Hearts Entwined
The ways of love can be complex. Sometimes a relationship full of unexpected twists and unlikely turns leads to a bond that's strong and secure. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that follow the winding path of romance in stories that celebrate a love that lasts forever.The Love Knot - When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?The Tangled Ties that Bind - Connor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?Bound and Determined - As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.Tied and True - Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?

Hearts Entwined Details

TitleHearts Entwined
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764230325
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Romance, Christian

Hearts Entwined Review

  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    The Love Knot by Karen WitemeyerIt's been a while since I've read anything by Witemeyer (I know, what gives??), and I had forgotten just how adorable her stories can be. The story's opening feels very engaging, a bit mysterious, then a bit of a shock as Claire relieves her past. I liked both leads equally, and though they knew each other before the events of the novella, I didn't feel dropped into their story without explanation. Things are revealed nicely throughout the narrative, and I just th The Love Knot by Karen WitemeyerIt's been a while since I've read anything by Witemeyer (I know, what gives??), and I had forgotten just how adorable her stories can be. The story's opening feels very engaging, a bit mysterious, then a bit of a shock as Claire relieves her past. I liked both leads equally, and though they knew each other before the events of the novella, I didn't feel dropped into their story without explanation. Things are revealed nicely throughout the narrative, and I just thought the whole thing was really sweet. Pieter plays the protective role when Claire needs it, but doesn't attempt to coddle her. The dynamic between them is basically adorable and made me smile.The Tangled Ties that Bind by Mary ConnealyI haven't read anything by this author before, and perhaps that was to my detriment with this novella. It's cute, don't get me wrong, but I felt like I was missing something for the first several chapters, like I should have known some of the people mentioned. It just took me a while to get settled into the story, but once I did, I ended up enjoying it. Connor Kincaid is not my "type" when it comes to male leads, as he's a bit too hard-headed. Maggie's circumstances are interesting in that she is training to be a doctor rather far from home. Things move kind of fast for them, and I didn't get a good enough feel for their past to really empathize as I'd have liked to. The ending seems a little bit contrived, but the romance is cute, and for a novella, adding another element to the plot would have made it go too long.Bound and Determined by Regina JenningsRegina Jennings is yet another author that I think I should be reading more of. I've read her first novel. I know I enjoyed it, but I don't remember the same amount of humor that is present in this novella. I certainly wasn't prepared for the idea that camels play a huge role in the story, both from a humor stand point but also as a matter of poignancy. What could have been a set up for cheesiness or slap stick humor provides a unique circumstance for the story, setting up for some pithy dialogue between Bradley and Ambrosia. Their scenes together are humorous, yet crackle with tension at times, in a rather swoon-worthy way. Just an all-around entertaining and adorable story.Tied and True by Melissa JagearsMelissa Jagears is the one author in the collection who I've read all of her books, so my expectations of a sweet romance and somewhat unusual characters were entirely met in this story. This one has the unique element of being a story that is set in tandem with A Love So True, which was fun. It's not so in tandem that things feel repeated, it's just a neat way to do a novella of peripheral characters in the full book. Marianne as a character is also unique in that, despite being born to privilege, she is more than willing to show Calvin that she can work hard - so willing, in fact that she takes a job considered below her station. I'm not sure how long she could have gotten away with it in real life, but it made for an interesting element of the plot. It also served as a way to highlight the idea that it's good to be aware of the daily lives of others, even if much different than yours, and if it's within your power to help, however small, it can still have a big impact. All in all, this story made me eager for the next full-length Teaville book, A Chance at Forever!Hearts Entwined is a lovely collection of endearing and romantic novellas. I highly recommend picking it up if you're in the mood for something light, sweet, and full of humorous moments.I received a complimentary copy of this collection from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of all four of these author's novels. I loved the previous novella collection that these four authors wrote, and so needless to say I was super excited when I heard about Hearts Entwined! Overall, I loved this fabulous historical romance novella collection! Highly recommend!The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer I always love Karen's books. I've been so enjoying her Harper's Station books and was so excited to read Claire's story. I loved this story. It was just SO good, I kept wishing I am a big fan of all four of these author's novels. I loved the previous novella collection that these four authors wrote, and so needless to say I was super excited when I heard about Hearts Entwined! Overall, I loved this fabulous historical romance novella collection! Highly recommend!The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer I always love Karen's books. I've been so enjoying her Harper's Station books and was so excited to read Claire's story. I loved this story. It was just SO good, I kept wishing it was a full length novel because I didn't want it to end! Oh and by the way I absolutely loved the hero, Pieter, from the moment he first appeared in the story he totally made me melt!The Love Knot is yet another gem by Karen Witemeyer! The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary ConnealyI always enjoy Mary Connealy's stories. I've only read the first book in her Kincaid Brides series, but even though I haven't yet finished the series I was so excited that this novella is a companion to the Kincaid Brides series, it was so cool to catch up with characters I'd met before and read a story featuring their kids. I loved both Connor and Maggie, it was so great to watch their relationship develop as well as watching them both grow and develop as characters. This was a very exciting and adventure filled novella that I loved reading! Bound and Determined by Regina JenningsI've loved the three previous books I've read by this author, and this novella was no exception! Regina's books are always so unique and fun that I am sucked in from page one and hate to stop reading, such was the case with this novella! The camels brought such a unique element to the story! I loved both Bradley and Ambrosia, there were so many humorous moments in their adventure that I loved, and the way both their characters developed was awesome! I loved this novella, I think it just may be my favorite Regina Jennings book yet!Tied and True by Melissa JagearsI always enjoy Melissa's stories! Marianne was mentioned several times in A Love So True and she and Calvin appeared briefly near the end, which made me so excited to read their story! I loved them both as characters and I totally fell for Calvin from the moment he "coughed" (you'll have to read the book to see what I'm talking about!) This story was SO good, I loved every minute of it so much! It has definitely become a new favorite and is one that I will most certainly