Men are optional. That’s the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight–and she knows just the one.
Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s plea arrives, he bolts to Harper’s Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.
As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.
Ok so after taking some much needed time from reviewing books (really its only been 3 weeks 😉 ) I am back!! Hey a mom has to finish out a school year or as I put it crawling slowly and dramatically over the finish line of our fourth year of homeschooling. But enough about that for now.
Emma and Malachi were awesome. Aunt Henry and Aunt Bertie were funny and Tori brought balance to the book. Witemeyer’s characters always have such a way of mingling together so well, I just never want to put the book down.
I enjoyed the plot about a women’s colony. Witemeyer walked a fine line with this story and I was happy to see that there was no “man bashing” in this book. That isn’t easy especially when your writing a book about women who have been abused.
But out of all the Christian romance books that I have read, the thing that I LOVED about this book was that Emma and Malachi kept in contact while they were apart. They were friends. I can’t tell you how it can annoy me, even in Christian fiction, how the main characters love each other and barely know each other.These two had a friendship that made me feel like it “would last.” I know that sounds silly and stupid but I can’t tell you the number of times I have closed a book and thought “yeah I give them two years tops.” So I am grateful to Witemeyer for that part of the story.
This may be Witemeyer’s best book. I also noticed it looks to be the start of a series so I look forward to going back to Harper’s Station to see what happens to the ladies.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764212818
- ISBN-13: 978-0764212819
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.