More Than Words Can Say

More Than Words Can Say

by Karen Witemeyer

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Overview

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free. No family entanglements. No disappointing those around him. Just the quiet bachelor existence he's always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away when the baker of his favorite breakfast bun is railroaded by the city council. Despite not wanting to get involved, he can't turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples.

Abigail Kemp needs a man's name on her bakery's deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. That person definitely isn't the stoic lumberman who oozes silent confidence whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can't even control her pulse when she's around him.
When vows are spoken, Abigail's troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. Can she put ever more trust in Zach without losing her dreams of independence?

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ISBN-13: 9780764232190
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 30,480
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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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More Than Words Can Say 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Anonymous 13 days ago
More+Than+Words+Can+Say+is+a+complete+work+of+joy.+From+the+adorable+front+cover+to+the+witty%2C+charming+and+sweet+romance+inside%2C+it+is+completely+irresistible.+There+aren%E2%80%99t+many+books+that+make+me+laugh+out+loud%2C+but+I+confess+to+getting+more+than+a+few+sideways+glances+from+my+coworkers+as+I+read+a+few+pages+on+my+breaks.+%28Especially+when+Abby+and+Zach+are+discussing+their+business+proposition.%29%0AThis+book+will+steal+your+attention+from+the+first+chapter+as+you+get+to+know+Abby%E2%80%99s+oversized+heart.+And+while+the+grumpy%2C+introvert+called+Zacharias+Hamilton+may+not+seem+a+good+match+for+the+bubbly+and+optimistic+Abigail%2C+their+unconventional+marriage+is+full+of+enough+respect+and+honor+to+make+you+sigh.+Oh%2C+and+there+will+be+sparks--and+not+just+from+the+Fourth+of+July+celebration.%0AThe+only+disappointment+is+I+reached+the+end%2C+but+I%E2%80%99m+looking+forward+to+reading+Rosalind%E2%80%99s+story+in+the+next+book+in+the+series%21%0AI+received+a+copy+of+this+book+from+the+author%2Fpublisher+in+exchange+for+my+honest+review.+All+opinions+are+my+own.%0A
Kimberly Bowie 5 days ago
Karen Witemeyer has done it again! She has written a fun, page-turning story! This story has all the laughs! "She'd tried looking in the Bible, but the majority of the marriages chronicled there consisted of Husband X taking Bride Y into the family tent and-boom-wifedom." Abigail Kemp was given a raw deal. Because she was a woman and her father had died, she was being forced to close her family bakery. She did not intend to go down without a fight. "These stuffy male councilmen might want to hold her down, but like a well-made bread dough, she planned to rise to the occasion." Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live his life as he sees fit. After a hard upbringing and too much responsibility as a kid, he is living life on his own terms. "Freedom. That's what he craved. More than baked goods." I highly recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a faith-based story. This story has it all--clean, serious moments balanced with fun and light-heartedness. However, you need to be prepared because you won't be able to put this book down until you've finished the very last word.
Homesteading 6 days ago
‘He wanted to throw open the cellar door and let all his secrets escape so her light could shine into his dark places. Yet at the same time, he wanted to padlock that door shut and never risk her disappointment.’ Zach's past and his struggle in the present really touched me. I cried through one particular scene. Witemeyer really makes the characters come alive on the page. More Than Words Can Say might be one of the most descriptive books I’ve read so far this year. I mean listen to this: ‘This wasn’t how the evening was supposed to go. He and Abby were supposed to be sitting on a blanket by the creek, eating fancy hotel food, and sharing kisses. Not standing in the middle of an emotional briar patch, confessing secrets that held the power to destroy everything they’d built. Yet in the midst of that poisonous bramble, a gentle hand alit on his arm, and his barbed surroundings retracted some of their thorns.’ Wow. An emotional briar patch. Can’t you just see it? All those ‘thorns’ (lies from the enemy) poking and prodding and drawing blood? How many of us can relate to this?? I’m telling you, Witemeyer has outdone herself with this story. And the scene doesn’t stop there. It gets even better because once the truth comes out then Abby has a choice of how to respond, either with condemnation or gentleness, just like we have that same choice when someone shares deep pain with us. I highly recommend reading both books so you get the full measure of Zach and his beautiful patchwork family! More Than Words Can Say is a fantastic story filled with drama, wit, and love. Fans of historical fiction with a strong redemptive theme will enjoy this book. I received a copy of the book from the publisher. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. No compensation has been received.
