I have read almost all, if not all, of Karen’s books so far. This one is one of my favorites for a very specific reason. The hero and heroine knew each other longer than one week to a month before developing feelings for each other. I won’t say more for fear of spoiling too much.
Malachi and Emma were some of the more realistic characters I have read about in quite some time. I loved the growth they both went through in the book. My favorite character, though, was Andrew. He was barely in the book, but when he was, he stole the show.
Every piece of dialogue was perfect in No Other Will Do. It was historically accurate, witty, serious, and well-paced.
I found the plot of this book original, creative, and exciting. The plot twist at the end was as unexpected as it was terrifying. There were just the right amount of subplots to make the side characters more interesting and also be good setups for sequels. I’m especially looking forward to a sequel about a certain storekeeper.
Overall writing quality:
They say there are few things that get better with age, unless it is a fine wine. Well, I beg to differ. Writing quality can also get better with age. Or maybe that’s experience. Either way, this book was very well-written and I’ll likely be reading it again. Probably more than once.
First of all, I wasn’t feeling super well when I read this book, so I didn’t have a lot of motivation to put it down. BUT, even if I had been 100%, I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to put it down for any reason except extreme necessity. This book starts out fast and keeps on that breakneck speed to the very end.
If you like Westerns, romance, fights to the death, strong women, strong men, action, or stories with people of strong faith, this book is for you. Even if you only like one of the things listed.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.