- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764212818
- ISBN-13: 978-0764212819
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
A Ladies of Harper's Station Novel
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.
"Witemeyer's latest is an entertaining read with plenty of drama and action, a smidgen of suspense and two main characters with perfect chemistry...And of course, the romance is tender and sigh-worthy--a key reason why her readers keep coming back for more."--RT Book Reviews
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 Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
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Perhaps the best part of No Other Will Do is the characters, both the main protagonists and the supporting cast. Emma Chandler is decades ahead of her time when it comes to feminism, but she doesn't embody any stereotypes. In fact, she's still a sweet, feminine woman with a core of steel. She is the definition of a servant leader, one who puts others' needs and safety before her own and mentors people rather than bossing them around. I also loved Malachi Shaw, a man who grew up fighting for his life on the streets, but became the perfect mix of a gentleman and a tough cowboy who fights to the death to protect those he loves. Every time he called Emma his angel, I just wanted to swoon.
The women of Harper's Station had my interest immediately. It's not easy to give so many characters distinctive personality traits, but Karen pulls it off. I feel like I got to know each woman personally, from tough but tender Betty to timid yet wise Grace. Additionally, Karen constantly kept me guessing as to who the traitor was. Every time I thought I had a lead, something would happen to change my mind. Even when I found out her true identity, I was a bit shocked. I love when an author does that. I see this book is the beginning of a series and am looking forward to meeting more Harper's ladies.
If I could change one thing, I suppose it would be Malachi's spiritual trajectory. He goes from distrusting and almost hating God to being a serious believer, but there's not much explanation for why. I assumed it was because of Emma and the aunts' influence, but I wanted to know what his defining moment was. Other than that, No Other Will Do is a well-written story I heartily recommend.
Malachi Shaw could never turn his back on a plea for help from his "angel", Emma Chandler. After corresponding for years with the young woman that was just a teen-ager when he left, Malachi leaves his lucrative employment as an explosives expert for the railroad, and rushes back to Harper's Station to lend aid to Emma. Stunned with the beautiful young woman that greets him, Malachi feels his heart exploding with deep affection, but first things first. He must prove to Emma and her female citizens that he is a man who can be trusted to keep them safe. At least in Emma's mind, no other will do.
Enjoy this pleasant, creative storyline with an overriding sense of climax that comes when safety and danger finally meet face-to-face.
It's a fun premise for a new series, with women who have very little power pulling together to create a safe community for women who've been mistreated, abandoned, or who simply wish to start over and prove they can fend for themselves. In a day and age where we often take for granted the rights women have gained, a book like this gives us an incentive for looking back and appreciating the women who fought for those rights.
I like the fact that Malachi isn't your typical hero. He's from the wrong side of the tracks, abandoned and forced to fend for himself from a young age, yet has grown into a strong, responsible man who never forgot the young girl who saved his life.
Neither is Emma the typical heroine. She's not a helpless female, but she does recognize when she's in over her head. So while Emma asks for Malachi's help, she doesn't surrender control to him. They work together to save the town. That's my kind of love story!
*I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.*