be rereading in the future! This story warmed my heart and put the biggest smile on my face.I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author Melissa Jagears, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I always look forward to the next novella collection from these four authors! Hearts Entwined is especially fun because the main characters in each story are connected in some way to a full-length novel. I love seeing secondary characters get a happy ending, like in Karen Witemeyer's story, the last of her Ladies of Harper's Station series. Claire is reconnected with a sweetheart from her past that she doesn't quite know how to handle and another surprise bundle of joy.In Mary Connealy's story, I always look forward to the next novella collection from these four authors! Hearts Entwined is especially fun because the main characters in each story are connected in some way to a full-length novel. I love seeing secondary characters get a happy ending, like in Karen Witemeyer's story, the last of her Ladies of Harper's Station series. Claire is reconnected with a sweetheart from her past that she doesn't quite know how to handle and another surprise bundle of joy.In Mary Connealy's story, it is two of the children from her Kincaid and Stone families that are reunited as adults and quickly fall back in love. Connor follows Maggie to the city as she follows her dreams of becoming a doctor. I loved seeing them work together in the doctor's office and the crazy action they encountered there. I am definitely grateful for the advances that have been made in medicine!Regina Jennings's story was full of humor and action as camels are transported from Kansas to Texas in the midst of brutal heat and an even more brutal outlaw gang. The sweet romance that developed between cavalry soldier Bradley and officer's daughter Ambrosia was full of sparks and it was fun to read their interactions.The story by Melissa Jagears had an entitled socialite in love with a mere secretary and going to work in a factory to prove that she could live the life he could provide. I admired her determination in new and difficult circumstances, and the compassion she had for those in poverty she connected with. He fought so much against the relationship that she came across as desperate and I missed the romance until the end.Overall I enjoyed each of the stories with the fascinating history and sweet romance, although it wasn't as toe-curling as some of the previous collections.(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    First off, I'm gonna fangirl for a moment because this collection of authors is my everything!!! They have worked together previously and I can say it's magical when they do.The stories in this particular collection did not cross over each other, but they all had a similar plot "tying" them together. (pun most DEFINITELY intended!) Each story dealt with romances that withstood trials that tested the strength of their relationship, their knot._______________________________________The Love Knot"W First off, I'm gonna fangirl for a moment because this collection of authors is my everything!!! They have worked together previously and I can say it's magical when they do.The stories in this particular collection did not cross over each other, but they all had a similar plot "tying" them together. (pun most DEFINITELY intended!) Each story dealt with romances that withstood trials that tested the strength of their relationship, their knot._______________________________________The Love Knot"When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?"The first story was the lovely Karen Witemeyer's story, which was the fourth and final installation in her "Ladies of Harper Station" series. Click here to see all the rest of the seriesIt was bittersweet saying goodbye to Harper's Station, but I loved being able to see everyone one last time. And seeing one more lady find her true love. Our Miss Claire ALREADY had her true love before she even came to Harper's Station, but ran from him when a miscommunication arose. Since Claire and Pieter already knew, and loved, each other it was a fast lovely romance. One I found no problems with. Their connection was so sweet. Both characters were gracious and kind, they took in baby without question, but they also didn't give up on each other. They worked through their hurt and distrust and fell in love all over again!I wish the "gift" they received had a bit more screen time , but I also understand there are only so many words you can write in a novella.This story had the most "knot" feelings in my opinion. Both in actual metaphors used and relationship testing. Overall I really did enjoy the story and how the series itself wrapped up and I rated it a 4/5 stars._________________________________________The Tangled Ties That Bind"Connor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?"The next story was the hilarious Mary Connealy's continuation of the "Kincaid Brides" series. Click here to see the rest of the seriesI freaked out just a little when I saw it was a continuation, not gonna lie to you. I SUPER enjoyed book 1 (really need to get to book 2 & 3), and was crazy excited to see some of the characters come back to life on paper. I really enjoyed Maggie's character, she was a driven woman who wanted to make the world a better place.Connor got a itty-bitty bit annoying, he seemed clueless in some areas. He came waltzing back home after 5 years and thought all would be exactly the same. Thankfully he made a turnaround and in the end their romance was sweet and innocent. I was pleased with how the story unfolded, then "tied" itself together again. I rated it a 4/5 stars.______________________________________________Bound and Determined"As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for."Story #3 was written by the wonderful Regina Jennings. This was book 2 to her "Fort Reno" series.Click here to see the rest of the seriesI have yet to pick up book 1, but after reading this story there is no doubt that I'll grab it soon. I think this was probably my favorite story out of the collection. Though they all had their charms, something about this one had me smiling from ear to ear.I loved Private Bradley, he was such a care-free spirit, but underneath that young "kid" was a thoughtful gentleman! He was a loyal in everything he did, though not always to the liking of other people. I loved the chemistry between Bradley and Ambrosia! Their dialogue was witty, and quirky and just cute. Both of these characters were very "young" and immature when the story started, but I definitely saw major "growing up" going on throughout the pages. The ending was so cruel to my poor heart, but I can't wait to see if they make an appearance in Fort Reno again.This story was a delight to read and I rated it a 4/5 stars._________________________________________Tied and True"Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?"The fourth and final novella was the incredible Melissa Jagears' fourth story in her "Teaville Moral Society" series.Click here to see the rest of the seriesMelissa has recently become an adored author of mine. This story only elated my opinion of her stories.This love story was all cute and sweetness. I admire Marianne so much! She did not care about wealth or what other people thought, she just wanted to serve God's kingdom and make one particular man fall in love with her. It didn't help that the man was ridiculously hard-headed about it...good thing she was just as stubborn. 😉Calvin was a wonderful gentleman who had a lot of past hurts, which manifested in a distrust for true love. But through patience, persistence, and a couple cotton knots true love won in the end.This was such a sweet read, and I enjoyed it immensely and I rated it a 4/5 stars.___________________________________________Overall the stories were quick, light, glorious reads that would quench anyone's thirst for a great historical! I loved that the stories were tied together with a common thread, but I'm also excited that each story belongs to a series so we can see these characters or towns a bit more. (I love a good series)As a whole I rate the book a 4/5 stars, and cannot wait for future mash-ups between these fabulous ladies!*I received this copy in exchange for my honest review* *All opinions are my own*
