The Heart's Charge ~ Review

The Heart's Charge
Hanger's Horseman #2
By Karen Witemeyer

As members of Hanger's Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks have a legendary quality. Unfortunately many can't see past the legend to the heart and soul of the men behind it. But when a newborn baby needs immediate transport to a foundling home Mark and Jonah find themselves in the right place at the right time. And when Mark is reunited with his first love he doesn't know whether this is a good thing or not.

Katherine Palmer left society and her ruined reputation behind when she moved to Texas to start a home for foundlings. She knew she would never marry not after the mistake that she made but she could still do some good for those innocents who needed the care and love she could offer them. But when the man whose heart she rejected turns up with a child in need she is given a second chance.

But there is more than a foundling home and a lost love to keep Mark and Jonah in Llano County, Texas when they hear rumors of kiddy-nappers. When someone is in need Hanger's Horsemen aren't about to turn a blind eye to the situation.

The Heart's Charge is the second book in the Hanger's Horsemen series and like the first follows the life of soldiers who are seeking to do good after witnessing and taking part in war's atrocities. This book focuses on Mark and Jonah and their bonds of friendship and brotherhood. It was interesting to see how they interacted with Kate and Eliza and how these interactions changed as the four had to work together for the good of the children they were drawn to help.

This book is a historical romance with definite elements of mystery. It is a well-written book that has excellent pacing and attention to detail without being wordy. The characters are dimensional and relatable so one cares about them and what they are going through. Would make a great book club selection.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion ~ All thoughts expressed are my own

About the Book:

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?

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