Historical Romance Book Review: The Heart's Charge

About the Book

Title: The Heart’s Charge 

Series: Hanger’s Horsemen, Book 2 

Author: Karen Witemeyer 

Genre: Historical Romance 

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 

Release Date: June 1, 2021 

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Publisher's Book Description

Members of Hanger's Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they'd 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'd nearly married a decade ago. 


After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society's mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes--ghosts from wars past and others still being waged. 


However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?"

My Review

The Heart’s Charge, by Karen Witemeyer, is the second book in the Hanger’s Horsemen series. With intriguing characters and a compelling plot, this novel is truly engaging and memorable. Elements of history, adventure, suspense, and romance meld together perfectly to create an inspiring story of hope and second chances. 


With an undeniable talent for beautiful storytelling, Ms. Witemeyer has once again written a novel that is as enjoyable as it is meaningful. The characters in this book are motivationally complex and unswervingly determined. With their unflinching loyalty and generous compassion, they seek redemption and pursue purpose. Cautiously, they open their hearts to forgiveness, grace, and unexpected longings. In their vulnerability, they are relatable, and they strengthen this story with their heart and authenticity.  

With thoughtfulness and skill, Ms. Witemeyer places these characters in situations that challenge them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. These events provide opportunities for the characters to lean into God's wisdom, his provision, and his promises. Therefore, as the plot unfolds, there are plenty of scenes that offer clever surprises as well as unforeseen moments that are truly thrilling, emotionally touching, and spiritually edifying. 

From beginning to end, The Heart’s Charge, is a captivating novel full of faith, courage, and heart. A wonderful piece of historical fiction, this novel is both entertaining and uplifting. It is a riveting story that is a pleasure to read, and I recommend it enthusiastically.  

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Karen Witemeyer

“For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted historical romances with a flair of humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.  
Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, National Reader's Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit her website.” --Biography from Karen Witemeyer’s author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Karen Witemeyer's website. 


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