|Series: Ladies of Harper's Station #2|
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: June 6, 2017
About the Book:
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 private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.
My Rating & Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 (5 stars)
“Odds didn’t matter when God fought at one’s side.”
I may have just found another favourite historical romance author! This is the first book I have read by Ms. Witemeyer but she had me hooked from the beginning and didn’t let me go until the end. I went through so many emotions – sad, laughter, cringing, huge smiles, and scared.
First off I have to say I loved that Amos wasn’t your typical tall, strong, lawman type hero but rather the average guy who was full of heart. He and Grace have become friends over the telegraph wire, without ever meeting, and yet as soon as he hears she is in trouble he comes running to town to help her. How sweet is that! Amos grew on me more and more throughout the story.
The town of Harper’s Station was formed by women and they trust very few men (only 1 actually lives there). This definitely added an interesting perspective to the story. Grace has found refuge here after her life is threatened and it should be easy to spot a stranger when one comes to town. The women are strong and independent, determined to do things themselves. However this doesn’t bode well for Amos when he first arrives. Can he get past the first impression he makes, earn Grace’s trust and maybe her heart?
Helen is not happy that the number of men coming to town seems to be multiplying rapidly, but then her opinion changes. I really enjoyed her part of the story and as I got further into it I was pretty sure I knew the impact her part would have. But was I on the right track? I had to keep reading to find out.
Along with the romance there is quite a bit of drama and action weaved throughout. I fully enjoyed this story and this town.