Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Book Review: No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

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Title: No Other Will Do

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Series: Standalone

Genre: Historical Romance

Audience: Adult


Men are optional. That's the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women's colony in Harper's Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight - and she knows just the one.

Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's plea arrives, he bolts 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.

**3 stars**

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer is a sweet story with a generous dash of suspense and action.

It's about a young woman banker, Emma Chandler, and her little community filled with abused and recovering women who have a hard time trusting those of the opposite gender. Malachi Shaw is an orphan who Emma helped out when they were younger. Now all grown up, he comes back to help save Emma and her friends from an ominous threat.

Despite little points of uniqueness, No Other Will Do is pretty much the standard Christian Historical Romance. All in all, I enjoyed this *mostly* light tale. It was relaxing and sweet. It wasn't my favorite novel by Karen Witemeyer, but I'm sure fans of the author will like it!

My few complaints are ... well, mostly some aspects of the romance. The beginning of the book it did feel like we were dealing with a bunch of feminists, but I think that balanced out quite well. Malachi was strong and brave; and stood firm, not backing down even when certain ladies got in his face simply because he was a man.
     So, on to my complaints about the romance. Too much of the physical side without any commitments. I'm noticing that kind of thing more and more in Christian novels, (I think I just never noticed it when I was younger), and it bothers me. It doesn't fit with my personal convictions, so that's why it bothers me. I don't know if any of the authors intend this, but sometimes it comes across that enjoying kissing and having physical attraction toward someone equals love.
    And some of the romance scenes were a bit overboard in my opinion. I wanted to shout, Okay, Malachi, you can quit kissing her now! She's not your wife yet! *Ahem*

Anyway, overall it was an enjoyable western-ish romance.

I received a copy of No Other Will Do from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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