Karen Witemeyer charges out of the gate with the second installment in her Hanger's Horsemen series, The Heart's Charge, which features two heroes and two heroines. That's right, Witemeyer manages to balance four main characters with four different backstories with absolute ease and without making the book feel rushed or too busy. The Heart's Charge follows Horsemen Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks as they are drawn into a mystery and take on a mission to save missing children. After a forced detour on their way back home from completing a job, Mark and Jonah meet the ladies of Harmony House, a foundling home, one of which is a blast from Mark's past.
Katherine Palmer has dedicated her life to caring for children after refusing Mark Wallace's proposal and breaking his heart in the past. Now, here he is standing in her present and giving her ideas about the future. Katherine's partner in Harmony House, Eliza Southerland, understands how it feels to not fit into society's mold, being illegitimate and mixed race. She's far too serious about her calling to consider a relationship with any man, and finding one that could rise to her expectations would be impossible anyway... Until she finds herself intrigued by taciturn Jonah.
This book is the crossroad where danger meets love. With well written and relatable characters, from the main four to the lovely ragtag bunch of children, and an intriguing plot that will keep you guessing until the end, as well as a little swooning, you won't want to put this one down. Will each couple find a way to work things out and give love a chance? Will the two Horsemen solve the mystery and find the children? As usual with Karen's books, I ended up reading it in one sitting. I'd highly recommend this one, it's such a great and enjoyable read, perfect for a lazy summer day.
Born and raised in Upstate NY, Liz is a freelance writer. She has written for websites, blogs, and magazines for the last 10 years. She also acts as a proofreader and beta reader for several authors, all the while working on her first book.