At Love’s Command – a fiction review

In the prologue of the story I was concerned that it wouldn’t be up my alley, a war scene in our current climate was just a bit more than my heart and mind could bear in this present moment. But, I figured it was just the prologue and I am so glad I stuck with it. In the end of that prologue just set the stage for an interesting, entertaining, and exciting story. It also reminded me that we all experience trauma and have to find ways to process and move forward from it.

I found the characters completely inviting and believable. The rough edges of the ex-calvary turned mercinaries, paired with the independent spirit of Dr. Jo and the complex family dynamics made for a engaging read. Once I got going I flew through the book, and now I’m looking forward to the next in the series. I always love it when a book delightfully surprises you and then you know there is more coming because it’s just the first installment.

This is the first book I have read by Karen Witemeyer so I’m also delighted to have been introduced to a new (to me) author especially when they have so many other books I can go back and read. I am excited to see where the rest of the “Hangers Horseman” series takes us, I could just taste the stories that will take off from here and I cannot wait to see who we get to learn more about next. Historical fiction like At Love’s Command that helps me escape and get entwined in a great story will always leave me coming back for more.

Thanks to Bethany House publishers for my copy of the book, all opinions here are my own.

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He’s fought through ruthless outlaws and injury. But with her, he’s tempted to surrender.

Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger’s Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they’re the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she’s not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew’s dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine’s respect, and when her brother is abducted, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

When plans go awry and Josephine is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything–even his team–to save her.

At Love’s Command is a classic Western romance sure to delight readers of that genre. Witemeyer utilizes her authentic Texas setting to advantage and peoples her story with realistic, richly drawn characters that perfectly evoke the rugged, romanticized charm of the stagecoach era. . . . At Love’s Command is a fun book full of the adventure and excitement Americans associate with the Old West.  Fans of the author will be delighted with this offering and I am happy to recommend it to readers of Westerns, inspirationals, or anyone looking for a light, lively read.”–All About Romance

Karen Witemeyer

Voted #1 Reader’s Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer ( offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.

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