GingerS219 10 days ago
I LOVED Zach and Abby. Karen Witemeyer has the uncanny ability to make flawed men and women into amazing characters. While this is book two in the Patchwork Family series, it is not necessary to have read book one. (I have but too many books since then means I have forgotten most of the story--time to refresh my memory.) This story has all the "feel goods" that a story should--places to laugh and a few that are sad, some to make you angry, and a few where you just want to slap some sense into a character (no spoilers). :) **I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.
FortheLoveofCF 10 days ago
I absolutely adored this book! I loved the characters. I loved the troupe. I loved the setting. I loved the chemistry. I loved the message. I loved the family. I LOVED IT ALL! The author wrote such a well rounded story, I never felt like anything was rushed or incomplete. Each character was perfectly formed and every problem was faced. I loved Zach! His silent, brooding, gruff self was truly hiding the biggest teddy bear with a massive heart underneath. He just doesn't express it in the same ways everyone else does, but once he considers you family you're locked in forever. He was exactly the kind of guy Abigail was looking for and needed. Abby was a great character! She was strong, brave, gracious and loving. She had a lot of insecurities because of the way she looked, but throughout the story Zach helps her realize that she is beautiful just the way she is, she is perfect just the way she is. Zach and Abby complemented each other so well! Not only did they make each other better, they built each other's relationship with God. They never judged each other, but chose to use each opportunity to learn and grow. They both had pasts that they tried to run away from and forget, but they leaned on each other worked through it all. They learned that man will fail you, but God never will. I LOVED that communication was actually a thing!! I have the hardest time reading and enjoying a book when the main characters don't talk to each other. These characters did not have that problem. They never held secrets from each other for very long. They talked everything out and that helped build a foundation for a strong relationship. They knew that if their marriage was going to be a good one they needed to get everything out on the table. Lots of healing took place throughout this book, and I enjoyed every minute of watching it happen. I'm looking forward to Rosalind's story as well. I rated this book a 4.5/5 stars. *I received this book from the publisher**I was not required to leave a review**All opinions are my own*
PinUpPerfection 10 days ago
First of all, I am so grateful that Karen Witemeyer followed her calling and became an author! I have enjoyed her stories of love, romance and faith more than I can express and this book was no exception! If you haven’t already read every book she has published let me say that you can’t go wrong with any of them! More Than Words Can Say is light and witty, thoughtful and inspiring, romantic and passionate, a thoroughly enjoyable read from page one to the end of the epilogue! It continues the story of Zacharias Hamilton, a character who is introduced in More Than Meets The Eye. While I highly recommend reading that book as well, because it is fabulous, if you choose to read More Than Words Can Say first, you won’t be lost. Zach and the story’s heroine, Abigail Kemp, have a ‘marriage of convenience’ story that made me laugh, blush, sigh and tear up. Abigail is forced, by an obscure and outdated city ordinance to have a man’s name on the deed for her business, or be forced to close. The options presented to her by the city council, sell out or find a man to be a ‘financial backer,’ are just not good enough. Abby is a smart, practical and stubborn woman who has been running the family bakery on her own for a year while her father was ill, and she is not about to let a man tell her how to run her business because a law tells her she is not enough on her own now that her father passed away. Abby’s solution, a husband, but a husband who won’t get in her way! The problem there, from her perspective, is who would want to marry her? Her whole life she has been made to feel unworthy. Her father was disappointed that she was a daughter, not a son. Even as a girl she never feels like she measures up to her best friend or her classically pretty and endearingly