Book Review: Heart On the Line

Title: Heart on the Line
Written By: Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Christian Western Romance
Recommended Ages: 15 & up

 

Introduction:

“There is nothing new under the sun.” So says Solomon in Ecclesiastes and I believe he is correct. You know all those online dating sites? Well, apparently the Old West had something similar. The telegraph. Telegraph operator was one of the few jobs a female could have back then and in this book, two operators fall in love over the line.

Characters: 1/1

I really enjoyed meeting each of the characters in this book. Some of them I knew from when I read “No Other Will Do,” but many of them were new to me. As always, Mrs. Witemeyer did a great job with developing her characters.

Dialogue: 1/1

The dialogue had me laughing more than once in this book. Of course, there was some serious dialogue as well, but the author certainly knows how to turn a phrase.

Plot/storyline: 1/1

I liked the originality of this story was refreshing. I’ve read many books and it seems so many of them are basically the same, but with different names and slightly different plots. This one was different.

Overall writing quality: 1/1

Not a single typo and great sentence structure. Karen Witemeyer did a great job with this story.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I started this before church on Sunday and really didn’t want to stop, but I did. Then I spent most of the day finishing it. So yeah, I think that qualifies as being hard to put down.

Conclusion: 5/5

If you like unique Christian romances, you’ll like this book. It also has humor, difficult situations, and ***SPOILER WARNING*** there is some torture as the antagonist tries to get information from one of the characters. ***END SPOILER*** I really liked the book and highly recommend it.

No Other Will Do: Review

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Introduction:

I have read almost all, if not all, of Karen’s books so far. This one is one of my favorites for a very specific reason. The hero and heroine knew each other longer than one week to a month before developing feelings for each other. I won’t say more for fear of spoiling too much.

Characters:

1/1

Malachi and Emma were some of the more realistic characters I have read about in quite some time. I loved the growth they both went through in the book. My favorite character, though, was Andrew. He was barely in the book, but when he was, he stole the show.

Dialogue:

1/1

Every piece of dialogue was perfect in No Other Will Do. It was historically accurate, witty, serious, and well-paced.

Plot/storyline:

1/1

I found the plot of this book original, creative, and exciting. The plot twist at the end was as unexpected as it was terrifying. There were just the right amount of subplots to make the side characters more interesting and also be good setups for sequels. I’m especially looking forward to a sequel about a certain storekeeper.

Overall writing quality:

1/1

They say there are few things that get better with age, unless it is a fine wine. Well, I beg to differ. Writing quality can also get better with age. Or maybe that’s experience. Either way, this book was very well-written and I’ll likely be reading it again. Probably more than once.

Un-put-down-ability:

1/1

First of all, I wasn’t feeling super well when I read this book, so I didn’t have a lot of motivation to put it down. BUT, even if I had been 100%, I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to put it down for any reason except extreme necessity. This book starts out fast and keeps on that breakneck speed to the very end.

Conclusion

5/5

If you like Westerns, romance, fights to the death, strong women, strong men, action, or stories with people of strong faith, this book is for you. Even if you only like one of the things listed.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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A Worthy Pursuit: A Review

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Introduction:

Three exceptional children, one feisty schoolteacher, a bounty hunter turned “retriever,” an unscrupulous man, and a jealous man make for one interesting book. Kidnappings, acting, gorgeous piano playing, inventions, romance, and all out brawls (from the schoolteacher no less) are all involved in this story. Will Charlotte convince Stone to let her keep Lily? Will they be able to keep Lily safe?

Characters: 1/1

The characters were diverse, amazing, and well developed. I felt like I was right there with them, witnessing everything they saw and seeing them in the flesh. Continue reading