Hearts Entwined
The path to love is filled with twists and turns in these stories of entangled romance with a touch of humor from four top historical romance novelists! Includes Karen Witemeyer's The Love Knot, Mary Connealy's The Tangled Ties That Bind, Regina Jennings's Bound and Determined, and Melissa Jagears's Tied and True.

Hearts Entwined Details

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

Hearts Entwined Review

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    January 1, 1970
    Hearts Entwined – A Historical Romance 4 Novella Collection © Jan. 2018 Bethany HouseThe Love Knot – A Ladies of Harper’s Station Novella by Karen WitemeyerVERY SWEET STORYMay 1895, Harper’s Station, TXClaire Nevin has received vague word that her younger sister, Polly, is in trouble. She is sending Claire more information through a friend who will arrive soon on the train. The last person she expected to step off of the train was Pieter, who broke her heart less than a year ago. But, Pieter is Hearts Entwined – A Historical Romance 4 Novella Collection © Jan. 2018 Bethany HouseThe Love Knot – A Ladies of Harper’s Station Novella by Karen WitemeyerVERY SWEET STORYMay 1895, Harper’s Station, TXClaire Nevin has received vague word that her younger sister, Polly, is in trouble. She is sending Claire more information through a friend who will arrive soon on the train. The last person she expected to step off of the train was Pieter, who broke her heart less than a year ago. But, Pieter is determined to win her back.Ch. 7 Dressed in a cotton nightgown and wrapper, with a pair of thick stockings on her feet, she laid the Bible she’d brought with her on the table before padding over to the stove. She moved the kettle to the left side of the hob, where the stove emitted the most heat, then pulled out a chair and slid onto the sturdy wooden seat. No single day in the entire course of her life had brought as much change and emotional upheaval as this day. Not leaving Ireland. Not abandoning school to work in the embroidery shop. Not even that dreadful day in Rochester. She felt as wrung out as an old petticoat on washing day.***The Tangled Ties That Bind – A Kincaid Brides Novella by Mary ConnealyGOOD STORYJune 20, 1883 Rawhide ColoradoConnor Kincaid is heading home after 5 years away to finally be reunited with his family and Maggie, who he has loved and pined for while gone making his mark/becoming a man. The opening reunion of these two was fantastic. It involved an angry buffalo in the tree-filled Rockies.Unbeknownst to Connor, Maggie is moving away, to his complete shock. She waited years for him to return, and when he didn’t she deiced to get busy living and go to Denver to go to school. After his ire subsides, he decides to follow her, and prove his love. Together they are a strong team and I really enjoyed what they learned. You can definitely see the impractical side of youth and snap decisions sometimes, particularly with Connor, but when push comes to shove he is a strong young man and quite smart as well. Maggie is rightfully cautious with her heart, but smart and determined in her own right. Good story.Side note: Apparently (according to my files) I read book one in this series way back in 2014 when it was a free download. And the © date is actually 2011, so I find it interesting to be revisiting these characters all these years later. ***Bound And Determined – A Fort Reno Novella by Regina JenningsLOVED ITAugust 1885, East of Ft. Reno, Indian TerritoryOnce again Private Bradley Willis, has made a snap decision that has landed him in hot water. For retribution, he will be sent off to help a former cavalry officer, Captain Herald, move his heard across the plains and back home to Texas. However, when he arrives he is stunned to learn the heard is camels! In addition, he will meet his match in gumption with the officer’s daughter, Ambrosia Herald. Ch. 3. His mouth twitched. “I’m not your father ma’am. It doesn’t matter a whit to me if you get riled up, if you pout, or if you threaten to run away from home. I specialize in reckless, dramatic gestures, and I doubt any of yours would impress me.” I enjoyed this adventure very much, especially since I just read book 1 a few ago. The camels add a lot to the story and I enjoyed getting to know more about the interesting animals. ***Tied and True – A Teaville Moral Society Novella by Melissa JagearsSWEET STORY OF TRUSTSeptember 1908While David Kingsman travels to Teaville in book 2, this charming story takes place back home in Kansas City, MO. Marianne Lister is David’s childhood friend and his perfect future mate. That is according to his father and her parents as well. However, Marianne has been drawn to Calvin Hochstetler; the kindest, most hardworking man who makes her laugh and feel special. She believes making tea and playing hostess to high society types is the only thing she is good at. But helping him with his Widows and Orphans ministry gives her purpose, albeit she is still making tea.Calvin finds Marianne to be bright, charming and lovely. AND certainly out of his league. He does everything he can to convince her to wait for David since a life with him would be one of struggle. In turn, she devises new ways to convince him she is up for the challenge a life with him might offer, and more than willing to leave comfort and class behind. This story takes a peek at the life of female factory workers, including children and the hardships they faced. It also reminds us to find value in ourselves and trust the plan God has for us. Ch. 1 The pounding of hammers above them ceased. Marianne Lister put down her tea and smiled at the widow whose roof was being reshingled by men from their church.“We’ve got your roof finished, Mrs. Danby. And none too soon…”She waved her age-spotted hand to encourage him across the threshold. “Why don’t you come in more for tea?”Marianne picked up the nearly empty teapot. At least making tea was something she was good at. Even if this would be the fifth pot of tea Mrs. Danby plied on the men.