sweet little sister. “Her sturdy frame and independent spirit offered little enticement to the male population of Honey Grove, but that failed to signify. She didn’t plan on offering her meager charms as bait for the marriage hook.” Fortunately for Abby the Lord, and her little sister Rosalind, are working to make sure she finds the right husband. “Family didn’t fit into his plans. Freedom did. A married man wasn’t free. He was tied to responsibilities, demands, expectations. Expectations that could ruin a man when he failed to live up to them.” Zach wasn’t looking for a wife, not even the beautiful baker who made his breakfast every morning. His plan was to stay a bachelor for the rest of his life, not to set himself up to disappoint anyone else. Like Abby, he doesn’t see his own worth due to the unhealed wounds he carries from his past, but God has other plans for them. They are both just what the other needs! I hope you enjoy Zach and Abby’s story of love, passion and the healing that redemption can bring as much as I did! I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
Anonymous 10 days ago
I've had the pleasure of reading books written by Karen Witemeyer for years. Her books are on my must-have list. Some are in e-book form but I'm still old-fashioned, I love the feel of a book in my hands. I love to see the cover and turn the pages. Her latest book is no exception! I enjoyed a glimpse of life in the small Texas town of Honey Grove during 1896. Having lived in Texas my whole life, it is interesting to learn about parts of her that I've never visited or even heard of. Sure, there are plenty of places in Texas I haven't heard of. But when an author brings it to life in one of their books, that changes everything. I could see the characters going about their daily lives in this small town and how much simpler things were without technology and so many things to distract us from what's important, family. Her characters are fun and genuine. I loved Abigail and her sister Rosalind. Watching how they worked together, each being different in their strengths and personalities made that a favorite part of the story. Zacharias was an interesting addition. Neither of them were scared off by his gruff exterior, somehow knowing her was honorable and trustworthy to the core. But there were mysteries in this story and they proved to be worth the wait to find them out. I loved the lessons of faith intertwined into the story-line. Not over-powering the story but fitting in at just the right time. I believe when an author does that, it is a reminder for us that we TOO can use times like that to call us back where we need to me, in thought or deed. I read this book in just over two days, I'm only able to read in large amounts of time in the evenings. I may get a page or two during the day, but not usually. It was so captivating that I didn't want to stop reading once I started.
Paula1969 11 days ago
Absolutely LOVED this story! This long awaited sequel to "More Than Meets the Eye" was worth the wait! Excellent story of Zach Hamilton, a man that is largely non emotional, but feels deeply for others meets Abby, a young lady that is energetic and lively, who runs the town bakery. She asks him to marry her, and he reluctantly (at first) agrees. A humorous tale ensues, with a great ending! Loved it! Definitely will read again and again!
Anonymous 11 days ago
This is one of my favorite books by Karen Witemeyer! I feel in love with the characters and the town of Honey Grove. Abigail runs a bakery and this was just such a great part of the story. I loved her attitude toward keeping her bakery, love and just every day life. Zach has such a big heart and is fierce in protecting those he commits to. The characters all have something they are hiding about their past including Rosie, Abigail’s sister. The author shows how only God’s love can heal old wounds and give us joy and peace in the present. I fell in love with this story and the love each character has for family and their neighbors. The story will keep you in grossed in the story from the very beginning. The thing I enjoyed the most was this story didn’t just focus on one main subject but took you into a more in depth story . This book never lacked or dragged but instead kept you surprised at every turn. I’m still thinking on this story days later. A true Masterpiece! Was given a complimentary copy from Karen Witemeyer and Bethany House. All opinions are my own.
