous; the climax was a wild triage after a stagecoach accident with a pace so brisk that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to keep up. In amid all the chaos is a heart-pounding romance between family friends who reconnect almost as it's too late to really connect. I think I may need to meet more members of this family by reading the Kincaid Brides series. Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings I have not had the opportunity to begin the Fort Reno series, but with this introduction, I am really looking forward to it now! I am surprised by all that I learned while reading this novella, from the US Camel Corps to how some people joined the Cherokee nation like others might immigrate to America, this story had plenty of fascinating historical details. The humor and the romance are combined with some fantastic characters, leaving me with a big smile on my face as I finished this one. Tied and True by Melissa Jagears The final novella is by another author I have previously enjoyed and in a series with which I am familiar, the Teaville Moral Society. It has several moments that I laughed out loud, and several others where I sighed at the sweet romance and a very determined woman. I love Marianne's devotion and strong will to prove her love's ability to weather whatever storms life may throw at her and Calvin, but also that she realizes the future is in God's hands. I highly recommend this collection to fans of historical romance and of these authors, even if just one of these authors. There is much to enjoy here with a different setting and characters in each novella, giving variety, but great writing and sweet romance no matter which one the reader chooses first. I received a free copy of this book from the authors and publisher but was not required to write a favorable review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
What a fun novel! It is comprised of 4 novellas – each long enough to have a complete story but short enough to not need the same time commitment as a full novel. I loved all of them and enjoyed reading the different stories! Taking place in the Midwest during the late 1800’s/early 1900’s, they all have different bents to them – rich and poor heroines, frilly fancy ones and tomboyish ones – and each was enjoyable. They read as complete stories, but if you have read other novels by these authors you will recognize the characters as minor ones in the other novels. I really enjoyed these stories – and really had to laugh reading the 3rd one as it dealt with camels in the American Midwest! I recently rode a camel and loved the author’s description of them – “Camels weren’t as easy to spur as horses, since they tended to have a mind of their own…” How true! I highly recommend this book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
BBulow More than 1 year ago
The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer It's been a while since I've read anything by Witemeyer (I know, what gives??), and I had forgotten just how adorable her stories can be. The story's opening feels very engaging, a bit mysterious, then a bit of a shock as Claire relieves her past. I liked both leads equally, and though they knew each other before the events of the novella, I didn't feel dropped into their story without explanation. Things are revealed nicely throughout the narrative, and I just thought the whole thing was really sweet. Pieter plays the protective role when Claire needs it, but doesn't attempt to coddle her. The dynamic between them is basically adorable and made me smile. The Tangled Ties that Bind by Mary Connealy I haven't read anything by this author before, and perhaps that was to my detriment with this novella. It's cute, don't get me wrong, but I felt like I was missing something for the first several chapters, like I should have known some of the people mentioned. It just took me a while to get settled into the story, but once I did, I ended up enjoying it. Connor Kincaid is not my "type" when it comes to male leads, as he's a bit too hard-headed. Maggie's circumstances are interesting in that she is training to be a doctor rather far from home. Things move kind of fast for them, and I didn't get a good enough feel for their past to really empathize as I'd have liked to. The ending seems a little bit contrived, but the romance is cute, and for a novella, adding another element to the plot would have made it go too long. Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings Regina Jennings is yet another author that I think I should be reading more of. I've read her first novel. I know I enjoyed it, but I don't remember the same amount of humor that is present in this novella. I certainly wasn't prepared for the idea that camels play a huge role in the story, both from a humor stand point but also as a matter of poignancy. What could have been a set up for cheesiness or slap stick humor provides a unique circumstance for the story, setting up for some pithy dialogue between Bradley and Ambrosia. Their scenes together are humorous, yet crackle with tension at times, in a rather swoon-worthy way. Just an all-around entertaining and adorable story. Tied and True by Melissa Jagears Melissa Jagears is the one author in the collection who I've read all of her books, so my expectations of a sweet romance and somewhat unusual characters were entirely met in this story. This one has the unique element