More Than Words Can Say (A Patchwork Family Novel Book #2)

More Than Words Can Say (A Patchwork Family Novel Book #2)

by Karen Witemeyer

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493418602
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: A Patchwork Family Novel , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 5,360
File size: 7 MB

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
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

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More Than Words Can Say 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Kimberly Bowie More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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
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Highly recommended an excellent story and clean
rkfall 18 days ago
I just love it when a book makes me laugh-out-loud and this book delivered some laughter all right! My favorite quote from the book was from chapter 2 which said “Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette. One looked for a strong outer shell, a tender interior, and most importantly, a tractability of dough to hold whatever shape the baker deemed appropriate.” I found myself reading this out loud to anyone who would listen If you want to laugh and enjoy some great light-hearted fiction, this is the one!! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
AmyPutney More than 1 year ago
After first meeting Zacharias Hamilton in More Than Meets the Eye, I never could have seen his story turning out like it did in this book (and that's a good thing). And no one could be as perfect for Zacharias and Abigail is. I absolutely loved getting to know Abigail and the incredibly smart, determined, and strong woman she is. Karen Witemeyer's books are always "must reads" for me when they release and I'm so glad I was able to get my hands on this one quickly! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Where There’s a Will There’s a Way…. Determined to keep her family business, Abigail Kemp is resorting to a marriage in name only—and she must do the proposing! But someone wants her out of business so badly, even that might not be enough. She must deal with her sister, who inadvertently puts her reputation at stake, an enemy who is set out to ruin Abigail, and a secretive, confirmed bachelor. Despite it all, she doesn’t give up as she faces one roadblock after another . This is a fun story with lots of predicaments, all told from a Christian point of view. It was refreshing to have the heroine be someone who DOES not look like a runway model, thank you Ms. Witemeyer! This is a clean story, but there are some mature themes and innuendo when referring to marriage that might make it inappropriate for young readers. This is the second installment of A Patchwork Family Novel series, but this story stands by itself. I recommend this 5-star book to everyone who enjoys light stores of over-comers with a dash of humor and romance! Bethany House Publishing through NetGalley has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of More Than Words Can Say, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer is a wonderful, zany, historical romance that includes faith at its core. While it is helpful to read the preceding book in the series, it is not required to enjoy More Than Words Can Say. Abigail Kemp and Zacharias Hamilton are well-developed, lovable characters that I quickly found myself rooting for. Witemeyer provides likable secondary characters and a villain who, the more I knew, the more I actually hoped for redemption. It was nice to read about a heroine who was somewhat less than thin. Unfortunately, the picture on the front of the book does not accurately portray the Abby presented inside. Secrets and shame, guilt from past hold both Abby and Zach back. I feel shades of Les Mis in my mind when Zach cannot release the past, knowing he would repeat the wrong for its benefits. What a conundrum that causes and a stumbling block in his road to total honesty and a relationship with the Father. Quotables: “...a wise woman never burned a bridge she might need to cross at a future date.” ”...revenge had a tendency to warp a person’s mind when allowed to fester for a long period of time.” “These stuffy male councilmen might want to hold her down, but like a well-made bread dough, she planned to rise to the occasion.” For a fun, faith-filled romance, all well blended, baked, and deliciously served up; I heartily recommend More than Words Can Say. I was gifted a complimentary copy of the book through NetGalley. This in no way influenced my opinions for which I am solely responsible.
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
I was first drawn to this book by the ADORABLE cover! JUST LOOK AT IT: the colors, the baking, the subtle glances, everythingggggg. The characters are the sweetest: I think my favorite character was Rosie, who wasn't even the main character! I also totally shipped Abigail and Zach: they were SO cute and their chemistry was so good! The story was also SUPER sweet and the character development was so sweet too! In terms of content, I thought this one was kind of on the heavy side? There were several really sweet kisses, but they were written out in great detail. Also, the symbolic choice for character development in this book seemed the two MCs sleeping together. As someone who is currently in a relationship, I appreciated the sweet kisses and the relationship in general, but even I thought the romantic line was a bit much. Aside from that, the writing style was phenomenal! I really loved some of the metaphors and imagery that was used, it was witty and sweet and read smoothly and it was just fun. This is my second Witemeyer book, and I remember enjoying the last one like this too! I haven't read the first book in the series, but I've seen it was about Zach's backstory, and now I'm interested in reading it! My Rating- 4/5 Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on:
arkieclown More than 1 year ago
MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY by Karen Witemeyer is second book in the Patchwork Family series. It’s the story of Abigail Kemp & Zacharias Hamilton–the perfect match?!?!?!? The story takes place in Honey Grove, TX 1896. We find Abigail Kemp the sole owner of a bakery business. She inherited it because her father had no sons. During a time that there were laws on the books stating that a woman could NOT own a business, she finds herself with three choices: sell the business she loves & has grown into a thriving establishment leaving her with no means of support for herself & her younger sister or a home to live in, sign on a partner losing control of the business of which a male partner would have the legal right to sell it right out from under her & lastly marry someone to have a male name to use but make sure he has no rights to the business. Wracking her brain to cover all her bases, Abigail writes up a contract for such a marriage & then figures she has three likely subjects to approach for marriage. Zacharias “Zach” Hamilton has had a rough past from a card shark father to abusive grandfather who found himself out on his own a very young age fending for himself. Ending up on an orphan train that crashes, Zach finds himself responsible for two young kids, a young boy & younger girl when he was a mere boy himself. He’s done things that he’s not proud of, but he did it for the sake of his “family” to put a roof over their heads & food on the table. Both are grown & with families of their own so he must not have done too badly–right? For once, he has no