More Than Words Can Say

More Than Words Can Say

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...

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Title:More Than Words Can Say
Author:Karen Witemeyer
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More Than Words Can Say Reviews

  • Denise Hershberger

    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

    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 favorites in historical fiction lately.

    I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

  • 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

    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 other.

    Zach is a hero that sacrifices for others, he's a protector. He has a troubled past but has redeemed himself, even though he still struggles with forgiving himself. He's a bit like Mr. Darcy in that he's quiet and standoffish, but personable and charming with those closest to him. He and Abby were genuinely adorable when they engage in a little flirting and teasing. I loved seeing them warm up to each other so quickly and the laughter and delight they take in each other. A marriage of convenience that is affectionate from the start, they don't rush their boundaries but also don't keep their growing feelings a secret. Zach shows his love through actions more than words (although the scene where he uses his words is, again- adorable!) and Abigail recognizes that. Abigail also struggles with a trauma in her past and the way her former BFF and current archenemy is still punishing her for it. There is a strong message of forgiveness and healing through relying on faith in God to provide answers to our challenges that they learn together. I loved Abigail's grace and compassion, which make her a perfect match for our sacrificial hero. This is a story I'm already itching to re-read, and I highly recommend it!!! It works perfectly well as a standalone, but if you can, read the first book in the series since Zach is such an important character in that story and it will add to your understanding of him when you read this one.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Andrea Boyd

    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.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    '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

    '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 down in the town of Honey Grove, Texas to live out his bachelorhood in peace. Until one day the sweet baker in town comes to his place of work and hands him a contract for marriage. She needs a man's name to put on the deed of her bakery so the town won't close her down. And he's her first choice. What? Zach immediately says no, yet he begins to rethink this, even though he knows Abigail Kemp only has a marriage of convenience in mine. He doesn't.

    They marry but threats to her bakery continue and even her sister seems to have trouble surrounding her. Zach is not one to let those under his protection suffer, so he decides that his wife and sister in law need a strong man to watch after them. Soon, however, Abigail begins to think maybe this man means more to her than just a way to keep her bakery and she thinks she wants his heart.

    I adored this book! Witemeyer's wit is such a fresh breath of air on the pages. I've watched Zach through the last two books and wished so badly that he had someone to truly love him for who he is. He is a true man of integrity, despite his horrible upbringing and treatment at the hands of those supposed to love him. His light shines through this book from beginning to end. Any woman would be proud to have a husband like Zach Hamilton. And the wonderful spiritual theme sings through all the way: God can make a way where there seems to be no way and He can use what was meant for evil and turn it into good. I've seen him do this in my own life. Well done!

    *My thanks to Bethany House Publishers and the author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.

  • 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

    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 are such a delightful couple and you can feel the passion simmering in the background. Cheerful and humorous go hand in hand in this reading and will leave you eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series.

    Published June 4th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers.

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.

    All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Inspirationalfictionreader

    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

    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 heart of gold. And when he says you’re part of his family, he means it! I loved how he took Abby’s sister, Rosa, under his wing to help her with her situation! I also really liked Abby. She was determined to keep her bakery and I loved how she did it. I also loved how Abby’s mother taught her that “no matter how hard things get or how many disappointments we face, there is always someone who is facing an even more difficult path. Therefore, we should count our blessings and remember that the best way to take our minds off our own troubles is to help someone else with theirs.” What a great lesson to learn! And that really summed up Abby!

    I also loved the message that we should choose faith in God over fear. Abby sums it up perfectly when she says, “I’ve chosen fear over faith more times than I can count. And every time I did, I ended up with regrets. When I chose faith, I didn’t always get the outcome I wanted, but I never regretted my choice, because I felt God beside me, holding my hand and lending me strength.” What a great message for all of us to remember, especially those of us who struggle with fear!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.

  • Brittany

    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.

    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. And I loved the way they cared about each other and wanted what was good for each other, even as they were still getting used to the idea of being married.

    This story deals with being able to forgive not only others, but also yourself, and allowing yourself to accept God’s forgiveness for those things that need forgiving. There was a lot of character growth in both Zach and Abby. I liked them both at the beginning of the story, and loved the way they grew together by the end.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    You can read this review on my blog:

  • Cara Putman

    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

    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 this amazing heroine and her sidekick sister, and the plot is rich, the romance sweet, and a fresh take on the marriage of convenience plot. Perfect for those who love late 1800s romances.

