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The Heart's Charge

(Hanger's Horsemen #2)

4.69  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  91 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This dual romance gets ALL the stars!! Oh my goodness, I can't tell you how much I adored Mark, Jonah and the ladies that captured their hearts in this story, and don't even get me started on the adorable heart stealing kiddos. What fantastic characters make up this story, and what a story it is! This story pulled me in from the opening pages and it didn't let go once. Karen's stories are always amazing and this one is truly one of her best. The history between Kate and Mark, the mystery that Jo ...more
Susan Snodgrass
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
'The Almighty had his hands on this. He assigned the Horsemen this duty, and I ain't about to argue with him. Are you?'

Karen Witemeyer kicked off this series last year with 'At Love's Command' and I was blown away by how wonderful it was! It made my top reads of the year for 2020. I absolutely loved it so much and was on pins and needles until the second book in the series came out. Now it's here and I am once again just amazed at her talent.

This is Mark and Jonah's story. As they are headed hom
Deanne Patterson
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deanne by:

I just knew it could happen again , Karen Witemeyer's books keep my attention from the moment I crack them open until I turn the last page wishing for more.
The author writes fast paced stories with great character development.
We have a double story line going here with the story line focusing on two couples rather than one so it's double the fun.
This can be read as a stand alone but I recommend the first book first to get the full benefits of the series.

Pub Date 01 Jun 2021
I was given a complim
Abigail Harris
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ooh, oooh, ooh!

I've been longing for the next Hanger's Horsemen book for a while now and finally, it's here!

I loved getting to see two main couples' points of view. It really made The Heart's Charge unique and gave si much more to the story, however, there were many backstory things they were spoken of and they were only used as back story and I would have liked to see a bit of reconciliation in at least one of them though I understood why one was impossible with the choices of the father.

My onl
Paula Shreckhise
Great Cowboy adventure!
Ms. Witemeyer usually highlights heroines in her stories but this series happily zeros in on a brotherhood of heroes.
After encountering a gun toting pregnant lady, Mark and Jonah are questioning what they got themselves into. As half of Hanger’s Horsemen, they are on their way from a job. Honorable men who retired from the Army, the Horsemen take on jobs to help the helpless. Little did they know that Mark would reconnect with old friend Kate and Jonah would have his int
Dana Michael
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read!! This had two cowboy romances in one book! This may be my favorite Karen Witemeyer book ever. I highly recommend for anyone who likes adventure, humor and romance.
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
Cara Putman
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and the way it featured two of Hanger's Horsemen. Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks find themselves in the middle of a mystery regarding missing children... or are they? No one seems to realize there are missing children. While they try to unwind what's really happening, Mark is confronted by the one who got away. Could this be his second chance at love? Jonah finds a woman who doesn't need a man. That indendepence tugs him to her. Overall, this book is a lovely blend of romance, m ...more
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've read and appreciated all Karen Witemeyer's wonderful books but her newest offering, The Heart's Charge has to be her very best! Witemeyer has really outdone herself with this compelling mystery and it's fantastic characters!

I loved that there were two Hanger's Horsemen that found romance in The Heart's Charge. I didn't realize that would be the case and I really enjoyed watching each one play out. The well drawn descriptions of Horseman, Mark and Jonah along with their female counterparts,
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
"There were some things a man just wasn't meant to do, and bringing another man's baby into the world topped the list."

A baby changes everything. When Hanger Horseman Mark Wallace becomes inadvertently tasked with bringing a total stranger's baby girl into the world, he never imagined how far his axis would tilt when he and fellow Horseman Jonah Brooks sought refuge for the little one, whose mother was too overcome with grief to care for her. Knocking on the door of a nearby foundling home, Mark
Toni Shiloh
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading The Heart’s Charge in the draft stages as it was written. I offered my feedback as a sensitivity reader for Ms. Witemeyer, but I quickly became engrossed with the story as a reader.

There are two romance plots in this book and I loved them each. Katherine Palmer is Mark’s old flame and from the moment they reconnect I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to see if or how their differences could be resolved.

