In Karen Witemeyer’s latest novel No Other Will Do, We are introduced to Emma Chandler, A strong young women who is determined to be who she wants to be no matter what anyone tells her.
The Year is 1894, Women are told they are to help around the house and watch children, etc. But in Harper’s Station things are a bit different. Emma and her Suffragette Aunts have established this colony to be a women’s only colony that would allow women who are in need to have a fresh start. They all had specific jobs like gardening, raising chickens, sewing, selling quilts, running a store and running a bank. Also it was a safe place for them to live. Everything was going well until someone starts threatening the Colony. The women find several notes telling them to leave the Colony or else. Then during a meeting, a masked man comes into the Church and starts shooting! Thankfully all of the shots were above the women’s heads and no one was hurt. But this latest attack has Emma worried. They all decide that they need someone to help guard the Colony and help them fight against the assailant. Emma immediately writes her old friend Malachi Shaw. Malachi was an orphan who was saved many years ago by Emma’s kindness. When Malachi receives Emma’s Telegraph, He immediately boards a train and comes to her rescue. When he arrives in Harper’s Station, he is shocked at how much she has grown into a beautiful young woman, because he has not seen her since they were both kids. Malachi is determined to protect the women at all costs but during his very first night there, someone sets the church on fire! When they finally were able to put out the fire they notice they someone carefully burned a message on the wall that said “LEAVE OR DIE” .Emma feels like she has failed the people she cares about but Malachi convinces her that she is doing a great job and that she must continue leading the women or else the assailant will win. Malachi knows that he is in love with Emma but he feels like he is not worthy of someone like her and Emma finds herself falling in love with Malachi but she thinks that he just sees her as an old childhood friend. So they try to avoid being alone together because it is hard for both of them to hide their feelings from the other. Several more events take place during the story involving the assailant and now it appears that there is a traitor among them. When Emma disappears, things really escalate. Malachi receives a note that says to have everyone out of Harper’s Station before Sunset or else Emma dies along with anyone in the town. Will Malachi and the others flee or will they be able to save Emma before it is too late? Will Malachi and Emma finally tell how they feel or will they just ignore the other until Malachi has to leave?
Well, Towards the end of the book....
Oops,I can’t tell you! You will have to read the book to find out!
What did I think of the book?
I LOVED reading this book! Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend her books. This book specifically was amazing. the Prologue was one of my favorite parts. I love how the author describes the relationship between Emma and Malachi, How they both had fallen in love with the other but were too afraid to say anything. ( But the readers see that they are an absolute perfect couple.) I love the faith that Emma shows during the trials they were facing. The author threads a lot of humor within the story and within each character and there is a bit of suspense and danger threaded in the story as well. This book is the first of the Ladies of Harper Station series and I cannot wait until the rest of the series!
Overall I rate the book 5 out of 5 Stars!
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I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a Honest one.