"The Heart's Charge" is the 2nd book in Karen Witemeyer's Hanger's Horsemen series and it is so good! Do yourself a favor and read the first book first if you haven't yet though, it is good and you will have background information on the main characters and a few that you meet near the end of the story.
Mark and Jonah are delivering a steed and prepared to head home when they hear a women's cry and end up staying in the area much longer. After helping deliver a baby and learn that the baby's mother cannot care of her at this time, they head off to Harmony House to leave the baby there. Mark cannot believe his eyes when he sees a woman who he was prepared to marry years ago, but they went their different ways due to the circumstances at the time. And Jonah is intrigued by the other woman running this home, and after a child seeks his help as there is kid-snatching going on, the men know that they have to stay to investigate. As Mark and Jonah ask questions and seek answers, they also work their magic on repairs at the home and also in the hearts of the women. However, the ones they believe they can trust may in fact be the ones that can do the most harm and the rest of the Hanger's Horsemen quartet is summoned.
This book is so well-written and the setting and characters come to life so well! The men's commitment to justice and doing what is right is admirable. Some of the my favorite moments in the book are their conversations with some of the children at Harmony House. Katherine and Eliza also were immediately likable and I found myself empathizing with them and loving their mission and the strength that they have, even though they may not always believe it. Karen does a great job with telling the story and weaving the characters' history and backstory through it as well. I wanted to keep on reading to find out what would happen next, but at the same time I did not want the book to end. I am looking forward to book #3 in the series!
*Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book, all opinions expressed are my own.*