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More Than Words Can Say

(Patchwork Family #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,778 ratings  ·  476 reviews
After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free. No family entanglements. No disappointing those around him. Just the quiet bachelor existence he's always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away when the baker of his favorite breakfast bun is railroaded by the city council. Despite not wanting to get involved, he can't turn a blind eye ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 2019)
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Warning: extreme gushing ahead...

Another top favorite of 2019!!! I absolutely adored every part of this book! While I've enjoyed every book by this author, I have two favorites that I just love to re-read- To Win Her Heart and Short-Straw Bride. More Than Words Can Say has now been added to that elite list- it gave me that special reading experience I crave- great characters and (I don't often use this word) *swoony* romance full of crackling chemistry, romantic tension, and longing for each oth
Deanne Patterson
This is the second book in the Patchwork Family series.
I haven't read the first book yet but with plenty of back story I'm not lost in the story but will go back and read the first story.
This story, it's just one of those books that make you happy sigh in delight!
How fun that the author researched this book and it's a real place. It was a walk back in time down the street visiting the lumber yard with Zach and the bakery with Abigail.
I loved this book, I mean really loved it, Abigail and Zach a
Denise Hershberger
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I loved the marriage of convenience store, but I also loved the theme of forgiveness.

One of the reasons I read Christian Fiction is because it includes spiritual truths. This book was full of reminders to trust God and also that he can forgive anything if we ask. Both are truly important reminders.

I also appreciate the clean romance. This one was full of heated kisses, some flirting, and lots of love. It was an especially good romance to watch unfold. Probably one of my favori
Cara Putman
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Karen is one of my go-to authors when I'm looking for a book that will make my laugh out loud, has great historical details, romance that is just perfect, with a bit of mystery mixed in. I think I've said before that I get bored with regular ole romance, and hers are anything but. I really enjoyed More Than Words Can Say. It was so fun to read Zach’s story, since I got to know him in a couple earlier books. He was a rich secondary character, but shines as the hero. Swoon worthy. Then you add thi ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Cute! It was clear from the first book in this series that Zach has a rough exterior but is a teddy bear at heart. After all that he did for his "siblings", it was great for him to get an HEA.

After the loss of her father, Abigail is in a rough spot since women cannot own a business in Honey Grove. She sees her best option to continuing as a baker to secure a husband on paper only. Love this line from the novel "Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette. One looked for a stronger
Andrea Boyd
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed so hard my husband came running to see what was going on. This one's definitely going on my top ten list for this year and I bet I'll be reading it again in the future.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More Than Words Can Say has skyrocketed to the top and is now probably my favorite Karen Witemeyer book! I enjoyed this story so much! It is book two in the series, yet can easily be read as a stand alone novel if you haven’t read book one.

I love marriage of convenience stories and this novel is one of the best of this type of plot that I have read. I loved the commitment that Abby and Zach made to each other when they did decide to get married. I loved the tension between this husband and wife.
Susan Snodgrass
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'While I believe in prayer and utilize that weapon every day, when one faces Goliath, it's best to have a rock in the sling. And he was the rock she planned to have on hand.'

Karen Witemeyer brings us another novel in her Patchwork Family series and it's the best of the series in my opinion. In fact, I think it's just my favorite of all her work!

Zacharias Hamilton is free now to live his life the way he sees fit. His adopted brother and sister are now both married and on their own and he settles
Okay, I have another favourite Karen Witemeyer novel. I had a goofy grin on my face for most of the book! It was adorable and I loved it from start to finish. More Than Words Can Say also had a few really good spiritual messages and swoon-worthy romance, and it was a pure delight to read. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in 2020 so far. Hands down 5++ stars!
Amanda Tero
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read and enjoyed the first in this series, so when a book about Zach came out, I was eager to finish his story.

This is, more or less, a story about a passionate marriage of convenience. As in, the couple was attracted to each other before something made them agreed to a business-partnership-type-marriage of convenience. Though there was a non-romantic thread, the primary thread was romantic. And, yes, I’m not a romantic swooner here. It *was* sweet, and I liked both Zach’s and Abigail’s person
Kay Garrett
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-read
MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY by Karen Witemeyer is second book in the Patchwork Family series. It’s the story of Abigail Kemp and Zacharias Hamilton – the perfect match?!?!?!?

