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Review: More Than Words Can Say

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Review: More Than Words Can Say

More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: June 4, 2019

I give this one a very enthusiastic five stars! I think this is the best Karen Witemeyer book yet.

Abby Kemp needs a man. Any man will do, as long as he’s willing to put his name beside hers on her bakery’s deed. After her father’s death, the city council barely gives her time to grieve before attempting to enforce a little-known law that women are not allowed to own businesses on Main Street in the town of Honey Grove. Put on the books to close down a brothel, Abby is furious that the council won’t budge for her. Facing pressure from all over – from those who want to swoop in and buy her out, to one very malicious former friend – Abby digs in and considers her options. Marriage would be the ultimate solution, but with only three unmarried candidates in town, and two of them completely unpalatable, can she talk handsome Zach Hamilton into being her convenient husband?

Zach Hamilton is finally free. No longer responsible for his adopted sister and brother, he can do whatever he wants. With no woman to tie him down, he enjoys his bachelor life. If it’s a bit lonely, he can deal. His morning sweet rolls at A Taste of Heaven, served by the lovely Abby, is his once concession to being alone. When Abby approaches him, contract in hand, and tells him her dilemma, he gives her a hard NO, but when her sister, Rosalind, comes to him later and explains that, of Abby’s three choices, he is the only one equipped to keep her safe from the danger that Rosie has possibly stirred, he reconsiders. His only request is that, if they do marry, it becomes a real marriage, not one of those “in name only” things.

As Abby and Zach interact, their care for each other grows. Can Abby begin to see herself through Zach’s eyes, and believe that he finds her beautiful, even when she never has seen herself that way? Will Zach realize that sometimes, a woman needs words, not just action, to tell her she is loved and cared for?

More than Words Can Say is actually a sequel to More than Meets the Eye, and is book #2 in the Patchwork Family series. Abby has been convinced for years that she is the fat, ugly duckling sister, and that no man in his right mind would look her way. Her father only valued boys, and his desire for a son eventually killed her mother. Why would she ever choose to tie herself to a man? Zach has been caring for two younger children since he was 13, so he doesn’t want to marry either. I loved how, when he finally decides to go along with Abby’s scheme, Zach is all in. No doubts, just looking ahead.

Sweet romance readers will love this one. I know I did! The marriage of convenience trope is well done, and there’s enough mystery in each of their histories to spice up the story. I definitely recommend, and if you haven’t read More Than Meets the Eye yet, start there to get some of Zach’s back story.

Rated G: I didn’t see any issues with this one.

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

 

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