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  • Just Commonly
    January 1, 1970
    "I want to be so tangled and knotted up with you that nothing will ever pull us apart. . ." (The Love Knot)Hearts Entwined is a historical romance novella collection with stories from authors Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears. Personally, I love novella collections. It gives readers a glimpse into an author's writing style before committing to a full length novel if the author is new, or in my case, provides stories of characters from their previous novels that "I want to be so tangled and knotted up with you that nothing will ever pull us apart. . ." (The Love Knot)Hearts Entwined is a historical romance novella collection with stories from authors Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears. Personally, I love novella collections. It gives readers a glimpse into an author's writing style before committing to a full length novel if the author is new, or in my case, provides stories of characters from their previous novels that I've fallen in love with. Then there's also a little bit of "what happened" to the main characters of those novels. Hearts Entwined included stories that gave us a sort of continuation from these authors' last full length novel, but still can be read as a standalone.In Karen Witemeyer's The Love Knot, it's part of the Ladies of Harper's Station series. Claire gave readers quite the impression in the other books of the series, and I'm so glad to have her featured in this one. Though, I didn't find too much action happening, the romance part was the highlight. We get a bit more backstory to who Claire was and is, and how she came about to Harper's Station. With a man from the past, adding a baby in the mix and how trust is earn when it was easily lost, The Love Knot may grip you from the start. Mary Connealy's The Tangled Ties that Binds is just as part of the Kincaid Brides as it is the Cimarron Legacy series. Though I've only read the latter, I can still easily enjoyed this novella even without reading either. Both Connor and Maggie are headstrong and possess a determination that one can't help but admired. Add in the author's trademark humor, our cowboy just don't know what he's got himself into as he follows his heart."No one but God could create such a perfect vehicle for traveling across the desert." (Bound and Determined)Did you know how cute and comical camels are? No? Well, Regina Jennings can tell you or you can read about it in her novella, Bound and Determined. I laughed quite a bit with them around. I was looking forward to Private Bradley Willis' story since his appearance in Holding the Fort. His mischievousness have finally met his match in Ambrosia Herald!In the last story of the collection, Melissa Jagears' Tied and True continues in the fashion of the Teaville Moral Society series with a female character that unwaveringly fights for what she believes. In this case, it's not a matter of what, but whom."You never know what surprises a day will bring." (Bound and Determined)Each story in Hearts Entwined has a wonderful mix of humor, wit and romance, incorporating a purposeful message that will give you just the right amount of surprise. A lovely collection for fans of historical romance as well as fans of these authors.This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    ..I was so excited to read Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection and it did not disappoint!The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer - A Ladies of Harper's Station NovellaClaire Nevin has been a recurring character throughout the series and it's finally her time to shine! How will she handle a visit from Pieter, a man from her past? Their trust in each other has already been tested - will the unexpected twists they encounter only make things worse? Claire and Pieter's tale moved at an ..I was so excited to read Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection and it did not disappoint!The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer - A Ladies of Harper's Station NovellaClaire Nevin has been a recurring character throughout the series and it's finally her time to shine! How will she handle a visit from Pieter, a man from her past? Their trust in each other has already been tested - will the unexpected twists they encounter only make things worse? Claire and Pieter's tale moved at an excellent pace. I read this story in in one sitting - I didn't want to put it down! The epilogue was perfect - a great conclusion to the Ladies of Harper's Station series!The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy - A Kinkaid Brides NovellaWhat a fun group of characters! I have yet to read the series these characters originate from but absolutely want to go back and learn about this family! This was an enjoyable story, filled with great action and intense doctoring scenes. While this was the shortest of the novellas, the delivery was well planned. This was a fun read!Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings - A Fort Reno NovellaCamels. Crossing the Indian Territory. Of America. Seriously?!?! I loved it!This novella was quite funny! The banter between Bradley and Ambrosia was great! Bradley and his mischievous ways come head to head with Ambrosia's sabotage attempts...this was so fun to read! I'm hoping we see these two again in future Fort Reno books! Nicely done!Tied and True by Melissa Jagears - A Teaville Moral Socitey NovellaOh, this was so sweet!!! I loved this one! Humble, hardworking Calvin is insistent that a life with him would be a downgrade to what society girl Marianne is used to. Marianne is determined to prove Calvin wrong. I loved her spirit and graciousness. There was a strong amount of faith content woven throughout the story - an excellent reminder to treat people fairly and help the disadvantaged. I loved the connection between the novella's title and the actions in the story - so perfect! I loved how this wrapped up, and can't wait for more from Melissa Jagears! I enjoy novella collections and hope this current trend continues. I'm looking forward to more stories from these talented ladies!This review is also posted on my blog: https://jengalaxy4.wordpress.com/ Stop by today for this and other Christian book reviews!
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, this novella collection was cute. I felt that some of the stories weren't that particular author's best, but it was still good. I think my favorites were Karen Witemeyer's and Regina Jennings' stories. Those two made me laugh so hard.I received a copy from one of the authors to help promote it. My thoughts and opinions are my own.Recommended to fans of novellas, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Mary Connealy, Melissa JaggersRating - 4 stars
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely quick read ❤❤❤❤ from Karen Witemeyer, ending the Harper Station series. I couldn’t be more happy, we have an awesome Dutch love interest and lots of quilting and embroidery references! Yay! 👏🏻👍🏻❤🎉😊😎🤩 ((sorry I haven’t read the other stories, first I want the read the series they’re inspired by)). Anyway if you can’t tell I LOVED this story to bits. Thank you, Karen! A lovely quick read ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from Karen Witemeyer, ending the Harper Station series. I couldn’t be more happy, we have an awesome Dutch love interest and lots of quilting and embroidery references! Yay! 👏🏻👍🏻❤️🎉😊😎🤩 ((sorry I haven’t read the other stories, first I want the read the series they’re inspired by)). Anyway if you can’t tell I LOVED this story to bits. Thank you, Karen!
