Monday, January 29, 2018

Hearts Entwined

There are so many good fiction books on the market. Many of the authors are ones the I am familiar with. So when I had an opportunity to review Hearts Entwined, a historical Novella collection, I jumped at the chance.

Karen Witemeyer continued her series of Ladies of Harper's Station. I had read two of the books in the series and was delighted with her continuation. "The Love Knot" takes you to Harper's Station, a safe haven community for women, where we meet up with Claire Nevin the young healer. Her sister Polly sends a message that she is sending a hand delivered package for Claire's safe keeping. What a surprise when Claire finds the man who broke her heart, carrying a bundle sent from her sister. Pieter van Duren never stopped loving Claire, but by a misunderstanding had sent Claire running west as a mail order bride. 

Mary Connealy is a new to me author, but I certainly enjoyed her take on "The Tangled Ties That Bind". In 1883 Conner Kincaid returns to his Colorado homestead after being gone for five years,  He's ready to settle down with the grown up girl he left behind. Only five years is a long time for a girl, now young woman, to wait with nary a word. Maggie has moved on with her life. She's training to be a doctor and has committed to venture to a small town when she completes her training. All of this stuns Conner who now vows to follow Maggie into the big city of Denver. 

"Bound and Determined" by Regina Jennings takes us back to Indian territory in 1885. Private Bradley Morris can't seem to stay out of trouble. His sister Louisa is about to marry Major Adams but that doesn't give Bradley any points. After disobeying a direct order, Bradley is assigned to escort a Captain and his herd back to Texas. Cows, horses, whatever, Bradley is confident he can handle the task. However Bradley looks at the strangely shaped mammals he is assigned to escort. Camels! And an ever greater surprise is the Captains daughter, Ambrosia. Now this has become a most trying assignment.

Melissa Jagears has spun a most compelling story in "Tied and True". How far will someone go for love? In 1908 the classes were divided by the have's and have nots. When a bright lovely well to do young lady, Marianne Lister, sets her sights on Calvin Hochstetler, a secretary for the business man who hopes Marianne will marry his son David, things change dramatically. Marianne's life of ease is a concern of Calvin's, a working man who cannot provide things Marianne is accustomed to. This sets Marianne on a mission. To prove that she can live with less. When her parents depart for a vacation, Marianne takes a job at a local mill, working 12 hour days. Calvin tries his best to thwart Marianne's maneuvers, but will love triumph in the end?

Each one of these stories was a delight. And they are each stand alone. Not necessary to have read the previous books to continue with these novellas. I thoroughly enjoyed each one.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I just read the first Regina Jennings book. I bet this/her novella was good, too.