The story takes place in Honey Grove, TX during 1896. We find Abigail Kemp the sole owner of a bakery business. She inherited it because her father had no sons. During a time that there were laws on the books stating that a woman could NOT own a business, she finds herself with three choices: sell the business she loves and ha
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Fantastic Characters!

I enjoyed this one so much! Zach and Abby are two fantastic characters who inspire loyalty and bravery. I loved how they worked together, supported each other and rallied when things got tough. It was all about standing up, showing up and learning to love. I also loved the chemistry and physical attraction between Zach and Abby. It was real and made everything feel more believable, especially given their situation.
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I was anticipating this book for a year since I LOVED Zacharias from the first book, I wanted to see him finally get peace and love, and he did get that .. but for some reason I didn't like many parts of the story, his character changed so fast that I feel he is a different person all together, I wanted the broody, lonely Zac to change but I wanted more from the story than this, most of the story just a filler until they finally become " husband and wife ", I wanted to enjoy the story more than ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eeeeepppppp! Marriage of Convenience romance alert! And that aspect of the story is swooniferously well-done!

Zach makes my pulse race too! He's the strong silent type with a checkered past and a heart of gold. If you read the first book in this Patchwork Family series, you'll know that Zach and two other orphans created their own little family unit after their orphan train derailed. In the wake of the tragedy, Zach, as the eldest and most streetwise, became the head of their ragtag household. He
This was not like Witemeyers other books but it also was just like them. This was a sweet Christian read with a theme of coming to God and having him heal you. There was a strong current of sexual tension in this one other Witemeyer books have not had. This talked a lot about consummating the marriage. I would say this is more of an adult read. There was also a lot of crying.... I'm not sure why this stuck out to me. You have this Lumberjack who rarely interacts with woman outside his sister and ...more
Malia Saldaña
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-books
This was such a fun story to read. Some parts had me smiling and other parts had me laughing. Abby was such relatable character and so was Zach. I could relate to both of them in some ways. I loved reading about the bakery, and all the baked goods. I’m so glad Zach got his own book, and I can’t wait to read Rosalind’s short story. This series has been so good. I highly recommend and I can’t wait to read more of Karen Witemeyer’s other books.
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I absolutely adored this book! 😍😍😍 I loved the characters. I loved the troupe. I loved the setting. I loved the chemistry. I loved the message. I loved the family. I LOVED IT ALL!

The author wrote such a well rounded story, I never felt like anything was rushed or incomplete. Each character was perfectly formed and every problem was faced.

I loved Zach! His silent, brooding, gruff self was truly hiding the biggest teddy bear with a massive heart underneath. He just doesn't express it in the same w
If you see the name Karen Witemeyer, you already know that it will be extremely entertaining and sweet. What stood out for me, is the awesomeness of a plus sized main character! Abigail is very uncertain about her looks and I loved to read about that as many curvy women have self esteem issues. I don’t know about you but I’d rather read about real women than the normal pretty type with freckles. Also I want to try allll the bread.

However, I didn’t like how other woman were a little bit mistreat
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More Than Words Can Say was yet another fantastic read from Karen Witemeyer. I started the book with the expectation that I would enjoy it, but it completely blew my expectations out the window -- I was hooked after just the first couple chapters.

The characters were lovely. They weren't perfect and had some things they needed to work through, which made them realistic and the story believable.

I LOVED the romance. It was so sweet how he waited for her to be ready for their marriage to not be in n
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
" . . . . I have to choose which voices to believe. I can believe the ones that tell me I'm not good enough or brave enough or pretty enough . . . . . or I can push aside that clamor and see out the voice that tells me I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

Abigail Kemp has been listening to the wrong voices most of her life, struggling with her self-esteem on almost a daily basis; but there's one area where even she can admit excellence; her baking ability is second to none in the little town of
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
If you're a fan of rugged, kind of grumpy heroes, then More Than Words Can Say is the book for you!

The characters in this book were great!! Though very different from each other, Zach and Abby balanced each other quite nicely. Abby's sister, Rosalind, was an instant favorite! Additionally, this wouldn't be a Karen Witemeyer book without a great villain!