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  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sweet novella collection. All of the stories are companions to a series, but can be read on their own. I enjoyed connecting with characters that I have come to love in other books.Each of the stories are set in the United States and are historical fiction. Some are the Old West and one is set in a more affluent and "cultured" area. All three are sweet, clean, and contain Christian aspects.I loved the diversity in the stories. It is perfect for any occasion. You can sit down and read it This is a sweet novella collection. All of the stories are companions to a series, but can be read on their own. I enjoyed connecting with characters that I have come to love in other books.Each of the stories are set in the United States and are historical fiction. Some are the Old West and one is set in a more affluent and "cultured" area. All three are sweet, clean, and contain Christian aspects.I loved the diversity in the stories. It is perfect for any occasion. You can sit down and read it all at once, or take in a short story between novels.Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    Four great authors of historical western romance team up again to present four novellas on a theme. Each is related to the author's own series."The Love Knot" by Karen Witemeyer: I loved seeing the progress of the women's colony--it's come far from the first story, No Other Will Do. And it's fun having Claire's story told, as she's been around since the beginning."The Tangled Ties that Bind" by Mary Connealy: Tangled family ties is more like it . . . It was fun revisiting the Kincaids/Regulators Four great authors of historical western romance team up again to present four novellas on a theme. Each is related to the author's own series."The Love Knot" by Karen Witemeyer: I loved seeing the progress of the women's colony--it's come far from the first story, No Other Will Do. And it's fun having Claire's story told, as she's been around since the beginning."The Tangled Ties that Bind" by Mary Connealy: Tangled family ties is more like it . . . It was fun revisiting the Kincaids/Regulators/Boden families again, through the eyes of the the children who were just babies when the first books took place."Bound and Determined" by Regina Jennings: After reading Holding the Fort, I was really hoping that Bradley would get his story told, and I didn't have to wait nearly as long as expected for it! He's just as fun and reckless as I'd anticipated. I'd had no notion that the US Cavalry once used camels--just the sort of odd historical tidbit that I love learning."Tied and True" by Melissa Jagears: How much does a girl have to go through before the man will believe she truly loves him? I wanted to bash Calvin over the head for being so slow on the uptake. It proves that it's not just rich folk who are classist.Overall, it's a fun collection of stories, infused with humor and a lot of tangled threads. They're especially good if you read the series that each story belongs to!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    The Love Knot When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?My thoughts: I enjoyed reading The Love Knot and getting to know Claire and Pieter. A sweet story, set in Texas, that held my interest. I especially loved Pieter. He was a sweetheart and full of wisdom. Claire see The Love Knot When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?My thoughts: I enjoyed reading The Love Knot and getting to know Claire and Pieter. A sweet story, set in Texas, that held my interest. I especially loved Pieter. He was a sweetheart and full of wisdom. Claire seemed older than her age, but maybe because she was forced to grow up due to life. The Tangled Ties That Bind Connor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?My thoughts: The Tangled Ties that Bind is classic Mary Connealy. It starts out with a bang and a scary life or death scenerio and ends with drama. Connor is good at everything -- so it seems -- and is home for Maggie, but Maggie has moved on and pursuing her own dreams. You have to read this one for a page-turner that you can't put down. Bound and Determined As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.My thoughts: Bound and Determined is a fun story! One would never expect the cavalry to help move camels of all things, and Ambrosia, the officer's daughter is a spitfire determined to ruin the whole operation! Both characters have their hands full -- and of course, the whole scenerio is a recipe for disaster. I couldn't put this story down. Pretty much the first Regina Jennings book I read. But if this is indication it won't be my last. Tied and True Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?My thoughts: Tried and True is the second novella by this author I've read. She is a good writer and I have to be impressed by Marianne's go-get-it attitude. And by Calvin's will-power. The heroine did kind of make me dislike her though due to her overly aggressive nature. I've known women like that -- and they were usually after the guy I was dating at the time or the one I eventually married. So I have to say she was realistic. And the author did try to make her likable due to her very charitable nature. I did admire that. My thoughts on the collection: A well-written collection of historical romances by top authors. I love these as they are quick and easy to read. My favorite story is either Mary Connealy's or Regina Jennings. Maybe a tie between them.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Short and sweet! Four of my FAVORITE authors in one novella collection. Having read the each authors' series that these novellas are based on I can honestly say I loved each story. I think readers who haven't read the series will like them too. The only problem I had was they were too short! I could have read for many more days. I took my time reading this collection, 1 story per day! I was kind of sad this will is the end of The Ladies of Harper's Station series by Karen Witemeyer but it was a Short and sweet! Four of my FAVORITE authors in one novella collection. Having read the each authors' series that these novellas are based on I can honestly say I loved each story. I think readers who haven't read the series will like them too. The only problem I had was they were too short! I could have read for many more days. I took my time reading this collection, 1 story per day! I was kind of sad this will is the end of The Ladies of Harper's Station series by Karen Witemeyer but it was a good way to finish up. I'm not sure what Mary Connely's plans are. but this was a very enjoyable story, I loved seeing previous characters who are older and more mature than the previous time we met them. I believe there are more Fort Reno books from Regina Jennings. Her novella Bound and Determined is a wonderful companion to her novel, Holding The Fort, Bradley Willis was in for quite the surprise when he showed up to take his punishment, he is adorable. I simply loved Melissa Jagears' Tied and True, a tale of two people that should not have fallen in love but did. Overcoming the obstacle of their own stubbornness to be together. All in all, I highly recommend this to Western Historical Inspirational Fiction readers. I own a paperback and Kindle copy of this book. I pre-ordered as soon as I could.
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  • ضحى الحداد
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars I really wanted to enjoy this book, but most of the stories were boring, the only story I sort of liked was the one with the camels, the rest were not to my liking at all
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    This book is such a treat: four of my favorite authors in one volume. Though Hearts Entwined can easily be enjoyed all on its own, the stories are even more delightful if the reader has read other works by these authors. "The Love Knot" by Karen Witemeyer is part of the Ladies of Harper Station series and is Claire's story, though we do catch up with some of the other residents of this ladies colony. In "The Tangled Ties that Bind" by Mary Connealy, we meet Connor Kincaid, 20 year old son of Set This book is such a treat: four of my favorite authors in one volume. Though Hearts Entwined can easily be enjoyed all on its own, the stories are even more delightful if the reader has read other works by these authors. "The Love Knot" by Karen Witemeyer is part of the Ladies of Harper Station series and is Claire's story, though we do catch up with some of the other residents of this ladies colony. In "The Tangled Ties that Bind" by Mary Connealy, we meet Connor Kincaid, 20 year old son of Seth and Callie, who is returning home to the ranch in Colorado after spending five years in Texas with his Uncle Luke and his friends (who we met in the Trouble in Texas series). He is especially looking forward to seeing Maggie, whose mother Audra married Ethan Kincaid when Maggie was a young girl. Connor left when they were both 15, when he started seeing her as a woman rather than a cousin. Longtime readers of Mary Connealy's books will recognize the Kincaids from The Kincaid Brides series.Possibly the most unique novella is "Bound and Determined" by Regina Jennings that tells the story of a retired cavalry officer who moves five former army camels from southern Kansas to his home in Texas, accompanied by his strong-willed 18 year old daughter, Ambrosia, and 20 year old Private Bradley Willis. Pvt. Willis is known for his exploits at Ft. Reno and this trip is punishment for some of his recklessness. I look forward to reading more about Bradley, and hopefully Ambrosia, in the Ft. Reno series."Tied and True" by Melissa Jagears is a Teaville Moral Society novella that takes place during the same time period as the novel A Love So True. It gives us the backstory of Marianne and Calvin and is a seemingly unlikely love story of wealthy Marianne and Calvin, who is secretary to her good friend David, who their parents expect her to marry. Marianne goes to quite unexpected lengths to prove to Calvin he is the man worthy of her love. Hearts Entwined is a historical romance novella collection not to be missed!I received a complementary copy from one of the authors but that in no way influenced my opinions. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    What a witty group of heartwarming, romantic tales that showcases each author's ability to weave a good story, subtly built upon beloved characters and settings from previous books!Love can certainly become a tangled conundrum of twists, turns, double knots . . . . . and camels?
