An Impossible Situation. An Unlikely Couple. A Recipe for Love?
After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No family entanglements. 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 around him.
When 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.
In the author's words . . .
I had so much fun writing Zach and Abigail's story. After writing the gruff big brother Zach in More Than Meets The Eye, I knew I had to give him a happily ever after story of his own. Zach would never consider himself a hero. He'd done too many unsavory things in order to survive on the streets, first in New York, then in Texas. But I knew different. An orphan who only wanted to be left alone but instead stepped up to care for two other abandoned children when he himself was only 13 had great hero potential. I just had to find the perfect heroine that could allow him to discover the truth himself. Enter Abigail Kemp, a hardworking baker who practically raised her younger sister. She knows how past mistakes can haunt a person, but when she and Zach are together, she finds her longing for a future outweighs the pain that came before.
Enjoy a sneak peek from More Than Words Can Say
by Karen Witemeyer
Her cheeks were growing pink. Probably because he was just standing there staring at her like an idiot instead of saying something.
Tightening his grip on the square, he cleared his throat. "What kind of proposition?"
She thrust a set of papers at him, the sheets crinkling as the corners bent against his chest. "A business proposition. A rather . . . um . . . unconventional one, but one I believe will prove beneficial to both of us if you'll look past the first hurdle."
He reached for the papers. "That hurdle being?"
She straightened her posture, which was an impressive trick of engineering since she was already standing as stiff as the board he'd been working on moments ago. Then she met his gaze and something grabbed at his gut. "Marriage," she said. "To me."
A cough exploded in his throat. He ducked his chin and turned aside, the choking sensation worsening to the point that he had to brace his arms against the workbench as he struggled to control the spasms. He'd always wondered how his brother Seth felt when an asthma attack hit. Now he knew.
"It might appear to be a beggar's bargain on the surface," she said from behind him, "but I promise there are benefits."
At the word benefits, images jumped immediately to Zach's mind. Vivid images. Of bedsheets and unpinned hair. Of luscious curves, dimpled smiles, and welcoming glances.
His throat constricted further. Not even a cough could escape now.
"To start with, you can have all the sticky buns you like free of charge. For life."
Breakfast. She was talking about breakfast.
Finally, a bit of air seeped into his lungs, allowing him to wrestle his unruly thoughts into submission as he turned to face Miss Kemp. He leaned back against the workbench, not yet trusting his knees to hold him upright on their own, and forced himself to meet his tormentor's gaze.
He thrust the crumpled papers back at her. "I ain't lookin' for a wife."
She made no move to collect the unwanted documents. "There's a law," she blurted. "A ridiculously archaic city ordinance that precludes women from owning businesses in Honey Grove. After my father died, the city council gave me three months to grieve, then approached me with an ultimatum. If I don't sell the business, I can either partner with a male financial backer by the end of the month or have the marshal close the bakery doors for me. Permanently." Zach frowned. That seemed a bit extreme, but he didn't doubt her word. Plenty of men believed that women belonged in the home and nowhere else. And he wouldn't put it past them to enforce their will on her by dusting off some outdated legislation.
"That's unfortunate, but I still don't see what this has to do with me."
Dimples appeared for the first time that afternoon as her lips curved in a triumphant grin. "You, my dear sir, are option number three.
End of Excerpt
Copyright © by Karen Witemeyer
Learn more by visiting the author's website. MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY released from Bethany House June 4, 2019.
"I adored this book! Witemeyer's wit is such a fresh breath of air on the pages."
"I loved, loved, loved this book! I didn't even know it was the second in a series, so it was great as a standalone. But, knowing it is part of a series, I will now go and buy the first book . . . I loved both of these characters and how they grew to love each other despite unusual circumstances. The theme of not holding on to past mistakes (or our past in general) was well developed." —Amazon Reviewer
Meet the Author
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Recently voted #1 Readers' Favorite Christian Romance Author by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a two-time winner of the ACFW Carol Award and three-time RITA® finalist. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Historical Inspirational Romance
Heat Level: 2
Language Level: 1
Violence Level: 2
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