Saturday, June 15, 2019

Review + GIVEAWAY: More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

About the Book

Book: More Than Words Can Say  
Author: Karen Witemeyer  
Genre: Historical Romance  
Release Date: May 7, 2019

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about, just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting 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. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him. 

Once vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.

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My thoughts

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.

About the Author

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at

More from Karen

Settings – Real or Imagined?

One of the key decisions an author has to make before she begins to write is selecting the setting for her story. And the first choice she faces is the question of whether to use a real or imagined location. Roughly half the stories I have written are set in fictional towns. The use of a fictional setting allows an author greater freedom to manipulate the environment of her characters to fit her plot. This provides a great deal of flexibility. 

However, there is something special about setting a story in a real place. First, readers who are familiar with that place never fail to get excited about seeing a town they recognize in print. Second, if an author can find historical photos and documents, she can add a wonderful layer of authenticity to her setting that might otherwise be missing. Third, an author may turn up fascinating tidbits when studying the history of her setting that find their way into the story and bring a flavor the author never could have supplied on her own. 

This was the case as I wrote More Than Words Can Say. All of the stories in my Patchwork Family series have been set in real places. Pecan Gap, Texas for More Than Meets the Eye, Honey Grove, Texas for More Than Words Can Say, and coming this fall we’ll travel to Gainesville, Texas for the concluding novella, More Than a Pretty Face. 

Researching each location brought its own unique discoveries, but I have to admit that researching the small town of Honey Grove brought this history-loving girl a special level of joy. For example, there is a legend about how the town got its name that I knew needed to be incorporated into my story. Legend has it that when Davy Crockett was on his way to join the fight at the Alamo, he stopped in a grove of trees and set up camp. There were so many bees in that in letters to family and friends, he called the place a “Honey Grove.” He carved his initials into one of the trees and intended to return and settle there after the war. Unfortunately, as we know, Crockett did not survive the Alamo and therefore did not return. One of his friends, Samuel A. Erwin, later found the grove and became the first settler in 1839. Many people recall seeing the initials carved into Crockett’s bee tree even into the early 1900s, which led me to believe that this legend was based in truth. It doesn’t play a pivotal role in my story, but if you watch for it, you’ll find it mentioned. 

Discovering the Honey Grove Preservation League’s website proved a tremendous boon. Their online historical resources are some of the best I have ever come across. Historical photos, newspaper articles, government records—it was like stepping through a time portal every time I visited. And I visited often. Thanks to the Preservation League, I was able to mention real people and places in my novel. Places like the Commercial Hotel, the home of James Gilmer that was built during my time period, Wilkins, Wood & Patteson Dry Goods, and Dora Galbraith Patteson’s millinery shop on the east side of the town square. While Zacharias Hamilton and Reuben Sinclair are completely fictitious characters, there really was a lumberyard located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rail Road. 

As fiction authors are wont to do, I did take a few liberties with Honey Grove’s history. To my knowledge, there was never any city ordinance banning women from owning businesses in town, which was a key plot point in More Than Words Can Say. In addition, Mayor Chester Longfellow was a complete invention of my imagination. The true mayor of Honey Grove during this time period was J.H. Smith, a man who served in that capacity from 1888-1897. He must have been a well-loved city official to hold office for nearly a decade. I paid brief homage to him by having him step back into office when my fictitious mayor resigned. 

I hope you enjoy stepping back in time with me into historic Honey Grove, Texas. Zach and Abigail might not have lived there in truth, but I like to believe their tale is a representation of the many amazing love stories have taken place in that sweet little town through the years.


To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away a grand prize that includes More Than Words Can Say, More Than Meets the Eye, and a $20 Panera Bread gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the image above or the link below to enter.

Blog Stops

Baker kella, June 16
EmpowerMoms, June 16
Genesis 5020, June 17
Bigreadersite , June 17
Among the Reads, June 18
C Jane Read, June 19
Mary Hake, June 19
Hallie Reads, June 19
Splashes of Joy, June 21
Pause for Tales, June 21
Worthy2Read, June 22
Vicky Sluiter, June 23
Wishful Endings, June 24
Simple Harvest Reads, June 24 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
amandainpa , June 25
Quiet Quilter, June 26
Emily Yager, June 28
Lukewarm Tea, June 28
By The Book, June 28
The Becca Files, June 28


  1. Great review! I love how you can always nail with the perfect words what I loved about a book!

    1. Oh, you are so kind, Heidi! If you only knew how much I struggle with words. You write from the heart and I can always rely on your reviews.

      For some reason, I drifted away from reading Karen's books and this one reminded me of all that I've missed. Really, really like her writing and storylines. Lots to catch up on!

  2. This book sounds like a fascinating and a really great read.

    1. You described this book perfectly, Debbie. Hope you get to read it soon.

  3. Can't wait to finish this story. Thanks for sharing about it!

  4. Great review! I love marriage of convenience books. This is one is definitely going on my TBR!

  5. Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette. -- What a funny thought!

  6. Fabulous review! I can't wait to read this one! :)

  7. Always fun to hear about another new great book. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I've enjoyed every book by Karen Witemeyer that I've read and am eager to read this one.

  9. I enjoyed the description of the book. Would really like to read.

  10. I got really excited when I read the title and saw the cover. Wonderful concept.

  11. I really liked More Than Meets the Eye and am wanting to read Zach's story in More Than Words Can Say. Karen's books are always so good!

  12. Enjoyed your review. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Wonderful review, Carole! Thank you for being part of the tour.

  14. I love this authors books. Really looking forward to reading these two! Thanks so much for the chance to win.
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  15. This sounds like a great book that I'd enjoy!

  16. Wonderful review, Carole! Thank you for being part of the tour.

  17. Nice review! Can't wait to read it!

  18. This sounds like a fantastic read.

  19. great review. one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to read it!