No Other Will Do by Karen WiteMeyer

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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My review:

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?) ๐Ÿ˜„


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:ย 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?



Last week, I decided to do my first ever Q&A in celebration of reaching 100 followers. Thank you for those who asked questions! They were fun to answer! ๐Ÿ˜Š


What was the first thought that crossed your mind this morning?

“Ugh, I’m more tired than when I went to bed.”


What is your favorite thing to blog about?

I think I like blogging book reviews and just the random, unplanned posts the most.


What is one skill you would love to learn if time and money weren’t an option?

I’d love to learn to ride a horse!


What is something you know a lot about that most people don’t know about or aren’t interested in?

Gosh, I’ve been mulling over my answer to this question for ages; it’s a tough one! ๐Ÿ˜„ I’m just going to go with weird ancient Egyptian facts, but I know a lot of people would know something of ancient Egypt. I first learnt about it in third grade, but I was so interested in it that I studied it further and discovered further information about it. Just strange facts, as I say, that probably aren’t taught in school.


Do you eat your eggs scrambled, boiled, poached, or fried? (Or do you eat eggs at all?)

I love eggs, and I prefer them scrambled! ๐Ÿ˜€


Would you be open to living someplace where it’s cold and snowy?

I don’t know about that. I like the different seasons, but who knows? ๐Ÿ˜„


Have you ever been kayaking or canoeing?

Never! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


Do you like roller coasters or amusement park rides?

If I go to a theme park, I’ll get all excited and get in line for a ride. As soon as I’m buckled in and there’s no getting out, I’ll regret getting on. I’ll freak out during the ride, but then I’ll be exhilarated and convince myself it was awesome afterwards. ๐Ÿ˜‚


Do you ever eat midnight snacks?

Sometimes, yes. ๐Ÿ˜‰


What’s your favorite kind of blog to read?

That’s a hard one because I like all sorts of different blogs just for their unique style and content, but the general blogs that I follow are writing/reading related… but not limited to that. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Haha, so much for 100 questions! Hey, I can dream, okay? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyway, thank you Emma for asking most of the questions. You’re a legend. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘Œ


What is your answers to some of these questions?

Monthly Writing Wrap-Up ~ February 2018

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~ Blog Posts Published ~

The Versatile Blogger Award ~ Feb 5th

100 Blog Followers Celebration ~ย Feb 26th

As you can see Iโ€™ve been a bit lax with my blog this month.


~ Novel Progress ~

The Heir of Yover ~ 5,464 words written


~ Other Writing ~

Diary Writing ~ 91 pages


~ Writing Goals Achieved This Month ~

~ Catch up with my diary-writing. โœ”๏ธ


~ Writing Goals for March ~

~ Remain caught up in my diary-writing.

~ Write 7,000 more words to my novel.


How has this month looked for you on the writing front?


โ—๏ธ Also, please remember to ask me questions in the comments for the Q&A that Iโ€™m hosting on Monday. ๐Ÿ˜Š

100 Blog Followers Celebration

Hey, guess what? Thanks to you, Forever Aspiring Writer has finally reached 100 followers! I have to pinch myself sometimes just because I think it’s amazing that you guys have been following my blog and just keep coming back for more. I’m flattered that you guys are interested in my blog. Blogging makes me happy and I’m truly honoured that I can share that with you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

One of my New Year’s resolutions was actually to reach 100 blog followers! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Well actually, it was last year’s, but then I reused it for this year. ๐Ÿ˜„

So anyway, I feel like this has been a long time coming, so I think it calls for a celebration! ๐Ÿ˜€ย This was a few weeks ago that this blog hit the milestone, so I’m finally getting my act together to celebrate!

I brainstormed a lot over what I could do on this blog to celebrate. I want to make it special. Well, after creating and tossing a few ideas around, I’ve decided to do a Q&A!

I’ve never done a Q&A before, but I think it will be fun.ย It’d be cool if I could reach 100 questions to team with the theme. ๐Ÿ˜‚ If you have any questions for my Q&A, please ask them in the comments below. Ask as many as you like! You’re welcome to make them as embarrassing or funny as you’d like (I think that would be fun.), but keep in mind that I may not answer a question if I find it too personal or I just don’t feel comfortable answering it. ๐Ÿ˜œ I’ll give you guys until next Monday when I post my answers to ask as many questions as you want!