More Than Words Can Say was filled with humor, surprising twists, faith and romance. This is a marriage of convenience story and the stumbles an
Andrea Cox
A book that takes place in a small town I actually have visited a few times and a plump baker who is completely adorable? Yes, please! For five of my growing-up years, I lived just a few miles from Honey Grove, Texas, but I didn’t know any of the history of this town that was shared in this book (assuming the research was accurate). I must say, I’m now curious and want to learn much more about this darling little town.

The fact that the baker wasn’t as petite as the cover indicated made me smile.
Toni Shiloh
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book reminds me of why I like Karen Witemeyer books. Relatable heroines, heroes that make you swoon, and a plot to keep me engaged.
Let me start off by saying I loved this story! It’s my favorite Karen Witemeyer story to date, and it will be in my top reads of 2019!There’s really nothing I didn’t love about this story. I loved the time period, the setting, all the main characters, the theme of forgiveness that ran throughout, and the storyline! I mean who doesn’t love a marriage of convenience?

Zach is my favorite character in this story! He gives so much of himself for others. He may come off stoic, but underneath he has a
Abigail Harris
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Coming to say I reread this I find that I never put my review on here... Oops, here it is now!

My Review:

Genre: Historical, romance, western, Christian fiction.

My Rating: 4 stars.

My Recommendation: 16-18 up, warnings below.

My Favorite Character/s: Zach, the gruff older brother from the first book in the series. I've been waiting for more about him since I read the first book. Zach is one of many of Witemeyer's heroes that I loved getting to know as he made choices that he thought was right but ma
Hallie Szott

More Than Meets the Eye introduces the stoic, protective Zacharias Hamilton, and More Than Words Can Say delves further into his character with Karen Witemeyer’s trademark charm and humor. It’s a delightful novel that will not leave fans disappointed.

In the small town of Honey Grove, Texas, Zach thinks he is finally free to live the life he wants—until an archaic ordinance brings baker Abigail Kemp to his door. She needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed and proposes a marriage of convenienc
Carole Jarvis
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I haven’t yet read the first book in this series, More Than Meets the Eye, but I’m already in love with Karen Witemeyer’s Patchwork Family series. For fans of historical romance, there’s everything to like in Witemeyer’s new release, More Than Words Can Say. It’s been a while since I’ve read one of her books, and this story reminds me of why I enjoy them so much. The author creates characters that I fall in love with, engages my emotions, ins
4.5 stars

Author Karen Withemeyer writes historical romance because she believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She wraps her stories with humor, but the underlying spiritual themes have her stories rise above many that saturate the market. Witemeyer's love for her home state of Texas is apparent in her flawless research and vivid descriptions of life in Honey Grove, Texas.

"When had a practical solution for saving her bakery turned into an emotional campaign for a love match?"

Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this by saying I absolutely LOVE the cover. It is so cute! I also love the attraction between Abigail and Zach and his matchmaking friends. I also love Ms. Witemeyer's voice. I're read some of her novellas before but this is the first full-length novel I've read by her.

MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY is a cute retelling of the tried and true marriage of convenience plot line in romances. Instant sexual tension. And, of course, both parties bit off more than they bargained for. Abigail is
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Karen Witemeyer is one of my top two fave authors and she has done it again!! This book is so cute and the love story is so sweet. I love a good marriage of convenience story (emphasis on good)! It had the perfect amount of romance for me and it didn’t get bogged down with unnecessary side stories I don’t care about lol😂. This is probably my favorite book of hers since her older works before the Harper Station series. I can NOT wait to read Rosalind’s novella that will be in the Harvey Girls col ...more
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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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“Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette. One looked for a strong outer shell, a tender interior, and most importantly, a tractability of dough to hold whatever shape the baker deemed appropriate. Abigail needed a good baguette by the end of the weeek” 4 likes
“I had a long talk with my husband last night. And he made me realize that I have to choose which voices to believe. I can believe the ones that tell me I'm not good enough or brave enough or pretty enough and let them skew my perception of events, or I can push aside that clamor and seek out the voice that tells me I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” 3 likes
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