- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764212834
- ISBN-13: 978-0764212833
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 192 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More Than Meets the Eye Paperback – June 5, 2018
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When Her Family Is Threatened, She Doesn't Expect Falling in Love to Be Their Best Defense
Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes--one bright blue, the other dark brown--Evangeline has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world's judgments, and Evangeline has two--Seth and Zach, fellow orphans she now counts as brothers.
Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father's death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. And when Hamilton's unique sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time they cross paths, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?
"A powerful undercurrent of love and joyful hope propels this family of misfits through the darkness of loss and suffering in this heartwarming and exciting introduction to the Patchwork Family series. Readers will be encouraged and entertained by these endearing characters. . . . Readers will rejoice with the delightfully satisfying conclusion of this book and be left in eager anticipation of the next installment of the series."--RT Book Reviews
"The writing is delightful. The prose has wit and gentle humor and yet is clear and concise, painting wonderful word pictures. . . . More Than Meets the Eye is an enchanting tale of love between two damaged but resilient hearts. It's cheery and enjoyable and will definitely leave a smile on the reader's face. For fans of inspirational romance, this novel contains everything you are looking for."--All About Romance
About the Author
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 Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
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The prologue sets the stage for the story to come and actually had me choking up. Several chapters later Karen's wit and whimsy were back with the hilarious first meeting of the two main characters. The absurdity of it all had me laughing out loud. Really fun to read.
I really like that the characters were portrayed as ordinary imperfect people, yet were likeable and inspiring. One passage in particular was quite poignant and touching,
Tears glistened in the girls eyes. "I'm broken," she said.
"So am I." Then she gestured to the others in the room. "We all are."
Each of the men nodded as she glanced his way, confirming that they, too, recognized their own imperfections and flaws.
There's much to experience in More Than Meets the Eye, betrayal and bitterness, danger and fear, friendship and healing and ultimately love. The inspirational thread provided a strong and powerful foundation for the entire storyline . It's a wonderful story that tugs at the heartstrings, I really enjoyed reading it! I am curious about one thing, I wonder if the cover model actually had two different color eyes or if that was arranged by the cover artist?
I don't know when the next book in this series is being released, but I'll definitely be reading it! Until then I look forward to Karen's upcoming novella, Gift of the Heart, in The Christmas Heirloom collection releasing in October.
I loved the way the orphans joined together to form a formidable, unshakable bond they considered family. They learned how to deal with each others’ needs in order to create the strongest possibility for each to survive.
Both Logan and Zach need to learn that the future is not theirs to shape, no matter how desperate they are they retain their tenuous hold on the future. “...control was an illusion. No man controlled fate. God alone claimed that honor.”
Healing from brokenness is a big theme in the book. At first reading, it seems obvious who has the biggest holes in their hearts and who may have transgressed the most. However, broken people heal best when they and those who may stand in judgment all realize that we are all broken somewhere. “People might try to hide their broken places and pretend to be whole, but the truth is that we all have failings. That is why we need each other.” We all need to work together to forgive and forge a new path.
I highly recommend this book. I both bought a copy and received a complimentary copy from Bethany House. This in no way affected my opinions, which are freely given and for which I am solely responsible.
"Was he friend or foe? Only one way to find out. Spying."
And just like that, Evangeline Hamilton stumbles upon a strange man and his horse hanging out on the edge of her family's property. . . . . . . . or actually, he found her after a slight misunderstanding about a wild pig attack. There was something pleasantly curious about the handsome cowboy with the jagged scar and the "questioning brow", he didn't seem to think her mismatched eyes were an omen.
"Good gray. She fought dirtier than a saloon brawler." Logan Fowler was unprepared when his damsel in distress turned out to be a warrior sprite. After untangling himself from the girl and her pig, he discovers that she is kin to the very man that he has come to find. Logan remains convinced that Zach Hamilton is responsible for his father's death and his mother's deep melancholy, so befriending the man's pretty sister just might give him the upper hand. But there was "more than meets the eye" when it came to Evangeline.
Enjoy this author's trademark wit as she navigates the swirling currents of revenge and romance. "Be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32