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored Hearts Entwined. I haven’t read a book of novellas in a while and this was one that will stick with me for some time. I have read all four of these authors before so I was quite excited to dive into these short but engaging stories that all showcase each author’s abilities and minor characters stories from their series.The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer was a story about Claire, a fiery Irish woman, and Pieter a Dutchman with a lot of patience and a determination to tear down h I absolutely adored Hearts Entwined. I haven’t read a book of novellas in a while and this was one that will stick with me for some time. I have read all four of these authors before so I was quite excited to dive into these short but engaging stories that all showcase each author’s abilities and minor characters stories from their series.The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer was a story about Claire, a fiery Irish woman, and Pieter a Dutchman with a lot of patience and a determination to tear down his only love’s walls that she built around her heart. I so enjoyed watching these two lovebirds let the past hurts and misconceptions go and venture onto the path of true love that was meant for them. This was a story of a young couple separated and brought back together in less than ideal circumstances, but the determination of both assured their happily ever after.The Tangled Ties that Bind by Mary Connealy was another romantic tale of two people who had grown up together and one went away for a time. Connor comes back and in author Connealy fashion, finds himself and the object of his affection already in trouble. Maggie has just about given up on her dreams to be with Connor when all of a sudden he comes back. Maggie however has new dreams and is now training to be a doctor and moving to the big city. Connor’s love for Maggie and at the sacrifice of his own dreams follows Maggie to the big city to be with her and to try and get her to marry him. Both find more than they bargained for but their love that binds them together strengthens. I was quite excited to read Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings as I wanted to get reacquainted with Private Bradley Willis who is the brother in Hold the Fort and the one that trouble always seems to follow. Bradley has not changed much even though his sister is engaged to his Major, he still finds himself in trouble and a lot of times through no fault of his own. I liked that Bradley met his match in Ambrosia Herald and the information about the camels crossing US prairies was priceless. Hold the Fort was one of my favorite reads so this novella just sweetened the series.I just finished the third book by Melissa Jagears in her Teaville Moral Society series, and her story, Tied and True took me back to the second book where we get the behind the scenes story of heiress Marianne Lister and David’s secretary, Calvin Hochstetler. Marianne and Calvin are in love, but Calvin refuses to pursue her when he feels he is too far beneath her social status and he is not willing to risk abandonment by her. Calvin was hurt as a child, so Marianne sets out to prove her love is true and she goes about it in quite an unconventional way, but oh how bitter sweet their love story was.I highly recommend this novella collection and all of these authors other stories.I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    These historical romance novellas are part of four different series but read well as standalones, enabling a reader to enjoy them without being familiar with either storylines or characters. Each one is unrelated to the others in this collection, but all are wonderful reads by fantastic authors. The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer I loved the variations on the "knot" theme and how they played off Irish culture, embroidery, and marriage—a fitting play on words at several points. Characters are reali These historical romance novellas are part of four different series but read well as standalones, enabling a reader to enjoy them without being familiar with either storylines or characters. Each one is unrelated to the others in this collection, but all are wonderful reads by fantastic authors. The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer I loved the variations on the "knot" theme and how they played off Irish culture, embroidery, and marriage—a fitting play on words at several points. Characters are realistically portrayed and I appreciate the flaws and the characters' realization of their own contributions to misunderstandings. This sweet romance of second chances is a lovely read and a great companion to the longer novels in the Ladies of Harper Station series. The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy This novella is my introduction to Connealy's writing and I think I may have a bit of whiplash! The first part of the novella was quirky and humorous; the climax was a wild triage after a stagecoach accident with a pace so brisk that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to keep up. In amid all the chaos is a heart-pounding romance between family friends who reconnect almost as it's too late to really connect. I think I may need to meet more members of this family by reading the Kincaid Brides series. Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings I have not had the opportunity to begin the Fort Reno series, but with this introduction, I am really looking forward to it now! I am surprised by all that I learned while reading this novella, from the US Camel Corps to how some people joined the Cherokee nation like others might immigrate to America, this story had plenty of fascinating historical details. The humor and the romance are combined with some fantastic characters, leaving me with a big smile on my face as I finished this one. Tied and True by Melissa Jagears The final novella is by another author I have previously enjoyed and in a series with which I am familiar, the Teaville Moral Society. It has several moments that I laughed out loud, and several others where I sighed at the sweet romance and a very determined woman. I love Marianne's devotion and strong will to prove her love's ability to weather whatever storms life may throw at her and Calvin, but also that she realizes the future is in God's hands. I highly recommend this collection to fans of historical romance and of these authors, even if just one of these authors. There is much to enjoy here with a different setting and characters in each novella, giving variety, but great writing and sweet romance no matter which one the reader chooses first. I received a free copy of this book from the authors and publisher but was not required to write a favorable review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Four very different stories, each connected to a series of novels written by their author's. The only series I wasn't familiar with was Mary Connealy, and it didn't matter. These stories can completely stand alone, though enriched if you have read the others. I enjoyed the return to the women's colony in Harper's Station, with Karen Witemeyer's 'The Love Knot'. Claire is stunned with the arrival of a familiar face and a package from home she'd never dreamed of. Life completely turned on its side Four very different stories, each connected to a series of novels written by their author's. The only series I wasn't familiar with was Mary Connealy, and it didn't matter. These stories can completely stand alone, though enriched if you have read the others. I enjoyed the