Hearts Entwined is a collection of 4 historical romance novella’s featuring the journeys you can take to find a forever love. Each story is unique in its characters and story lines but they all share moments that show how unexpected life can be, what you could find if you open yourself up to new possibilities and some much-needed humor to deal with the circumstances. This is a great collection spanning the years of 1883 though 1908 and the historical details in each story help them come to life and tackle the social issues of the times.
- The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer – Claire receives a letter from her younger sibling asking for her help. She gives no more information than to met at a train and that she will know the person delivering the gift. Little does she know how much she will have to look back on her past and choose to face the future when she sets out to help her sister. Claire is such a strong character and from the very beginning you know how much she has done to get to her current place in life, helping her sister is going to change everything. As you learn about her thought process to 2 major events you’ll find out just how strong she really can be.
- The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy – Connor and Maggie grew up together and each had feelings for the other, but Connor leaves home for 5 years to show that he has become the man that she deserves. During that time Maggie had to make the decision to move on with her own life and is studying to become a doctor and already has a contract in place with a small town, far away from family, to become their local doctor. When Connor and Maggie meet up again it’s not going to be easy to merge two different life paths after so much time has passed. The determination and desire to understand different points of view is a welcome spin to this story.
- Bound And Determined by Regina Jennings – Private Bradley Willis did what he thought was right to help save his team and the US Government turned around and punished him for not obeying his captain. His punishment was to be helping out a retired cavalry officer and his daughter move a herd across Indian Territory. This story was a great read because it wasn’t involving Bradley’s comfort spot with horses, instead they were transporting camels! He learns about camels as an animal, how there were used in the cavalry, and what they mean to the retired officer. A story with; exciting action, family lessons, and insights from a stranger, there were lots of moments to make you smile.
- Tied And True by Melissa Jagears – Marianne Lister comes from a wealthy family and is expected to wed David a man of similar means and an appropriate match. However, Marianne has fallen for a man named Calvin that works for David and his father and encapsulates everything she wants in a man. She makes her intentions clear to Calvin but he is equally determined that she would never really be happy with the life that he could provide. So she sets off to work in a factory and prove to Calvin that she would be happy no matter what her circumstances were. When an accident takes place at the factory the time has come to admit what they have is real and worth pursing.
Disclosure: Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.