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Review: No Other Will Do

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Review: No Other Will Do

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyernootherwilldo
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: June 7, 2016

“Men are optional.” Emma Chandler has been taught that by her suffragette aunts ever since her parents died. She started Harper’s Station as a women’s colony that takes in abused women, misused women and women in need. They have a doctor, a storekeeper, a banker, gardeners, farmers – pretty much everything any other community has. When threatening letters start appearing in the community, the ladies realize the one thing they DON’T have is the LAW and the protection that a man can provide. In Emma’s mind, there is only one man she trusts to invite into their all-female community – Malachi Shaw.

Tell a child often enough that he is nothing, just “gutter trash”, often enough and he believes it. Malachi Shaw grew up believing he deserved nothing but craving respect. When, at 13, he stumbles into the Chandler barn, he encounters an 8-year-old Emma who he promptly dubs “his angel”. She shows him the first kindness he’s experienced and in turn, he devotes himself to being worthy of her respect. He grows up to become a demolitions expert for the railroad (and by expert, I mean he hasn’t blown himself up yet.) When Emma sends him an SOS he drops everything to rush to her aid. Can Malachi ferret out the traitor in the midst of the ladies? Can one man alone protect the entire colony from a desperate criminal bent on routing the women from Harper’s Station?

If you’ve ever read a Karen Witemeyer book, you know you can expect the unexpected. You can also expect laughter. I fell in love with Malachi Shaw early on. Growing up as he did it’s something of a shock that he didn’t become a criminal or someone completely hardened by life. Instead, he is a man of honor who loves deeply but has no idea how to show it. Emma does her best to teach him how to hug and when he finally “gets it” it’s by pretending Emma is his horse.

Romance readers will love this one! The hero is definitely sigh-worthy and the heroine is strong and determined. The community dynamics are well-thought through and there’s a large cast of characters to keep track of. There’s also enough suspense to keep a suspense addict happy and the historical details take readers to the “Old West”. I can’t say enough good things about “No Other Will Do.” What a great escape this book turned out to be!

Rated PG: There is some violence that would give me pause for young readers.

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

 

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