No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

No Other Will DoI really enjoyed this story which had a great romance, some fun moments and a little bit of mystery and danger.  I always like a romance where the characters have some history and the beginning of the story where Emma and Malachi met as kids was just charming.  All of the characters were well written and believable.  I also enjoyed the unique premise of a town made up entirely of women.

Plot:  Emma Chandler and her two aunts started Harper’s Station, a small town in Texas that’s a sort of refuge for women.  When someone’s threatening them, Emma turns to her childhood friend, Malachi Shaw, for help.  Working with explosives for the railroad, Malachi’s not afraid of a little danger, so he drops everything to come and protect the woman that once saved him.  However, protecting her might be easier than protecting his own heart.

Characters:  Emma is smart and independent, but she’s not afraid to ask for help when she truly needs it.   I adored Malachi.  He’s an honorable sort of hero with a less than perfect past.  Malachi could have fallen in love with Emma ages ago, but he left for her own good, thinking Emma deserved a better man.  About the only thing I didn’t care for was when Malachi’s name was shortened to Mal.  I know that seems like a minor thing, but ‘mal’ means ‘bad’ in Spanish, so that had a negative connotation every time I saw it.  Besides the main duo, there were plenty of supporting characters that left me wanting to know more of their stories and how they came to be a part of Harper’s Station.

Recommendation:  I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical western stories.  If you’ve enjoyed Regina Jennings or Melissa Jagears, you should try this author.  I look forward to reading more in this series

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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