And Eliza and Jonah…swoon! Their romance had me smiling between the pa
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
We get a two for one romance in The Heart's Charge! I loved both couples, but especially enjoyed Jonah and Eliza as they unexpectedly fall in love after believing it would never be in their futures. There is a great balance struck between the adventure, suspense, good humor, sweet romance, and spiritual growth. The pace was steady with spurts of acceleration as danger threatens the children of the community. Rawley, Abner, and the other kids in the story were a fun contrast to the adults, and co ...more
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, historical
It is impossible to resist Karen Witemeyer's writing. Once again she absorbed me into this story of adventure, romance, strong female characters and the men of integrity who love them.

The Heart's Charge provides us two stories in one. We readers first met the Hanger's Horsemen in the first book in the series and in this second book we join up with two members of the group, Mark and Jonah. Together, Mark and Jonah stumble upon a pregnant woman in labour. They, reluctantly, assist in the birth an
Caitlyn Santi
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely amazing second book in the Hanger's Horsemen series! After reading and absolutely loving At Love's Command I was super psyched to dive into The Heart's Charge, and what a fantastic ride this story is! I loved Mark and Jonah, they are both such fantastic heroes that I simply can't choose a favorite! In my opinion the only thing better than a Karen Witemeyer written romance, is TWO Karen Witemeyer written romances in the same book! I absolutely loved that we get both Mark and Kate's, ...more
Aminata Coote
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Heart's Charge started with a bang and drew me into the story. From the opening pages, you could see the kind of men Jonah and Mark were: they helped even when the person they chose to assist didn't understand how much they needed assistance.

Things really got interesting once the two men got to the Harmony House foundling home. There, Mark came face-to-face with the woman he'd almost married 10 years earlier and Jonah met a woman who made him consider settling down.

What I loved about the H
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a lot of action from the first moment to the last. I enjoy when independent females who don't have room for a man in their lives are flummoxed by a man who doesn't fit any of their categories. There was a ton of fun banter between Eliza and Jonah. The writing was witty. There were many poignant moments like when Mark gave a blessing over baby Sarah or when Jonah talked to Abner about his identity. There were a bunch of rascally boys who had formed a family ...more
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having read the first Hanger's Horsemen book, At Love's Command, and very intrigued with the Horsemen (Captain Matthew Hanger, Luke "Preach" Davenport, Jonah Brooks, and Mark Wallace), reading The Heart's Charge was a must for me. Mark and Jonah are such a great combination of manly toughness encasing hearts that become tender in response to the right women. Kate and Eliza have committed to caring for unwanted children in their home, Harmony House, and were not looking for love any more than the ...more
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I will read anything Karen Witemeyer writes, because she does her craft so well. In her newest offering of the Hanger's Horsemen, she writes of a love lost and found again; of unexpected love; of greed, abuse, and exploitation of children; and of heroes and damsels in distress, or maybe heroic damsels and heroes in distress. The characters in The Heart's Charge are strong, noble, and loving--and those are the female characters.

This is book two of the Hanger's Horsemen series, and after this boo
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The roughened-cowboy-helps-out-cute-kids storyline has been used a lot and I think sometimes it just doesn't work out. However, I love the way Karen Witemeyer utilizes it. The sort of orphanage that the ladies ran was really cool- they basically took in all the misfits God sent their way and gave them a place to belong. My first job involved lots of kids, nearly all if them missing a parent, or being raised by grandparents, and the way Karen Witemeyer showed the pain that these kids go through w ...more
Deborah Andreasen
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This second installment in the Hanger's Horsemen series was phenomenal. I daresay I enjoyed it more than the first. (I know, impossible, right?!) I loved spending time with Jonah and Mark. Karen is great at weaving more than one love story into a book and making them work so well together. Honestly, I enjoyed this book so much I'm making my Old Western movie loving husband read it. This is a clean, Christian romance. I read it all in one day because I was enraptured and wanted to know what happe ...more
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In The Heart's Charge, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks, two of Hanger's Horsemen, help deliver a baby. Unfortunately, the baby's father recently passed away and the mother didn't feel she could handle the baby so they took the baby to a foundling home. When they went there, Mark is amazed to find the woman that he almost married several years ago. The Horsemen also discover that there are rumors of missing children in the area and they decide the stay and find out if there is any truth to the rumo ...more
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Karen Witemeyer is one of those authors that I read as soon as the book is released because she consistently writes such wonderful stories! This book is a great second novel in the Hanger’s Horsemen series. There are some ties to the first book, but it can also stand well on its own. I really liked the characters in this story and enjoyed the two intertwined love stories. The characters have such a richness and depth to them that it makes it easy to feel like they are real despite it being a fic ...more
Courtney | Soul of a Librarian
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: launch-team
The only thing better than a Karen Witemeyer romance is TWO Karen Witemeyer romances!