return to the women's colony in Harper's Station, with Karen Witemeyer's 'The Love Knot'. Claire is stunned with the arrival of a familiar face and a package from home she'd never dreamed of. Life completely turned on its side in a matter of minutes, everything she once believed has taken a dramatic turn - or as Pieter hopes, very soon will do in his favour.With Mary's 'The Tangled Ties That Bind', I was thrown into a family I'd not read about before. The opening scenes are dramatic, and tho Connor & Maggie have known each other since childhood - five years apart will be the reason their future together must come to an end. Honestly, I struggled with the plot. Maggie has aspirations to be a doctor and has secured medical training in Denver, probably the equivalent of what would be required today. However, Connor seems to gain the title of Doctor with zero schooling and no one bats an eye. A different age to be sure, but all the flip flopping about his job opportunities seemed strange. I loved the first installment of Regina's Fort Reno series, and I was excited that the mischievous but good hearted Private Bradley Willis was getting a story. This location and time period in Kansas is something I know little about, so it intrigues me. However, I was absolutely stunned when the camels entered the scene. Yeah, that was a surprise. Thankfully social media provides many opportunities to ask a question or two to the authors and Regina was able to confirm that yes, she had used real life events as a base upon which her fiction blooms. Interesting. Fun story.Finally the return to Teaville, in 'Tied and True' is a sweet story of overcoming preconceived ideas about the class system. You can't help who you fall in love with, but in that era, your wealth and status in society would have been enough to keep most people apart. That is unless your name was Marianne Listed who will go to extreme lengths to prove to the only man she wants give with, Calvin. Regardless of his efforts to push her away, and his idea that as a lowly secretary he will never deserve her, or retain her love - Marianne has other ideas. She says "don't shove away a lifetime of blessing because you fear trials. You'll have them no matter what you do." I received 'Hearts Entwinned' as a complimentary copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    When I first began to read this, I saw characters I knew about and then realized that each of these novellas took place after the authors last full length novel. I was very happy about that because I often wonder what the characters are up to * smile *! That being said, here's a brief review on each story:The Love Knot by Karen WitemeyerWhen Claire meets the train to pick up a package her sister sent her, she never expected to run into her old love Pieter van Duren. And with a baby to boot! Unta When I first began to read this, I saw characters I knew about and then realized that each of these novellas took place after the authors last full length novel. I was very happy about that because I often wonder what the characters are up to * smile *! That being said, here's a brief review on each story:The Love Knot by Karen WitemeyerWhen Claire meets the train to pick up a package her sister sent her, she never expected to run into her old love Pieter van Duren. And with a baby to boot! Untangling the mess will take more determination and explanation than a lifetime can afford...but did God himself knot these two together with unbreakable bonds? I loved learning about the Celtic love knot since Claire is Irish. Look for it in the ending, so sweet! The Tangled Ties that Bind by Mary ConnealyWhen Connor Kincaid returns home after five years, it's with the determination to marry his childhood love, Maggie. If only she would have him that is! Pining away for him did her no good, so she made her own plans by moving away to study to become a doctor in Denver. Connor will do anything to prove his love for her by following her.....but will God grant them a second chance? Mary infuses her own unique humor in this sweet love story! Bound and Determined by Regina JenningsWhoever thought camels would bind two people together? That's exactly what happened between Private Bradley Willis and Ambrosia Herald met! Helping to escort her retired officer father across Oklahoma with a herd of camel through Indian territory, can God make love bloom in a dry-as-a-bone adventurous journey?Again humor reigns in this story. I've not read the Fort Reno series by Regina but I will after reading this cute and fun novella to learn more about the characters! Tied and True by Melissa JagearsA wealthy heiress to the family fortune is in love with a lowly business assistant. But that doesn't stop Marianne Lister from pursuing Calvin Hochstetler! In spite of the possibility of being disinherited & the loss of a job for Calvin, she plunges in headstrong to prove that love can truly conquer all. Melissa uses the parable of the Pearl of Great Price and how the farmer will sell all to obtain it! This was a beautiful love story, look for the meaning of the crocheted heart in the end. Humor, love, faith, knotted lives and happily-ever-afters are what a reader will find in these four heartwarming short stories! I enjoyed each one of these by four of my favorite authors and recommend them to any lover of inspirational historical romances. *I received a complimentary copy of this by one of the authors and was not obligated to leave a favorable review *
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this was definitely one of the best novella collections that I have ever read! I enjoyed every single story so much. Each author did a nice job of crafting interesting stories and filling them with main characters that had great chemistry together.The Love Knot by Karen WitemeyerI loved that these main characters had a past together that had ended in heartache. With hurt still brimming to the surface, Claire had to decide if she had misjudged Pieter and then decide if she could forgive and Well, this was definitely one of the best novella collections that I have ever read! I enjoyed every single story so much. Each author did a nice job of crafting interesting stories and filling them with main characters that had great chemistry together.The Love Knot by Karen WitemeyerI loved that these main characters had a past together that had ended in heartache. With hurt still brimming to the surface, Claire had to decide if she had misjudged Pieter and then decide if she could forgive and trust him again. I loved the way Pieter’s true and selfless heart showed through in this novella. He was a man who went above and beyond to help the woman he loved.The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary ConnealyAnother tale of main characters with a past! Connor and Maggie grew up together and cared for each other for years. However, Connor was gone for five long years and Maggie now had other plans that did not include marriage. I loved Connor’s dogged determination to be there for Maggie and convince her that they belonged together. Their relationship was so sweet!Bound and Determined by Regina JenningsNow, these two characters do not have a past relationship to fall back on. But they both had strong wills and lots of determination. There was plenty of humor sprinkled throughout this novella, yet it had its serious moments, as well. If ever there was the complementary companion for Bradley Willis, it was Ambrosia Herald. I loved the way they connected and fell for each other.Tied and True by Melissa JagearsThese main characters come from very different backgrounds and social situations. Even though it was hard to watch Calvin push away the woman he loved, I knew that he felt it was for her own good. I was impressed with Marianne’s kindness, goodness, determination, and work ethic. The chemistry was great between these two. The fact that a marriage between them seemed as if it would be next to impossible made the happily ever after even sweeter.