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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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  • Jocelyn
    January 1, 1970
    There are so many good fiction books on the market. Many of the authors are ones the I am familiar with. So when I had an opportunity to review Hearts Entwined, a historical Novella collection, I jumped at the chance.Karen Witemeyer continued her series of Ladies of Harper's Station. I had read two of the books in the series and was delighted with her continuation. "The Love Knot" takes you to Harper's Station, a safe haven community for women, where we meet up with Claire Nevin the young healer There are so many good fiction books on the market. Many of the authors are ones the I am familiar with. So when I had an opportunity to review Hearts Entwined, a historical Novella collection, I jumped at the chance.Karen Witemeyer continued her series of Ladies of Harper's Station. I had read two of the books in the series and was delighted with her continuation. "The Love Knot" takes you to Harper's Station, a safe haven community for women, where we meet up with Claire Nevin the young healer. Her sister Polly sends a message that she is sending a hand delivered package for Claire's safe keeping. What a surprise when Claire finds the man who broke her heart, carrying a bundle sent from her sister. Pieter van Duren never stopped loving Claire, but by a misunderstanding had sent Claire running west as a mail order bride. Mary Connealy is a new to me author, but I certainly enjoyed her take on "The Tangled Ties That Bind". In 1883 Conner Kincaid returns to his Colorado homestead after being gone for five years, He's ready to settle down with the grown up girl he left behind. Only five years is a long time for a girl, now young woman, to wait with nary a word. Maggie has moved on with her life. She's training to be a doctor and has committed to venture to a small town when she completes her training. All of this stuns Conner who now vows to follow Maggie into the big city of Denver. "Bound and Determined" by Regina Jennings takes us back to Indian territory in 1885. Private Bradley Morris can't seem to stay out of trouble. His sister Louisa is about to marry Major Adams but that doesn't give Bradley any points. After disobeying a direct order, Bradley is assigned to escort a Captain and his herd back to Texas. Cows, horses, whatever, Bradley is confident he can handle the task. However Bradley looks at the strangely shaped mammals he is assigned to escort. Camels! And an ever greater surprise is the Captains daughter, Ambrosia. Now this has become a most trying assignment.Melissa Jagears has spun a most compelling story in "Tied and True". How far will someone go for love? In 1908 the classes were divided by the have's and have nots. When a bright lovely well to do young lady, Marianne Lister, sets her sights on Calvin Hochstetler, a secretary for the business man who hopes Marianne will marry his son David, things change dramatically. Marianne's life of ease is a concern of Calvin's, a working man who cannot provide things Marianne is accustomed to. This sets Marianne on a mission. To prove that she can live with less. When her parents depart for a vacation, Marianne takes a job at a local mill, working 12 hour days. Calvin tries his best to thwart Marianne's maneuvers, but will love triumph in the end?Each one of these stories was a delight. And they are each stand alone. Not necessary to have read the previous books to continue with these novellas. I thoroughly enjoyed each one.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Meghan Lloyd
    January 1, 1970
    I am so happy to have read these four lovely novellas by four wonderful Christian romance authors! Each one was romantic and emotional in its own way, and I had fun reading all of them. I mainly grabbed this book because I have loved every book Karen Witemeyer has written, and I knew I would love her novella. She has now also prompted me to check out the three ladies who joined her in creating Hearts Entwined. Below I'll do a brief blurb about each novella and what I thought.The Love Knot - Kare I am so happy to have read these four lovely novellas by four wonderful Christian romance authors! Each one was romantic and emotional in its own way, and I had fun reading all of them. I mainly grabbed this book because I have loved every book Karen Witemeyer has written, and I knew I would love her novella. She has now also prompted me to check out the three ladies who joined her in creating Hearts Entwined. Below I'll do a brief blurb about each novella and what I thought.The Love Knot - Karen WitemeyerHaving left her family behind in New York after terrible heartbreak, Claire Nevin receives a letter from one of her sisters, asking her to keep her trousseau safe while she fixes the trouble she is in. However, Claire finds out that her sister has entrusted her with something much more valuable, and it's delivered by none other than the man who broke her heart - Pieter van Duren. And