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.
Karen can do no wrong in my book and with Heart on the Line, she has penned another wonderful charming book that I’m sure I will lump it into one of my favorites of hers.
I was immediately drawn to Amos from the very first moment he smiled and doffed his hat while riding his bicycle. He was extremely different from all the other heroes you read about. Instead of being all he man, caveman, alpha hero, he was a beta, he didn’t have a muscular physique, wasn’t as tall as other men, wore glasses, prefers bicycles over horses, and isn’t too familiar with guns. But where he lacks in certain departments – to some maybe, but I liked him just as he was – he makes up with his ginormous heart. He knew he never could measure up to any of the cowboys that the other young ladies made calf eyes over, but he feels like he has a lot to offer one special lady, and that lady is Grace Mallory. Amos and her have been corresponding over the telegraph wires for months when he pays her a surprise visit in person after hearing her life threatened over the wires. I like how he just dropped everything to help Grace, to be her knight in shining armor, to slay all her dragons. Amos was just a great man and all around hero in my book, one I truly enjoyed from the very beginning to the end.
Besides Grace and Amos’s story, we get a side one with second characters, Helen and Lee. My first intention was, ‘oh lord, a side story’, which sometimes I don’t want to read about secondary characters and their stories, I want everything to be about the hero and heroine, but this was different, I actually liked reading about Helen and Lee, how she loathed men, but her heart slowly changed when she nursed him back to health.
I will say I could smell the plot twist from a mile away due to how the villain acted. I knew no way he could be who he said he as with his charming manner, smooth golden tongue, and his manners towards women. I had that dirt smooth talkin’ rat figured out from the get go.
After finishing this book, it saddens me that it’s over, which tells you how much I really liked it. I for one cannot wait to see what the next book is about and who the hero and heroine will be.