No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer - So true!

"She glanced up at him, and got her first true glimpse of the man Malachi had become.  Oh my. " (82)

Title:  No Other Will Do
Series: Ladies of Harper Station, Book 1
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  June 7, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts taught her and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one she trusts enough to ask.

Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he's always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s telegram arrives, he leaves his job behind and rushes to Harper's Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.

As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.

Oh my, indeed. There is a reason Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors. Her historical novels always manage to give me a great story with great characters and a timely message thrown in, well, more like beautifully weaved through the story. No Other Will Do is no different.

Being the first book in Karen's new series, Ladies of Harper Station,  No Other Will Do did a magnificent job in introducing us to a good number of characters, all with different personalities that I can't wait to explore in the subsequent books.  Not only that, the town of Harper Station serves as a great backdrop, with enough controversies within and beyond to give this series a splendid jumping point. And speaking of personalities, mind I tell you, both Emma and Malachi (aka Mal) captured my heart.  I love Emma's spunk (spoiler alert!! She kissed him first!) And Malachi, with his brooding and protective heart, o, my! Swoon-worthy!!!

No Other Will Do has shown us that no other will do. Emma and Malachi are the couple to root for. Andrew and Lewis are kids we can adore. Betty is one tough cookie that we can't help but love. Grace and Helen seems so different, but their story will sure fascinate us.  And who could forget Tori and Mr. Porter? That story needs to be touched as soon as possible.  Karen Witemeyer has not only given us a delightful romance or characters to love, but a mystery that might push this from romance to a suspense category.  Fun, charming and full of spunk, No Other Will Do will gratify any historical fiction fan.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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Amanda Carpenter
Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. 

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  1. This book has been on my radar! I am kicking myself for not picking it up when I had the chance lol. I have yet to read any of Karen's books, but I may need to bump them up on my TBR list now!

  2. I've not yet ready any of Karen's books. After reading your review, I'm going to be adding them to my TBR. :)

  3. RACHEL, you MUST add this to your TBR! Karen's is one of my faves! I love her her stories, REALLY, I do. I have a soft spot for the first 2 I've read of hers, A Tailor-Made Bride & Head in the Clouds. LOVE.

  4. CARYL, thanks for stopping by and for your kinds words. That's why I blog about books, because I truly want to share them with others, and to hear that it did encourage you to pick it up, THANK YOU!

  5. I was just skimming your review since I am getting ready to start reading this title and what do my traitorous eyes zero in on? Spoiler alert! My eyes have no self control :D

  6. I'm not usually a fan of Western romances, but I love Karen's books! They have just the right amount of "country" feel to them, plus all the good stuff like romance and danger! I can't wait to read this one.

  7. I've never read a Karen Witemeyer book. This sounds like something I'd read, though! I really enjoy Christian fiction.

  8. I love Karen Witemeyer's books! I just used an audible credit to get this book.

  9. Love the couple of Karen's books I have read.


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