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No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer
"Men are optional." That's what Emma Chandler learned from her suffragette aunts---and the principle underlying their women's colony in Harper's Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits that they might need a man after all . . . one who can fight. Will Malachi Shaw fit the bill?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Ladies of Harper's Station
Journey of the Heart, Three Novellas in One Volume A Heart's Disguise/A Heart's Obsession/A Heart's DangerColleen CobleThomas Nelson / Other, N/A$9.99 Retail:
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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.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5No Other Will DoNovember 7, 2016MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a delight from start to the swoon-worthy finish. Emma Chandler and her aunts, Henrietta (Aunt Henry) and Alberta (Aunt Bertie) "adopt" Malachi Shaw when he is a homeless, starving, 13 year old. He stayed with them for two years before going out in the world. Though he never went back to them, he's kept in touch and told Emma if she ever needed him to let him know. Now ten years later, Emma and her aunts have started a women's colony at Harper's Station, Texas for women in need. Someone is trying to drive the women from the town, so Emma sends a telegram to Malachi in Montana, where he is a demolition expert for the railroad. He takes a leave of absence and travels to Texas. He has always regarded Emma, who is two years younger, as his "angel" for rescuing him when he was a boy. Not much has changed except their ages. There is quite a bit of excitement because they don't know where, when, or how the assailant will strike again. He becomes bolder and the residents more in danger. Things get even more tense when they figure out that one of the women (but who?) must be helping the assailant. Malachi is a very worthy hero, though he doesn't see himself as such. He still struggles to rise above the past, when he was a mother-less boy and the son of a drunk. Though he loves Emma, he doesn't think he is worthy of her. One of the things I really like about Malachi is how much he appreciates Emma, not just for her beauty, but for her "banker's brain," compassion, and inner strength. There are so many likeable characters in this book. I hope we will be able to read more of their stories in subsequent books. One I'd especially like to read more about is the developing relationship between Tori, Emma's best friend, and Ben Porter, the trusted freighter who brought in supplies and transported their goods to sell. If you love reading a rollicking historical story, NO OTHER WILL DO is the book for you. I highly recommend it.
mountainsAlberta CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A rollicking fun readNovember 4, 2016mountainsAlberta CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Looking 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."
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Very interesting storylineOctober 27, 2016Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I can say with all honesty that I have not read a book that was quite like this one. There were moments when I laughed out loud at the ladies in the community. The suffragette was not something that I had a lot of knowledge about, but I enjoyed seeing it played out with the aunts. I thought that Emma Chandler might get on my nerves as the book went along because of her headstrong personality. However, that was not the case at all.
Emma was a strong woman, but also a humble woman. She wasn't stubborn or rude. In fact, she was kind, compassionate, and wise. She wasn't a woman who thought it was her way or no way. She was a strong leader, but also was not too prideful to admit her limitations.
Malachai Shaw was every bit the man I had hoped he would be. He loved and cared for the sisters like they were his own family. My absolute favorite part was at the beginning when Emma asks her aunts if she can keep him. I could just see the enthusiasm coming from her and she didn't even realize the life she was changing.
Danger happens upon the community of women which sends Malachai back to visit. The plot goes thicker as someone is set to destroy the place that she has worked so hard to build with her aunts. She has a dream for this place and it's being threatened. In order for it to stand, Malachai and Emma have to figure out how to work together to protect all of the women. Malachai has his work cut out since some of the women have had some terrible things happen to them on the account of certain men.
I am looking forward to the next book that Karen Witemeyer decides to write. Book 2 in the Harper's Station Series will hopefully come out soon.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Texas TriumphSeptember 27, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Set in northern Texas in the late 1800s, this novel immediately drew me in and held my interest as I experienced the challenges and problems faced by Emma Chandler and her colony of women. Why was someone threatening them and demanding they vacate their successful community? I appreciated that Emma wasn't too proud or self-sufficient to appeal for assistance to a man who had been like a brother to her in their youth. The characters rise from the page and entwine themselves in your thoughts. Although they encounter tough trials, it was a fun book to read, with some exciting and dangerous moments. (And interesting to me to learn about its setting since it was near where my dad grew up in the 1920shard to imagine he was born just a generation later.) I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
CozyWriter'sDen5 Stars Out Of 5A great summer readSeptember 2, 2016CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandlers suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harpers Station, a womens colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she trusts enough to ask.
Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect hes always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emmas telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas to repay the girl who once save his life. Only shes not a girl any longer. Shes a woman with a mind of her own and smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesnt deserve.
As the danger intensifies, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harpers Station must choose safety or whether to risk everything to fight for their future.
Review: This was a fun and passionate adventure. This book is exactly what a summer read should be: entertaining, too good to put down, and filled with sweet romance. To be honest, I loved everything about this book except the back cover (which I just read) I found it somewhat lacking in accuracy of its description of the book. Everything else was wonderful honestly.
To quote Emma herself, Harpers Station was never created to keep men out. Emma, who is a seriously spunky female lead, has nothing against men, and she certainly did not need to be pushed too hard to call Malachi for help once it became evident that lives could be in danger. Ever since Malachi left when she was about thirteen, shes written to himevery month. Shes never forgotten the boy she rescued and who, over the years, turned into her guardian. Malachi may call Emma his Angel, but its hard to see who really saved the other more over the years. Theirs is such a sweet love story. It makes me smile just remembering their adventures together throughout the book.
Emma struck me as a natural leader. She is the kind of girl who grew up with grand ideas, an overdose of passion for life, and the energy to see things done. She riles against injustice, and has an immovable desire to fix people and circumstances. This rather formidable set of traits led from one thing to another, and before she knew if shed bought an old town and was in the business of rescuing dozens of ladies. With her charisma and honesty, the ladies are happy to follow her lead. Armed with her education and the talents of the ladies that live in Harpers Station, the women are not only surviving but really beginning to thrive as they trade with their neighboring towns. They thrived, however, until someone took offense to their existence.
What started off as mild threats soon escalates into the dangerous realm. Emma is faced with some hard choices, and the women of Harpers Station have to decide whether they flee or they stand and fight.
Malachi, for his part, is the perfect other half for Emma. His passion and zest for life matches hers and his desire to prove himself is endless. Much like the girl he grew up with, he has zero tolerance for bullies and injustice, and together they make quite a formidable team.
Thank-you to Baker Publishing Group and Graf Martin Communications for a complimentary copy of this wonderful book.