No Other Will Do
Written by: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House
Month, Year: June, 2016
A brief summary from Karen Witemeyer:
Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts taught her and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown 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 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 leaves his job behind and rushes 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.
I love Karen Witemeyer’s works. I mean love them!
Her novels are prominently displayed on my bookshelves so that anyone gazing at my book collection sees her works right away. I love the characters she creates as they are full of sass, heart, and charisma with just the right amount of internal and external conflict to relate with on a personal level. Emma and Malachi in No Other Will Do are no exception!
Enter Emma Chandler, a feminist before her time – she believes in fairness and equality for all and after starting a successful self-sustaining woman’s colony in Texas she needs no man around to keep things afloat. Or does she? When an unknown assailant threatens her town, Emma’s confidence in herself and her ability to keep her colony safe begins to waiver. Realizing there is one man she can count on, Emma writes to an old friend, Malachi Shaw, enlisting his help in saving her colony.
Hours after Mal receives the missive, he books the next train out of town in an effort to get to Emma before anything else goes amiss. But when he arrives at the woman’s colony, the little girl he knew as a child has grown into a fiercely strong, independent, and gorgeous woman. With a colony under attack it is no time for old feelings to come rushing back, and Mal tries his hardest to get a grip on his heart and mind.
The spark between Emma and Malachi is undeniable and reading No Other Will Do was so insanely fun! From gun lessons to fires, train rides to runaway horses, everything about this novel made me happy and I couldn’t put it down the entire time I read it – yes, that’s right, I read it in one sitting!! I love how fiercely independent Emma is but that she was also willing to admit her weaknesses in order to receive help. And I love how Malachi didn’t try to be the hero and save the day, but instead supported Emma in how she handled the situations as they arose. Talk about amazing team-work!
Karen Witemeyer has written another amazingly delicious read in No Other Will Do. I already can’t wait for her next book to come out!
Now, for some awesome news!! If you can’t wait till June to get started on reading No Other Will Do, Karen Witemeyer has an excerpt of the novel on her website! Click here to start reading! 🙂
I was graciously provided a free hard-copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.