No Other Will Do (Ladies of Harper's Station Book #1)

No Other Will Do (Ladies of Harper's Station Book #1)

by Karen Witemeyer

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Enjoy Bestselling Author Karen Witemeyer's Terrific New Romance!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441269423
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Ladies of Harper's Station , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 916
File size: 4 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 Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at

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No Other Will Do 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen is an excellent story teller. She pulls you in to the history, the location, and the characters. As always, this story leaves you wanting more.
inkwellreviews More than 1 year ago
My review from (Christian book review site) If you want a lighthearted romance that is easy to read, then Karen Witemeyers books are perfect for you. Her characters live in a place where everything goes right, and when it doesn’t, you can bet that no one gets hurt and the bad guy has a patch over his eye and scowl that will scare small children. (not really but I think you get the picture.) They may not be the most realistic but they are sure to leave you with the warm and fuzzies. No Other Will Do fits right into her persona. While I might not like to read these books all the time, I do really enjoy them. Especially on the bad days when you just need more happy endings in your life. While this book is considered “Christian fiction” I found a certain topic that don’t necessarily go hand and hand with the Bible, feminism. The Bible clearly stated that while men and woman are created equal, the head of the woman is man, and the head of the man is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3). Sadly, the main theme of this book was that men were optional. Throughout the whole book, the woman “badmouthed men”. I was very disappointed in the agenda that Karen Whitemeyer seemed to be pushing on me. I am defiantly not under the illusion that all men are perfect, I just don’t think that any man deserves less of our respect just because he is a man. Thankfully, I was able to talk with Karen Whitemeyer about this subject through e-mail and I was very pleased with what she had to say. This is part of her response when I voiced my concerns with what she seemed to be saying: “It was never my intentions to push a feministic agenda or to bash men in this story. My intention instead was to empower woman to help one another whenever they see a sister in need. To look upon one another not with judgment but with compassion. To accept those society rejects and help them find their confidence in the Lord.” I really wish I had read her e-mail beforehand, or that she had made her view a little clearer. I still don’t recommend this book because of the agenda it seems to be pushing, but I do encourage you to continue to read her books. I have no doubts that Karen Witemeyer agrees with what the bible says about feminism, but her book, sadly, does not. She is still one of my favorite authors, that’s probably the reason I was so upset with this book, I had too high expectations. I have no complaints with the quality of writing. It was really good in that regard. I feel strongly about the issue of feminism (in case you hadn’t noticed J) and I feel like no one talks about it. If you agree with the views in this book or just don’t care, then this would be a good book to read. While I don’t personally recommend this particular book, I do love most all her other ones. Personally, my favorites are Head in the Clouds and Short Straw Bride.
RobinWillson 9 months ago
1894 Texas Christian Historical. When Mal was 13 he happened into a barn on a farm owned by a family of women who were strong and full of common sense and wisdom. His angel Emma found him freezing in the barn and they nursed him back to health. Years have gone by and he has been working for the railroad, but now these women need his help. They are being threatened. Always a fixer, Emma and a friend formed a women’s colony, where women could be treated fairly in business and life. But someone wanted to take it away from them. A dangerous mystery that could involve someone from their close knit town working against them. Hearts laid bare, they try to figure it out, with lessons of life and Christian faith strengthening their way. They fight the good fight and come through better for it, with a stronger relationship and self worth. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #NoOtherWillDo #KarenWitemeyer #NetGalley #BooksYouCanFeelGoodAbout
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This was such a great story! It took me a couple of chapters to begin to really connect with the various characters in this book, but once I did I was thoroughly invested in what would become of this little town. This story dealt with a town that was a sanctuary for women who needed to escape some type of bad situation. However, I appreciated that it was not a "man-bashing" type of book. There were varying degrees of traumatic situations that the women had experienced and their reactions to men were reasonable based on their personal trauma. I really liked the main characters, especially Malachi. He was such a great hero for this story. He overcame a very hard childhood, loved God, had a sacrificial love for Emma, and was a man that would do whatever it took to help the women of Harper's Station. I am now looking forward to reading the rest of this series. (4.5 stars)
