I was looking forward to reading this book, having enjoyed for the most part, the rest of the books written by Karen Witemeyer. This book is about a woman’s colony started by Emma Chandler, who was raised by her two suffrage leaning aunts. It is thru their influence that she believed there needed to be a town where women could live without the intrusion of men. Those who arrived were needing shelter from a man in their lives, and Harper’s Station was just the place to do it.
Unfortunately, trouble has appeared and there is someone who is desperate to run the women out of town. From troubling notes being delivered to the town being shot up, Emma realizes that she needs some “manly” help, so she calls upon her dear friend Malachi Shaw who was part of their family for awhile.
Times have changed and both realize that they have grown up and matured, in turn, realize that there is a growing attraction between the two of them. Unfortunately, Malachi is dedicated to his job in Montana, and Emma runs a town of no men. Plus, there is a madman out there determined to bring harm to the ladies of Harper’s Station.
Again, I was looking forward to reading this book but soon discovered that I had trouble connecting with the characters. I would start it, and then stop. Return to it after a few days, determined to find something worthwhile about the book to finish it. Finally, chapter 15-16 arrived, and I was hooked. There was drama, there was interest and a growth of characters that had me captivated to the very end. Would I recommend the book despite the slow start? Most definitely. Although the idea of a woman’s colony doesn’t make complete sense to me, it is direction of a plot that many authors have not explored. Would I want to read another focused on a woman’s colony? Probably not.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.