Can She Stay Alive?
Grace Mallory is on the run for her life after she witnesses the killing of her father, and knows she will be next. Grace takes refuge in Harper’s Station, Texas, an all-woman run town, although some men seem to be creeping in. One woman has even married! Nevertheless, Grace thinks this is the last place those pursuing her will look. She proceeds to continue her career as a telegraph operator, a very unusual job for a woman. That is because it is 1894, and the rare woman that works, is usually a school teacher.
Careful not to reveal her true identity, Grace has developed an on-line “friendship” with a fellow operator. He seems to be perfect, but can that be too good to be true? Just as things seem to be getting interesting between them, Grace’s life is turned upside down. Her location has been discovered, and she must decide if her friends can protect her, or if staying, Grace will bring harm to the good people of Harper’s Station.
To complicate things, a mysterious man has shown up in town looking for her. Is this the one who has been hunting her down, or is someone else the culprit?
As this story goes on, Grace tries to discover who was really behind her father’s murder, learn to ride a new-fangled bicycle, and try to avoid being kidnapped by the killer. She might fall in love, but she has many man hating friends who try to convince her to steer clear of romance. She also tries to uncover the true owner of a fortune.
This tale will keep you on your toes wanting to know what happens on page after page. It has romance, mystery, suspense and a bit of humor. The characters are endearing, with some a bit quirky but very enjoyable. It is fun to imagine an all-woman run town—and wonder if it can stay that way. Even though this is an installment in the series, The Ladies of Harper Station, this story stands alone, and is a breath of well-written feelings and emotions that are experienced through the characters. I really liked this 5+ star book, especially since there is nothing offensive in it, and is told from a Christian point-of-view. Heart on the Line is highly recommended to those who like tales of the Old West, Romance, or well told yarns.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Heart on the Line through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
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