Two years ago today, actually, I wrote a review on my first Karen Witemeyer book. It was SO good! Well, my second Karen Witemeyer book was no different. I’m not usually a “devour a book in 30 hours” kind of reader. Granted, it IS summer, and I AM on vacation, but I digress — it usually takes me at least a week to knock one off.
I loved this book. So very much.
Witemeyer has a knack, as far as I can tell, for crafting beautifully spunky, independent, resourceful, and clever young female characters who don’t actually need the men they come across, but are sure glad to have found someone who complements their lives nicely. Given that she’s writing books set in the late 1800s in Texas, it’s refreshing and I love it. The characters are easy to relate to, and they draw you in almost instantly.
There’s enough suspense and “oh no! Now what’s gonna happen!?” in this book that I honestly could not stop reading. I read while walking with it a couple times if I had to switch rooms for something (I don’t recommend that, folks…. it’s a trip hazard), and on the second last night of my vacation, I told my mom “I’ll get up when I get up — I’m gonna finish this book!” with about 130 pages left. I didn’t actually finish that night, as I didn’t want to sleep away my whole last beach day, but I was sad that I had to stop.
I think my favourite part of this book was the telegraph courtship — it’s like online dating before online dating was a thing!
Apparently this is the second “Ladies of Harper’s Station” novel, so I’ll have to check out number 1 and add it to my “wish list” on Amazon — which is where I go to grab one book at a time whenever I’m not quite there for free shipping.
Here’s the synopsis for this book:
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.
I highly, highly recommend this book, especially if you’re a fan of Westerns or historical fiction, but absolutely if you’re a fan of spunky, witty writing that’ll draw you in and won’t let go.
Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.