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    see full review post at: www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.comThis collection features four stories from four different, gifted authors. Those who have read books from these authors will recognize characters from their full-length novels, and newcomers will find new favorite authors and stories they will want to pick up and enjoy! I fully enjoyed reading each of these stories.In the first story "The Love Knot" by Karen Witemeyer we find Claire an Irish immigrant, living in Harpers Station who finds see full review post at: www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.comThis collection features four stories from four different, gifted authors. Those who have read books from these authors will recognize characters from their full-length novels, and newcomers will find new favorite authors and stories they will want to pick up and enjoy! I fully enjoyed reading each of these stories.In the first story "The Love Knot" by Karen Witemeyer we find Claire an Irish immigrant, living in Harpers Station who finds herself face to face with a past she thought she left behind. Will she be able to let go of past hurts and move forward on a new unexpected path?Next, we travel with Mary Connealy in "The Tangled Ties that Bind" to Colorado and meet Connor Kincaid returning home to the Kincaid family ranch and ready to sweep Maggie off her feet and start a ranch of his own. Only to discover that Maggie has plans and dreams of her own. Our next story "Bound and Determined" by Regina Jennings takes us on a bit of a journey across the hot, sun-baked land of Oklahoma.  Private Bradley Willis is assigned to accompany retired Army Officer, Herald across Indian Territory as they herd not cattle, but Camels. More surprises are in store as Bradley realizes that Officer Herald's daughter is also along for the trip, and she is trying to keep them from getting to Texas.Our final story "Tied and True" by Melissa Jagears brings us to Kansas City, Missouri. The expectations her family has set are thwarted when wealthy socialite Marianne Lister falls for the unlikely business assistant, Calvin Hochstetler. But will Marianne be able to prove to Calvin that he's not just a passing fancy and that he is worthy of love? Each story is unique and independent of the next. What ties them together is the central theme of love and entanglement, but in the best possible way. I give this fabulous collection of novella's 5 stars.(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
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  • Julia Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Hearts Entwined is a most delightful collection of four novellas. They are linked by themes of dreams, trust, huge hearts for others and for God. The stories are all heart warming and wonderful. It is hard to pick a favourite with such delightful characters and plotlines - but I think I have one that is my favourite - have a read and see if you have one too.The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer is a delightful tale to kick off this collection. There are themes of family, trust, pride, forgiveness, hu Hearts Entwined is a most delightful collection of four novellas. They are linked by themes of dreams, trust, huge hearts for others and for God. The stories are all heart warming and wonderful. It is hard to pick a favourite with such delightful characters and plotlines - but I think I have one that is my favourite - have a read and see if you have one too.The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer is a delightful tale to kick off this collection. There are themes of family, trust, pride, forgiveness, hurt, grace and love. The characters were wonderfully drawn - even down to baby Liam. Feelings of warmth and protectiveness oozed from the story. Life is for living. We cannot let the past hold us back. We learn from the lessons of the past and with a leap of faith, step into the future.The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy is another charming tale. Childhood bonds continue into adulthood. There is some amusing and heart warming banter between the two main characters. The main theme was of dreams. We are never too old to dream or to pursue our dream. When God lays plans on our hearts, we would be wise to follow them. Medicine was advancing all the time in the late nineteenth century with education and innovation. A wonderful light read.Bound And Determined by Regina Jennings is another light hearted story concerning bravery, camaraderie and family. With comprehensive descriptions, the reader is treated to a vista of landscapes. There is good natured banter as strangers become friends. The reader witnesses that the journey goes best if we all pull together and stand firm against the enemy trusting God for the outcome.Tied And True by Melissa Jagears really is a pearl of a story to end this collection. The story focuses on true beauty and treasure - both are found in people and not possessions. Wealth can be used to help others but just as important is giving of one's time and self. True love crosses the social divide in spite of opposition. Huge hearts feature in this tale. People give out of what they have, even if it is very little.An absolute gem of a collection which I loved.I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    Anyone who enjoys American western historicals will enjoy this collection. In my opinion, all of the authors to a great job of developing a believable romance within the shortened format of a novella.Karen starts off with the final story in the Harper's Station series and Claire Nevin's happily ever after. We find out why Claire so quickly left home to marry Mr. Fischer and while we also see the immaturity that her age denotes, she also grows and develops.Mary's story brings another Kincaid tale Anyone who enjoys American western historicals will enjoy this collection. In my opinion, all of the authors to a great job of developing a believable romance within the shortened format of a novella.Karen starts off with the final story in the Harper's Station series and Claire Nevin's happily ever after. We find out why Claire so quickly left home to marry Mr. Fischer and while we also see the immaturity that her age denotes, she also grows and develops.Mary's story brings another Kincaid tale. It good to catch up with part of the family years later and revisit the cavern. I love the way Connor supports Maggie. As a woman with a hubs who is so supportive of my career, my heart melted with how he championed her.Regina's story seemed familiar. I'm not sure why and I still really enjoyed it. I'm not sure if I've read another story with the same historical impetus or what. Bradley's self confidence would annoy me in person, but in this hero is adorable.Melissa creates a heroine who reaches beyond her upbringing and crosses class divides in an era where it was rare and show compassion that is admirable in anyone. Calvin frustrates me, but he comes around eventually, so it ends happily.Overall it was a very enjoyable collection and I encourage you to pick up a copy.I received a complementary copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own!