of being a story that is set in tandem with A Love So True, which was fun. It's not so in tandem that things feel repeated, it's just a neat way to do a novella of peripheral characters in the full book. Marianne as a character is also unique in that, despite being born to privilege, she is more than willing to show Calvin that she can work hard - so willing, in fact that she takes a job considered below her station. I'm not sure how long she could have gotten away with it in real life, but it made for an interesting element of the plot. It also served as a way to highlight the idea that it's good to be aware of the daily lives of others, even if much different than yours, and if it's within your power to help, however small, it can still have a big impact. All in all, this story made me eager for the next full-length Teaville book, A Chance at Forever! Hearts Entwined is a lovely collection of endearing and romantic novellas. I highly
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
What a fun novella collection! Of course, I knew by the author names listed that I was in for a treat. From the adorable cover to the final pages, Hearts Entwined entertains and delights. Independent from each other, each story nevertheless contains a common thread: a heartwarming historical romance interspersed with humor. The tales also connect to each author's current or previous series, a bonus for faithful readers, although they stand alone. I couldn't wait to delve in, and I was not disappointed. Karen Witemeyer's The Love Knot opens the collection with endearing characters and a compelling plot. I loved how she wove the thematic knot into the story in this final installment in her Ladies of Harper Station series. Mary Connealy's follows with her signature laugh-out-loud style in The Tangled Ties That Bind. The medical aspect intrigued me, and I enjoyed catching up with a member of the Kincaid clan from her Kincaid Bride series – including a harrowing trip back into that cave! Regina Jennings enthralls with Bound and Determined, which spotlights the seemingly-incorrigible Bradley from Holding the Fort, the opening novel of her new Fort Reno series. I never knew that the US Army used camels for a time! Finally, Tried and True by Melissa Jagears completes the collection with a fascinating tale of love that transcends social rank. Part of her Teaville Moral Society series, the story made me glad we are not so entrenched in class distinctions and societal mores. Hearts Entwined will put spring in your step during these final chilly days of winter. Don't miss it. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House Publishers 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.”
blueyz1962 More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this Novella collection of stories from four of my most favorite authors, Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. I enjoyed each and every Novella based on each author's series of certain previously written books. They are witty, fascinating, romantic, and very entertaining. Taken from the book blurb: In Karen Witemeyer's "The Love Knot," Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister's arrival by train. Mary Connealy's "The Tangled Ties That Bind" offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers "Bound and Determined," where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels (this one was especially funny)? And Melissa Jagears' "Tied and True" entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory. If you enjoy good, clean fun and romance with some history thrown in, you will love this collection of Novellas. Check them out and see for yourself. Enjoy! I received a complimentary copy of this book from one of the authors with no expectations of a positive review. I was not compensated in any way. The comments are purely my own.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
A wonderful collection of four novellas by 4 different authors but yet they all fit together. Each one very memorable. Who could forget buffaloes and camels and all the other characters. Each was well written and very enjoyable.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This is a collection I am sure you will enjoy, as I did. These authors are all wonderful in their own way, each with their own style. The stories are short and can be read relatively quickly, and yet they are deep and meaningful, and inspirational. For those of you who enjoy a humor romance combination, you will find this book to be adventurous and romantic. Bound and Determined was a real treat after having just finished reading Regina's novel Holding the Fort. I had a good laugh as Private Willis met his match, but then again so did Ambrosia, whose trek across the desert was not quite what she imagined it to be. Regina told a good tale from start to finish. Camel stories, horse tales, outlaws and a pretty woman, set the stage for a great plot, excitement and a little romance. It didn't take long to read through it. I teared up in the first chapter of the Love Knot. Really, Karen? Your books are supposed to be humorous and make me laugh... In the end though, I did get a few good laughs out of this story. And it was pretty beautifully put together. Who doesn't want a man who is devoted to you through thick and thin. I fell in love with this one from the beginning, and enjoyed every bit of it. I would definitely recommend it! I am very grateful to Bethany House who sent me a free copy to read. I was not asked to review positively, only to give my honest opinion, which I have.