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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 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 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. That person definitely isn't the stoic lumberman who oozes silent confidence whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can't even control her pulse when she's around him. When vows are spoken, Abigail's troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. Can she put ever more trust in Zach without losing her dreams of independence?


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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 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 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. That person definitely isn't the stoic lumberman who oozes silent confidence whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can't even control her pulse when she's around him. When vows are spoken, Abigail's troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. Can she put ever more trust in Zach without losing her dreams of independence?

30 review for More Than Words Can Say

  1. 5 out of 5

    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)

  2. 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  7. 4 out of 5

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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 ha 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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*

  10. 5 out of 5

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    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 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 wasn't much for talking then and his gruff demeanor hasn't improved over the years either. Finally, now that both his siblings are happily married and situated in their own households, Zach is free to live the solitary life he's been craving... Until Abby audaciously propositions him! All flashing dimples and as sweet as her famed breakfast buns. Of course he'll say no. Absolutely. Positively. There's no way he'd ever consider agreeing to a marriage of convenience until...well, he finds himself saying yes. But he has some conditions of his own...like taking the 'convenience' out of the marriage though Abby is stubbornly wary on that score. What's a husband to do but woo his lovely wife? Scrumptious sigh. Toe-curls and heart palpitations ensue so don't say I didn't warn you! But there's also the kind of secondary character I love to hate! Gah, but my blood pressure got a workout over that one's shenanigans! Family, faith, forgiveness and the glorious hope that comes from trusting God no matter what, make this a breathtaking, hallelujah-cheering, sweet perfection of a read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    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 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 the poor guy gets stuck with a lot of crying woman:} It's a good thing he falls in love with one of them:} I loved the whole idea of how they got together a little too much drama for my tastes but it was fun to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen.

    . 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 . 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 and awkwardness the characters face as they get to know each other delivered a sweet result! I happily recommend this fun book!! To purchase More Than Words Can Say, visit Christian Book Distributors! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Karen Witemeyer and Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ضحى الحداد

    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 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 I did but let's see what will happen with Rosalyn As a side note, I never understand the story where the main character kiss and date and sleep together and they still wonder if they love each other !!! I mean, if you do all that and you are still not sure of how you feel when will you ???? really weird

