By Karen Witemeyer
An Impossible Situation. An Unlikely Couple.
A Recipe for Love?
After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about, just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting involved, he can’t turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples.
Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him.
Once vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.
(Back cover summary from Bethany House)
What I love about Karen Witemeyer is that, though the storylines are different every time, she can be counted on to provide humorous stories that leave me grinning, with a romance and plot sure to keep me engaged.
More Than Words Can Say has all of that and more. I do enjoy a good thrown-together story, and this is just that. Abigail is determined to keep her independence, and Zach is just as determined to hold on to his freedom. And sparks fly. The romance in this story is a bit different from Karen’s usual, as they are in this marriage of convenience.
The danger that is alluded towards with her sister, to me, seemed a bit played-up. Perhaps that will follow in her own story.
I liked that life wasn’t easy for either of these characters. They had to fight for what they wanted, and were often misunderstood in the midst of it.
The main theme of this book is trust. As Abigail and Zach learn to trust each other, they also learn that God is worth trusting too, with all aspects of our lives. Life isn’t meant to be partitioned, with only certain things given to God. And this is the lesson they learn, a timely one for us all.
This is another solid read by Karen Witemeyer, even with the confusion that I mentioned. Long-time and new fans alike will enjoy this marriage-of-convenience story.
About the Author
Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
(Biography from Bethany House)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.