More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer
“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.
Abigail needed a good baguette by the end of the week.”
Oh wow…this book is sooo good! I love Karen Witemeyer’s books…all of them. The title of this book sums up my feelings about it perfectly.
I love this book…“More Than Words Can Say.”
More Than Words Can Say is Karen Witemeyer’s second Patchwork Family Novel. As the quote above suggests, this is a marriage of convenience story. Zach’s story has been highly anticipated and meeting Abigail, a joy. Zach was such a rough and broken, yet loyal and dependable character in More Than Meets the Eye, that I couldn’t wait to see his tale unfold in More Than Words Can Say. I was not disappointed. Witemeyer expertly crafted each thought and interaction, deepening our regard for Zach. He is a man of few words, with a heart of gold. Abigail’s determination and protectiveness were apparent from the beginning causing you to want her to succeed. The warring confidence in her abilities in the shop versus her insecurities in her personal life were realistic and very relatable. Zach and Abigail’s interactions are one of my favorite things about this book and they range from lighthearted and funny to deep and heartbreaking.
I love the way God speaks through Karen Witemeyer’s fictional characters to teach, us, His non-fictional children how to draw nearer to Him. Witemeyer takes us to church without making us feel like we’ve been preached to. In this book guilt holds Zach back from a true relationship with God. It also causes Abigail to cower from her harasser. A conversation Abigail remembers and shares with Zach allows us to learn along with them. “Guilt leads us to confession and repentance, she told me, but after we take it to the cross, we’re supposed to leave it there, not carry it around with us.”
One of the things I enjoy most about Karen Witemeyer’s writing is her beautiful balance of humor and heartache. She writes historical romance and life was hard in the late 1800s. Just as in every period of time, God was good and good could be found in and through the difficulties of life. Witemeyer’s writing handles these matters with grace and wit. A perfect example of this is Zach’s realization that God might just have a sense of humor. “The Big Man must be elbowing the angels right now and guffawing with the heavenly host over the fool mortal who’d done the marrying part yet was still combusting over a pair of dimples.”
More Than Words Can Say is definitely a book for the keeper shelf…one I will be reading again. And, I’m already looking forward to the next installment – which is a novella of Rosalind’s story…yay!! If you enjoy historical romance, if you enjoy well developed characters in cute little towns, if you enjoy seeing God working in the lives of others, you will enjoy this book. Whether you are like me and a stickler for reading your books in order if it doesn’t matter either way to you, you should order the first Patchwork Family Novel, More Than the Eye Can See. This series is fantastic, and I can’t wait to see where we go from here. Happy Reading!
*Thanks to the publisher and the author for the complimentary copy to review. A good review was neither encouraged nor requested. All thoughts expressed are my own.