Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hearts Entwined by Karen Witemeyer, Melissa Jagears, Mary Connealy, and Regina Jennings #Reviewed

From the back cover:
Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer's "The Love Knot," Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister's arrival by train. Mary Connealy's "The Tangled Ties That Bind" offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers "Bound and Determined," where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels? And Melissa Jagears' "Tied and True" entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory.
Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.

My favorite moments & lines:

The Love Knot
"You ARE my future, Claire. Nothing is more important to me than you."
Ah! That line! And another moment that stole my heart is later in the book when Peter's sings a low lullaby to a baby. I loved learning about Peter and Claire's history together and where they hailed from.

The Tangled Ties that Bind
Starting the story with the characters up a tree--literally! Mary Connealy is a comedy genius. There's nothing like getting reacquainted with an old crush hovering over the deadly horns of a mama buffalo. This scene came to life for me, calling up memories of a trip I took to Wyoming where I saw a buffalo napping beside a picnic table. The giant beast made the table look like doll house furniture.

Bound and Determined
If you've seen the movie HAWMPS! you will love this gem. Laughed myself to tears in the third chapter.  I thought, "Oh no she didn't just go there,” but yes, indeed, she did.

Tied and True
“Don’t shove away a lifetime of blessing because you fear trials. You’ll have them no matter what you do.” This story began with some beautiful, poignant moments and had me glued all the way through the ending.

My Overall Impression:
Loved this collection and would recommend to anyone who loves clean historical romance with a side of laughter. I sighed at the many sweet scenes interwoven with comedy and heart-tugging moments. Can't wait to read more from all these authors!

Comment Fodder:
Are any of these authors new to you?
Have you had any experience with camels or buffalo or other wild critters?
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher free of charge. My review is voluntary and the opinions expressed are my own.

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