By Kelly Bridgewater
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
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?
The Heart's Charge by Karen Witemeyer returns to the Hanger Horseman foursome. This time, readers see the story of Mark and Jonah. Readers learn about their past and what strengthens them today. This story was captivating and interesting. I did enjoy the idea of a Black Cowboy and Black teacher. Most Christian fiction does not feature Black characters, but I love seeing them written in the story as a main couple. I loved learning about their hurt and watching them learn to trust others. In this time period of history, it was hard to be their skin color. The opposite couple's story had a backstory, but both characters were heroic and brave also. One of my favorite things about Witemeyer's writing is that she writes stories with such heart. I usually gravite away from Western stories because they are so boring to me. Not enough action. But not with Witemeyer. She brings such heart, bravery, and sometimes humor to her stories. Overall, The Heart's Charge by Karen Witemeyer is a must read for fans of stories with heroes with a touch of romance.
I received a complimentary copy of The Heart's Charge by Karen Witemeyer from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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