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.
I enjoyed how Witemeyer opened No Other Will Do with the main characters as children. Living the back story with them really drew me into the novel and helped connect me to the main male character in a book set in a colony of women.
The characters of this book were well developed and the underlying message of faith was beautiful woven into the story in an authentic way.
I appreciated how the author was realistic about the hardships that the women of her colony faced in a male dominated world, including the reality of abuse, while not vilifying all men (as has happened in other novels I have read). The fact that the story had several strong male characters was encouraging.
Witemeyer is a skilled writer and the story flowed swiftly from cover to cover as the characters learned about faith, community, trust and love. There was plenty of suspense and a bit of romance as well. I enjoyed the novel and even though it includes some heavier subjects I would still place it in the “light reading” category.
I received a free digital copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.