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No Other Will Do

(Ladies of Harper’s Station #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,072 ratings  ·  483 reviews
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
Paperback, 366 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 2016)
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Deanne Patterson
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-copy
What a gentleman, I've fallen in love with Malachi Shaw : ) ...more
No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer is a sweet story with a generous dash of suspense and action.

It's about a young woman banker, Emma Chandler, and her little community filled with abused and recovering women who have a hard time trusting those of the opposite gender. Malachi Shaw is an orphan who Emma helped out when they were younger. Now all grown up, he comes back to help save Emma and her friends from an ominous threat.

Despite little points of uniqueness, No Other Will Do is pretty much t
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so amazing I couldn't put it down! There was all these twists and turns that you had to find out who the culprit was. It kept me guessing till the end! I love the way Karen Witemeyer writes about God and romance! My two favorite things in the world! This story is about a girl names Emma and her journey through a loss of a mother and father. She then moves in with her two spunky aunts and helps an orphan named, Malichai. He leaves but when she sends and urgent letter for help, he co ...more
I'm a big fan of Karen Witemeyer and have been looking forward to this release. This was a really fun and unique story. I loved the setting and characters.

Emma is full of spunk and heart, she's an easy character to like and root for. Malachi is a fun mix of broody and charm. He has a complex past that makes him an interesting character, choosing to rise above his upbringing and really making something of himself. He still doesn't feel worthy of Emma though. These two have a great relationship,
Yes, I know. It just came out today. :)

Well, actually, it got to my bookstore a few days early, so I began reading it late Sunday night after finishing two others that needed my attention. I haven't been at all tempted to lay it aside, though work and sleep got in the way twice before I could finish it today. The action is non-stop, and the characters show lots of spunk in the face of a villain determined to do what it takes to get them out of his way.

Normally I don't like women who're determin
Jaye Knight
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so behind in reviewing this book, but you know, life. Anyway, as I always say, Karen Witemeyer is one of my top favorite historical writers. I look forward to every one of her books. I really enjoyed No Other Will Do. I probably liked it even better than the last two books that came out. I loved Malachi, and Emma was one of the more likeable heroines I’ve read about. (I always seem to have issues with the heroines. I’m just weird that way.) This book was particularly interesting because it ...more
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This was a sweet historical romance that included a mystery. Main character Emma Chandler cares more about others than herself. She creates a town, Harper's Station, as a refuge for women. When the town comes under attack, she reaches out to an old friend, Malachi for assistance.

Watching Emma and Malachi protect the ladies in the town and figure out who wanted to harm the town was enjoyable.

I look forward to the continuing series.
Andrea Cox
FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

Boy, oh boy! Or should I say, Gal, oh gal!

This adventure featuring a women’s colony was a delightful tale that kept me in stitches from page one through the finale. I can hardly wait to get to the next installment or two. I really liked how it featured an explosives expert as well as the suffragette movement. Though the latter is not my favori
Loved this one! 4.5 stars. It took me a little while to get into it (hence I'm docking off .5 stars) but once I did, I couldn't put it down! Harper's Station, a women's colony, was an interesting setting and I loved how fiercely determined Emma Chandler and the rest of the colony were to stand up and fight against the assailant who was sending threats.

The author, as always in her novels, created a novel balanced perfectly in regards to action, romance, serious moments, Biblical lessons and funn
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plot - 4
Writing style - 4
Characters - 4.5
Romance - 4

In which a poor young boy stumbled upon a barn seeking for shelter in a cold night in where he met a kid, an angel who saves his life who along with her aunts, adopted him. 10 years later, the two of them reunited, realized that the feelings are still there.

Plot - I've never read a novel that is set in the 19th century, involving a woman having a league perfect for women. The plot was amazing, I have to tell you that. Kept me awake all night w
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Once again I was captivated by the unique story that Karen Witemeyer wove with vibrant historical detail, humor, action, and sweet romance. I loved the background of how Malachi came to know Emma and her aunts as a youth. It created a special bond between him and Emma and their rapport as adults picked up right where it left off. He is unfailingly loyal and defends her with a fierce protectiveness. The setting of a western town with no men is fascinating, with a wide variety of characters who li ...more
Gretchen Scott
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book and I enjoyed hearing about the women's suffrage movement from a different point of view. I found the history to be very interesting and greatly enjoyed it. While I did not enjoy this book as much as some of her other books its definitely a must read in my book. ...more
Jessica Wolf
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've read a couple of Karen's books before this one and really enjoyed them, so I went into No Other Will Do with high expectations. While this novel was good, I tend to agree with other reviews and say that this is not her best. The book, of course, is written very well and each character has their own unique voice, but nothing about the story really clicked with me. I did enjoy the idea of a women's colony and whatnot, but I didn't particularly enjoy Emma or Malachi's character. She was a bit ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whew! What a rush!!!! Witemeyer's newest romance blends a hearty dose of suspense into her trademark sizzling chemistry to create a heart-pounding page turner! I literally could NOT put it down! Look for my full review on Fiction 411's BookTalk closer to the release date! ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great story! Action, romance, mystery...this one has it all!
Nikki H
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing start to this series and as always Karen witemeyer doesn't disappoint and I can't wait for the next book in this series ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Witemeyer is a rather new to me author - this was the third book I have read written by her - but she is fast becoming a favourite.

