“The council has denied your appeal, Miss Kemp.” Mayor Longfellow delivered the blow with a finality that threatened to buckle Abigail’s knees.”

Opening line from More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

After thoroughly enjoying More Than Meets The Eye, I began its sequel by Karen Witemeyer, More Than Words Can Say, excited to see how Zach’s tale would unfold. Abigail is a delight from the first page and a wonderful counterbalance to Zach. To keep control of her bakery she must marry a man who will respect her business savvy (how thankful I am to live in 2019 and not 1896). Attracted to one another, the marriage between Zach and Abigail solves the problem and also offers the opportunity for love to grow.

Beyond the romance, the novel explores how the two come to conquer the challenges of the world together and how Christian forgiveness really works. I so enjoyed how Karen Witemeyer explored forgiveness’ many facets and difficulties.

The writing is beautiful, the characters well thought through and easy to connect with and there is even a little mystery thrown in. Several times I found myself giggling at the adventures Zach and Abigail go on. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it! It’s a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale!

From the back cover:

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?

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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