First Line Fridays: Hearts Entwined – A Historical Romance Novella Collection

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection. This Collection features four novellas from four different authors. Each story is independent of the other, what ties them together is the central theme of love and entanglement, but in the best possible way. I enjoyed reading each of the four stories, but for today’s First Line post I’ve chosen Melissa Jagears “Tied And True”

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Kansas City, Missouri
September 1908

          The pounding of hammers above them ceased.


Hmmm…. Where are they and what was going on above them?  You’ll have to pick-up the book to find out!


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Review & Giveaway – Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection

The path to love is filled with twists and turns in these stories of entangled romance with a touch of humor! 


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. Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.

My Thoughts:

This collection features four stories from four different, gifted authors. Those who have read books from these authors will recognize characters from their full-length novels, and newcomers will find new favorite authors and stories they will want to pick up and enjoy! I fully enjoyed reading each of these stories.

In the first story “The Love Knot” by Karen Witemeyer we find Claire an Irish immigrant, living in Harpers Station who finds herself face to face with a past she thought she left behind. Will she be able to let go of past hurts and move forward on a new unexpected path?

Next, we travel with Mary Connealy in “The Tangled Ties that Bind” to Colorado and meet Connor Kincaid returning home to the Kincaid family ranch and ready to sweep Maggie off her feet and start a ranch of his own. Only to discover that Maggie has plans and dreams of her own.

Our next story “Bound and Determined” by Regina Jennings takes us on a bit of a journey across the hot, sun-baked land of Oklahoma.  Private Bradley Willis is assigned to accompany retired Army Officer, Herald across Indian Territory as they herd not cattle, but Camels. More surprises are in store as Bradley realizes that Officer Herald’s daughter is also along for the trip, and she is trying to keep them from getting to Texas.

Our final story “Tied and True” by Melissa Jagears brings us to Kansas City, Missouri. The expectations her family has set are thwarted when wealthy socialite Marianne Lister falls for the unlikely business assistant, Calvin Hochstetler. But will Marianne be able to prove to Calvin that he’s not just a passing fancy and that he is worthy of love?

Each story is unique and independent of the next. What ties them together is the central theme of love and entanglement, but in the best possible way. I give this fabulous collection of novella’s 5 stars.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Authors:

bio-pic-Karen  Karen Witemeyer

MaryConnealy  Mary Connealy

ReginaJennings Regina Jennings

jagearsheadshotcompressed Melissa Jagears


Hearts Entwined


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Winner: Donna E.