NO OTHER WILL DO
She trust 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 woman'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.
No Other Will Do is the perfect title because 'no other book will do' when it comes to a rip roaring read that had me chomping at the bit and all riled up on behalf of Emma and her ladies. Witemeyer knows how to stir up drama and comedy with a healthy dose of romance that doesn't let up until the very last page.
Seriously love stoic Malachi. "Her shoulders trembled with the force of her tears. She needed comfort. Needed someone to soothe her. Why in the world had she chosen him? A rock probably knew more about comforting than he did." (p. 105) Bwahahaha -- and that aptly describes our hero. A big lug who doesn't think highly enough of himself. Honorable to the bitter end, he'll do anything to protect Emma from his traitorous heart - one that is encased in stone, by the way. Only a woman with as much tenacity as Emma possesses has a hope of blasting through that wall. And it takes the whole book to accomplish that feat. Which is absolutely fine by me since that just gave the author free rein to pen numerous swoonworthy 'almost kissing' scenes. Plump up the fainting couch, readers, it will get a workout once you pry open the cover of this novel.
Emma is spunky and opinionated and determined to live out God's call on her life. She's kind and forgiving and idealistic. It's those qualities that bring Harper's Station into being. Love the notion of a town of mistreated women creating a new life for themselves. Tons of scope for future stories, I hope, as I've become quite attached to Emma, 'the aunts' and all the women who stand their ground and fight to keep their dream alive.
The villain is dastardly, cruel and made my blood boil from his very first appearance. I spent most of the read fuming in righteous indignation thanks to that ne'er do well. Not good for the blood pressure but there's something to be said for being fueled with vim and vigor. Housework gets done in a jiffy, for instance, and rug beating proves to be therapeutic.
A rollicking good read that will leave you cheering at the end.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
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