At Love's Command
Series: Hanger's Horsemen #1
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date June 2, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Western, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 25-60
Written for: Adults
He's fought through ruthless outlaws and injury. But with her, he's tempted to surrender.
Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger's Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death's door, they're the ones in need of saving.
Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she's not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew's dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine's respect, and when her brother is abducted, he becomes her only hope for rescue.
When plans go awry and Josephine is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything--even his team--to save her.
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers, Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
The Hanger’s Horsemen series started out with a bang! The four equestrians are a band of ex-cavalry soldiers for hire to right wrongs. These honorable men have a secret, though. They have determined to use their guns but not to kill – whenever possible.
When one of the four is severely injured, Matt is directed to Dr. Joe’s office in Purgatory, the nearby town. To his surprise, Dr. Joe is really Dr. Josephine! To his credit, once he recovered from his initial shock, he treated her with respect for her knowledge and allowed her to do what she had to in order to save Mark’s life.
Jo, or Josie, as Matt came to call her, was at lot of fun! She used her ten-dollar-words as a weapon against ignorant men who couldn’t or wouldn’t accept her as a qualified doctor because she was a woman. She had plenty of spunk and was fiercely loyal.
A man of faith, Matt relied on God even when he couldn’t see how things would turn out. Which is, of course, the real sign of faith. He started his days and his missions having Preach share quotes from the repository of scripture he stored in his heart. (You’re gonna love Luke!) Matt was strong and determined – a man’s man – and yet was gentle and humble enough to serve his men and be willing to keep vigil over a wounded soldier to see that he recovered.
I loved the verbal sparring between Matt and Josie. And the dramatic way God answered the prayer of the horsemen when they were in need – and how in meeting their need, He also met the need of their rescuer.
The theme of At Love’s Command is surrendering to God. Matt had to surrender all his military skills and knowledge and trust God when all else was stripped away. I appreciated the beautiful ways the characters learned these lessons and how when they fully trusted God, He worked on their behalf in surprising ways.
Full of action and surprises, this story was such a pleasure to read. Karen Witemeyer created a great balance between realistic gunfights full of suspense and light-hearted banter. There is a little blood but not too much. The suspense is not overwhelming.
I’m really excited about this new series! Matt and his men are so … admirable! I can’t wait to learn what happens to Preach, Mark and Jonah, too!
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