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Review: More Than Meets the Eye

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Review: More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Since being orphaned at a young age, Evangeline has known only rejection from the adults in her life. Her mismatched eyes, one brown and one blue, are a source of fear and superstition for both the adults and most of the other children in her life. The only one she can count on to love and care for her is her older brother, Hamilton. Traveling West on the orphan train, Hamilton has refused any family that only wanted him and not his sister. As they travel to the final stop on the train’s journey, they learn that their caretakers plan to forcibly separate them so that Hamilton can be placed. As Hamilton enlists the aid of the other two unplaced boys in remaining unplaced, the train derails. This leaves Eva with Zacharias and Seth – one unplaced because he’s too mean, and the other unplaced because of his health. The three band together, taking on the last name of Hamilton to honor the brother who protected Eva to the end.

Fast forward 15 years, the Hamiltons now live on a farm, and are doing well. They have learned to control Seth’s asthma, and Eva has learned to hide her eyes, or have her “brothers” with her when they can’t be hidden. She runs free on the land surrounding their home with her best friend, Hezekiah, a wild boar she raised from infancy. When she meets their newest neighbor, Logan, she is fascinated to find another person who doesn’t look at her eyes with revulsion. As she gets to know him, her heart sees a man of courage and honor, but when she learns Logan’s secrets, will her heart be able to survive the truths she discovers?

Logan Fowler seeks justice for the death of his father. His target, Zacharias Hamilton, the man who cheated at poker, winning the deed to his farm from his father. When he fails to find Hamilton at any of the gaming tables in the area, and learns that, as far as the players in the area know, Hamilton no longer plays, he buys the neighboring farm. He hopes to learn all he can about his nemesis from the sister, but when her description of Zach as her protector, provider, and all-around good guy doesn’t match what he believes to be true, he begins to take stock. Could his perception of the situation have been wrong all these years?

The more time Eva and Logan spend together, the more their hearts become intertwined. As they work together to solve a mystery, will they be able to get past what divides them to the hearts that would join them?

Karen Witemeyer has a gift for adding humor to her stories that lightens even the heaviest topics. I loved how Evie, Zach and Seth formed a family unit, even though none of them were related, and they worked together for the betterment of all. I also loved how Eva managed to stay open and curious, even though most of the town people rejected her. She was willing to offer friendship when she had been continually knocked back in the past.

For me, the fact that this book has Karen Witemeyer’s name on the author line was enough to recommend it. Her books always have the ability to suck me in and make me care about the characters, and More Than Meets the Eye did that from the beginning scene. I absolutely recommend this!

Rated G: I didn’t see any issues here.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!

 

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