he's a man on a mission to win back Claire's heart. I really enjoyed this story, especially the element of forgiveness and humility that both characters exhibited. It was a heartwarming story that will tug at your heart strings and make you believe that love can conquer anything.The Tangled Ties That Bind - Mary ConnealyConnor Kincaid has loved his adopted cousin, Maggie, for years, but he left when he realized they both needed to grow up before he could ask for her hand. But now that Connor has returned, he learns that Maggie has moved on with her life, and there may not be a place for Connor anymore. This story is a testament to what we must do sometime for loves, and how those things can teach so much about ourselves and our love for one another. While I had a hard time connecting with the characters at times, I enjoyed seeing them grow and become closer throughout the story.Bound and Determined - Regina JenningsPrivate Bradley Willis never expected that his next assignment would be escorting a herd of camels for an office across Indian Territory - but that's exactly what he got! What makes it a bit sweeter though is the company of said officer's daughter, Ambrosia Herald, even if she is trying to sabotage the mission every step of the way. This was my favorite story of the four, for its humor and great storytelling. I really enjoyed every bit of it, especially how smitten they both were but tried not to show it. It was a really a cute story and brought a smile to my face.Tied and True - Melissa JagearsA wealthy socialite and a working class business assistant does not seem like a match made in heaven, at least not to Calvin Hochstetler. In love with Marianne Lister but sure that they could never get married, Calvin has tried to keep himself at a distance. But when Marianne declares her love and Calvin tells her it's impossible, she takes that as a challenge to prove him wrong. I liked this story in the end, but I was very frustrated for a lot of it. I understood the complications of the match, but I felt both parties were immature in how they handled it, which made the reading difficult at times. My favorite parts were mostly of Marianne working and seeing her interact with people. I liked her a lot.**I received a free copy from the publisher and this is my honest review.**
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Hearts Entwined contains 4 romances that will delight the readers. I was familiar with 2 of the authors (Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings) before I read this book, and now I will have to find more writings of the the other 2 as well. I truly enjoyed 3 of these short and sweet stories; the 4th just left a little something to be desired."The Love Knot" by Karen Witemeyer was probably my favorite out of the four novellas. I loved reading about Claire and Pieter's relationship and how they are ab Hearts Entwined contains 4 romances that will delight the readers. I was familiar with 2 of the authors (Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings) before I read this book, and now I will have to find more writings of the the other 2 as well. I truly enjoyed 3 of these short and sweet stories; the 4th just left a little something to be desired."The Love Knot" by Karen Witemeyer was probably my favorite out of the four novellas. I loved reading about Claire and Pieter's relationship and how they are able to overcome past judgements, a sickness and will endure and thrive. "The Tangled Ties that Bind" by Mary Connealy had me laughing out loud at her descriptions of the ranch lifestyle. She was very descriptive in her writing and made me feel like I was right there with Connor and Maggie as they were being chased by the buffalo and when they were in the doctor's office treating the patients from the coach wreck. This was a wonderful story. "Bound and Determined" by Regina Jennings was another delightful lead. I am not sure what I would have done if I was faced with having to travel in the old west on camels. It was a funny read and loved the way that 2 headstrong people, in Ambrosia and Bradley, face off and ultimately fall headfirst in love with each other."Tied and True" by Melissa Jagears finishes off this collection of stories. This one was the only one that didn't bat 1000 for me. This is a typical story of rich and poor falling in love (although I will give Jagears credit this time it is a rich woman falling in love with a poor man). There was just something about the character of Marianne that was annoying to me. I am not sure why and can't really pinpoint it, but it really made the whole story feel off for me. Overall, I loved the format of this book. I was able to read through each story in a sitting over the course of 4 days. I did this to savor each one and to think about them. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for short, sweet historical romances with some wittiness thrown in! DISCLAIMER::: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Baker Publishing Group and Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
