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Another great book by Karen Witemeyer! I was so excited to visit Harper's Station again with her, as I greatly enjoyed the previous two books (one full-length and one novella) that occur in the lovely women-only town. Funnily enough, by this time, it's no longer a women-only town, and men just keep coming. While our main character, Grace, is happy about this, an important secondary character, Helen, is not, and it's fun to read both points-of-view as the story progresses. I found myself frequently more interested in Helen's story, as she is so thoroughly anti-man in the beginning and then love catches her by surprise.
Grace Mallory has a past that has finally caught up with her. After working in Harper's Station as the telegraph operator for a year, she receives word that a dangerous man has discovered her whereabouts, and it's now imperative that she make other arrangements. However, her relationship with the town coupled by the arrival of a long-distance acquaintance leads to her staying put and planning to fight a battle that has long been coming. Amos Bledsoe is a telegraph operator in Denison, and over the past several months, he has become infatuated with Grace through numerous telegraph conversations. When he overhears her bad news, he immediately decides to come to the rescue. Arriving in Harper's Station on a not-quite-valiant steed, Amos is determined to aid in whatever way he can. With help from the town and a little faith in God, he and Grace fight together to save her life.
Grace and Amos were a cute and quirky couple! What I loved the most about their relationship was how well they knew each other despite never having set eyes on each other. Their first communication upon meeting isn’t even really in words – it’s in Morse code – which made it more romantic than most first meetings between hero and heroine in a romance novel. Karen also brilliantly made Amos an amiable fellow who is not also a muscular Adonis of a man. In fact, she had me laughing out loud several times at Amos’ inner dialogue when he meets another man in town who matches that description perfectly. It was cute to see how jealous he became, and it was comforting to see that Grace didn’t fall for a pretty face. She saw what was underneath Amos’ exterior, which was, quite honestly, a heart of gold. The secondary romance, between Helen and Lee, was also charming, and my only wish is that Karen had made a separate novella just for them. Perhaps that will be coming soon? A girl can hope.
I’m always excited to see a new book by Karen Witemeyer, and I am happy to say I was not disappointed in her delivery of yet another Christian romance! I can’t wait to read what is next for this quaint Texas town.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**