No Other Will Do
Plot Development: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ⑧ 9 10
Pace: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Quality of Writing: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ⑩
Characters Development: 1 2 3 4 5 ⑥ 7 8 9 10
Ease of Reading: 1 2 3 ④ 5 6 7 8 9 10
Publication Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 364
Summery on back cover:
Men are optional. That is what credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper's Station, a woman colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the woman out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she can trust enough to ask.
Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he always craved by becoming a explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas to reply the girl who once saved his live. Only she is not a girl anymore. She'd 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, Emma, Mal and the ladies of Harper's Station must choose safety or to risk everything to fight for their future.
If you want a lighthearted romance that is easy to read, then Karen Witemeyer's books are perfect for you. Her characters live in a place where everything goes right, and when it doesn’t, you can bet that no one gets hurt and the bad guy has a patch over his eye and a scowl that will scare small children. (not really but I think you get the picture.) They may not be the most realistic but they are sure to leave you with the warm and fuzzies. No Other Will Do fits right into her persona. While I might not like to read these books all the time, I do really enjoy them. Especially on the bad days when you just need more happy endings in your life.
While this book is considered “Christian fiction” I found a certain topic that doesn't necessarily go hand and hand with the Bible - feminism. The Bible clearly states that while men and woman are created equal, the head of the woman is man, and the head of the man is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3). Sadly, the main theme of this book was that men were optional. Throughout the whole book, the woman “badmouthed men”. I was very disappointed in the agenda that Karen Witemeyer seemed to be pushing on me. I am definitely not under the illusion that all men are perfect, I just don’t think that any man deserves less of our respect just because he is a man. Thankfully, I was able to talk with Karen Witemeyer about this subject through e-mail and I was very pleased with what she had to say. This is part of her response when I voiced my concerns with what she seemed to be saying:
“It was never my intentions to push a feministic agenda or to bash men in this story. My intention instead was to empower women to help one another whenever they see a sister in need. To look upon one another not with judgment but with compassion. To accept those society rejects and help them find their confidence in the Lord.”
I really wish I had read her e-mail beforehand, or that she had made her view a little clearer. I still don’t recommend this book because of the agenda it seems to be pushing, but I do encourage you to continue to read her books. I have no doubts that Karen Witemeyer agrees with what the Bible says about feminism, but her book, sadly, does not. She is still one of my favorite authors, that’s probably the reason I was so upset with this book, I had too high of expectations. I have no complaints with the quality of writing. It was really good in that regard. I feel strongly about the issue of feminism (in case you hadn’t noticed) and I feel like no one talks about it. If you agree with the views in this book or just don’t care, then this would be a good book to read. While I don’t personally recommend this particular book, I do love most all her other ones. Personally, my favorites are Head in the Clouds and Short Straw Bride.