  15. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    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 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 ways everyone else does, but once he considers you family you're locked in forever. He was exactly the kind of guy Abigail was looking for and needed. Abby was a great character! She was strong, brave, gracious and loving. She had a lot of insecurities because of the way she looked, but throughout the story Zach helps her realize that she is beautiful just the way she is, she is perfect just the way she is. Zach and Abby complemented each other so well! Not only did they make each other better, they built each other's relationship with God. They never judged each other, but chose to use each opportunity to learn and grow. They both had pasts that they tried to run away from and forget, but they leaned on each other worked through it all. They learned that man will fail you, but God never will. I LOVED that communication was actually a thing!! I have the hardest time reading and enjoying a book when the main characters don't talk to each other. These characters did not have that problem. They never held secrets from each other for very long. They talked everything out and that helped build a foundation for a strong relationship. They knew that if their marriage was going to be a good one they needed to get everything out on the table. Lots of healing took place throughout this book, and I enjoyed every minute of watching it happen. I'm looking forward to Rosalind's story as well. I rated this book a 4.5/5 stars. *I received this book from the publisher**I was not required to leave a review**All opinions are my own*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer is the second book in The Patchwork Family series. It takes place in 1896 in Honey Grove, Texas. This book is scrumptious and delectable— but what would you expect in a story about a baker and penned by Karen Witemeyer! Abigail Kemp is fit to be tied. The town council won’t allow a female owner of a business so she must find a male backer or sell the bakery she has inherited from her father. Abby comes up with a third option. She just has to find an elig More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer is the second book in The Patchwork Family series. It takes place in 1896 in Honey Grove, Texas. This book is scrumptious and delectable— but what would you expect in a story about a baker and penned by Karen Witemeyer! Abigail Kemp is fit to be tied. The town council won’t allow a female owner of a business so she must find a male backer or sell the bakery she has inherited from her father. Abby comes up with a third option. She just has to find an eligible bachelor to marry! Abby is a strong willed woman who knows what she wants and goes after it, but is surprised when her best laid plans for a marriage of convenience turn into something much more. Ms. Witemeyer has couched Abby’s thoughts in bakery terms: “Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette. One looked for a strong outer shell, a tender interior, and most importantly, a tractabllty of dough to hold whatever shape the baker deemed appropriate.” Abby’s musings as she considers her options from the bachelor customers that frequent her bakery: “ Bachelor Number One sat by the window. Bran muffin and tea with sugar. Man and muffin shared a remarkable resemblance— both a bit squatty and thick around the middle with smooth, round tops. Abigail forced quirking smile back into a straight line. ‘ Be kind Abby. You might end up married to that muffin man.’” Abby is not the typical female lead character. She is big boned and sees herself as plump. She is keeping a secret and running from guilt. The winning bachelor, Zach Hamilton, is part owner of a lumber company and has a secret of his own that is hampering him. But Zach is kind, thoughtful and lets his actions speak of the growing affection he has for his wife. This story is sweet, saucy and a bit awkward as Zach and Abby take steps toward being a real husband and wife team. This one kept me chuckling but Ms. Witemeyer keeps it interesting by including a suspense thread that draws the characters closer and shows their true motives. I was glad to read this second book because the first one More Than Meets the Eye was a delight. The third one should be just as grand because it hints that it will be about Abby’s sister Rosiland. Recommend for fans of lighthearted Historical Christian fiction by a very adept author. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2wVTSQd 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 Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2wVTSQd 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, inspires my daily faith walk, and makes me laugh. 