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.
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No Other Will Do is a romance novel about a women’s colony–created as a sanctuary for abused and mistreated women to build their own lives and feel safe. I found this concept easy to sympathize with. When their colony was under threat, it was no problem for me to be interested in following their plight.
With so many women characters with similar pasts, it was a bit hard to follow who was who at times. Even reading the last couple of chapters I was reading of names who “I couldn’t put faces to”, so to speak.
The romance in this book I found to be a bit hollow. Sure, the characters had a history of being acquainted, so it wasn’t like they were strangers or anything. However, hardly anything more than “a quickening pulse” or “a breath catching in a throat” was used to describe their interrations. Perhaps that’s my naivety, never having been in love, but I felt like their communication of their relationship lacked substance.
The story felt a little slow at parts, but the plot (also of a mystery theme) picked up usually where it needed to and roughly the last quarter of the book was certainly exciting!
I thought the characters were quite well-written. It was not a problem to root for the “good” characters.
If you like a historical novel, women fighting for rights and a hint of mystery, this book might be a good choice.
1) Did this book inspire me?
I definitely admire the courage of these women. It’s easy for me to internally cheer them on as I read the story, but it does get me thinking about what it would have been like in those times, women hardly garnering more respect than a creature. It makes me wonder what I would have done in those times and I admire these fictional women.
2) Was this book humorous?
It’s not a funny book, but there was a moment or two that made me nose-giggle. (Is that a word?) 😄
3) Did this book make me cry?
4) Would I reread this book?
I’m not sure.
5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?
It’s not quite like other books that I’d recommend. I guess it depends.
My rating: 2.5 out of 5*
*please note, this rating does not at all mean that I did not enjoy it. I think it’d have to be a 2 or less for me to have not enjoyed a book.
Have you read this book or any of Karen’s other book? What did you think of them?