The Heart's Charge
Series: Hanger's Horsemen #2
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date June 1, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Western, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
For Years They've Been Nomads for Justice, but a Final Mission May Just Lead Their Hearts Home.
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: At Love's Command
Oh, wow! Karen Witemeyer has done it again! The Heart’s Charge is an amazing story, filled with compelling danger, bravery in the face of fear, life-changing spiritual lessons, and characters who melted my heart.
Though there are many characters with significant roles, it was not difficult to keep track of who was who. And each one was unique, making for a rich tale. Mark had a love of music and a talent for making everyone around him comfortable. Jonah was a serious man. He was intense – scarred by the life he had lived and yet was deeply compassionate towards the hurting hearts around him. Kate was full of kindness and compassion for those around her. And Eliza, who experienced grief and loss from her earthly father’s fear of accepting her as his own child, poured her heart into the children she taught with great skill.
As these four worked together to protect the boxcar boys from abduction and to rescue those who had already disappeared, their hearts became intertwined (in Mark and Kate’s case – again) and their lives changed. The women learned to overcome their greatest fears.
I loved how Mark and Jonah ministered to the boys, sharing truths from the Bible that aptly fit the circumstances so well. Jonah’s version of Jephthah’s story was so insightful.
I also loved the way the women learned to trust and support the men even when they disagreed with their choices. Not in an “I have to submit no matter what” sort of way but because they trusted them and their relationship with God.