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Four novellas that are a quick but fun to read make a good book for a weekend of delight. All four are standalones, though they do link to series by the authors. I found these stories relaxing, but they kept my attention. All of the characters were well developed and the plots were creative. Think camels in Texas. These sweet romances also carry a thread of faith and forgiveness. And determination abounds. I really did like the characters in each story as they persevered through various trials. A little drama and a lot of humor make this book entertaining. If you enjoy simple, sweet reads that still hold your attention, you’ll enjoy Hearts Entwined. I recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
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? My thoughts: I enjoyed reading The Love Knot and getting to know Claire and Pieter. A sweet story, set in Texas, that held my interest. I especially loved Pieter. He was a sweetheart and full of wisdom. Claire seemed older than her age, but maybe because she was forced to grow up due to life. 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? My thoughts: The Tangled Ties that Bind is classic Mary Connealy. It starts out with a bang and a scary life or death scenerio and ends with drama. Connor is good at everything -- so it seems -- and is home for Maggie, but Maggie has moved on and pursuing her own dreams. You have to read this one for a page-turner that you can't put down. 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. My thoughts: Bound and Determined is a fun story! One would never expect the cavalry to help move camels of all things, and Ambrosia, the officer's daughter is a spitfire determined to ruin the whole operation! Both characters have their hands full -- and of course, the whole scenerio is a recipe for disaster. I couldn't put this story down. Pretty much the first Regina Jennings book I read. But if this is indication it won't be my last. 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? My thoughts: Tried and True is the second novella by this author I've read. She is a good writer and I have to be impressed by Marianne's go-get-it attitude. And by Calvin's will-power. The heroine did kind of make me dislike her though due to her overly aggressive nature. I've known women like that -- and they were usually after the guy I was dating at the time or the one I eventually married. So I have to say she was realistic. And the author did try to make her likable due to her very charitable nature. I did admire that. My thoughts on the collection: A well-written collection of historical romances by top authors. I love these as they are quick and easy to read. My favorite story is either Mary Connealy's or Regina Jennings. Maybe a tie between them.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Hearts Entwined is such a heartwarming, touching, amazingly loving, fun, deliciously touching yet it has such twists and turns in it that you find yourself nauseous-nah just kidding, but there are some real good twists. I do have to say that of these four Novellas all four authors leave a part of themselves behind on the pages. That is how good these are. Do yourself the favor and add this to your collection.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
As soon as I saw the authors included in this novella collection I knew I had to read it. These stories brought everything to the table I expected and more. Easy to read and quick to charm, each novella brought a smile to my face. While each story is unique, they share a common bond. Their characters face challenging circumstances along the way to their happily-ever-afters. If I’m not mistaken, each individual story tied back in a small way to a full length novel by the same author. I know I recognized some secondary characters from other books and that’s always fun. I also loved the historical tidbits and unique plots. Each one contained great dialogue and swoon-worthy moments for the romantic at heart. If you’re looking for a sweet romance and twists that will make you laugh out loud, this endearing collection will undoubtedly win you over in an instant. I really enjoyed it! I received a copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to the next novella collection from these four authors! Hearts Entwined is especially fun because the main characters in each story are connected in some way to a full-length novel. I love seeing secondary characters get a happy ending, like in Karen Witemeyer's story, the last of her Ladies of Harper's Station series. Claire is reconnected with a sweetheart from her past that she doesn't quite know how to handle and another surprise bundle of joy. In Mary Connealy's story, it is two of the children from her Kincaid and Stone families that are reunited as adults and quickly fall back in love. Connor follows Maggie to the city as she follows her dreams of becoming a doctor. I loved seeing them work together in the doctor's office and the crazy action they encountered there. I am definitely grateful for the advances that have been made in medicine! Regina Jennings's story was full of humor and action as camels are transported from Kansas to Texas in the midst of brutal heat and an even more brutal outlaw gang. The sweet romance that developed between cavalry soldier Bradley and officer's daughter Ambrosia was full of sparks and it was fun to read their interactions. The story by Melissa Jagears had an entitled socialite in love with a mere secretary and going to work in a factory to prove that she could live the life he could provide. I admired her determination in new and difficult circumstances, and the compassion she had for those in poverty she connected with. He fought so much against the relationship that she came across as desperate and I missed the romance until the end. Overall I enjoyed each of the stories with the fascinating history and sweet romance, although it wasn't as toe-curling as some of the previous collections. