I recently finished At Love's Command by Karen Witemeyer. I've read many of her books. Her writing and storytelling ability are phenomenal. This book does not disappoint. It's a Christian western romance. If you love this genre, you will not want to miss it. I listened to it on Audible, and the narrator did a fantastic job.
Matthew Hanger, an ex-cavalry office, haunted by the things he experienced during the war, has joined other ex-army men to form the Hanger's Horsemen. They are well known far and wide for their heroic exploits in defense of those who cannot defend themselves. When one of Matthew's men is severely injured, he rushes his friend to the nearest doctor, Dr. Jo Burkett. Jo stands for Josephine, of which Matthew is unaware.
Dr. Burkett is used to men dismissing her ability when they realize she's a female. So when Matthew responds in surprise, she judges him as just another typical male. However, she's surprised when he rolls up his sleeves and is prepared to work alongside her and follow her instructions.
Although Matthew feels drawn to the doctor, he's not the marrying kind. His lifestyle is not one that would fit a family man. He does his best to suppress any feelings that want to arise. When his friend sufficiently recovers, Matthew imagines he has seen the last of the lovely doctor. But trouble arrives at Josephine's doorstep in the form of a letter. Her younger brother has been kidnapped and held for ransom, but her father refuses to help. She decides her only hope is to hire Hanger's Horsemen to save her brother.
This action-packed story is filled with humor, intrigue, suspense, romance, and a powerful inspirational message about trusting God. I loved Matthew's hero-worthy character. Josephine is a strong heroine, but she isn't brash. She has vulnerabilities and appreciates the sacrifice these men make when they willingly risk their lives to help her save her brother. You may want to begin reading this book when you have time to read it through to the end. It's a hard one to put down and thoroughly enjoyable.
January 19, 2022