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Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station #2)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 2017)
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Betty Strohecker I would add that it depends on how sensitive she is. I have a ten year old granddaughter who would probably have a hard time reading about the…moreI would add that it depends on how sensitive she is. I have a ten year old granddaughter who would probably have a hard time reading about the treatment Grace's captor administered to her. Also, she would be upset at how Helen's father treated her dog. I cringed at that, but as an adult, I know such cruelty exists.(less)

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Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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What can I say, Karen Witemeyer is the Queen of Christian Western Fiction!!!

What a fun story! I loved how these characters aren’t your average sort of stars. None of them are drop-dead gorgeous or too strong for their own good. They deal with limitations and insecurities and learn to cast all of those on God. It’s an enjoyable story with a good Christian message. Grace doesn’t think herself particularly pretty, and Amos feels himself as a failure in the romance department. And then there’s Helen, an endearing side character whose father’s abuse turned her into a fierce ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review now posted!

I do believe that Karen Witemeyer is my favorite author in the Christian historical fiction genre. She has this balance of faith and humor that I just love. While I’ve enjoyed all of her books, I think the Ladies of Harper’s Station series is my favorite of her work. The idea of a town made up entirely of women, and run by those women is an interesting concept, especially in the Wild West era of American history. Harper’s Station is a safe haven for all of womankind, wheth
Grace Mallory is hiding out in Harper's Station Texas after her father was killed in Denver Colorado due to proof he had regarding the true heir to a large silver mine. Grace is the telegrapher in Harper's Station which is an unusual job for a female during the 1890's. She has become friends with Amos Bledsoe, another Texas telegrapher. Amos is not the tall, dark, and handsome fellow that most girls dream about but he has inner character and dedication that make him shine. When he hears over the ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
It was a pleasure to revisit Harper's Station and my favorite characters there, as well as getting to know some new ones. I loved the "instant messenger" way that Grace and Amos are able to connect even though they live miles apart. They are so sweet together- Grace brings out protective instincts in Amos and he wants to show her that he can take care of her. Grace appreciates his friendship and reassuring presence, but is used to taking care of things on her own. There's an interesting conflict ...more
Cara Putman
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heart on the Line is perfection for Western loving romance readers. Two sweet romances combined in one heart-pounding mystery with a touch of suspense, and a hunky dose of cowboy. A thoroughly engaging, unputtdownable read.

Grace is on the run after her father is shot down in front of her. She thinks she's safe in Harper's Ferry, but then she gets a telegram one night, and everything changes. Amos was on the line line with her, and is ready to see if she's the woman she seems to be when the teleg
Rachel McMillan
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
With an unlikely hero, a soft wit and a dime-novel penchant for danger, Heart on the Line is a warm and funny and brilliant executed homage to the wild west. Witemeyer's research into the telegraph trade as well as the "You've Got Mail"-like romance developing between two operators is adorable.

However, the strongest is Witemeyer's winking nod to the imbalance of this genre's favour of alpha heroes and her turning it on its ear with a very self aware narrative. I love authors who can winkingly ma
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tired of the same-old, same-old stories? You know the ones I mean, where the hero is the tallest, strongest, most handsome man in town, and the heroine is more beautiful than anyone else. For a refreshing change of pace, Karen Witemeyer gives us a hero whose brains are more important than his brawn and a heroine who’s painfully shy … unless she’s tapping out Morse code on the telegraph. And, as if that weren’t enough, there’s a secondary romance and a bit of a mystery. If you’re looking for an e ...more
Heart on the Line...because who doesn't like a good romance ;) This was so sweet, full of laughs, and yet many sobering moments. I was hooked on the first page. The mystery is intriguing and there are elements of suspense all the way until the end.

Amos was a fantastic hero because he wasn't the cliche hero. Gotta love the spectacles ;) Oh, and the bicycle too!! The interactions of all the characters was so wonderful. Helen's struggle was amazing, and I loved how things turned out with her. Espec
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books, romance
I liked this one better than the first, which is saying a lot since I really liked that one. There are two main plotlines in this. You have the one for Grace, and then another for one of the other women in the community. I could tell nearly instantly what was going on, so there is some predictability here. Just a heads up for anyone bothered by that sort of thing.

One thing Ms. Witemeyer is genius at is characterization. She writes such fun characters, and I felt like that was really highlighted
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty sure it's because of Karen Witemeyer that several years ago I read the nearly forgotten classic Wired Love, a witty novel not unlike Jane Austen's writing, which became part of the inspiration for this story. The romance over the wire is surprisingly similar to today's relationships begun online--where one must simply take the other at their word they're who they say they are. I love the idea of a secret language between Grace and Amos--being telegraphers, they can communicate whateve ...more
Anne Osterlund
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grace is running for her life. Hiding out in an (almost) all female community known as Harper's Station in order to avoid the hired gun who shot her father. For the most part, her life is on hold. Here she is quiet, shy, and alone.

Except for the silent conversations she holds every night after hours via telegraph.

Amos is not the usual hero type. A telegraph operator whose most astounding physical achievement is the ability to dismount his bicycle without using the breaks, he has long since reali
Lynda Edwards
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
I am a newer reader to Karen Witemeyer's work. I don't read a ton of Westerns, but the first book in her Ladies of Harper's Station series captured my interest and, after reading it, I found I enjoyed her writing very much, especially the humor infused scenes that kept me laughing.

