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Review: Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

Grace Mallory, telegraph operator since her father’s sudden death, has been hiding from his killer, far away in a unique town of women. (Men are rarely allowed in Harper’s Station.)  Amos Bledsoe, also a telegraph operator, is a quiet fellow who enjoys his sister’s family, bicycles, and late night telegraph chats with the unknown Miss G.  When Grace is threatened, Amos, contrary to his nature, becomes involved in intrigue and danger in order to protect her.

Whether searching through old books, rescuing an injured stranger, or outwitting a criminal, Grace, Amos, and their friends kept me enthralled past my bedtime.

As usual from Karen Witemeyer, Heart on the Line is delightfully full of humor, drama, and romance.  The characters are believable even though the situation, especially in the ladies-only town, strains credulity, and the plot is both gripping and enjoyable.  Miss 14 thought this novel would be too exciting for me but, while there are a few scenes that do not bear thinking about, the author presents them in a fairly subdued way.  This is to be expected from an author who writes ‘because the world needs more happily-ever-afters.’

Grace Mallory, like most main characters in Witemeyer’s novels, is Christian through and through.  Her choices, attitudes, and beliefs are rooted in the Bible, and she makes an inspiring companion for a relaxing few hours.  I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a sunny bit of excitement.  I will also look for the other novels in the Ladies of Harper’s Station series.

This summer I am reading a lot of Miss 14’s style of books, hoping to be able to enjoy and discuss them together.  Perhaps this will even be an opportunity to compare styles of writing and discuss both literary and biblical standards of excellence.

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This is yet another book in the in the 2017 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge and may also be linked to Saturday Reviews, Booknificent Thursdays, Literacy Musings Monday, and The Book Nook

Disclosure: This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. and is available at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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