Title: No Other Will Do
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 4 stars.
This author is one who writes good historical romances that I know I will not have to worry about language, sex or anything I might find offensive, which I really appreciate. This book is no exception. The setting is Texas in the mid-1900s. Emma Chandler is 23 years old and has been raised by her two spinster, suffragette aunts since the death of her parents when she was a young girl. She is now the leader of a settlement of women only. Harper’s Station is a place where a woman can get a fresh start and there are no men allowed. Emma has a compassionate and merciful heart as well as having a good head for banking and investments. She is the town banker and all the establishments are run by women. Each woman shares whatever talent she has with the community and they all help each other when someone is in need. However, recently a series of nasty notes have been left warning the women to leave town or else. As the notes get closer and closer to the center of town, Emma is more ill at ease. She decides to call in the cavalry in the form of her childhood friend, Malachi Shaw.
Malachi Shaw is an explosives expert, working for the railroad in Montana. He receives Emma’s telegram, immediately asks for a week of vacation from his job and takes off for Texas to help Emma without knowing what kind of trouble he is walking into. When Malachi arrives, the women take a vote and allow him to stay, but only until the trouble is taken care of and then he must go. Emma and Malachi have stayed in touch with letters, but they haven’t seen each other in ten years. Their attraction to each other is immediate, but they both try to fight it. Malachi does his best to find the culprit who is trying to scare the women into leaving the town permanently, but his time is running out for soon he must return to his job. Can these two survive another parting after the first one hurt so badly? Why does someone want everyone out of Harper’s Station?
I enjoyed the romance between these two main characters a lot. Emma’s enthusiasm and impulsiveness added the right amount of spark and feistiness to their relationship. I also liked how Malachi realized he needed to depend on God for solutions and not himself or anyone else. I just loved the two aunts! They added humor, love and compassion to the story. This would be a great book to take on vacation to read beside the pool on a sunny afternoon.