I love her humor—she writes vivid descriptions, helping me to see the scene before me as if I'm watching a movie. I even laughed out loud in several spots, thanks to a donkey named Will. At other times, a funny scene
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's a reason I pre-order all books, unread, written by Karen Witemeyer. I have yet to read a book by her that I didn't thoroughly enjoy!! I've read No Other Will Do and the novella, Worth the Wait, both featured in the female-run town, Harper Station. This was the 2nd full length novel set in the same town. The ladies of Harper Station each have their own story of why they have searched out an all-gal town. Grace is no different. She has been in hiding since her father was murdered right in ...more
So. Much. Wonderful.

But, what else do you expect from a Witemeyer? She has consistently hit it out of the ballpark for me. I've enjoyed every. single. book. she has written thus far.

This series though, is proving to be one of my favorites. These ladies just seem so REAL. And Harper's Station itself is almost its own character. Her writing makes it so easily visualized, and reading each book has felt like I'm visiting a place that I've actually BEEN...and that I'm actually going there.

This book
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“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
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart on the line by Karen Witemeyer

A story of two telegraph operators becoming friends over the miles. Grace and Amos never met but their Morse code messages to each other created a bond. A telegraph Amos was privy to let him know Grace was in trouble. Finding a substitute for his operator job, he traveled to the protected women's community to find her. There he learned the story of a blood tie to an inheritance that a wealthy man has killed to keep secret. Before his death, Grace's father gave
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love everything about this book! One of my favorite authors
Beth Erin
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogged, own-print
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

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
Amanda Tero
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first Karen Witemeyer book to try (which, I discovered after finishing it that it's a book two; it doesn't say anything on the cover--but it reads perfectly as a stand-alone). My first impression? I'll be looking forward to reading more by her!

Amos and Grace being telegraph operators was fascinating. Their use of Morse code was a priceless touch to the story.

I enjoyed the hint of mystery and suspense in this book. It wasn't overpowering, but enough to add a spice of intrigue. Who was
I absolutely adored Heart on the Line, the second full length novel in the Ladies of Harper's Station series by Karen Witemeyer.

Once again, the townspeople of Harper's Station are facing a possible menace to their quaint little safe haven. Only this time, the target is on telegraph officer Grace Mallory. When her location has been revealed to the man she is running from, a warning is sent to Grace via the telegraph line. She has a decision to make - continue running or face this man...while po
Kelly Bridgewater
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer is the second book that I have read from her. I read Head in the Clouds before. Usually I'm not a big fan of westerns. They just don't appeal to me. But everyone always talks about Witemeyer's stories. Plus, I met her at an ACFW conference, and she is such a sweet and approachable lady. I really enjoyed meeting her. As for her writing, she is really good. She knows what her audience wants and delivers. Witemeyer does a great job at bringing the old west to t ...more
Haley S
Karen Witemeyer’s Heart on the Line does not disappoint.
This was a very exciting story, full of intrigue and adventure. The characters were all well-written and wonderful! I especially liked Emma and Malachi. This novel made me want to re-read No Other Will Do (the story about Emma and Mal)! I still am very excited to read the novella about Tori and Ben, Worth the Wait! I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet!
Even though the plot was kind of slow (or at least slower than Karen’s other novels), it
Caitlyn Santi
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Karen Witemeyer is one of my all time favorite authors! I've read all of her books to date and I always highly anticipate her new releases! I've been looking forward to Grace's story since first meeting her last year in No Other Will Do, and her story was just perfect! Amos was such an amazing hero, I fell for him instantly!
I loved getting to visit again with the residents of Harper's Station, it was so cool how often we got to see Emma and Malachi, Tori and Ben, and Emma's aunts who never fail
Paula Shreckhise
Karen Witemeyer deftly tells a tale that captured my interest from the start. The prologue begins with a bang and the excitement and humor build throughout the story. She populates the novel with quirky, mostly female inhabitants of the town of Harper’s Station, Texas. Add to that a pretty, fiesty, determined heroine; a nerdy, gentlemanly, resolute hero; and a suavely, deplorable villain.
It is 1894 and our heroine, Grace Mallory, is fleeing for her life with the evidence that will prove detrime
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 with ...more
Andrea Boyd
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the main characters from the beginning. Their story alone would have brought 5 stars, but this is a two for one deal. For me, Lee, a secondary character, came in and stole the show. His part of the story brought rare tears to my eyes. Maybe because I related to him based on my own similar experiences, but what difference does that make. When I can laugh and cry at the same book, it deserves 5 stars or more.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, historical
Heart on the Line features a long-distance, technology-assisted romance. Yes, this is still a historical romance, with a touch of drama and excitement, set in the charming women's colony of Harper's Station.

Grace Mallory has found refuge at Harper's Station. The murder of her father sent her into hiding, running from the man who wishes to silence her and retrieve the documents Grace's father secreted away. When Grace is warned by a friend over the telegraph wires that danger is heading her way
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I felt this one was good, but not great.
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For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the National Reader's Choice Award, H
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“I want to trust you that completely, her heart prayed, for she knew she didn't. She was a clinger, not a leaper. Once she found a safe branch, she grabbed on and held tight with every once of strength she had, terrified that if she let go, she'd plummet back to where she'd come from. She wanted to leap forward in faith, but her claws were to embedded. Something would have to shake her loose. And that prospect terrified her.” 0 likes
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