“No Other Will Do” ~ Book Review

Jun 28, 2016 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Karen Witemeyer’s newest release, No Other Will Do.


As is my custom, if I could ask Karen one question about No Other Will Do it would be — “What inspired you to write about an all woman’s colony?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!

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From the Back Cover:

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.



Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers

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Another interesting, but exciting book by Karen! I loved Karen’s perspective on basing the book in an all woman’s colony with the “Wild West” twist. Certainly a different dynamic than what you are used to reading about it. I admit, I was a little unsure when reading on the back of the book, but as I got going, I was so glad I read it!

Some of the thoughts that were running through my head before reading this book was “high-minded females” and “why would they want no men in their colony?” As I read through the book though, I saw a whole new dynamic. These women were only intent on protecting themselves. They had been hurt in the past by men and wanted to take a chance of doing for themselves.

The relationship between Emma and Malachi was so realistic. It is something that readers can easily picture — a childhood friendship and years of separation leading to something more. I loved the way that it was developed as both tried to hide their feelings. Malachi felt this sense of protection for Emma, though Emma sometimes wanted to prove she could do it herself. In the end, they both had to overcome their fears and learn to trust in God.


This book has been given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review which I have given.


Other books by Karen I will read next: 

A Worthy Pursuit

Love on the Mend: A Full Steam Ahead Novella

Full Steam Ahead

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