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.
I enjoyed the first book of the Ladies of Harper Station series by Karen Witemeyer (actually, I have enjoyed most of her books) so I was excited when the second book in the series was coming out. It can be read as a stand alone novel. The characters are more fun (in my opinion) if you have their background though. I honestly thought this book was going to be about Tori from the first one. I don't remember much about Grace, but that didn't stop my enjoyment with this book.
Amos (while I'm not a huge fan of his name) was my favorite. Witemeyer's leading men tend to be tall dark and handsome. Amos reminded me of the guys that always get passed over because they are good at math or science instead of football and sports. I loved that he wore glasses and rode a bike. I loved his sense of humor, and his dedication to his family. He was just cute :)
I enjoyed watching Grace grow and develop from a shy telegraph operator to a woman who can hold her own and take care of those she cares about. Her banter with Amos made me smile and sometimes giggle. I was a little surprised that there was a torture scene. It's mild and not descriptive, but it was a little darker than previous novels. There is also shooting and blood. It went well with the story, but if that bothers you, you should probably be aware of that.
I'm glad Witemeyer has come up with this new series and I can't wait for the next installment.
Title: Heart on the Line
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: June 2017
Source: I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.