Heidi_Reads 11 days ago
Warning: extreme gushing ahead... Another top favorite of 2019!!! I absolutely adored every part of this book! While I've enjoyed every book by this author, I have two favorites that I just love to re-read- To Win Her Heart and Short-Straw Bride. More Than Words Can Say has now been added to that elite list- it gave me that special reading experience I crave- great characters and (I don't often use this word) *swoony* romance full of crackling chemistry, romantic tension, and longing for each other. Zach is a hero that sacrifices for others, he's a protector. He has a troubled past but has redeemed himself, even though he still struggles with forgiving himself. He's a bit like Mr. Darcy in that he's quiet and standoffish, but personable and charming with those closest to him. He and Abby were genuinely adorable when they engage in a little flirting and teasing. I loved seeing them warm up to each other so quickly and the laughter and delight they take in each other. A marriage of convenience that is affectionate from the start, they don't rush their boundaries but also don't keep their growing feelings a secret. Zach shows his love through actions more than words (although the scene where he uses his words is, again- adorable!) and Abigail recognizes that. Abigail also struggles with a trauma in her past and the way her former BFF and current archenemy is still punishing her for it. There is a strong message of forgiveness and healing through relying on faith in God to provide answers to our challenges that they learn together. I loved Abigail's grace and compassion, which make her a perfect match for our sacrificial hero. This is a story I'm already itching to re-read, and I highly recommend it!!! It works perfectly well as a standalone, but if you can, read the first book in the series since Zach is such an important character in that story and it will add to your understanding of him when you read this one. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Jessica Dowell 11 days ago
I have been looking forward to this book since the moment I finished the first book in this series, More Than Meets the Eye. While I LOVED that book, I was a little sad about where it left Zach at the end. I was very happy that he got his own story in More Than Words Can Say. Zach is the noblest of men. He never does anything halfway. Once he decides to invest himself in a situation, he puts his whole self in. Case in point, Abigail proposes a marriage of convenience, but he decides upfront that it will be more. He never once treats it like a business arrangement, going above and beyond and taking the role of husband and brother-in-law as seriously as he took guardian in More Than Meets the Eye. Though they are both committed to the marriage, they stumble around what it means to love someone, and how to communicate that love. Zach is not great at expressing himself, and Abigail spends a lot of time in her own head wondering what to say, or how to interpret his silence. When they do have a real conversation, there’s a lot of awkward honesty, which I actually really appreciated, because that is real life in a new relationship! I loved watching them stumble and support each other as they both figured out their new roles. I loved the theme of God turning something meant for evil into something good. Abigail and Zach both carry hurts from events in their past that haunt them. Something nobody else can completely understand. In Abigail’s case, it is this defining event, and the unforgiving actions of her former best friend that ultimately pushes her to seek marriage to Zach, which ends up bringing healing to both of them. I really liked Rosalind’s character. She was such a strong, likeable character, from the start. I would really like to see her get her own story. Overall, this was a very sweet story of what it means to become a family. I enjoyed it immensely! ***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.*** Favorite Quotes: “Was that love? If so, he couldn’t fathom why poets waxed about it being such a blissful state. As far as he could tell, it was about as blissful as riding an unbroke horse, a bone-rattling endeavor where one held on for dear life, unable to recognize if he was making progress until either the horse quit buckin’ or the ground smacked him in the face.” “He made me realize that I have to choose which voices to believe. I can believe the ones that tell me I’m not good enough, or brave enough or pretty enough and let them skew my perception of events or I can push that clamor aside and seek out the voice that tells me I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” “Belonging wasn’t ownership, it was relationship.” “Zach hadn’t shrunk back. Even when the muck inside her spilled out onto him. Instead, he stepped into the fray, fought for her -- for them. With the most backward, inelegant, completely wonderful compliments she’d ever received. No poet could stir her heart as completely as her husband grousing at her to cut him some slack because he couldn’t get the words out right.”
Librarycataloger 11 days ago
Abigail Kemp is an excellent baker but she can't have her own business because of a city council ruling that says that only a man can own a business in Honey Grove, Texas in 1896. She realizes that the only solution is to find a husband and she finds the perfect candidate. Marriage is the farthest thing from her perfect candidate's mind but suddenly, Zacharias Hamilton finds himself married to Abigail Kemp! As we read Abby and Zach's story we see how their initial liking of each other turns to something more and we see how their individual faith offers them an amazing chance to share a Christian walk together. Zach is such a special person and I loved how he continually encourages Abby. She doesn't believe that she is attractive but Zach convinces her that she is very attractive indeed. Abby truly loves running a business and as she thinks about being married she doesn't see why she can't do both. It is after reading the story of Mary and Martha in the New Testament that Abigail realizes that she is "a Martha" and that she has allowed her work to take precedence over family matters. In a tender and poignant moment Zach reassures her with his advice. "We can't change the past," he said, stroking the side of her face. "All we can do is strive not to make the same mistakes in the future." And, by the way, did I mention the incredible chemistry between the two of them? You can just feel Abigail's struggle as she considers if this marriage could be so much more than just a marriage of convenience and you can imagine Zach's frustration as he shares a platonic relationship with such a beautiful woman! I appreciate it when an author can subtly share the message of God's love and mercy in an enjoyable story and this is exactly what happens in More Than Words Can Say. Abby's tells Zach that "None of us deserve absolution, Zach. It is a gift freely given. A gift that is waiting for you. All you have to do is accept it." Her comment is a reminder that forgiveness is a key factor in any successful relationship and that we all must be willing to extend forgiveness to others just as God has extended forgiveness to each of us. Author Karen Witemeyer has written a historical romance story filled with humor and faith and she has succeeded in making me want to read the next book in the Patchwork Family series. I received a complimentary copy of this book and I have chosen to share my own opinions in this review.