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  • Katrina Epperson
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful collection of historical novellas!! I found myself getting lost in each story and being captivated until the end. They each include faith, forgiveness, hope, humor, trust, but most of all love. In the first book we find a young woman who left New York with a broken heart and settled in Texas. When an unexpected package arrives on the train from her sister, she is both surprised by the package and the person who brought it. Now she needs to learn forgiveness and learn to trust ag What a wonderful collection of historical novellas!! I found myself getting lost in each story and being captivated until the end. They each include faith, forgiveness, hope, humor, trust, but most of all love. In the first book we find a young woman who left New York with a broken heart and settled in Texas. When an unexpected package arrives on the train from her sister, she is both surprised by the package and the person who brought it. Now she needs to learn forgiveness and learn to trust again. In the second book we meet a young man who's returning home to Colorado after spending the last 5 years in Texas. He thinks he has his life all planned out, but he should have known things were not going to go his way when he ran into an overprotective mother buffalo. (I loved this scene.) Connor must figure out how to convince a young woman how deeply his feelings for her are. The third story is set in the Indian Territory in August 0f 1885. We meet a young man who is in the cavalry and is sent to help move a herd. Just one problem, the herd isn't cattle, but camel. He must deal with not only the camel, but an intriguing and irritating female who was trying to sabotage her father's plans and thereby his mission. The last novella was set in Kansas City, Missouri in September of 1908. In this novella we meet a young totally captivated by a young man, who she knows her parents would think is completely below her because of the difference in finances. The heart wants what the heart wants and she will do anything to convince everyone otherwise. I enjoyed each of these stories thoroughly. Of course, for me this wasn't a surprise since I enjoy the author's books. I found myself going from one book to the next until I finished the very last page. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good story, likes to feel apart of each story and likes a story that will put a smile on your face. I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Hearts EntwinedThe Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer – A Ladies of Harper's Station NovellaClair Nevin was a runner. She ran away from a bad situation in New York instead of facing it and ran into a bad situation in Seymour. But landing in Harper's Station had been good for her. And now, her sister needed her help. Only the person her sister sent to deliver the package had Clair ready to put her running shoes on once again. Harper's Station is a wonderful series about a town for woman to escape to. O Hearts EntwinedThe Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer – A Ladies of Harper's Station NovellaClair Nevin was a runner. She ran away from a bad situation in New York instead of facing it and ran into a bad situation in Seymour. But landing in Harper's Station had been good for her. And now, her sister needed her help. Only the person her sister sent to deliver the package had Clair ready to put her running shoes on once again. Harper's Station is a wonderful series about a town for woman to escape to. Only now, a few men have been allowed in too. Very good series.The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy – A Kincaid Brides NovellaConnor Kincaid, Seth's son, had his dad's wild eyes when things got out of control. Like now. After being gone for five years, he came home to claim the only woman he'd ever love...only to find out she had other plans that included leaving Rawhide...and him. Love Mary Connealy's humor in her writing and her lovable characters.http://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com/...Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings – A Fort Reno NovellaThe reader can meet Private Bradley Willis in the first book, Holding the Fort, where his sister's story is told. He's a reckless, fun-loving guy. When he's sent on a mission to help a retired captain, it's more than he expects. And he finds he can be serious and protective when a beautiful lady needs him to do so. I love the author's writing and humor.Tied and True by Melissa Jagears – A Teaville Moral Society NovellaMarianne Lister and Calvin Hochstetler may be worlds apart to some people, but Marianne doesn't care about being from a wealthy family. She cares about finding a good man to love...the kind of man Calvin is. Because of his past though, it's tougher to convince Calvin that he could ever be good enough to care for her. Great story and characters.**Received from Bethany House for an honest reviewhttp://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com/...
