Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper's Station, a women's colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she trusts enough to ask.
Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he's always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve.
As the danger intensifies, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harper's Station must choose safety or whether to risk everything to fight for their future.
The moral of this story is that in a "man's world," a woman can succeed when she puts her mind to it. However if danger looms and other's may suffer, ask for help and this is what Emma did in this novel. I like the author's work and have read many of her books. This book had it's ups and downs in the story; the whole women's colony was a bit far fetched for me. It kept me interested without making me think too much. I read it in a day and I enjoyed the book.
Stars out of 5:4 I will probably not remember this month by next month, but it was a pleasant read and by an author I enjoy. Well worth picking up.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".