hes7 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Karen Witemeyer’s books, so it should be no surprise that I loved No Other Will Do. Set the all-female Harper’s Station, this story is a lot of fun with great action, danger, and of course, romance. Emma Chandler is full of spunk and determination, and Malachi Shaw is just so wonderful—I love the relationship that develops between these two characters, especially considering their shared history. I’m sure No Other Will Do will please other fans of historical romance, too, and I highly recommend it. Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of No Other Will Do and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
LadybugChronicles More than 1 year ago
Karen has yet to disappoint me in her storytelling. I've read all of her books and couldn't wait to get my hands on her newest release "No Other Will Do". This novel starts in the year 1882 Texas where Emma Chandler meets Malachi Shaw or best known as Mal. A loner with no home, finds refuge with Emma and her Aunt's. We then fast forward to 1894 when both are grown up and on their own. Mal, living in Montana working for the railroad, and Emma who lives in Harper's Station helping women that have no place to go.. Until... something bad happens. Somebody wants to ladies to leave the land and they are doing all they can to scare them off. As strong as Emma is she can't fight them herself so she calls Mal to come down to help.. Can you find who is threatening them before it's too late.. Even after all these years can their feelings be put aside for the sake of safety? Will love come for these two lost souls? You will find out when you pick up this wonderful book today!! You won't regret it!!
MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
Looking for some good ol'fashioned fun reading? Try out the latest from Karen Witemeyer. No Other Will Do is a Ladies of Harper Station Novel and full of some great lines, laughs and of course some love too. The best part was the laughs. My first clue was the first line on the back of the book. It reads: Men are optional. This was my first Witemeyer novel and I was very pleased. I enjoyed her writing and her settings and most of all her great characters. The plot revolves around someone threatening the colony of women, hoping to drive them out. The women at the station don't know who is making the threats and as the threats amp up in severity Emma must reach out for some help. She calls on an old friend she trusts. One who understands her and her beliefs. I loved that the book brought out so many different angles of who could be making the threats. I had no idea who the antagonist was until Witemeyer told me. I love that! Kept me reading. I enjoyed the slow brewing love story between Emma and Malachi and how it started many years before when they first met (in the prologue, hehehe:D) So much was shared between them without a word. There were so many great parts to this story. I have no negative things to say. A fun read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a twist. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
No Other Will Do is a Ladies of Harper Station novel by Karen Witemeyer. Prepare to be taken back in time to a world of cowboys, one horse towns and defending a lady's honor. Harper Sation is no ordinary town, it's a town full of women, NO men allowed. It's a shelter town for battered and abused women. The rule of "no men allowed" is meant to protect them, but it also makes them volunerable, this becomes crystal clear when someone starts leaving them threatening notes, get out or else! Emma Chandler is the perfect blend of spice and nice. She's never been afraid to take on challenges, like becoming a woman banker in a world dominated by men. Being raised by her two aunts, Henrietta and Alberta, who believe in the suffrage movement. She's been raised to believe she can be or do anything she wants. She's no fool, she knows they need help to fight this bully trying to make them flee their town. But who can she get? These women are naturally scared of men. Then it hits her, Malachi Shaw. Malachi Shaw knows what it's like to get the short end of the stick. He literally came from nothing. His mom died, his dad was a deadbeat drunk and abusive, Malachi was like any kid would be coming from those kinds of circumstances. Angry and ending up on the wrong side of the law a time or two. That is until he found himself stowed away in the Harper barn. He was only 13 years old when he met Emma Chandler, but he knew then that his life would never be the same. He is convinced that she is his angel, and even though they are grown now, they keep in touch and he's vowed to protect her at any and all costs. Not that he figures headstrong Emma will ever ask for his help, but he's offered just the same. When Malachi gets word that Emma needs help he drops everything and heads to her aid. He has no idea what awaits him, but he will protect Emma and her ladies.. Drama, intrigue, love, family, No Other Will Do has it all. You will fall in love with Harper Station and it's ladies and find yourself rooting for Malachi to find the bully and finally admit that he's in love with Emma. You will stay up all night (I know I did) devouring page after page to see how it ends. So grab yourself a copy of No Other Will do and head to Harper Station and visit Emma and the ladies. An adventure awaits! *I received a copy of No Other Will Do from Bethany House Publishers in exchage for an honest review. The opinions expressed above are my own,