PrincessGlor 11 days ago
Karen has done it again! Karen's books are always at the top of my must read and favorite lists and this one is no exception. I have been eagerly awaiting Zach's story for a year and it did not disappoint in the least. It was going to take a special woman to claim Zach's heart and Karen created a perfect counterpart in Abigail. She is going to be one of my most favorite of Karen's characters, and while Amos is still my favorite of Karen's heroes, Zach is a VERY close second! More Than Words Can Say is full of great characters from Zach and Abigail to a very well crafted villain(who in all honesty, I would love to see her redemption story!) and some adorable kiddos. This book was one I devoured! If you enjoy great historical Christian Fiction with lots of heart and humor and a great faith message, then this is the book for you! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
BlueJeansAndTeacups 11 days ago
Tender Story of Two Unlikely Characters Perfectly Brought Together Honey Grove, TX 1896 Abigail Kemp is running a bakery with her pretty younger sister, Rosalind, as she has been doing for quite some time. However, now that her father has passed, “somebody” has dug up an antiquated city ordinance that does not allow women to own a business. “These stuffy male councilmen might want to hold her down, but like a well-made bread dough, she planned to rise to the occasion.” Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to do as he pleases. He has fulfilled his obligations to his adopted siblings and moved away from near-by Pecan Gap to start fresh. He has carved a niche at the local lumber mill and keeps to himself as much as possible, save for a corner table at the local bakery where he enjoys coffee and sticky buns every morning and the occasional run-in with his boss’s passel of kids. Life is pretty comfortable now. Although his past deeds still haunt his thoughts. When Abigail approaches Zach with a proposition, he nearly chokes over her business plan. But, after some thought, he might consider it, with a few tweaks to her contract. This was a wonderful, feel-good read. I really enjoyed getting to know Zach more. He is somebody special. He’s a bit gruff, but he feels deeply. He is a champion when needed and fights hard to overcome obstacles, even the unseen ones of foolish female hearts. I appreciated that Abigail was not the typical size 2, but a curvy, kind soul with a lot to offer. Both characters came to know each other and fit so perfectly together, in a way only God could have orchestrated. I also liked learning about how Davy Crockett was responsible for naming Honey Grove in real life. Apparently, he set up a camp under the trees on his way to the Alamo and enjoying it so much, he carved his name in a tree along with the name Honey Grove, intent on returning there one day. Sadly, he did not survive the Alamo, but a friend, Sam Erwin purchased the land and honored the name. Humorous Tea Moment: “One sat by the window. Bran muffin and tea with sugar. Man and muffin shared a remarkable resemblance – both a bit squatty and thick around the middle with smooth, round tops.” I highly recommend this 5-star story and look forward to the next one. Thank you to Bethany House Publishing who sent me a review copy. My opinion is my own without expectation or compensation. Patchwork Family Series: 1 - More Than Meets The Eye 6/5/2018 – 5 STARS 2 - More Than Words Can Say 6/4/2019 – 5 STARS 2.5 - Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection expected 11/5/2019
Virginiaw 8 hours ago
I always love Karen Witemeyer books and this one is one of my favorite. I could not put this book down. I loved the characters of Abby, Zach and Rosalind. They had an interesting start to the beginning of their family. Both Abigail and Zach needed to let some past transgressions go so they could start their own lives. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
AudSJ 14 hours ago
"More Than Words Can Say" by Karen Witemeyer I loved this story. I also requested the opportunity to receive an ARC of this story, and yes, it was granted by the publisher via NetGalley. This is a wonderful historic romance story set in America in the late 1800's. What I loved? It was a clean romance that made me chuckle and made me cry, and made me ever so glad to spend my time with these characters in the town of Honey Grove, Texas. Love and Faith can change your world. And when you read this story, be sure to read the author's notes at the end. Happy Reading !!
