So much happened in this book, I had a hard time putting it down in my eagerness to find out what was to come! I love how Karen Witemeyer always creates a unique story with twists and turns along the way. It's never predictable, it's always romantic, and it's always a great read for a long weekend. I have yet to read a book by this author that wasn't a pleasant read - and I am a notoriously picky reader!
Abigail Kemp needs a man. Any man will do, as long as she can keep her family's bakery. After being informed of a law that prohibits a woman from owning property in Honey Grove, Texas, Abigail is furious. Determined to get around it, she decides she needs to marry, with the provision that whoever she marries has nothing to do with the running of her bakery. Zacharias Hamilton seems to fit the bill nicely, if only she could get him to accept her business proposition. Zach is floored when Abigail comes to him with the crazy scheme - he never thought to marry, let alone marry someone he barely knows. But he can't resist a woman in distress, and thus ensues a story of loss, redemption, and love.
I will start off by saying that I found this couple a bit difficult to connect with at first, so steady on if you find yourself feeling the same way initially. Their relationship grows slowly, but as can be seen early on, they each find it easy to be attracted to each other physically. It just takes a very long time for them to connect in other ways. Zach was so cute in his attempts to "seduce" his wife, and I was rooting for him to succeed. It was a little odd to see the heat level in this book, since I am used to more sedate Christian romance, but as someone who regularly reads steamy romance novels, it wasn't a turnoff for me. And everything remained "behind closed doors", so to speak. Abigail wasn't your typical heroine, but I loved her quirks and her desire for independence. Yes, she married to keep her bakery, but she also genuinely felt something for Zach. Her relationship with her sister, Rosalind, was very strong, and I loved seeing that as a prominent feature of the story. Rosalind didn't fade into the background, but instead she became an important part of the story. Her bond with Zach was sweet and just pointed to the kindness and generosity of his character.
I am hoping Rosalind gets her book next, or at least soon! I really liked her character, and I'm interested to see who she is paired with.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**