Emma and Malachi grabbed me from the start of their story, with Malachi claiming Emma as "his angel", and young Emma running into the barn, proclaiming "the aunts said I could keep you". This was just the start of fun quirky communication between Emma and Malachi and a fun sweet chemistry which felt tangible for this reader. I was smiling numerous times while r
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“She Trusts Him for the Job, But Can She Trust Him With Her Heart?
Men are optional. That's the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper's Station, a women’s colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she trusts enough to ask.
Malachi Shaw finall
Pretty cute. I don't read a lot of historical books done in Western style so this was a nice change of pace. Friends-to-lovers is a romance trope I enjoy so I liked that Mal and Emma had known each other since they were kids.

Mal was such a lovable hero. He was the definition of a manly man, totally out of his depth with so many females around, and I had to laugh that one time he pretended Emma was his horse in order to figure out how to comfort her when she was upset and needed a hug. I liked t
Cara Putman
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A truly enjoyable book with a twist -- an all woman's community ...more
Once again Karen Witemeyer will tickle your funny bone with rollicking humor, then toss in a mystery plus some romance to create a delightful read you can't put down. This book was filled with a plethora of uniquely crafted characters: Emma, the founder of Harper's Station, her two aunts, Bertie and Henry, as well as a bunch of townswomen of all sorts. Harper's Station is a ladies only town. But when they start to be threatened by a mysterious stranger, Emma immediately calls upon her life long ...more
This is one of those books I wish I could give 6 stars to! This was my first Karen Witemeyer book and I loved it! Karen Witemeyer is definitely going on my list of favorite authors. It was a delightful blend of romance, adventure, history, action, and humor with wonderful spiritual themes of trusting God and relying on Him woven throughout. I also loved the characters and I'm excited to get to read some of the secondary characters' stories. Looking forward to reading more of Karen's books! ...more
No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer
Date: 1882
Place: Cooke County, TX

Locking eyes, almost touching excitement, heart pounding nearness, wanting to lean in for a kiss but thinking better of it, and long suppressed feelings for each other...Quite a bit of this in the first half of the book. To be honest, generally this is not my favorite type of story. However, this book pulled it off. There was a decent plot, so I stuck with it. Plus all that heart pounding stuff? Well done. Nothing like a guy tur
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
No Other Will Do was a fun read, but it did take me a while to get fully into the story. When I started, I wasn't sure I was going to like it all that much, but when I was about halfway done I started to thoroughly enjoy the story!

The ending was intense and I loved how things wrapped-up (although I didn't love everything about the romance, it was still nice overall). One of my favorite things was seeing how the mystery evolved and finding out why those women were being targeted to leave.

Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice, average read with a bit of action. I hope there are more books planned for the series, 'cause I'm really looking forward to Tori's story. ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first Karen Witemeyer book, but it will definitely not be the last! Seriously, what took me so long to read one of her books?
I loved this book! I was laughing out loud by the end of the prologue (the aunts said I could keep you!), and there were many humourous moments after that. The mystery of who and why the ladies of Harper's Station were being targeted kept me turning pages (I had my suspicions about certain things, but was proved incorrect in more than one point). Add to that the
Tricia Mingerink
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I REALLY enjoyed this one! It starts of right away with action. More action than is normally found in Christian historical fiction, and the rest of the book remains just as tense.

I listened to the audiobook version. It was good. Not outstanding, but not grating for the most part.
Hannah Joy  S.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
Tori (Book Chick)
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite authors. I also had the opportunity to meet her last May in Dallas. It was awesome. I love reading her books because I've never been disappointed. I know it will be clean, and fun, and full of romance! I was lucky enough to be able to read a review copy of her newest book, to be released in June this year, No Other Will Do. Before I give my full review, I'll start by telling you- I've already pre-ordered the paperback from Amazon for my personal library. Tha ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read Karen Witemeyer's very first book and knew then that I would continue to read her work. I love a good Christian historical and she is one of the best at what she does!

Emma Chandler and her suffragette aunts have established a women's colony that offers a fresh start to women in need. Now a dangerous and hard to find crook is trying to drive all the women out of the colony. Emma, although she believes a woman can take care of herself, is forced to admit that they need help. Someone who can
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For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

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