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  • Kay Defreese
    January 1, 1970
    Hearts Entwined is a collection of four novellas. I enjoyed some better than others. My review of the four as follows:The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer - I loved returning to the Women's Colony Harper Station and catch up on some of my favorite characters. We met Claire in a previous book. She barely escaped being a mail order bride to the horrible Mr. Fisher. We find out in this book why the spunky Claire let the town she was raised in. We learn about her background and the man she was intereste Hearts Entwined is a collection of four novellas. I enjoyed some better than others. My review of the four as follows:The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer - I loved returning to the Women's Colony Harper Station and catch up on some of my favorite characters. We met Claire in a previous book. She barely escaped being a mail order bride to the horrible Mr. Fisher. We find out in this book why the spunky Claire let the town she was raised in. We learn about her background and the man she was interested in. He comes to the town with a surprise package and a vow to win her love back.The Tangled Ties that Bind by Mary Connealy - I haven't read any of the Kincaid books so I was a little lost on who was who. The main female character got on my nerves. I loved the male lead. It was a tangled web that they were sort of cousins but not by blood or anything. I think I would have enjoyed the novel better had I read any of the other books in the Kincaid series.Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings - The book was quite humerous in parts. I felt the romance between the two main characters could have been developed a little better. I think this book would have worked better in a full length novel instead of a novella. Not enough time to develop plot and the characters.Tied and True by Melissa Jagears - This one was my favorite of the four. It was just different. Usually it is a poor girl who falls in love with a rich boy but this one was the opposite. I think the plot moved smoothly and the characters were well developed. In this book from the first page we learn that Marianne is head over heels in love with Calvin. Problem is that Calvin thinks that it would never work out between the two of them because of her wealth and station in life. She would do anything to prove to him that monetary things do not matter to her.
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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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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. With four different historical short stories, you're sure to find one that speaks to you in this collection! All of the stories appear to be spin-offs from the authors' full-length novel series, but you don't need to be familiar with them. If anything, one of these stories might inspire you to go back and read the accompanying trilogies... As the cover would indicate, each of the stories takes place out west, but all of them seem to have 'Texas' as a central theme of some fashion. They also all take place during the 19th century. I enjoyed each of the stories, but all for different reasons. The main characters have their personal struggles, and each novella involves a romance, but they're all unique stories. My favorite was probably "Tied and True," because it's an "Uptown Girl" story....rich girl falls in love with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, while her parents have another match already approved. It was a sweet story, and I enjoyed it the most, but all of them were well-written and (also nice) the perfect length to finish in a long afternoon read.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    What a great collection of quick reads that are entertaining and make you laugh and get you teary eyed. Historical romance with the common thread of twists and turns that end up in love that’s entwined. When you add God to the equation you have a three strand cord that is not easily broken. The Lord Knot by Karen Witemeyer shows how unexpected packages can become our greatest blessings. Finding forgiveness and listening to the truth instead of going on assumptions brings great joy. The Tangled T What a great collection of quick reads that are entertaining and make you laugh and get you teary eyed. Historical romance with the common thread of twists and turns that end up in love that’s entwined. When you add God to the equation you have a three strand cord that is not easily broken. The Lord Knot by Karen Witemeyer shows how unexpected packages can become our greatest blessings. Finding forgiveness and listening to the truth instead of going on assumptions brings great joy. The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy made me laugh from the get go. I loved Conner and the sacrifices he was willing to make for Maggie. Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings is so endearing and entertaining. I love the spunkiness of Ambrosia and reading more of Private Bradley Willis and his antics was just what I needed to lift my spirits. Throw in some camels and Indian territory and you have the makings of a great Novella. Tied and True by Melissa Jagears shows the great lengths Marianne is willing to go to in order to show that money does not bring happiness when you have love. Wonderful characters that come alive. This collection is one you will want to revisit and share with your friends. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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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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  • Silverscarf
    January 1, 1970
