Book Review: Hearts Entwined- A Historical Romance Novella Collection

hearts entwined book review

The synopsis on the back of the book: 

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. 
 

  • Genre: Christian Historical Romance
  • Published: 01/2018
  • Pages: 332
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.32 stars
hearts entwined historical romance book review
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
— 1 Corinthians 13:13

The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer

The Love Knot is set in the late 1800s in Texas. Claire is a young woman who was summoned by her sister to come meet her about something important. Rather her sister leaves her with a newborn baby. She also reconnects with a former love, Pieter. 

This story was probably my second favorite of all the four. Karen engaged the reader right from the start and it was easy to follow along. The romance between Claire and Pieter was very sweet. Pieter was the kind of man I think perfect for Claire. Protective but also supportive and loving. Claire was a very independent woman so it worked out nicely.

What confused me a little bit, is that Claire's sister left her with a baby when Claire herself was not married. During those times, single moms were almost unheard of. However, I think her sister knew things would work out at the end with Pieter. 

Overall this little story was adorable and I would love to read more about Claire and Pieter! 

The Tangled Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy

Set in Colorado in the 1880's Maggie is yearning to be a doctor. She is set to be trained by a doctor in Denver Colorado and then to practice her medicine in Cutler, Colorado. A small town that is not even near a railroad. She is ecstatic about the opportunity. However, when she reconnects with her former love, Connor, everything changes.

The first couple chapters were a little confusing. It seemed like I should have read a book prior to this little novella to understand the characters. The story also developed rather quickly and I felt like I couldn't take the time to connect with the characters. But understanding that it's a novella, the story will tend to be a little shorter. 

Maggie and Connor, I think are well suited for each other. Maggie being stubborn and independent. Connor being hard headed and determined. 

Overall this wasn't my most favorite out of the four, but I did enjoy the romance story between Maggie and Connor. 

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
— 1 Peter 4:8

Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings

Regina has a true talent for creating a short story and grabbing you in from the start. Like her previous books, this novella takes place in Ft. Reno in the late 1800s. 

Bradley is a soldier at Ft. Reno and is determined to be a hero. However, during a shootout Bradley diss obey commands, and for punishment, he is sent to a ranch to help the owner transport his livestock from Kansas to Texas. He thinks that he is going to help cattle get to Texas but he soon finds out it's actually Camels. 

Yep, Camels. I really liked that because it was different and unexpected. As with all Regina's books, this was a hilarious read and so fun too! I loved the tension between the rancher's daughter, Ambrosia, and Bradley. She was very independent and was determined to do things on her own. I enjoyed reading the interactions between the two and it was a delight to see sparks develop. 

All in all, this was probaby my most favorite of all the stories in the novella. 

Tied and True by Melissa Jagears

Set in Missouri in the early 1900s, this story follows the story of Maryann and Calvin. Maryann loves Calvin with her whole heart. However, Calvin is a lower class than she. During those times, people were often not allowed to marry below their class. However, that doesn't stop Maryann.

She is bound and determined to show Calvin that she can work and that living a life of privilege doesn't matter to her. She takes a job that is considered below her station to prove her love towards Calvin. I loved Maggie's attitude and the willingness she showed throughout the story. I really liked Calvin and Maggie together. I liked Calvin's character, he was sweet, appreciative, and also stubborn- and perfect for Maggie. 

This story reminds us that love endures all. We also need to be aware of the poverty and social issues around us. That in the end love is all that matters, and that is what will get us through even through difficult times. 

 

This novella is perfect for Valentine's Day - or any day! It is a collection of sweet romance stories that I highly recommend that you check out! 

You can purchase the novella ---> HERE

Happy Valentine's Day from me to you! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! 

the caffeinated bibliophile