All Emma wanted to do was create a safe place for women on the frontier. A whole community without men to lord over women. Everything seemed to be going well until some outsider – a man no doubt – decided to close down the woman’s colony by force.
There is only one man who Emma could turn to for help. The man she’d “adopted” when they were children.
When Malachi hears that Emma is in trouble, he drops everything to come to her aid. But can he really protect her and her colony from the sneaky men trying to scare the women away? And will he be able to protect his heart from Emma?
Most importantly, will the women of Harper’s Station be willing to trust a man’s help?
Karen Witemeyer is one of my absolute favorite historical romance writers. I am always thrilled when I hear that she has a new book coming out. The thing I love about Karen’s characters is how they are each so different, and yet remain so true to who they are. Karen has a wonderful way of developing a complex character and using that character’s strengths and weaknesses to move the story along.
Harper’s Station is an interesting idea to me. I love the concept of a woman’s colony on the rugged frontier – a place where “real” men run the show. Emma is an exceptional person with a huge heart. I hope there will be more novels about the other ladies in the colony in the future.
Another thing I liked about this novel is how Malachi’s life was transformed simply by someone believing in him as a child. I strongly believe that we write off problem kids too fast. Most of the time they just need someone to love them unconditionally – to get under the layers of protection they have put up around their hearts to protect themselves from hurt. Malachi became the man he was simply because Emma believed in him when they were children.
Whose life could we impact if we just believed in people and saw the best in them, instead of looking for the worst?
I really enjoyed this book. I hope you do too.
She Trusts Him for the Job,
But Can She Trust Him With Her Heart?
Men are optional. That was 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 has finally earned the respect he’s always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas 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, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harper’s Station must choose safety or whether to risk everything to fight for their future.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.