    I love these novella collections, Karen Witemeyer has become a new favorite author of mine and these collections also provide a nice sampling of the work of some other Christian authors I have yet to try. I liked all of these stories, The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer is part of her Ladies of Harper Station series and feels like it's the last installment of it, all the characters from the other books have a reunion of sorts in the epilogue and it was a nice note to end the series on. The characte I love these novella collections, Karen Witemeyer has become a new favorite author of mine and these collections also provide a nice sampling of the work of some other Christian authors I have yet to try. I liked all of these stories, The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer is part of her Ladies of Harper Station series and feels like it's the last installment of it, all the characters from the other books have a reunion of sorts in the epilogue and it was a nice note to end the series on. The characters from this story were likable, and I enjoyed seeing Claire's happy ending. But though I really liked this novella, I still think the first novella for this series that takes place between the novels was just a little bit better.The second story, The Ties that Bind by Mary Connealy started out a bit rough, but it got better in the second half and I ended up liking it more than I thought I would in the beginning.Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings was a very unique and enjoyable story, I will definitely remember it as being the one with the camels, and want to reread it in the future.And lastly Tied and True by Melissa Jagears was also a unique story and I loved the hero from that one, he very much wants to protect the woman he loves because he thinks that there wouldn't be much of a future for her if she marries him. But the heroine was very determined and was able convince him that everything would work out if they both loved each other.Overall this is a great novella collection, perfect if you're looking for some shorter historical romances by an assortment of great Christian authors.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I love a book that has more than one story in it. This book has four novellas from four great authors.The Love Knot by Karen Witmeyer is a fun story about Claire and an unexpected package that her siblings send her. With twists and turns this short love story makes the reader grin and glow with love.The next story by Mary Connealy, The Tangled Ties that Bind, is a western about two friends who reunite their friendship while trying to stay alive and escape a raging stampede.Then Regina Jennings w I love a book that has more than one story in it. This book has four novellas from four great authors.The Love Knot by Karen Witmeyer is a fun story about Claire and an unexpected package that her siblings send her. With twists and turns this short love story makes the reader grin and glow with love.The next story by Mary Connealy, The Tangled Ties that Bind, is a western about two friends who reunite their friendship while trying to stay alive and escape a raging stampede.Then Regina Jennings writes Bound and Determined. Oh, this is such a humorous story and the title is just a pun of what the trip across Oklahoma plains is all about romance and camels...yes, camels in Oklahoma!The last story Tied and True by Melissa Jagears is about a cotton factory where two hearts become entwined in love.I love the "punny" titles that go with these fantabulous novellas!A great Valentine's gift for the reader in your life.*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished Hearts Entwined and it was a delight to get to visit with old friends and new! This book contains stories from four of the best authors in Historical Christian Fiction in my opinion. I read their books each year when they're released. The rest of the year I anticipate their releases. These stories made me laugh out loud, intrigued me, and caused me to want to be a better follower of Christ. Thank you to these authors for the joy you bring to others. You won't be disappointed if y I just finished Hearts Entwined and it was a delight to get to visit with old friends and new! This book contains stories from four of the best authors in Historical Christian Fiction in my opinion. I read their books each year when they're released. The rest of the year I anticipate their releases. These stories made me laugh out loud, intrigued me, and caused me to want to be a better follower of Christ. Thank you to these authors for the joy you bring to others. You won't be disappointed if you choose to buy this book!
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    There are four stories in this book and they are all wonderful. I really enjoyed each one. Each book was individual but had a "tie" that bound them. Romance, history, and fun mark these four stories. I truly enjoyed them and I recommend this book.*I was given this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to leave a review. The opinion is my own.
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  • Dianne Sidebottom
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed each of the four novella's by these women who write historical fiction. It was good to meet up with these characters from within other series. I think Melissa's story gave me something to think about those/myself included who don't feel worthy of love other than God himself loving us to risk loving people in the chance that you may receive love back or you may not... risky...
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    4 Amazing Stories What could be better than 4 of my favorite authors putting 4 novellas together? Not much!!! Each story kept me reading until the end then being disappointedly had to end!
  • Julynn
    January 1, 1970
    Nice novellas of follow up to these beloved author's series. Enjoyed all of them!
  • Christie
    January 1, 1970
    Witemeyer's "The Love Knot"- ✯✯✯✯✯Connealy's "The Tangled Ties that Bind"- ✯✯ 1/2Jennings' "Bound and Determined"- ✯✯✯✯Jagear's "Tied and True"- ✯✯✯
  • Karen Reeves
    January 1, 1970
    These are some of my favorite authors and really enjoyed reading their stories.
  • Alisha
    January 1, 1970
    get collection of short stories
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