  • Kay Garrett

    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 has

    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 has grown into a thriving establishment leaving her with no means of support for herself and her younger sister or a home to live in, sign on a partner losing control of the business of which a male partner would have the legal right to sell it right out from under her, and lastly marry someone to have a male name to use but make sure he has no rights to the business. Wracking her brain to cover all her bases, Abigail writes up a contract for such a marriage and then figures she has three likely subjects to approach for marriage.

    Zacharias “Zach” Hamilton has had a rough past from a card shark father to abusive grandfather who found himself out on his own a very young age fending for himself. Ending up on an orphan train that crashes, Zach finds himself responsible for two young kids, a young boy and a younger girl when he was a mere boy himself. He’s done things that he’s not proud of, but he did it for the sake of his “family” to put a roof over their heads and food on the table. Both are grown and with families of their own so he must not have done too badly – right? For once, he has no one to answer to or worry about. He’s happy to be a bachelor with no one to answer to and plans on staying that way. He is not marriage material – period!

    Zach was Abigail’s first choice. Will her dimples, ample curves and sweet buns be enough to get Zach to consider her contract and say I do before her time runs out and the council shuts her business down? She’s sure of her sweet buns, but she’s far from having confidence in herself on the other factors. Zach’s initial reactions is to run in the opposite direction, but those dimples when she smiles keep drawing him back. He can’t have her taken advantage of by either of her other two choices, but could he be happy with a marriage in name only when she looks so enticing? After a bit of matchmaking help, Zach agrees to Abigail’s marriage contract with a few alterations – one being a good night kiss every night. Once again Zach finds himself the defender for his “family” and he takes that responsibility very seriously. Can Zach protect not only Abigail from the council that is determined to put her out of business as well as from her once friend who seems determined to undermine and ruin Abigail at every turn? Along the way, can he help and shelter his new sister-in-law from some poor choices she made in the past? Can Zach and Abigail find more to their marriage than words in a contract? Will horrible events in each of their pasts bring them even closer together when exposed and they see how similar they are to each other?

    Karen Witemeyer tells an absolutely marvelous Christian story about love, faith, family, forgiveness and turning all things over to God. She has us feeling Abigail’s insecurities about her ample curves and lack of experiences as well as her feelings of never being good enough because she was a girl. We know of Zach’s passion for Abigail, but see his determination to do it right – to court her and become friends before he sees to his husbandly rights. We see how our choices affect our lives and to look at the real choices we have before jumping into the only ones we think we have.

    I highly recommend this book. I loved it so much that I will be checking out more books by this author.

  • Amanda Tero

    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

    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 personalities very much. But for a single gal, the romance was a little too much. Detailed kisses were woven throughout the whole book (“acceptable” because they are married—but a good dozen or so written in detail about sparks and wishes for courage to do more) and then the romantic plotline was basically getting to the marriage bed. So yeah, romantically speaking, it was a little too over-the-top for me.

    But writing-wise, this totally sucked me in. I do like Witemeyer’s way with words. Like “This man had just made a date with his fist.” Yeah. She’s very colorful in her writing style and I enjoyed it as a writer.

    The non-romantic plot involving Rosalind did whet my appetite for book three hopefully being her story. However, depending on if her secret comes back to haunt her, it could be a very touchy subject right there.

    Spiritually-speaking, there were mentions of God throughout the whole book. Abigail was, more or less, a strong Christian. However, it was when her husband said that she was beautiful that she changed—though she did say it was because her husband helped her to see she was fearfully and wonderfully made. It is evident that Zach got saved toward the end of the book. One of those subtle things stood out to me: before he “made his peace with God,” he referred to God as the “Big Man” (which I find highly disrespectful), but afterwards, the “Almighty” and “Lord.” To me, that was very neat.

    I do find it hard to know how to rate this book. For the writing and spiritual aspect, I’d say a solid five stars, but the romance content was too much for me (so much so, that I really am glad I don’t have the paperback around for my teen sisters to thumb through) and I’d put that rating at most three.

    *I received this book from NetGalley and happily provided my honest review*

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