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
I’ve been so excited to read this book by Karen Witemeyer, mainly because she’s one of my very favorite historical fiction authors, but also because I’d heard so many wonderful things about it! I have to say that it definitely lived up to the sterling reviews shared with me and exceeded every expectation I may have had. The characters are fantastic and I always love how unique Ms. Witemeyer’s books are - plus, this one features a mystery, which just added another level of enjoyment to it for me. I’m also super excited, because it sounds like this book might be the first in a series (I’m hoping)! I’m a big fan of historical fiction and Karen’s books are always by far some of my favorites. I love her way with words and her attention to the smallest detail. I had no idea what was involved to be in demolition in the 1800s, or how a women’s colony could possibly work, but she brings both of these unique things to life between the covers of this book. I fall in love with her characters and I so enjoy how they break away from the norm of what I might expect in a western novel. Even when her books do edge a little more toward the traditional, there’s still a distinctive “something” that sets her books apart from the rest. Oh, and I have to brag on the mystery at least a little bit! I very much enjoyed having a mystery in the forefront of this story - it kept me on my toes, what with guessing who the culprit might be and wondering what might happen next. It played perfectly into the storyline and she set it wonderfully, leaving little clues and keeping the pacing just right to keep the story moving, without rushing or dragging it out. Emma Chandler is the heroine and I did adore her! She was raised primarily by spinster aunts who taught her that women can do or be anything, and they don’t necessarily need a man to be happy. Which was scandalous at the time, and Emma soon found that not many shared their opinions. I loved her stubbornness and her determination to protect her ladies, even when that meant making hard decisions. Despite being self-assured, she struggles with knowing what the right choice is and doubts whether she’s the best person to be in charge. The doubts and fears are what make her so realistic that she climbed right off the page and into my heart. Malachi Shaw is the hero in this tale, and what a great hero he makes! From meeting him the first time as a thirteen-year-old boy staring down a bossy angel, to getting to know him a decade later as a man responsible for blowing things up and in desperate need of a shave, he definitely makes the list of my favorite heroes! Malachi has spent his life just surviving, and trying to earn the respect of those around him. He lives with his heart stowed safely behind his walls and if his life seems a little empty, at least he’s not getting hurt. I loved watching Emma slowly pull him from his shell and the interactions between them alternated between making me laugh and sigh. Malachi is just as stubborn and strong willed as Emma, as well as being protective and rather cynical. He also has a streak of kindness toward the Aunts, Emma, and her ladies. Overall, I give this book probably closer to 10 stars, rather than just 5, but websites are contrary things and don’t allow for the extra ratings for super amazing books. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance with a side of mystery! Many thanks to Bethany House for my copy of this book!
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Once again I was captivated by the unique story that Karen Witemeyer wove with vibrant historical detail, humor, action, and sweet romance. I loved the background of how Malachi came to know Emma and her aunts as a youth. It created a special bond between him and Emma and their rapport as adults picked up right where it left off. He is unfailingly loyal and defends her with a fierce protectiveness. The setting of a western town with no men is fascinating, with a wide variety of characters who live and work in the community. I appreciated that Emma was not portrayed as a man-hater, even though she's witnessed abuse and dealt with some frustrating men. She is open to love and sees the good in all people, males included. Mal's reserved yet passionate nature was a perfect contrast to Emma's more open and positive personality, and as they worked together to protect the community and draw out the villain, their relationship deepens even though Mal doesn't think he deserves her. The person behind the attacks remains a mystery for much of the book, leading me to suspect pretty much anyone suspicious :) Emma and Mal had to do the same in order to catch the perpetrator, even though it was hard for Emma to believe any of the ladies taking refuge in their town could be a traitor. The story explored themes of independence, recovery from abuse, the value and worth of an individual, and finding purpose in following God's will. (Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
wfnren More than 1 year ago
