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The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Humorous historical novelJuly 1, 2019The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4More 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.
AshleyAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another fun, sweet story!June 28, 2019AshleyAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely love Karen Witemeyer's novels. She's one of my favorite historical fiction authors for a reason and this book was no exception. While I thoroughly enjoyed the first Patchwork Family novel, I've been looking forward to More Than Words Can Say since I finished the first one. As much as I loved Evangeline and Logan, Zach was without a doubt my favorite character. Underneath the tough exterior he shows the world, he's really just a big sweetheart looking for someone to see his past and love him anyways. And Abigail's passion and sass were the perfect match for him. What started out as a marriage of convenience quickly turned into a sweet love story. Zach and Abigail helped each other overcome the guilt about their individual pasts and learn to see themselves as God sees them forgiven. Throw in some mystery, adventure, and a fist fight or two along with Karen Witemeyer's signature humor and this is a sweet, fun story that I liked just as much as the first novel, if not more.
TheCompulsiveReader75 Stars Out Of 5(4.5 stars) - a reminder that love is primarily a verbJune 21, 2019TheCompulsiveReader7Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Karen Witemeyer book is always guaranteed to leave me with a smile that won't let go. This one was certainly no exception.
This story is the follow-up on what happened to Zach after the first book about Eva & Logan, "More Than Meets the Eye". Even though I generally hate reading books out of order, this is one that works just fine as a stand-alone.
Abigail & Zach take a while to figure it out, but they are perfect for each other. Zach has been thru a lot of abuse in his younger years to the point that he has been conditioned not to express himself. Abigail has been thru a form of abuse herself from an emotionally unavailable father. She's better able to express herself but the experience helps her to be more sympathetic and open to Zach's efforts.
The two have some difficulty understanding each other, but the key is that they care enough to keep trying - and giving the other room to try, and make mistakes, and to clarify as needed. Because of their efforts, they learn to understand each other better, with and without words.
Most importantly, Zach & Abigail learn to communicate love to each other by their actions. Their marriage of convenience becomes a real marriage.
The story is funny and touching and I became invested in it almost immediately. I fervently hope that the author will be sharing Rosalind's story with us next!
Clean romance level: passionate kissing, some discussion of marital intimacy but nothing graphic
[This is a Christian book with discussion of God, forgiveness, Scripture and prayer. It fits the setting & the context in a natural, non-preachy way]
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Unique historicalJune 18, 2019MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have enjoyed many of Karen Witemeyer's books--wonderful, creative stories of historical fiction. This novel is no exception. She weaves an intriguing tale with interesting characters and frustrating dilemmas. Not only do they face challenges that test them, the details are far from boring and typical, but unique ones that draw you in. I don't know how she comes up with the situations, but they make for great reading. Pick up any of her novels and settle down to enjoy her gift of storytelling, but More Than Words Can Say may be one of her best. Watching the main characters develop and mature in life and faith offers a rewarding experience. This book deals with a woman who owns a bakery she may not be able to keep. How she lands a husband and manages to keep her business going makes for a satisfying story. Some characters from the previous book in the series appear in this one, but you don't have to read Than Meets the Eye to enjoy this (although it will add depth to this drama). I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
DMP5 Stars Out Of 5Solid Christian novel with Biblical life lessonsJune 17, 2019DMPQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Abigail is fighting for her future. Someone has turned up an antiquated law preventing women from operating and running a business in the city. She decides that the best choice of action is to find a man who will marry her, and yet allow her the freedom to have complete control over her bakery. Looking around at her options, she decides to ask Zach Hamilton, a man who keeps to himself, yet no one else bothers.
Zach is finally free of all responsibilities and obligations. He can come and go as he pleases and he has a job that he actually enjoys. But, what is he supposed to do when the pretty baker approaches him with a problem that she can't solve on her own? How can he turn her away and ignore her distress?
What follows is a marriage of convenience between Zach and Abigail. The storyline follows their relationship as it develops from almost strangers to a loving relationship between a husband and wife. I loved how each of them were dedicated to learn how to be godly spouses. They turned to Scripture with their problems and allowed God to work out the details, patiently waiting for the right time.
Interspersed with their story was the story of the bakery and who was trying to see it fail. There's really not much mystery since the villain is clearly shown. The real lesson learned is about how to allow God to solve your problems and not interfere with your own solutions. The author gives a great life lesson with this - that God is faithful to give a solution that you never dreamed possible.
All in all, it's a solid Christian novel that gives several life lessons based on biblical principles.
Major themes: vengeance, trusting God, marriage
Romance - PG / kissing and reference to physical attraction between married couples
Language - clean
Violence - reference to someone dying, reference to blood after a fight
My rating - 5 stars