The Heart’s Charge
by Karen Witemeyer
About the book
Members of Hanger’s Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they’d deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he’d nearly married a decade ago.
After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society’s mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes–ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.
However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?
I think this is one of those books that you can very well tell what kind of story it will be by looking at the cover. And then some.
I started reading this western style historical novel, and I was hooked. (this is the second book in a series, but it reads well as a stand alone)
Mark Wallace is a typical gentlemanly cowboy type of hero. Strong, gentle, and all of that. I enjoyed reading about him and seeing his personality emerge on the pages of this book.
I also found it interesting to read about his past with Katherine, and to see how and when their relationship might begin to grow again…yes, I think this is definitely a story that is just a bit predictable. But, in spite of all of that, it is fun to read, to see how exactly they reach their happy ending.
I found this to be a light hearted easy read, enjoyable and fun, but also with some deeper issues hidden below the surface.
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