While the nineteenth-century West isn’t generally my favorite setting in historical fiction, I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by Karen Witemeyer’s No Other Will Do. Maybe it’s Emma’s fiercely protective attitude toward her town, or Malachi’s determination to watch over Emma, or the quirky natures of Aunts Henry and Bertie, but these characters almost leaped off the pages as I read.
In late 1800s Texas, Emma and her suffragette aunts have started a women’s colony in Harper’s Station. When their peaceful little town is threatened, Emma reaches out to Malachi, the now-grown man she saved as a child, for help.
Malachi has never been able to forget the little girl who saved him that night or her aunts, who welcomed him into their family like a son. Though it’s been ten years since he last saw any of them, he drops everything and races to their aid when he gets Emma’s message.
It’s up to Emma and Malachi to figure out who’s threatening the community of Harper’s Station, and they’ll need each other and their faith to save the town in time.
This story isn’t labeled as historical suspense, but it’s got plenty of intrigue to keep you reading late into the night! The plot will keep you guessing at the truth behind the threats, and the characters will keep you on your toes. Watching Malachi and Emma reconnect and realize their deeper feelings for one another is fun, too. 😉
I thoroughly enjoyed reading No Other Will Do. The story has plenty of history and romance, and the hint of mystery is just the icing on the cake for a whodunit fan like myself. If that sounds like your kind of fiction, pick up a copy of No Other Will Do the next time you’re at a library or bookstore!
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox, Regina Jennings, or similar authors; those who enjoy historical inspirational fiction; readers who like a blend of romance, history, and mystery in their fiction choices
Note: I received a copy of this novel via Bethany House Publishers.