Monday, August 8, 2016

No Other Will Do

No Other Will Do
By Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House, 2016. 364 pgs. Historical Fiction

Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her to be a strong, independent woman. Because of this, Emma decided to start Harper's Station, a women's colony that offers help and hope to women in need. They are doing just fine until someone starts to threaten the colony and the threats begin to escalate. Emma realizes that this time she does need a man to help protect those she loves and there is only one man she trusts enough to ask. Malachi Shaw is an explosives expert for the railroad, but when he receives Emma's telegram he drops everything to help the girl who once saved his life.

Karen Witemeyer is a talented inspirational historical fiction author. Her stories usually have very likable characters and are set in the Old West. She masterfully weaves faith into her stories without it feeling forced or it becoming the main focus. I will say that although I loved all of the characters of Harper's Station and the plot kept me interested, I felt that the writing in this book wasn't as good as some of her past books. This was still a great, feel good story that was the perfect thing to relax with at the end of a long day.


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