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An action packed historical romance:"No Other Will Do" (Ladies of Harper's Station Book #1) by Karen Witemeyer
about the book....
She Trusts Him for the Job, But Can She Trust Him With Her Heart?
Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper's Station, a women's colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy 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 man 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 rushes back to Texas 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, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harper's Station must choose safety or whether to risk everything to fight for their future.
I can honestly say that "No Other Will Do" is unlike any other historical romance novel I have ever read! Never before have I encountered a story where women have banded together and formed their own town, where men aren't allowed to live. The idea of Harper's Station makes for a fascinating backdrop for this story, and the way that Malachi enters the scene offers up some entertaining reading indeed. The action runs high in this story as the characters encounter a dangerous villain who has the women afraid for their very lives. As suspicion mounts about what is exactly going on - and just who is behind the attacks on their town - I can testify that I stopped pretending to be able to put down the book at that point and just read on through to the satisfying ending.
Those readers who love a good romance are going to enjoy the sparks that fly between Malachi and Emma, from their tender past as children to their reunion as adults where they encounter feelings they weren't even ready to acknowledge - with a whole lot of misunderstandings to work through along the way! Emma is a strong female character, but is done just right so that she doesn't seem overbearing, but rather is a character worth admiring. And did I mention the thread of humour that permeates the book, especially in Mal and Emma's interactions? I truly appreciate that Witemeyer is always able to add some light-hearted moments, even in the midst of the flying bullets!
There is a reason that Witemeyer is a favoured author when it comes to historical romance novels. Her novels always satisfy - and this one is no exception. I award this novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
about the author....
Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyerwrites historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.