Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review: More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

Title: More Than Words Can Say
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publication Date: June 2019
Series: Patchwork Family book 2
Length: 356 pages

From the Back of the Book

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about, just the quiet bachelor existence he's always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting involved, he can't turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples.

Abigail Kemp needs a man's name on her bakery's deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can't even control her pulse when she's around him.

Once vows are spoken, Abigail's troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister.  As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart. 

My Thoughts

What a special book! Sweet, but a little spicy, too...

I love that Abigail is a "pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps", self-sufficient businesswoman. I'm not sure how far I would go to save a family business, but I admired Abigail's tenacity to find a husband to save her family's bakery. I also loved Abigail's tender heart and her unwavering faith in God. 

I was excited to see Zach again from More Than Meets the Eye and to read his story. Zach's brother and sister, who he raised, are out on their own now and he only has to take care of himself which is just the way he likes it. Zach has been frequenting Abigail's bakery every morning for some time and, although he had to be talked into marrying her, it appeared that Zach was interested in Abigail even if he didn't fully realize it. And the sparks that flew between them once they were married - oh my! 

I loved the part in the story where Zach's sister Evie is telling Abigail that she's been praying for a wife for Zach ever since she got married. Evie is convinced that Abigail is the right woman for Zach and is an answer to those prayers. I always love hearing the parents of the bride or groom say at a wedding that they've been praying for their child's spouse for a long time. I think that's really special (and a very good idea!).

A great topic that is covered in the book is Abigail's perception of herself. I love this quote from Zach: "You talk about yourself as if you're some kind of penalty or consolation prize. Any man who has to be convinced of your value is an imbecile and not worth your time." As Zach and Abigail's relationship grows, he helps her understand that she has a choice of listening to the voices that tell her she isn't enough or to believe that she is fearfully and wonderfully made. It is great to watch Abigail grow in this aspect.

Abigail's sister Rosalind was a great addition to the story as were Nate and Ida Mae.

If you like historic Christian fiction, I highly recommend this book! Even though this is the second book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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