one to answer to or worry about. He’s happy to be a bachelor with no one to answer to & plans on staying that way. He is not marriage material–period! Are her dimples, ample curves & sweet buns be enough to get Zach to consider her contract & say I do before her time runs out & the council shuts her business down? She’s sure of her sweet buns, but she’s far from having confidence on the other factors. Zach’s initial reactions is to run in the opposite direction, but those dimples keep drawing him back. He can’t have her taken advantage of by either of her other two choices, but could he be happy with a marriage in name only when she looks so enticing? Zach finally agrees to Abigail’s marriage contract with a few alterations–one being a good night kiss every night. Once again Zach finds himself the defender for his “family” & he takes that responsibility very seriously. Can Zach protect not only Abigail from the council that is determined to put her out of business as well as from her once friend who seems determined to undermine & ruin Abigail at every turn? Along the way, can he help & shelter his new sister-in-law from some poor choices from the past? Can Zach & Abigail find more to their marriage than words in a contract? Will events of their pasts bring them even closer together when they see how similar they are to each other? Karen Witemeyer tells an absolutely marvelous Christian story about love, faith, family, forgiveness & turning all things over to God. She has us feeling Abigail’s insecurities about her ample curves & lack of experiences as well as her feelings of never being good enough because she was a girl. We know of Zach’s passion for Abigail, but see his determination to do it right–to court her & become friends before he sees to his husbandly rights. We learn our choices are usually more than those we considered. Highly recommend!
sesquius More than 1 year ago
I started this book with the sole intention of reading one chapter. My bath water was run and I knew I wasn't going to stay in there long, just long enough to relax for bedtime. Or so I thought. Once I started on this book stopping at just one chapter was out of the question. My toes turned into raisins as I turned page after page to see what was going to happen. The story had me tuned in from start to finish. Karen Witemeyer always writes well thought out books that captivate the reader, and fortunately this one was no different. The main character has a problem and that is sometime ago in the laws of the town, because she is woman, she cannot own her own business. She spent the last months, after her father died keeping the business strong and running and now a bunch of men are telling her that she can't keep it any longer. What they don't expect her to do, she does. So we have the story of Zachary Hamilton which is essentially the continuation of the set of three adopted siblings. The focus of the story is on Abigail, yet we have Zachary and his story woven into this one. The great thing about it, is that even though I vaguely remember the setup with his sister, I didn't need to read the previous stories to understand. Each book is solely on it's own and can stand there with no problems. Excellent book and as always, I look forward to the next compilation of words that Karen brings together. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
Karen is one of my go-to authors when I'm looking for a book that will make my laugh out loud, has great historical details, romance that is just perfect, with a bit of mystery mixed in. I think I've said before that I get bored with regular ole romance, and hers are anything but. I really enjoyed More Than Words Can Say. It was so fun to read Zach’s story, since I got to know him in a couple earlier books. He was a rich secondary character, but shines as the hero. Swoon worthy. Then you add this amazing heroine and her sidekick sister, and the plot is rich, the romance sweet, and a fresh take on the marriage of convenience plot. Perfect for those who love late 1800s romances.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
More Than Words Can Say is the second novel A Patchwork Family series. While I have not had the opportunity to read More Than Meets the Eye, I found that I was not lost. The author provided details from the first novel which featured Evangeline, Seth and Zach. I am looking forward to reading More Than Meets the Eye which tells the story of Evangeline Hamilton and Logan Fowler. I thought More Than Words Can Say was well-written with steady pacing. Abigail, Zach and Rosie are delightful characters. There are equally pleasing secondary characters like Reuben Sinclair and his wife. Abigail cannot believe an antiquated law requiring a man’s name on the deed will be her downfall. A marriage of convenience is the most logical solution and Abigail drafts up a contract. Abigail wants to make sure she retains control of her bakery once she marries. There are only three “eligible” men in town which consist of quiet, grumpy Zach, Elmer Beekman who has bad breath, and Clarence Ormandy with a domineering mother. Zach is the best option, but he is not willing to settle for a marriage of convenience. He finds Abigail attractive which she finds hard to believe. But Abigail must admit that when she is with Zach, she finds her heart racing and wonders what it would be like to kiss Zach. The road to happiness, though, is bumpy as they each have issues from their past that holds back from having a happy life together. I enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout the story (I laughed so often while reading More Than Words Can Say). Zach and Abigail are cute together and I could not help but root for them. Abigail’s faith is strong, and she works on getting Zach back on speaking terms with God. Rosalind has a problem that she needs assistance with, and Zach is there to help her. I look forward to reading Rosalind’s story. I can tell that the author did her research for this book. Honey Grove is a real town and Karen Witemeyer brought it alive. I felt I was taken back in time with this charming historical novel. More Than Words Can Say mixes one independent baker with one cantankerous man which produces an entertaining and witty story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this weird thing about baking novels. I wonder if I like reading about them because I can't bake. Cook, yes. Bake, no. I have no patience for it and and I don't understand the chemistry behind it. It could also stem from my weird obsession with the Great British Baking Show. But either way I was excited that Witemeyer had written about a baker. I'm also a fan of Witemeyer and so that and the cute cover made me pick this book up. To jump right in, while I enjoyed the book immensely and will probably read it again, I did feel like a lot of it was focused on the intimacies of marriage. Maybe too much. I would have rather had that as a side note instead of a main point. The story didn't need all of it, maybe just a little, because the rest of it was great! Who was behind all of Abigail's troubles? Why was it still happening after she gets hitched? This is what I wanted more and more focused on. You also have great side characters that I'm hoping will get their own story, or show up in future novels. Abigail has personality issues that she deals with in this novel that I felt were well written, and of course, Zach is great. Witemeyer knows how to write a great male lead. It's another great addition from Witemeyer, and I'd suggest checking it out, along with her other novels. *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review