WHAT? A town for women only! Great book. Karen is one of my favorite authors and with this book, she reminds me why. Have you ever heard of an all woman town in historical times, I hadn't, and it makes a great story. All I can say is, if you haven't read any of Karen's work, give this book a try. I'm guessing who the next book will feature so I'm anxious to see if I'm right!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer is the first book in the Ladies of Harper’s Station series. Emma Chandler discovered a young boy of thirteen in her aunt’s barn in 1882 in Cookie County, Texas. Malachi Shaw is an orphan without a home. Emma was instantly taken with him and convinced her Aunt Henry and Aunt Bertie to take him in. Malachi stayed with them for two years until an incident forced him to leave town. It is now 1894 and Emma has finally realized her dream with the help of her two aunts. Harper’s Station is a refuge for women run by women. But someone is threatening her dream and the lives of the people that live in Harper’s Station. Threatening notes have been found around the town and then a man fired at the women while they were in the church. This bandit wants all the women out of the town. Emma will not back down and sends a telegram to Malachi asking for help. Malachi is a demolition expert for the railroad. Malachi does not hesitate when he receives Emma’s request. He immediately hops a train to Harper’s Station. Malachi is attracted to Emma (she reciprocates his feelings), but he does not feel he is good enough for her. But these two have more pressing matters to attend to before they can discuss their feelings. Why does this brigand want with Harper’s Station? Read No Other Will Do to find out how the citizens of Harper’s Station out maneuver the outlaw. No Other Will Do is a nice, easy book to read. It has good writing, interesting characters, and an intriguing mystery. Ms. Witemeyer did a good job of capturing the time and place of the setting. I felt the romance was a little much (there were many lustful thoughts, feelings, and then kissing) for a Christian novel, but otherwise an enjoyable book. I do not believe that lust equals love (we do not want young people getting the wrong impression) which is how it comes across in the book (until the end). The romantic portion is predictable, but it does have a sweet ending. I give No Other Will Do 4 out of 5 stars. I particularly liked that Emma and the other female characters were strong, independent women with Christian values. I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
God-Lover More than 1 year ago
Love. Danger. A mystery thick with drama and suspense. And it’s all set in TEXAS!!! What more could you want from a book? “No Other Will Do” kept me on the edge of my seat and had me cheering for Emma and Malachi. Another fabulous novel, Karen! I was given a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! Karen Witemeyer remains one of my favorite authors to read. The sense of humor incorporated in her books along with the spiritual just makes the book so worth the read. Emma is the leader of a women's colony and very well respected. The women who live there have been abused, and used up by men and are ready to show the world they have stamina and can survive on their own! But a threat develops, and now the women are in danger. Emma feels a deep sense of responsibility as she tries to figure out what to do. In the end, she decides only One man will do. One she knows she can trust! Malachi, a long time friend, who still considers her his angel. A man who has earned the respect he gets, but because he knows what its like to be down and out, has built up a wall not many can cross over. As the bullets fly so do the feelings and emotional charge in the air every time they get close to each other. Will either of them let their guard down enough to let love grow? Or are they so set in their independent ways that they will still end up apart? This book is full of twists and excitement. Not only is it emotionally charged with sparks flying, but it is also spiritually charges as both Emma and Malachi seek God's will for their lives and the lives of the ladies in their care. They are selfless and sacrificing people, hard working, determined and willing to do what it takes to take care of those they love. You won't go wrong with this one! I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
In an era where the men are the heads of the house, the credo of Emma Chandler, her suffragette aunts and the women of Harper’s Station is that men are optional. And more like, totally unnecessary and mostly unwelcome. The women of the colony all have good reasons for making a fresh start at Harper’s Station, and Emma has charged herself with protecting them. Unfortunately, someone harassing their camp is escalating in his aggression toward the station. Enter Malachi Shaw. An explosives expert for the railroad, he has come a long way from his half-frozen, thirteen-year-old orphaned self. Emma is his angel, so when her telegram arrives, he rushes to Texas and the girl who saved his life. Except that girl is a woman. He hasn’t seen her in ten years, and he still feels undeserving of her. Time hasn’t erased all of those early years when he saw himself as nothing but gutter trash. But even that doesn’t stop him from wondering if Emma feels that he’s as precious to her as she is to him. (She does, of course, but she tries to avoid dwelling on it.) Besides, there’s a dangerous man (or men) out there. Protecting and fighting for Harper’s Station is the priority. But after that, what may or may not come? Previously, the only work I’d read by Karen Witemeyer was a short story which was part of a novella collection. That collection is what prompted me to select this novel, and I was not disappointed. One part mystery and suspense and another part historical romance all wrapped up with a strong female protagonist with verve and independence, a respectable man who respects independent-thinking women, a distinct cast of supporting characters, and deep faith, despite what life has (or has not) thrown at them. I loved the author’s idea of a women’s colony as the setting. It definitely worked, thanks to Witemeyer’s skill at creating prose that flows. