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    Enjoyable summer read

    I quite enjoyed the first book of a new series (Patchwork Family) by Karen Witemeyer. The opening scene starts with action and deep emotion as we find four children left on an orphan train returning with Children’s Aid as no one wanted them. A ruffian, an asthmatic child, a young girl with two different eye colours and her older brother who promised never to leave her. This unlikely group form a strong bond and become family to each other when tragedy strikes their young lives. The story touches on the challenges of being “different”, given labels just because of the way one looks. There’s heartfelt emotion, and quite a bit of adventure and action throughout the entire book. There’s attempted murder, and fraudulent activities requiring swift justice and captured offenders. There are secrets to be confessed, and pasts that need forgiving. And of course, there are romances that need to find their happily ever afters. The underlying message is that we all have scars and marks in our lives but God still has plans for each of us, and can use us to accomplish big things. It’s a story of surrendering hurt and revenge to God; of how strong the bond of family is (even in families that aren’t biologically related); and of how God’s love conquers all. More Than Meets the Eye is a light and enjoyable summer read. I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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    In the Eye of the Beholder

    I love spunky heroines who are vulnerable yet love fiercely! Such is the case of Evangeline Hamilton who is the heroine in "More Than Meets The Eye". I find it fascinating that she possesses mismatched eyes - one bright blue and one dark brown. I'd never heard of such a thing! Evie loves her 2 brothers fiercely. They were orphaned young so they have a very tight bond. I was blown away by how they managed to make it and thrive. Evie is such a ray of sunshine even though she has never been treated very nicely, except by her brothers (because of those eyes!). It made me stop and think about how it's just the same in today's world - bullies and others who don't treat others nicely. Evie rises above that! She's not quite sure what to do when she meets Logan Fowler in the woods behind her house! He's a mysterious stranger! Evie has been sheltered most of her life by her brothers so men haven't really been part of her life but she feels something for Logan and she also feels he is in need of her cheerfulness which he doesn't necessarily appreciate at the beginning! I really enjoyed their interactions! Logan is looking for the man who is responsible for his father's death and he wants justice! He doesn't want to deal with a "Mary Sunshine"!!! But Evie grows on him! I loved the secondary story going on in the book too about a new character, a crime being committed and how everyone gets involved to solve it! This book is just SO good! I had a very hard time putting it down and when I finished it, I wanted there to be more chapters! I wasn't ready to let go of the characters! Ms. Witemeyer's books continue to get better and better! I've read every one of them and her characters come alive to me! I definitely recommend this book as one that will capture the interest of the reader and keep it all through the book! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was under no obligation to provide a review. All opinions are my own.
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    An Awesome Book

    More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer is the first book in the Patchwork Family series. Oh, my goodness. Where do I start? This story grabbed you from page one and didn’t let go even after the last page was read. Evangeline Hamilton was orphaned at a young age. Raised by her two adopted brothers, also orphans, she knows what heartache is. But, she doesn’t let it get her down. Considered cursed because of her mis-matched eyes, she still goes through her day with a spring in her step, a song on her lips and her pet pig by her side. What an example. When her family is threatened she doesn’t give in to getting even. Evie sets out to show God’s love and restoring power. I started this book and stayed up way too late reading. It was just impossible to put down. I can’t wait for the next installment. If you don’t read another book this summer, you have to make time to read More Than Meets the Eye. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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    Wonderfully Woven Story of Hope and Peril

    More Than Meets the Eye – A Patchwork Family Novel - by Karen Witemeyer Pecan Gap, TX 1894 Three unlikely and unrelated orphans have banded together to scratch their way into a respectable life and makeshift family under the name of Hamilton. Zach is the brisk older brother who does whatever it takes to provide for the family he never asked for. Seth is a suffering asthmatic with excellent business skills and Evangeline is an innocent young woman who refuses to let her heterochromia (two mismatched eyes) define her character, despite the ignorance and lack of compassion from the locals. Each one passionately and fiercely loves the others and will care for them come hell or high water. Logan Fowler has secretly returned to Pecan Gap, looking for justice for his family who was abruptly forced from their home when he was a teen. He is camping out on the edge of the Hamilton’s ranch when he unexpectedly observes Evangeline about to be attacked by a wild boar and his moral compass just can’t let that happen. Circumstances twist and turn and danger arrives unexpectedly when Logan and Evangeline observe someone throwing something into the river which forces these people to work together. Tough turnips was a phrase I had never heard that made me laugh. I might have to steal that one! CH.15: “People might try to hide their broken places and to be whole, but the truth is that we all have failings. That is why we need each other.” I really enjoyed this story and discovering the onion layers being peeled back from each character. The danger element elevated the tale, and the faith-filled moments were touching as well. Evangeline was so special and really brought joy and hope to everyone. I highly recommend this 5-star story and look forward to the next one. Thank you to Bethany House Publishing who sent me a review copy. My opinion is my own without expectation or compensation.
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    Another fabulous story!

    This is a fantastic start to what is going to be an amazing new series. More Than Meets the Eye is the first book in The Patchwork Family series and it’s an amazing story, from the tear-jerking prologue to the sweet ending. I immediately fell in love with the characters and the makeshift family they created. Evangeline is the heart and soul of the family and I loved her cheerful, sassy personality and bright outlook on life, even after all the tragedy and rejection she had experienced. Her pet boar Hezekiah was an adorable, quirky addition and I loved his role in bringing her and Logan together. Evangeline and Logan were a fun, sweet couple and I love how they pushed each other to be better versions of themselves. Logan’s story arc was especially powerful as he was forced to relinquish the bitterness he had been harboring and offer forgiveness instead of revenge. I also loved the additional mystery with Seth and Christie. However, my favorite character was definitely Zach. I loved how much he sacrificed to take care of his family and how protective of them he was. I cannot wait to read his story. Filled with Karen Witemeyer’s signature wit and charm, this story is a fun, sweet adventure that reminds us that our worth is more than what meets the eye. “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ~1 Samuel 16:7b
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