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. I adore marriage-of-convenience stories, but have to say that the story of Zacharias and Abigail is a cut above others of this type. They’re the perfect counterpart for each other, exactly what was missing in their lives. And rather than fighting all the time, their relationship begins with witty flirtatious moments on top of sincere commitment. Abigail is a strong and independent businesswoman, frustrated by and determined not to be overcome by the town’s archaic law forbidding women to own businesses with city limits. Zacharias is a tender protector with a heart bigger than Texas. Strong on the outside, tender on the inside, definitely. But easily moldable? Don’t count on it! The chemistry between these two is wonderful. Spiritual themes are seamlessly woven throughout – themes like God’s providence, forgiveness and healing. I loved everything about More Than Words Can Say and look forward to much more from the talented Karen Witemeyer. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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?" Abigail 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?" Abigail Kemp needs a man's name on her bakery deed to retain ownership of her family business. The search for a solution brings Abigail Kemp and Zach Hamilton into an unconventional alliance. This story is filled with humor and the chemistry between the two practically sizzles as each realize they may want more than just a business arrangement. But each hides secrets and guilt from the past that keeps each from experiencing peace and the ability to look ahead. Their personal struggles touched my heart. One of my favorite quotes:" Satan is the one who wants to increase our burden, to weigh us down with shame and despair, to steal our joy and the strength of the Lord that goes with it. Believing his lies instead of God's truth makes us weak." I found this story to be delightful. While the happily-ever-after is not a surprise, the journey as Abigail and Zach find the courage to open the hearts to each other will bring a happy sigh to readers. I look forward to reading more stories of this charming Patchwork Family in the future. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    " . . . . 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 " . . . . 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 Honey Grove, Texas. Now some silly city ordinance is threatening to topple Abby's future. Zacharias Hamilton is enjoying his life of freedom; his siblings are well settled, he likes working as a lumberman in Honey Grove, and he particularly likes starting each day with a cup of black coffee and two sticky buns from the "Taste of Heaven Bakery". Never in his wildest dreams did he expect to be propositioned by the lovely baker with an offer he could easily refuse; or could he? This clever, and most romantic, marriage of convenience tale should have a list of life lessons tucked into its back pages, because Abby and Zach learn so much about what marriage is and what it isn't, that it's hard to believe they weren't meant for each other all along. There's far "more than words can say" about life, love, and lists of expectations in this lovely new story by Karen Witemeyer.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    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 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 name only...and yet he only had one request that they end each night with a goodnight kiss. He was a great hero in the ways that he protected not just Abigail, but also her sister. All in all, I give More Than Words Can Say 5 stars and highly recommend it if you enjoy historical romances. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    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 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 strong-willed and wants what she wants and Zach isn't the silent pushover she'd hoped for. No way. He is very much a man's man. Add a light mystery, stir well, and you end up with a delicious historical romance with fun flavored additions. You won't want to miss MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. Grab a copy while it's hot. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    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 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 collection!! I want to read it.right.now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was an absolutely adorable read! The characters were precious (gotta love the silent "thinker" heroes), and they grew throughout the story. And I SO appreciated the author's ability to weave a well-balanced plot WITHOUT the usual misunderstandings! The hiccups (which have to be expected, especially with a marriage-of-convenience story) were dealt with quickly, allowing the characters to grow together in time to face difficulties beyond themselves. Beautifully done! I absolutely loved this o This was an absolutely adorable read! The characters were precious (gotta love the silent "thinker" heroes), and they grew throughout the story. And I SO appreciated the author's ability to weave a well-balanced plot WITHOUT the usual misunderstandings! The hiccups (which have to be expected, especially with a marriage-of-convenience story) were dealt with quickly, allowing the characters to grow together in time to face difficulties beyond themselves. Beautifully done! I absolutely loved this one, and can't wait for the next installment!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chesney