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully BookishThe Love KnotHarper’s Station is one of those fictional places that readers long to visit! Feisty Claire Nevin and her Irish brogue have played a prominent secondary role in the previous novels and she’s been a favorite of mine from the start! Her unexpected delivery (and deliverer) opens the door to new possibilities prompting Claire to reexamine the past and reconsider her plans for the future.The Tangled Ties that BindThis second generation Kincaid Brides stor Full review on Faithfully BookishThe Love KnotHarper’s Station is one of those fictional places that readers long to visit! Feisty Claire Nevin and her Irish brogue have played a prominent secondary role in the previous novels and she’s been a favorite of mine from the start! Her unexpected delivery (and deliverer) opens the door to new possibilities prompting Claire to reexamine the past and reconsider her plans for the future.The Tangled Ties that BindThis second generation Kincaid Brides story is an absolute delight! Connor Kincaid left home to become a man worthy of the girl he loves but our gal Maggie isn’t sitting around pining for him year after year, she is training to become a doctor! These two are super adorable together and they display compassion and maturity beyond their years. Bound and DeterminedThis series is the only one I have not read but it didn’t take long for Private Bradley Willis to convince me THAT needed to change! Private Willis is a bit of a loose cannon but he means well and he’s certainly courageous. Ambrosia Herald is a spunky city gal and devoted daughter who wants to protect her recovering father but also keep the peace between her parents. Funny stuff here, reader friends, plus plenty of adventure and flirtation.Tied and TrueHave you ever wondered what was happening between dear friend fiancée, Marianne Lister, and dear friend assistant, Calvin Hochstetler, of A Heart Most Certain‘s hero, David? Mari extends compassion and generosity to anyone in need. Even though he takes it a bit far, I admire Calvin’s conservative approach to finances. This is an excellent addition to the Teaville Moral Society series!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Janis Kay
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so sad I'm leaving Harper's Station (I was also super sad about leaving the Archer family, but life goes on)!!!! Claire and Pieter are such a great match, I knew it wouldn't take too long haha! That was such a lovely town/series & this novella was just so endearing:) It'd be great if we could find out how Polly got her own HEA, but that's up to the author. In the meantime, I'm waiting with bated breath for Karen's next book!!!The Kincaids never have a dull moment lol. This was especially I'm so sad I'm leaving Harper's Station (I was also super sad about leaving the Archer family, but life goes on)!!!! Claire and Pieter are such a great match, I knew it wouldn't take too long haha! That was such a lovely town/series & this novella was just so endearing:) It'd be great if we could find out how Polly got her own HEA, but that's up to the author. In the meantime, I'm waiting with bated breath for Karen's next book!!!The Kincaids never have a dull moment lol. This was especially exciting due to the speed in which Maggie and Connor's skills are put to the test. That was a really exciting read!I'm gonna have to look into Fort Reno more lol. Amber and Bradley were a riot and I just loved getting to know themXDAfter reading 2 novellas from the Teaville Moral Society, I think I'll go looking for more. Marianne is one determined lady and Calvin finally used the brains that God gave him to realize it HAHAHA! That was an adventure and I'm definitely going back for more:)I really absolutely LOVE these novella collections and I can't wait for the next one!
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  • Charity Andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, so this whole book isn’t officially by Karen Witemeyer, but this review is specific to The Love Knot. Just to specify, the other authors that contributed are absolutely recommended by me as well. ❤Karen is one of the ladies that really got me into reading. I’m a huge fan and have always enjoyed her writing. In this novella, we once again visit the all ladies colony of Harper’s Station, Texas. (You first read about this in No Other Will Do.) Claire is living in Harper’s Station when she recei Ok, so this whole book isn’t officially by Karen Witemeyer, but this review is specific to The Love Knot. Just to specify, the other authors that contributed are absolutely recommended by me as well. ❤Karen is one of the ladies that really got me into reading. I’m a huge fan and have always enjoyed her writing. In this novella, we once again visit the all ladies colony of Harper’s Station, Texas. (You first read about this in No Other Will Do.) Claire is living in Harper’s Station when she receives a cryptic letter from her sister telling her to go to the train station to pick up something important. When she arrives, she realizes quickly that her whole life is about to change.What’s not to love about this story? It’s well written and a beautiful story. Please be sure to pick up a copy! Also, read the others novellas included. I promise you will love these ladies if Turn of the Century West is your thing. If it’s not, it might soon be!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    A compilation of four novellas, Hearts Entwined is a Historical Romance where warm fuzzies abound. While each novella provided compelling reading, my favorite is Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings. For those of you unfamiliar with Jennings, this author uses humor in her stories. The laugh out loud kind of humor. In order to get a complete picture of the storylines and the people who inhabit Ft. Reno, might I suggest reading the novel, Holding the Fort prior to reading the novella? Normally A compilation of four novellas, Hearts Entwined is a Historical Romance where warm fuzzies abound. While each novella provided compelling reading, my favorite is Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings. For those of you unfamiliar with Jennings, this author uses humor in her stories. The laugh out loud kind of humor. In order to get a complete picture of the storylines and the people who inhabit Ft. Reno, might I suggest reading the novel, Holding the Fort prior to reading the novella? Normally I would not make such a suggestion as a number of series can be read as stand alones and do not require to be read in order. But this series? It is well worth it in order to capture every humorous nuance written.
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  • Vicky Sluiter
    January 1, 1970
    Four novellas that are a quick but fun to read make a good book for a weekend of delight. All four are standalones, though they do link to series by the authors.I found these stories relaxing, but they kept my attention. All of the characters were well developed and the plots were creative. Think camels in Texas.These sweet romances also carry a thread of faith and forgiveness. And determination abounds. I really did like the characters in each story as they persevered through various trials. A Four novellas that are a quick but fun to read make a good book for a weekend of delight. All four are standalones, though they do link to series by the authors.I found these stories relaxing, but they kept my attention. All of the characters were well developed and the plots were creative. Think camels in Texas.These sweet romances also carry a thread of faith and forgiveness. And determination abounds. I really did like the characters in each story as they persevered through various trials. A little drama and a lot of humor make this book entertaining.If you enjoy simple, sweet reads that still hold your attention, you’ll enjoy Hearts Entwined. I recommend it!I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Hearts Entwined is a collection of four stories. The stories include:The Love Knot by Karen WitemeyerThe Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary ConnealyBound and Determined by Regina JenningsTied and True by Melissa JagearsI thought this was a great collection. All four of the stories are full of laughter and sweetness. A fabulous read.5+ stars.I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Tima
    January 1, 1970
    The path to love isn't always easy. Sometimes it comes with hardships and unexpected surprises. Follow these four couples as they learn that sometimes love is worth the risk and potential heartache. Each story is written as a stand-alone and is only tied with the other novellas based on the theme of historical romance. Each author uses a character or two from a series, but the series is not essential to understanding the story. I really enjoyed this book. These four authors are on my favorites l The path to love isn't always easy. Sometimes it comes with hardships and unexpected surprises. Follow these four couples as they learn that sometimes love is worth the risk and potential heartache. Each story is written as a stand-alone and is only tied with the other novellas based on the theme of historical romance. Each author uses a character or two from a series, but the series is not essential to understanding the story. I really enjoyed this book. These four authors are on my favorites list and I've read the all of the series they pulled their characters from. So it was nice to get another little glimpse into what was happening. Each author brought her own style and flair to her novella and made it her own. I had a favorite, but loved all of them. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy historical romance, want to find a new favorite author, or want to meet characters from your favorite series. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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