Historical Fiction Book Review: More Than Words Can Say

About the Book

Title: More Than Words Can Say
Series: A Patchwork Family (Book 2)
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: June 4, 2019

Publisher's Description

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?


My Review

More Than Words Can Say, by Karen Witemeyer, is the second book in A Patchwork Family series. Infused with plenty of wit, charm, and romance, this historical fiction novel is delightfully entertaining and memorable. The small town setting, likable characters, and unconventional plot ensure that this story is thoroughly engaging and truly enjoyable from the first paragraph to the last.

The beauty of this book is wholly enriched by well-developed characters that are endearing and completely intriguing. They are flawed, authentic, and clever, and their pain, their desires, and their choices make them compelling and relatable. Even though they struggle through real trials that test their assumptions and even their faith, the power of God’s grace and mercy abounds, offering renewed hope and second chances.

More Than Words Can Say is also compelling for its strong focus on family and the myriad ways in which family members support, uplift, and protect each other. Its well-crafted scenes of heartbreak and loss are softened with glimpses of grace and forgiveness. Moments of despair lead to paths of perseverance and restoration. Faulty logic and deeply rooted fears are overcome with patience, kindness, and truth.

Well-written and rich with detail, More Than Words Can Say is an utterly satisfying novel that touched my heart page after page. Once again, Ms. Witemeyer has crafted an appealing story that is worthwhile and meaningful. I eagerly recommend it to all readers.

*I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.


My Reflection

After years of turning away from painful memories and deep regrets, with faith and courage, the characters embrace forgiveness and find the healing and restoration for which their hearts and souls have been searching. They discover that their brokenness is redeemed when they place their hope in the hands of a loving and gracious God. No longer relying on their own skills and determination, they encounter a new sense of peace when they place their trust in God alone.


With great care and thoughtfulness, Ms. Witemeyer skillfully incorporates relevant and impactful themes into More Than Words Can Say, making it a novel that inspires and encourages even as it entertains. As I read this book, my own faith was strengthened by the gentle reminder that God is good, and there is no better place for me to be than resting securely in his hands, and that not even my own insecurities, doubts, or failures can separate me from God’s compassion, forgiveness, and love.

About the Author: Karen Witemeyer


"For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted historical romances with a flair of humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, National Reader's Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit her website.



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