The Heart's Charge is a wonderful way to continue the series. I've loved the Horsemen since the first book; they're just too good. So I truly enjoyed visiting them again, getting to know Mark and Jonah even better, and seeing that their bond continues even when life (and love) moves them along.

While Mark and Katherine have a wonderful reconnected-flame romance that I adored, it was Jonah and Eliza's fiery, chall
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Heart’s Charge by Karen Witemeyer is the second book in the Hanger’s Horsemen series, though it can be read independently.

The Horsemen are 4 ex cavalry soldiers who set out to right wrongs and bring justice to those that can’t defend themselves. Two of them, the charming Mark and strong, silent Jonah, accidentely end up in job that none of them saw coming. When they need to find a home for a newborn baby, they come across a children’s home run by two woman. Which is where Mark encounters Ka
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this was a lovely book! The Heart’s Charge is the second book in Karen Witemery’s Hanger’s Horsemen series. I was so excited to read Mark’s and Jonah’s books and it was even better than I had hoped. The characters gave me all the feels.
Members of Hanger’s Housemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llamo County, Texas, expecting to help deliver a steed not expecting to help deliver a baby. With a baby now in their care, they head to a founding home, Harmony House. There Mark finds th
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a good western set in 1894 Texas. It is the second novel in the Hanger's Horsemen series but reads well on its own.

The plot centers around Mark and Jonah, two of the four Hanger's Horsemen, ex-cavalry men who seek justice and defend the innocent. They come across a situation that introduces them to a wrong that needs righting. Several orphan boys known to ride the rails have gone missing. Mark and Jonah seek to find the boys and deliver culprits to justice.

While there is lots of action,
Joanne | wellreadcoffeeaddict
4.5 stars ✨

Karen Witemeyer is the one author that consistently publishes book after book that I will always fall in love with. I loved everything about this story, the characters, the children, the themes, and the all-around homespun good western romance. We're treated to two of the Horsemen's stories, Jonah Brooks and Mark Wallace. I was initially concerned that one story would overtake the other, but both stories seamlessly play out equally. And while Eliza Southerland may not be the typical W
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Karen Witemeyer has done it again! The Heart’s Charge is enthralling and inspirational, and contains the trademark strong heroines, swoonworthy heroes, and thrilling story of a Witemeyer novel. This story kept me absolutely riveted.

Keeping up with four equal points of view and two primary romances may sound a bit daunting, but Witemeyer balances the stories perfectly. I did struggle a little bit at first with the two corrresponding yet separate storylines, but I quickly became so absorbed that t
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Karen Witemeyer is my go-to author for western romance. She brings humor, a bit of action and great characters.
I really enjoyed all the characters in this story, they each had their past ang their struggles that they had to overcome.
My one complaint about this book is that I wished there were individual full novels for each of these couples! I would have loved to see their relationships develop more.
This book has a bit of action and is wrapped up nicely. I really enjoyed the children that all
The Heart's Charge is Karen Witemeyer's newest novel and the second in the Hanger's Horsemen series. This one focuses on two couples, rather than just one, which I thought worked well. I also appreciate that Witemeyer tackled some deeper issues in this book, including child abandonment and suicidal thoughts, that most Christian authors shy away from. Karen Witemeyer is one of a handful of authors that I will automatically read their latest novels and this book is a good reason why.

I received an
Alicia Lowery
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-reads
Wow, I love this book. Handsome cowboys coming to the rescue of a foundling home and their beautiful leaders. Discovering a ring of kidnappers ("kiddy-snatchers"). Hanger's Horsemen. Righting wrongs and bringing justice. Very satisfying read. I can't wait for the next one! :) ...more
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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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