Shelske 18 hours ago
I have read every book Karen has written & I must say, she continues to come up with a great story, great characters & satisfying endings. I was so glad to be able to read Nate's story & loved how both Nate & Abby's past was brought out and how together they dealt with it. I enjoyed the other characters that were part of their story. I can't wait to see what Karen comes up with next. Will be waiting to read Rosalind's story soon. Keep up the great work.
Reading_Bee 1 days ago
Wowsa! This book totally knocked it out of the park for me! It’s been a little while since I’ve read a 1800’s Western Historical, but with this book, Karen Witemeyer helped me remember why I fell in love with the genre in the first place. I like to talk about my favorite characters in my book reviews, and y’all. The characters in this book were awesome!! Abigail—Ohmygoodness, can I just say how amazing it is that Abby is a plus-sized heroine? She was also so very relatable—she struggled with so many things that so many of us do as well—guilt, feeling less-than, self-recrimination, doubt, etc... But she was an amazing character that fought back, and chose hope. Chose love and trust instead of letting fear and guilt bind her. Also, Zacharias (I his name!). He was so sweet!! He was quiet and kind of lonely—but very content to stay that way, until Abby burst onto the scene and turned his world upside down! His fierce protection of his family was so touching, and the way he championed Abby and her sister was awesome!! I think one of my favorite aspects of this book, was when the main characters were having struggles with misunderstandings, etc... they refused to just back down and turn silently away from the issues they were having—especially Zach! As quiet as he was, I am so impressed with the fact that he stood up to and for Abby time and again, and proved his love, steadfastly and honorably. Another amazing aspect of this book was the rich themes of hope and forgiveness found in God alone—only he can take two lives broken and shaped by so much shame and tragedy, mold them together, and create something so beautiful! Witty, sincere, relatable, hilarious, and touching—this book was fantastic, and you totally need to give it a try! And I am so excited to find out what comes next in this “Patchwork Family” series! Amazing job, Ms. Witemeyer! I received a copy of this book for FREE, and a positive review was not required. Note: This book might be better for a slightly more mature audience, as it about a marriage of convenience, and some topics may be a tad TMI.
bp0602 1 days ago
Another fabulous book by Karen Witemeyer! Zach and Abby have such an interesting relationship. They married and then went through a period of courtship. It was sweet to see their relationship grow through the book. It is clear they love each other even when they aren't sure. One of Abigail's struggles is that she doubts that her husband would find her attractive because she does not feel she has a perfect figure. She considers her sister the "pretty one." I really liked this quote from the book and had to share it. I recently had a similar conversation with my husband so this really spoke to me to read it in the book. "I had a long talk with my husband last night," Abigail explained, "and he made me realize that I have to choose which voices to believe. I can believe the ones that tell me I'm not good enough or brave enough or pretty enough and let them skew my perception of events, or I can push aside that clamor and seek out the voice that tells me I am fearfully and wonderfully made." I thought parts of the book were predictable but there were several "surprises" as well. There was quite a bit of focus on the physical aspects and attraction in marriage but was all in a tasteful manner. I reviewed the first book in the Patchwork Family series More Than Meets the Eye. Visit the author's website and check out her other wonderful books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. Thank you.
