Karen Witemeyer has done it again! Anytime I have the privilege to read and review one of her books is a real treat! The author indulges her readers in her brand-new book entitled At Love's Command part of her Hanger's Horsemen series.
The series gets kicked off by us being introduced to Matthew "Matt" Hanger and his band of men.
They have been traumatized by the atrocities of war and vows to right wrongs and obtain justice for those unable to help themselves. While on a mission, one of their own is wounded and they become the ones in need of rescuing.
This is where the adventure begins! They need help as soon as possible and it comes in an unexpected form. A female, and a doctor at that.
Being a female doctor in the late 1800's Josephine Burkett is used to men and others rejecting her medical skills. What she doesn't expect is for the legendary Matthew Hanger of Hanger's Horsemen fame to be in her clinic or offering to assist her in the surgery of one of his men. Josephine is soon won over by witnessing Matthew's willingness to serve and his dedication to his friend's recovery.
I really appreciated how Karen Witemeyer showed the struggle that women had to go through to be respected and seen as equals in the medical field. Women are still working for equality and reading a book like this, even a fun and light read, helps remind you what women have fought for and why it's so important to keep fighting for equality. This added many layers to Josie's character, which I loved.
On the flip side, the PTSD (not called that in the book) that Matt and his band of men are dealing with, created not only heros you were rooting for, but gave you deep compassion and understanding for our soldiers and anyone who has had or is still dealing with PTSD.
Just when you think the story can't get any better "Josie" (Matt's nickname for her) learns her brother has been abducted for ransom and Hanger's Horsemen are her only hope. Josie convinces Matt to help and of course insists on being apart of the rescue mission, to Matt's frustration. It is an up and down ride as you turn each page waiting to discover if Matt will rescue her brother without sacrificing Josie or his men. I mean, I might have held my breath a few times, oh and also laughed out loud a few more times!
If you love a book that contains interesting characters, an exciting and thought provoking story, and includes a romance you cheer for, then this book is for you. I loved every moment of it. In fact, I made myself read it very slowly so I could enjoy it for as long as possible.
Sometimes when I review Ms. Witemeyer's books I feel like I sound like a broken record. Being such a fan of her work, I can honestly say for me there is not one book of hers that I don't enjoy. Her books are ALWAYS solid and well-written with complex characters and compelling storylines. If you are a fan of Ms. Witemeyer's work, you need to add At Love's Command to your TBR pile!
~~ At Love's Command was provided to me by the author and Bethany House in return for my honest review. I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are my own.~~