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Karen's writing so much. She is wonderful at character development. I always fall in love with the characters. These two have a relationship that seemed very unique to me. Malachi starts out rough and tough as a youth because he has had a very hard life and to the outsider, he seems like that same tough guy as an adult. When he is around Emma he isn't at all. You can tell right away he would do anything for her. Emma was a spunky little girl and carried that spunk into adulthood but at the same time was so caring towards others. I love the story of Emma and Malachi as children. That is what got to me. Then to watch their adult relationship times I was worried they would let their misgivings about themselves or the needs of the other get in the way. They each take the other's best interest and put it first above their own to a fault. Harper's Station and it's ladies are great. Being from Texas myself, it was fun to see these women building a life for themselves and working together to make it work. I look forward to the rest of the series to find out more about the other ladies and see how their stories unfold. This series is great for any age. I think even as young as pre-teen would enjoy it. Five Stars for sure!
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Emma and her aunts purchased a ghost town called Harper's Station. They designed the town to be a woman's colony for women who need a fresh start away from poverty or abuse. Everyone works to support the town and share their resources. Emma, who owns the bank, provides loans to aid the women in becoming independent. Now an anonymous person is targeting their town with death threats, fire, and bullets. Emma calls the only person she knows who can help. Malachi left years ago, but told his friend Emma to call if she ever needed help. Now Emma and Harper's Station need him to come track down a dangerous man. This book is one of those books that's just fun. The characters were all entertaining. The romance, while a bit steamy for a Christian fiction, was sweet. The setting and concept for the story was different and I enjoyed seeing how it played out. There is some suspense in the plot due to the person targeting the town. I am looking forward to the next books in the series. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
AubyDee More than 1 year ago
In Karen Witemeyer's newest novel No Other Will Do you will find Emma Chandler, a bright, spunky young banker laden with the responsibility of leading a women's colony she has founded herself. She loves what she does and hopes to continue for the remainder of her life but when a mysterious individual starts leaving threatening notes around town Emma doesn't know what to do except contact the one man she knows and trusts. Malachi Shaw spent most of his childhood being told he was worthless trash, now he has the respect he has always wanted working as an explosives expert for the railroad. Mal loves the thrill of his job and the unique young men he gets to lead, but just a single telegram from his "angel" asking for help has him packing and on the first train out. Can Emma and Mal get everything sorted out before things get too dangerous? Will they trust in the Lord to help them find the courage and knowledge to make some difficult choices? Things could possibly result in losing the trust of some longtime friends and maybe getting their hearts broken. If you read No Other Will Do you will find out how their story ends. I love all of Karen Witemeyer's books and this one is no different. It has romance, humor, a little suspense, engaging characters, and a story that will make you not want to put the book down. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review
eLynda More than 1 year ago
An Intriguing Premise and Great Characters I love book covers—I’m not sure if that counts as a vice or not, given the admonition to not judge a book by its cover. Once the artwork has captured my attention, the back cover has to promise more exists than just a gorgeous display piece. This one does. And it isn’t an empty promise, either—this book delivers! An intriguing premise immediately pulled me in: where do women look for protection against men? How can they defend themselves against an unseen adversary who has them beaten in terms of physical strength and power? The action quickly ramps up from the prologue to an explosives detonation and right into the threat presented against the women’s colony. The pacing is rapid, but I never felt lost, only eager to turn the page. The characters are loveable if rather thickheaded at times. Occupations and plans threaten a happy ending, which had me wanting to knock some sense into both Emma and Mal at times. But part of what makes these characters so wonderful is that they are constantly looking at what is best for the loved one rather than the outcome they want. Neither one is perfect, but both grow through the novel and even help me, as the reader, to see ways I can depend on God and His plans more fully