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In Honor’s Defense by Karen Witemeyer on Tour with Celebrate Lit with Giveaway

About the Book

Book: In Honor’s Defense

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: June 7, 2022

Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life–for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he’s left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance.

Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she’d have and to give him the family he desperately needs.

When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke’s attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris’s brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.

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Karen Witemeyer’s books are always enjoyable. In Honor’s Defense is one of my favorites. Historical fiction is by far my preferred genre. When it’s coupled with romance and western panache, then tossing in Texas, to boot, well it can’t be beat!

I liked the main characters very much. Damaris Baxter was a strong woman who wouldn’t tolerate a lot of antics and was willing to risk life and limb for those she loved. Luke “Preach” Davenport, who was one of Hangar’s Horsemen, embodied the Horsemen’s image by being all business and not tolerating any guff or nonsense. Damaris and Luke were perfect foils for each other.

Luke became the group’s “preacher” when he began praying for them and sharing Scripture, as you would have predicted from his nickname. A narrative with a faith message is an ideal arrangement.

In Honor’s Defense is the third book in the “Hangar’s Horsemen Series,” and can be read independently even though it is generally best to read the books in chronological sequence.

I received a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit through  NetGalley. All opinions are my own, and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

About the Author

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Voted #1 Readers’ Favorite Christian Romance Author in 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a multiple award-winning author and a firm believer in the power of happy endings. She is an avid cross-stitcher, tea drinker, and gospel hymn singer who makes her home in Abilene, TX with her heroic husband who vanquishes laundry dragons and dirty dish villains whenever she’s on deadline.

More from Karen

Meet Luke and Damaris

As the Hanger’s Horsemen series comes to a close, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Luke Davenport and Damaris Baxter. If you haven’t read the other books in this series, don’t worry. This one stands on its own just fine.

Luke

Luke Davenport is a former cavalry officer who is part of an elite squad of men known as Hanger’s Horsemen. Haunted by the horrors of war, this group of Texas legends has spent the last few years fighting for justice on behalf of those who cannot fight for themselves. Luke is Matthew Hanger’s right-hand man, but when Matt retires the Horsemen in favor of a more settled life with his new wife, Luke is left feeling adrift. So when a solo job comes his way to track down rustled cattle, he jumps at the opportunity.

Known for his strength, his size, and his skill with his fists, I modeled Luke after a pair of football players, Howie Long and JJ Watt. He’s a man of action with a bit of wildness inside, yet his ability to memorize Scripture earned him the nickname Preach. He’s a godly man with scars, seeking to find his place as his Horsemen brothers move on to new phases of life.

 Damaris

Damaris Baxter has been invisible her entire life. Plain of face and quiet of manner, she it’s the epitome of unremarkable. While she dares heroic feats and grand adventures between the covers of her favorite books, life outside the pages consists of little more than needlework and dull conversation with her great aunt. Until her brother dies under suspicious circumstances and she travels to Texas to care for her nephew. Determined that the “Texas Damaris” will be bolder and braver than her former self, she sets out to win the heart of a grieving boy and ends up mixed up in a dangerous murder plot with a handsome cowboy who actually sees her.

When creating Damaris’s character, I gave her two of my favorite hobbies—reading and cross-stitching. She shares other similarities with me as well. She’s a quiet person who dislikes making waves, but when family needs her, there’s nothing she won’t do to help. Her questionable baking skills might also have found some inspiration in my personal experience. Just ask my husband about my famous transparent chocolate chip cookies. 

Opposites Attract?

I love to explore what brings people together, and while it’s a common idea that opposites attract, I’ve always believed that there must be some core commonalities beneath the differences to bind a couple together for a lifetime. So, while Luke and Damaris seem to be stark opposites—he an adventure-seeking soldier used to solving problems with guns and fists; she a quiet, proper lady used to escaping problems with books and needlework—they actually have several core commonalities. They both crave belonging and family, they both value God’s Word, and they both have a strong, protective instinct toward those they care about. This core common ground is what serves as the foundation for their relationship.

Now that you’ve been introduced to Luke and Damaris, I hope you’ll join them on the adventure that leads them to love.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away a Hanger’s Horsemen prize bundle consisting of autographed copies of all three books in the series, a custom mug, and Horsemen swag!! (U.S. Only)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1f45c/in-honor-s-defense-celebration-tour-giveaway

More Than Meets the Eye (A Patchwork Family Novel Book #1) by Karen Witemeyer

My Review

The prologue to Karen Witemeyer’s book, More Than Meets the Eye, more than makes you cry as it is so heart-wrenching!  You want to pick the three Hamilton children up, dust them off and bring them home with you to love!

We meet up with the Hamilton children again, after the prologue, 15 years later. They have managed to make a wonderful life for themselves in Pecan Gap, Texas. Zach, the eldest has managed to work hard, save money and provide well for his younger siblings. There are only a couple of problems; Evangeline is an outcast because of a condition called heterochromia, and Seth suffers from severe, sometimes life-threating, asthma. Oh, yea, they also have a stranger camping out right on their property line, too-what’s that all about?