    Every time Karen has a new book, I can’t wait to read it! She is a go to author for me and highly recommended too! I loved Zach and Abby’s story as well! The slow but steady chemistry which is a must for me, worked great for the storyline. Clean romance to top it off.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝

    Gonna KIV first as the storyline didn't work for me!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    I adore Karen Witemeyer’s writing and More Than Words Can Say exceeded all my expectations. Funny, sweet and deliciously romantic, this story of resilience, family and love was wonderful from beginning to end. Abigail will do anything to save her bakery and the livelihood of both her sister and herself - even if it means a marriage of convenience to satisfy the backwards ruling of the town council. When Abby asks Zach Hamilton - lumberjack, brooding type and overly handsome - to marry her she isn I adore Karen Witemeyer’s writing and More Than Words Can Say exceeded all my expectations. Funny, sweet and deliciously romantic, this story of resilience, family and love was wonderful from beginning to end. Abigail will do anything to save her bakery and the livelihood of both her sister and herself - even if it means a marriage of convenience to satisfy the backwards ruling of the town council. When Abby asks Zach Hamilton - lumberjack, brooding type and overly handsome - to marry her she isn’t surprised when he initially turns her down. Even more surprised when he later agrees to her business-partner-based marriage. But as threats to the newly formed family arise, Abby and Zach will have to decide if building their marriage is worth revealing the secrets of the past. More Than Words Can Say has so many ticks in the pros column: Written by Karen Witemeyer (one of my favourite historical Christian romance writers). Tick Marriage of convenience story. Tick Story about baking (food. I’m a fan). Tick. Story about a headstrong, courageous and independent woman. Tick. Story about a strong, happy-as-a-bachelor, protective man who falls for the headstrong woman. Tick. “Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette.” And that quote pretty much sealed my love for this book - and that was only the first few pages. I adored every humour-laced, secret sharing, will-they-won’t-they, steamy, swoon-worthy, delicious moment of More Than Words Can Say. I loved the historical town setting. Loved the characters, from strong yet vulnerable Abby to protective but surprisingly loving Zach. I loved the story of arrangement of convenience to love and every tense, tantalising moment in between. If you are a fan of Witemeyer’s books or a keen newcomer, you are sure to delight in More Than Words Can Say. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    ‘He wanted to throw open the cellar door and let all his secrets escape so her light could shine into his dark places. Yet at the same time, he wanted to padlock that door shut and never risk her disappointment.’ Zach's past and his struggle in the present really touched me. I cried through one particular scene. Witemeyer really makes the characters come alive on the page. More Than Words Can Say might be one of the most descriptive books I’ve read so far this year. I mean listen to this: ‘This wa ‘He wanted to throw open the cellar door and let all his secrets escape so her light could shine into his dark places. Yet at the same time, he wanted to padlock that door shut and never risk her disappointment.’ Zach's past and his struggle in the present really touched me. I cried through one particular scene. Witemeyer really makes the characters come alive on the page. More Than Words Can Say might be one of the most descriptive books I’ve read so far this year. I mean listen to this: ‘This wasn’t how the evening was supposed to go. He and Abby were supposed to be sitting on a blanket by the creek, eating fancy hotel food, and sharing kisses. Not standing in the middle of an emotional briar patch, confessing secrets that held the power to destroy everything they’d built. Yet in the midst of that poisonous bramble, a gentle hand alit on his arm, and his barbed surroundings retracted some of their thorns.’ Wow. An emotional briar patch. Can’t you just see it? All those ‘thorns’ (lies from the enemy) poking and prodding and drawing blood? How many of us can relate to this?? I’m telling you, Witemeyer has outdone herself with this story. And the scene doesn’t stop there. It gets even better because once the truth comes out then Abby has a choice of how to respond, either with condemnation or gentleness, just like we have that same choice when someone shares deep pain with us. I highly recommend reading both books so you get the full measure of Zach and his beautiful patchwork family! More Than Words Can Say is a fantastic story filled with drama, wit, and love. Fans of historical fiction with a strong redemptive theme will enjoy this book. I received a copy of the book from the publisher. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. No compensation has been received.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    If you see the name Karen Witemeyer, you already know that it will be extremely entertaining and sweet. Even the books I liked lesset than the others I still like far better than any other Christian historical fiction author. So it will be no suprise that this book has 4 stars really! Not 5 I’m afraid, there were a few details I liked less. 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 cu If you see the name Karen Witemeyer, you already know that it will be extremely entertaining and sweet. Even the books I liked lesset than the others I still like far better than any other Christian historical fiction author. So it will be no suprise that this book has 4 stars really! Not 5 I’m afraid, there were a few details I liked less. 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 mistreated because they cared about their looks and looking pretty batting eyelashes when that’s basically the role society has pushed them in, leaving them no other choice. Karen’s earlier book A Tailormade Bride dealt with this prejudice against frilly women very well, and I get why it happens plotwise, but I’d have liked it more if it was omited, especially combined with the evil former best friend. But these are minor issues, I loved the plot so much it didn’t really stood out to me but I do want to mention it. I loved Zach in More than Meets the Eye and he absolutely didn’t disappoint! He’s a bit of a bad boy with a big heart. And I looooved the romance in this book, there were many sweet moments where they opened up and slowly came to know each other. I think the plot was very original and the characters are amazing as always! Abby is an amazing person, very kind and thoughtful. And the side characters Reuben en Rosalind were very good and very real!! Reuben gave both ridiculous and awesome advice and his singing is adorable. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna see Rosalind again yay! I binge read this book in basically a day and am a bit bummed I have to wait another year for a new fullsized novel even though I know that is fast lol! All in all, this is the perfect vacation novel when you’re not too hungry because trust me, Abby’s cooking will make you want to eat allll the pastries!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    An archaic law makes this story, but they did really exist, and the author has used this one with in a very clever way! Now this is the second book in this series, but there are some updates, so you won’t be totally lost, but the first is equally as good! There are few chuckles here, and some serious sad moments, that lead to a lifelong grudge, but you have to wonder if the evil is about to prevail. I enjoyed this read, and the pages flew, there was a sense of loss as the last page was turned, I wa An archaic law makes this story, but they did really exist, and the author has used this one with in a very clever way! Now this is the second book in this series, but there are some updates, so you won’t be totally lost, but the first is equally as good! There are few chuckles here, and some serious sad moments, that lead to a lifelong grudge, but you have to wonder if the evil is about to prevail. I enjoyed this read, and the pages flew, there was a sense of loss as the last page was turned, I wanted to continue with the lives of these characters! You don’t want to miss this one! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

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