instead of trying to bring my own plans into being despite what He is trying to achieve in my life. There is a danger in a book about a women’s colony that men will be vilified or parodied for the sake of storytelling; that never happens in this book. Yes, it is a town populated by women to protect women from bad situations but it never becomes a book about hating men or how all men are horrible. The author does an outstanding job of painting her characters with individuality, each responsible for his or her own choices, regardless of gender. It’s hard to say exactly what I loved about this book without going into spoilers, but I can say that it engaged my emotions on many levels: I laughed, gasped aloud, smiled, and even shed some tears while reading. Every piece of this well-plotted novel comes together to create a satisfying conclusion at the same time it prepares us to begin the wait for the next book in the series. Karen Witemeyer is now on my list of authors that I will read simply because her name is on the cover. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for fans of historical romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
Karen Witemeyer has a fun writing style. She brings her people to life and gives them real feelings and good dialogue. She has a feisty writing style in which she puts into her characters. Emma Chandler is a determined, loyal, soft hearted, independent woman. When she is facing an unknown enemy she must rely on the only man she can ever remember trusting. When Malachi returns to help her will she be able to say goodbye again? Will they ever find who is targeting her town or must they leave. Malachi Shaw comes from a rough lifestyle. The only family he has ever really had is now being threatened. Will he be able to find the problems before more people get hurt. Will he be able to tell Emma goodbye or will he save her in time. I was given a copy of this novel from net galley for my honest opinion.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
Emma Chandler is an enterprising young woman, a banker who has created a safe space for women where they can receive a hand up and not a hand out in Harper's Station, Texas, where any woman is welcome...but most men are not. When her town is threatened, by an unknown foe, seeming to want to drive them out, Emma knows just the man for the job. Malachi Shaw, is Emma's childhood friend. He is a hardworking, intelligent, and capable man, who respects what Emma and her aunts have built. As sparks fly between the reunited friends, will they be able to find who is behind the threats in Harper's Station? I loved Emma's aunts, Henry and Bertie. Henry is a straight-talking woman, who says it like it is, and wears bloomers. While Bertie is soft spoken and tenderhearted. They both raised Emma after her parents died, and they support Emma's big dreams. Emma is a natural leader, and has a compassionate heart, she knows all the ladies in town and is more concerned for their safety than for her pocketbook. I admired her strength and determination to not go down without a fight. I loved the camaraderie between the women, and how they band together to uplift and support each other, with resilience. I really liked the relationship between Malachi and Emma, they were childhood friends, and haven't seen each other for 10 years, until Emma brings him to Harper's Station. Malachi and Emma work together well, and are both inspired by the other to be a better person. Overall, this is a fat paced read filled with action, mystery, colorful characters, faith, and humor. Malachi is a gallant hero, and Emma is a brave heroine with a plan, who won't let the cowboy ride away. There was so much to love about this book from the wonderful sense of community and fantastic women that made up Harper's Station, to the splendid chemistry between Mal and Emma. This was a read that I couldn't out down, riveting from the first, and even more so after Malachi stepped onto the scene. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An exciting historical romance novel! This is first book that I’ve read by Karen Witemeyer. She has now been placed on my favorite author list. I have to be sure and find all of her other books and read them too. The characters in this story are incredibly well developed. They have a wide range of personalities and backgrounds that have made them the people that they are. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between them, both one on one or in a group setting. I was especially drawn to Emma and Malachi. The deep connection between them was first formed 10 years before the start of the danger in this book. It is the foundation for the trust that they in each other for the trials they are trust into. Add on top of that a deep belief in God and trust in Him for guidance and the background is set. I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Emma uses her business savvy to organize Harper Station as a self-sufficient refuge and community for women. When trouble threatens the women, Emma calls on the only man she’s ever truly trusted, her childhood hero and best friend. Ten years after he left his angel behind, Malachi rushes to her aid without hesitation. Don’t you just love a man of action? I do! While Malachi and Emma work to protect the women of Harper Station, devotion and attraction blossom into something potentially heartbreaking for them both. I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through the Bethany House Blogger Review program. The opinions expressed are my own.