Tessaboo 1 days ago
Let me start off by saying I loved this story! It’s my favorite Karen Witemeyer story to date, and it will be in my top reads of 2109! There’s really nothing I didn’t love about this story. I loved the time period, the setting, all the main characters, the theme of forgiveness that ran throughout, and the storyline! I mean who doesn’t love a marriage of convenience? Zach is my favorite character in this story! He gives so much of himself for others. He may come off stoic, but underneath he has a heart of gold. And when he says you’re part of his family, he means it! I loved how he took Abby’s sister, Rosa, under his wing to help her with her situation! I also really liked Abby. She was determined to keep her bakery and I loved how she did it. I also loved how Abby’s mother taught her that “no matter how hard things get or how many disappointments we face, there is always someone who is facing an even more difficult path. Therefore, we should count our blessings and remember that the best way to take our minds off our own troubles is to help someone else with their’s.” What a great lesson to learn! And that really summed up Abby! I also loved the message that we should choose faith in God over fear. Abby sums it up perfectly when she says, “I’ve chosen fear over faith more times than I can count. And every time I did, I ended up with regrets. When I chose faith, I didn’t always get the outcome I wanted, but I never regretted my choice, because I felt God beside me, holding my hand and lending me strength.” What a great message for all of us to remember, especially those of us who struggle with fear! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
RealWorldBibleStudy 2 days ago
"Please marry me to save my business."  Ok, that's not a word-for-word quote.  But you get the idea. Usually, if you saw something like this in a story, you would think there were financial problems.  But Abby's problem isn't money.  Her business is going great.  The only problem is, she inherited the family business in a little town with a strange law.  Women aren't allowed to own business property.  Definitely a roadblock...especially for a woman with such fierce independence.  I enjoyed More than Words Can Say for all the reasons I usually like historical fiction, but this story was about more than just a marriage of convenience.  Here are three questions this story made me ask. Is Fierce Independence Really What You Want? Do You Trust God with the Outcome? What Secrets are Making You Sick? Some Other Things I Liked About This Book Truthfully, even though she needed to grow out of it, I loved Abby's fierce independence.  I love how this book exposed the way God works through circumstances that don't make sense to us.  I especially loved Zach's orphan story and his instant protectiveness, first towards Abby and her sister, and later towards others in need.  The author did great work in choosing a historical small town - and doing the research to make it real. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance with strong women characters.  Just don't read on an empty stomach...Abby owns a bakery, and she might make you hungry. I received a review copy of this book; all opinions are my own.
lolly-pops 2 days ago
Let me preface this by saying I absolutely LOVE the cover. It is so cute! I also love the attraction between Abigail and Zach and his matchmaking friends. I also love Ms. Witemeyer's voice. I're read some of her novellas before but this is the first full-length novel I've read by her. MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY is a cute retelling of the tried and true marriage of convenience plot line in romances. Instant sexual tension. And, of course, both parties bit off more than they bargained for. Abigail is strong-willed and wants what she wants and Zach isn't the silent pushover she'd hoped for. No way. He is very much a man's man. Add a light mystery, stir well, and you end up with a delicious historical romance with fun flavored additions. You won't want to miss MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. Grab a copy while it's hot. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Jdp15 2 days ago
I finished reading "More Than Words Can Say" by Karen Witemeyer and it was so good! 5⭐. I've been anticipating this book ever since we meet Zach in "More than Meets the Eye," and it did not disappoint! Marriage of Convenience romance stories are one of my favorites. And I loved how the characters grew: letting go, forgiveness, moving forward and being brave.
SusanKC 2 days ago
Author Karen Withemeyer writes historical romance because she believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She wraps her stories with humor, but the underlying spiritual themes have her stories rise above many that saturate the market. Witemeyer's love for her home state of Texas is apparent in her flawless research and vivid descriptions of life in Honey Grove, Texas. "When had a practical solution for saving her bakery turned into an emotional campaign for a love match?" Abigail Kemp needs a man's name on her bakery deed to retain ownership of her family business. The search for a solution brings Abigail Kemp and Zach Hamilton into an unconventional alliance. This story is filled with humor and the chemistry between the two practically sizzles as each realize they may want more than just a business arrangement. But each hides secrets and guilt from the past that keeps each from experiencing peace and the ability to look ahead. Their personal struggles touched my heart. One of my favorite quotes:" Satan is the one who wants to increase our burden, to weigh us down with shame and despair, to steal our joy and the strength of the Lord that goes with it. Believing his lies instead of God's truth makes us weak." I found this story to be delightful. While the happily-ever-after is not a surprise, the journey as Abigail and Zach find the courage to open the hearts to each other will bring a happy sigh to readers. I look forward to reading more stories of this charming Patchwork Family in the future. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
pmlbfamily 2 days ago
I fell in love with Karen Witemeyer's books when I first read Short-Straw Bride, and I've thoroughly enjoyed each new story. This one may well be my new favorite (at least tied with Short-Straw Bride!). A marriage of convenience is one of my favorite types of storylines, and I love the chemistry between Abigail and Zach. He's the perfect hero - the strong, silent type who's really a sweetheart under that gruff exterior. I highly recommend!