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful collection of historical novellas!! I found myself getting lost in each story and being captivated until the end. They each include faith, forgiveness, hope, humor, trust, but most of all love. In the first book we find a young woman who left New York with a broken heart and settled in Texas. When an unexpected package arrives on the train from her sister, she is both surprised by the package and the person who brought it. Now she needs to learn forgiveness and learn to trust again. In the second book we meet a young man who's returning home to Colorado after spending the last 5 years in Texas. He thinks he has his life all planned out, but he should have known things were not going to go his way when he ran into an overprotective mother buffalo. (I loved this scene.) Connor must figure out how to convince a young woman how deeply his feelings for her are. The third story is set in the Indian Territory in August 0f 1885. We meet a young man who is in the cavalry and is sent to help move a herd. Just one problem, the herd isn't cattle, but camel. He must deal with not only the camel, but an intriguing and irritating female who was trying to sabotage her father's plans and thereby his mission. The last novella was set in Kansas City, Missouri in September of 1908. In this novella we meet a young totally captivated by a young man, who she knows her parents would think is completely below her because of the difference in finances. The heart wants what the heart wants and she will do anything to convince everyone otherwise. I enjoyed each of these stories thoroughly. Of course, for me this wasn't a surprise since I enjoy the author's books. I found myself going from one book to the next until I finished the very last page. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good story, likes to feel apart of each story and likes a story that will put a smile on your face. I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
The Love Knot Harper’s Station is one of those fictional places that readers long to visit! Feisty Claire Nevin and her Irish brogue have played a prominent secondary role in the previous novels and she’s been a favorite of mine from the start! Her unexpected delivery (and deliverer) opens the door to new possibilities prompting Claire to reexamine the past and reconsider her plans for the future. The Tangled Ties that Bind This second generation Kincaid Brides story is an absolute delight! Connor Kincaid left home to become a man worthy of the girl he loves but our gal Maggie isn’t sitting around pining for him year after year, she is training to become a doctor! These two are super adorable together and they display compassion and maturity beyond their years. Bound and Determined This series is the only one I have not read but it didn’t take long for Private Bradley Willis to convince me THAT needed to change! Private Willis is a bit of a loose cannon but he means well and he’s certainly courageous. Ambrosia Herald is a spunky city gal and devoted daughter who wants to protect her recovering father but also keep the peace between her parents. Funny stuff here, reader friends, plus plenty of adventure and flirtation. Tied and True Have you ever wondered what was happening between dear friend fiancée, Marianne Lister, and dear friend assistant, Calvin Hochstetler, of A Heart Most Certain‘s hero, David? Mari extends compassion and generosity to anyone in need. Even though he takes it a bit far, I admire Calvin’s conservative approach to finances. This is an excellent addition to the Teaville Moral Society series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
The path to love isn't always easy. Sometimes it comes with hardships and unexpected surprises. Follow these four couples as they learn that sometimes love is worth the risk and potential heartache. Each story is written as a stand-alone and is only tied with the other novellas based on the theme of historical romance. Each author uses a character or two from a series, but the series is not essential to understanding the story. I really enjoyed this book. These four authors are on my favorites list and I've read the all of the series they pulled their characters from. So it was nice to get another little glimpse into what was happening. Each author brought her own style and flair to her novella and made it her own. I had a favorite, but loved all of them. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy historical romance, want to find a new favorite author, or want to meet characters from your favorite series. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.