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Leave Town or Die? It is a great idea. Women who need homes, jobs, or an escape from danger, could come to Harper's Station, and make a fresh start. Emma Chandler has used her entire inheritance to found a women's colony. She has been very successful attracting lots of women who want to build a new life there. Then the threats begin. A town full of unarmed women, far from the nearest town--whose sheriff is too involved in other problems to help--has made them the perfect target for danger. A mysterious enemy starts leaving messages demanding the women leave town, or suffer the consequences. The writer makes it clear that Texas of the late 1890's is not ready for independent women. When the threats start including violence, Emma contacts Malachi Shaw, Mal, for help. Unwanted as a boy, Mal had tried to make it on his own, but was about to succumb to hunger and cold, when Emma's two aunts took him in. That was more than a decade ago, when Emma was still a child. A few years later, when he left the only family he had ever known, he promised he would always be there if they needed him. Emma is now calling in that promise. Mal and Emma work together to attempt to figure out who is behind this, before someone is hurt or killed. Certain events and clues seem to indicate their tormentor has inside information about the colony. Could one of their own women be in league with their enemy? If so, why would someone be willing to do such a thing? As Mal and Emma try to find those answers, they also attempt to ignore the growing attraction between the two of them. This was a thought provoking story that did a good job keeping the villain's identity secret. A lot of the characters in this tale were interesting, especially Emma's two aunts. I liked that this story was told from a Christian point-of-view. Those who like western romances with a hint of mystery will enjoy this 5-star book. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of No Other Will Do, through Bethany House Publishing 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.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
No Other Will Do is Karen Witemeyer’s most recent stand-alone novel, but definitely isn’t the first book I have ever read by her. Of the eight full-length novels she has published, I’ve read all of them but one, and every single one I’ve read has ended up on my all-time favorites list. The ironic thing is, I actually own only three of her novels, one of which is the one I haven’t read. But believe me, I will get to it as soon as I’m able because I am really excited to read it. Anyway, that’s not what this post is about, it’s about No Other Will Do and how utterly amazing it was. Of course, I expected it to be fantastic, but I never anticipated it would make me melt through absolutely every chapter. I fell in love with this story from the very first word of the very first page of the prologue, and I couldn’t put this book down until I made it to the end. There are so many scenes, so many interactions, so many parts I wish I could tell you all about so that you can love them just as much as I do, but I won’t. I’ll just leave it at that, and tell you that there is so much in store for you when you read this book. Emma Chandler is by far one of my favorite characters out of all of Karen’s books. Thanks to the suffragette aunts who raised her, she is extremely independent and knows how to take care of herself, but she is also an amazing leader who knows how to care for the women in her colony, and who always puts their needs before her own. And I also just really love young Emma, the one we meet in the prologue. She is just so sweet, and so full of spunk, and I love all that she does for Malachi in those early days. I really love Emma during the whole book, though, and I feel fairly sure that we would definitely be friends. Malachi Shaw is definitely one of my favorite characters of all time in the history of ever. He is so kind, so caring, and so rough and untamed, and I just love that combination. I couldn’t help but adore him as soon as I learned of his humble beginnings, and as the book went on, I ended up loving him more and more. He is so completely perfect, and I can’t get enough of his love for Emma! His secret pet name for her… oh my word I can’t even stand it! I melt into a little puddle every time they interact, and I also love the budding romance between two of the other characters in this novel. All in all, this novel is absolutely fantastic, and I’m already wishing I could read it again. I absolutely love Karen’s writing, and I couldn’t help falling in love with these characters and their story. There’s no way I could ever give this novel anything less than all five bookshelves, especially since it’s already on my all-time favorites list. I’m so glad I own a copy of this book, because I know I’ll be reading it again in the future, and I’ll definitely be lending it to some of my reader friends. The ending of this book was to die for, especially the last scene between Emma and Mal, and I am having to hold myself down to finish this post rather than running upstairs and grabbing this book so that I can read the ending again. I highly recommend this book, as you can tell, because it is absolutely fantastic, and I can pretty much guarantee you won’t be disappointed! I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for only my honest review. (This review is from my blog,