I at once admired and was sometimes frustrated with Evangeline. Nothing seemed to get her down. She was spunky and quirky, but she also took some very foolish and fool-hardy chances.

The novel addresses many Biblical truths and lessons applicable to life. Characters struggled with their thoughts and emotions, causing you to identify with them easily.

I really have no complaints about this story. However, I feel a couple of plot elements were wrapped up a little too quickly and tidily. Overall, though, it was very good-I stayed up all night recently in order to finish it!! I couldn’t wait to see how it ended, and yet, I didn’t want it to end either!

I enjoyed this first book in A Patchwork Family Novel series very much. I was vested in the characters from the beginning. I admired their spunk and hard-working attitudes. I cried, laughed and rejoiced along with them and their friends.

I received the book from Bethany House Publishers and the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

Publisher’s Summary

Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can’t let the villain she believes responsible for her father’s death release his wrath in Harper’s Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she’s ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship–dare he believe, courtship?–has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

My review

Grace Mallory has spent the last year hiding in the all-female town of Harper’s Station. She had learned the art of telegraphy and uses her experience to work in the town’s telegraph office. However, a sinister man tracking her finds her hideout. Now her life and the lives of her friends are in danger.

Amos Bledsoe, bicycle rider extraordinaire and telegraph operator in Dennison, Texas, overhears a startling message for Grace and sets out to help defend her.

Heart on the Line is written In Miss Witemeyer’s traditional style with lots of humor, intrigue, suspense and tales of the wild west! She also infuses all of her heroines with an ability to fend for themselves, along with a strong, unwavering faith in God.

I savored Heart on the Line. Grace’s courage and spunkiness were integral to the story and held me riveted, wanting to know how she could extricate herself from her dire circumstances.  I am sure if you enjoy historical fiction mixed with a little romance, you will enjoy this newest story in the Harper’s Station Series.

Karen Witemeyer has written another superb book about life in the late 1800’s. Heart on the Line is book two of the Ladies of Harper Station Series. However, it is great as a standalone. I didn’t even realize it was part of a series. (I had read the first book last year and vaguely recognized a few of the town’s inhabitants in the newest book.)

I received this book from Bethany House. However, I was not required to write a review.

Friday’s Fiction

A Worthy Pursuit

A Worthy Pursuit, by Karen Witemeyer, takes two seemingly-at-odds people and brings them together.

Charlotte Atherton was headmistress at Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youth, when for no apparent reason the academy closed.  She feels she must take responsibility for two children, Stephen and John, knowing their parents won’t be able to get to them right away. In addition, she fears for Lilly, the little girl whose mother appointed Charlotte as her guardian in order to protect Lily from her nefarious grandfather. Deciding it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission, she decides to sneak away with the children when she realizes there may be major problems on the horizon.

Hired by Lily’s grandfather, Stone Hammond, a tracker from Texas, sets out to rescue the little girl from her apparent kidnapper.

Charlotte has created a warm, loving home for the three children when Stone shows up to take Lily away. He’s unable to leave at first, due to an injury, but as time goes on, he begins to question the grandfather’s true motives.  Could Charlotte really be a cold-hearted kidnapper bent on using Lily for her own gain?

True to her signature style, Karen Witemeyer, has written another “Ace-High” (first class and respected) book with lots of cowboys, humor and romance. Miss Witemeyer aptly illustrates Biblical principles and shows how God works greatly for those who trust in Him. A clean, fun book you won’t want to miss.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Short Straw Bride, lots of excitement and intrigue

August 30, 2012

Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer is another skillfully written book. Karen’s books are fun, lighthearted stories but provide a serious and enjoyable read.

Meredith Hayes has long had an oversize crush on Travis Archer; created only in her mind and dreams.
The Archer brothers never venture off their land nor do they tolerate others venturing onto their land but when Meredith overhears a plot to drive the Archers out, she knows she must act. She sets out to invade their land and tell them of the plot.

Her act of kindness leads to destroying her reputation, discord between herself and her family and a near kidnapping by her ruthless ex-fiancée.

Travis feels bound to protect her; after all, she helped to save his family and their land. He devises a scheme to draw straws to see which of the brothers must marry Meredith. Unbeknownst to all, including Meredith, he devises a way to insure he gets the short straw.

Meredith is torn between her longstanding “love” for Travis and the feeling that he got the short end of the deal when he married her. She goes into the marriage with all her heart and prays Travis will come to see and appreciate her for who she truly is.
There is lots of excitement and intrigue throughout the book you will want to give yourself plenty of time to read!

For an excerpt and a short video about Short Straw Bride follow the links below:
http://www.karenwitemeyer.com/excerpt_straw.html

This book was given to me free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.