Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts taught her and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown 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 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 leaves his job behind and rushes to Harper’s Station 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, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.

My Review:

Karen Witemeyer has penned a delightful story that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions and leaving you sighing with contentment when the last line is complete.

Emma is an independent strong young woman. She has a big heart for those who have been oppressed and she’s on a personal mission to help women who have been victims of abuse.

Malachi has endured a lifetime of hardships and the one tender moment when a young, dark-haired angel saved him and forever changed the course of his life.

Can two individuals with their own painful baggage find that trusting in God and allowing Him to guide their steps finally find the home they have always dreamed of?

About the Author:


A life-long bookworm, Karen Witemeyer is living her dream by writing novels. Her books have consistently hit bestseller lists and have garnered awards such as the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. In addition, she is a multiple RITA and National Reader’s Choice finalist. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and makes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

Learn more about Karen and her books on her web site