Hearts Entwined consists of four novellas, each written by a different author.
The Love Knot, written by Karen Witemeyer, opens in Harper’s Station, Texas in 1895. Claire Nevin has made a new life for herself in this small town away from family and memories in New York. She receives a letter from her problematic sister telling her that she is sending Claire her “treasure”, which is to be delivered by train soon. When Claire meets the train she receives the shock of her life when she sees what her sister has sent and who has accompanied the “treasure”. Suddenly the pain and hurt she had left behind is now facing her. Can she find a way to move forward, embrace her new circumstances and learn to trust again?
The Tangled Ties that Bind (A Kincaid Brides Novella) , written by Mary Connealy, opens in Rawhide, Colorado in 1883. After a five year absence from his home, Connor Kincaid returns. When he had left his best friend, Maggie, was just fifteen and he had known they were too young for a lasting relationship. Maggie, grown up and given up hope that Connor would come back to her, has made her own plans for her future. Expecting to pick up where they left off, Connor is shocked that Maggie’s plans don’t include him. Just how far will Connor go to win Maggie back?
Bound and Determined (A Fort Reno Novella), written by Regina Jennings, opens east of Fort Reno, Indian Territory in 1885 with Private Bradley Willis in a precarious situation. As a result of his actions at that time, he is assigned to help a retired officer move a herd of camels through Indian Territory. As if the camels weren’t enough of a surprise, the officer’s daughter accompanying them was an even bigger surprise. Indian Territory was no place for a lady and the trip yields more than anyone foresaw.
Tied and True (A Teaville Moral Society Novella), written by Melissa Jagears, opens in Kansas City, Missouri in 1908. Heiress Marianne Lister loves the wrong man according to her parents and even Calvin, the man she loves. Calvin does love her, but he is not wealthy and feels Marianne can do better. Bound and determined to prove she needs and wants Calvin more than money she finds ways to prove this to him. Can this daughter of privilege convince Calvin that they belong together?
All four stories are well written and engrossing. The characters are believable and interesting. History and romance are blended beautifully. Highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.