Thanks again! ๐Ÿ’›

Don’t forget to ask me as many questions as you’d like in the comments!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you so much,ย Emma, for nominating me for this fun award! ๐Ÿ˜€


Here are the rules:

~ย Display your award

~ย Thank the person who gave you this award

~ย Include a link to that person’s blog

~ย Share seven things about yourself

~ย Nominate bloggers


~ So, here it goes ~

Hehe, I’m going to try and make these as weird and interesting as possible… ๐Ÿ˜‰

1)ย I wasn’t really into reading until I discovered the right genres when I was 14/15.

2)ย I don’t like to wear rings because the feeling of something on my finger bugs me.ย ๐Ÿ˜„

3)ย I can straighten most of my fingers, bending only the end joint. I can also do it with my big toes.ย ๐Ÿ˜†

4)ย I live in Australia, but most of my blog viewers are in the US.

5)ย I don’t like ants ever since I was bitten seven times in a row by a nasty ant when I was a young girl. When I looked at my bare leg there was a big black ant where I’d been bitten, but further up my leg was a HUGE furry brown ant. You can’t blame me.ย ๐Ÿ˜œ

6)ย My personality type is ISFJ.

7)ย I didn’t understand what a blog was until weeks before beginning this blog in 2015.


~ I Nominate ~

Rayleighย at Accelerate the Jesus Movement

Sarah at My Pen And I

Ruby at The Sea Calls Us Home

Maddy at Maddy’s Digital Diary

Bekah at Will Bake for Books

Gracie at Through the Eyes of Gracie

Kellyn at Reveries


What’s your personality type? What’s a weird/interesting fact about yourself?

Monthly Writing Wrap-Up ~ January 2018

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~ Blog Posts Published ~

Star Wars VIII โ€“ The Last Jediย ~ Jan 1

New Year โ€“ New You?ย ~ Jan 12

The Selcouth Awardย ~ Jan 15

The Heir of Yoverย ~ Jan 19

The Negotiator by Dee Hendersonย ~ Jan 22

Coffee Alternatives For Writersย ~ Jan 26

Britt Nicole by Britt Nicoleย ~ Jan 29


~ Novel Progress ~

The Heir of Yoverย ~ 2,073 words written ~ Not as much as I was hoping for, but I kind of slackened off with my novel-writing in January. I’m hoping to get more into it February.

New non-fiction novel ~ So far this novel has gotten no farther than planning in my head. It was only this month that I decided I would be writing this, so I still may write an official post explaining this. I haven’t decided yet… ๐Ÿ˜‰


~ Other Writing ~

New Year – New You?ย ~ Article published on PURSUE which I shared on this blog (see blog posts published).

Diary Writing ~ 71 pages ~ I’ve also kind of slackened off here as well, believe it or not. I’m a few weeks behind. ๐Ÿ˜‚


~ Writing Goals for February ~

~ Catch up with my diary-writing.

~ Write a bit more of my novel daily.


This month has turned out to be an okay one on the writing front. Especially considering a lot was written by hand since I’m temporarily without a laptop.


How has this month looked for you? How are your latest writing projects going?


Britt Nicole by Britt Nicole

Anyone whoโ€™s listening to Britt Nicoleโ€™s albums develop over the years will know that she tries to diversify each album. Her latest album, Britt Nicole, is no exception. These songs, are more synthesized than usual, mixed with a bit of pop. There are moments you might find yourself listening to a completely different style of song which youโ€™re used to with Britt, however her iconic voice and singing style are unmistakable.

Once again, the lyrics to her songs are meaningful and deep. I always appreciate the sweet messages she has. They create an overall feel of encouragement.

However, I didn’t think that this album was a standout like her others. Even so, I think this album is a little underrated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re a fan of Britt Nicole and feel like a bit of movin’ and groovin’, then this is an ideal album to listen to.ย ๐Ÿ˜†



My rating: 3.5 out of 5


Have you heard Britt Nicole? What did you think of it?