About the Book ~
Members of the legendary Hanger's Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they'd help 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 nearly married a decade ago.
After failing at love, Katherine Palmer has dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society's mold, being illegitimate and of mixed ancestry. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her by defying all her stereotypes of men, but there are secrets behind his eyes--ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.
When the Horsemen hear rumors of missing children, they stay to investigate, sticking close to Harmony House and its beautiful owners. As they work together to uncover the truth, love and danger grow hand in hand until a final sinister scheme threatens to destroy them all.
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My Thoughts ~
If you're looking for a fast-paced, quick western with twice as much romance, then The Heart's Charge by Karen Witemeyer should be added to the wobbly TBR pile on your nightstand!
The Heart's Charge pulled me into its western world and gave me all the John Wayne vibes! I enjoyed how the story centered around the home for outcast children; it really tugged on my heartstrings! Additionally, Mark and Katherine get a second chance at love as sparks fly between Jonah and Eliza, so their romances were sweet and fun. While the villain didn't surprise me, I thought the author laid out those plot twists well. However, as much as I enjoyed Jonah and Mark's friendship and seeing their interactions while they wooed their respective ladies, their stories felt condensed within the single book. That said, I did enjoy the way their stories built upon each other.
The Heart's Charge is sprinkled with lots of spiritual truths as Jonah, Mark, Katherine, and Eliza healed from their respective wounds. However, the most striking and overarching message proved to be that you can't define a person by their worst mistake. The different ways the heroes and heroines grappled and surrendered to this truth painted a beautiful picture of the way God defines us -- covered in His love, grace, and mercy!
Three Stars ~ The Heart's Charge by Karen Witemeyer is a fun, romantic western! The Heart's Charge is the second book in the author's Hanger's Horsemen Series, but the story can be read without reading the previous book.