More Than Meets The Eye by Karen WitemeyerMore Than Meets The Eye by Karen Witemeyer

More Than Meets The Eye

byKaren Witemeyer

Paperback | June 5, 2018

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Title:More Than Meets The EyeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.35 × 5.51 × 1.02 inPublished:June 5, 2018Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0764212834

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything that is perfection in fiction wrapped up in one beautiful story Everything that is perfection in fiction wrapped up in one beautiful story. I'm pretty much gobsmacked over this one. My favourite Karen Witemeyer novel for sure....and she's left me yearning for Zach's story so much so that I've searched the web trying to find a release date -- or anything about the next book in her Patchwork Family series -- but I've come up empty. Mournful sigh. Thankfully I'm still giddy over More Than Meets the Eye so that's some comfort. Especially when I think about Zach...wait...Logan is the hero in this novel and he is scrumptious but, clearly Zach has caught my attention and I need his story right now!!!! Okay, back to Logan -- Evie sums him up early on when she compares him to a snapping turtle! "Solitary. Hard shell to protect all the vulnerable areas. Adept at camouflage." Yep, that's Logan. He's a man driven to see justice served...or is it really revenge? He's spent years working on a plan to put things right...and then he meets Evie who helps him see that he's got it all wrong. She's all sunshine and light and the promise that happily ever afters are possible. Feisty and independent but so open and trusting and Logan quickly falls under her spell which complicates all those well-laid plans. For such a gnarly romance there's plenty of humour and tender moments too. I alternately laughed and swooned my way through to the end. (Wait until you meet Evie's pet -- wild boar Hezikiah!) And Evie's relationship with her brothers -- the way she 'manages' them is hilarious. Love the idea for this series and the concept of creating a patchwork family. Add in a perilous mystery and an unexpected secondary love story and I am one euphoric reader. Characters you care about, a compelling plot and just enough toe-curling kisses to make a fainting couch a necessity to get through this read safely -- sweet perfection! "People might try to hide their broken places and pretend to be whole, but the truth is that we all have failings. That is why we need each other."
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Historical --Broken People Searching for Healing This fantastic Christian historical fiction story by Karen Witemeyer is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. More Than Meets the Eye will pull on your heartstrings as you realize the pain Evie goes through all her life because of her miss-matched eyes. People can be so cruel, not just back then, but even now, when others are different from themselves, in a way they don’t understand. I loved the way the orphans joined together to form a formidable, unshakable bond they considered family. They learned how to deal with each others’ needs in order to create the strongest possibility for each to survive. Both Logan and Zach need to learn that the future is not theirs to shape, no matter how desperate they are they retain their tenuous hold on the future. “...control was an illusion. No man controlled fate. God alone claimed that honor.” Healing from brokenness is a big theme in the book. At first reading, it seems obvious who has the biggest holes in their hearts and who may have transgressed the most. However, broken people heal best when they and those who may stand in judgment all realize that we are all broken somewhere. “People might try to hide their broken places and pretend to be whole, but the truth is that we all have failings. That is why we need each other.” We all need to work together to forgive and forge a new path. I highly recommend this book. I both bought a copy and received a complimentary copy from Bethany House. This in no way affected my opinions, which are freely given and for which I am solely responsible.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating This was a different book than I am used to when it comes to Karen Witemeyer, it reminded me initially of a book by Jen Turano with the introduction of a pig. Oops, I mean wild pig. Even so, a PIG! So I admit, that threw me off my game because I couldn’t help but wrinkle my nose at ever reference regarding the pig, although it did have a roll within the book. But still! Despite my initial misgivings, the story proceeded and I pushed myself to continue. It was a lot of play by play and then we were introduced to a new character. From here on, the story picked up and I could not wait to finish the book. The moments I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about the story. It beckoned me and I obeyed. That said, despite my initial hesitations with a story that involves the loving care of a pig, I found that I really, really enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I really enjoyed the first book in the Patchwork Family Series. You can’t help but love the characters; share their joys and weep during their sorrows. There is lovely mixture of romance, heartache and mystery.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Long Until the Sequel Releases!!? I was long overdue for my dose of a Karen Witemeyer story, and her newest novel was even better than I’d hoped! “More Than Meets the Eye” was published by Bethany House as the first of the “Patchwork Family” novels, and just like all of Karen’s books is the perfect combination of sweet and heart-pounding, witty and thought-provoking. “More Than Meets the Eye” opened with a tear-jerking prologue that yanked me into the story, and my imagination was held captive until the very last page. In fact, I still feel connected to the characters and am waiting anxiously to discover if the next “Patchwork Family” novel will be about the character I’m so hoping for (Zach). Evangeline is a delightful, sparkling heroine with many unique characteristics, not the least being her two different colored eyes; while Logan is a good-hearted but misguided hero seeking to overcome the secrets of his past in ways even he doesn’t realize. Add a hilarious pet hog named Hezekiah, a pair of overprotective brothers, an attempted murder, a mysterious stranger, and a deadly moonshine operation and you have the makings of a classic, exciting, inspirational, western romance that will tug at your heartstrings! “More Than Meets the Eye” is one of my favorite Karen Witemeyer novels to date (though each one seems like my favorite after I finish it...), and contained only a few minor, inappropriate details that are barely noticeable. If you enjoy Christian Historical Fiction (especially Westerns) at its best, you won’t want to miss this delightful new story. Two words of warning, though: you won’t be able to put it down, and you will mourn over the fact that a sequel is not likely be released for many months! “Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An exciting adventure from a well-beloved author! The prologue for this book is powerful. Had me tearing up within the first few minutes of opening the cover. From that point on, you have to know what will happen to the orphan characters, because you've become connected to them on a heart level, every single one. Logan and Eva are both beautifully flawed characters, and their journey is a delight to read. From the heroine's unique family and newfound friends to a horse and pet pig named after Old Testament prophets (one of which wears a red bow to avoid becoming ham steaks), the secondary characters display show-stealer potential. Their plot weaves in and out with the main characters' goals so well. I have a hunch we'll be seeing Zach's story soon, and the anticipation is getting to me already. The jaded son of a riverboat gambler who gave up his dreams to raise two orphans? I have a feeling his story is going to be well worth the wait. I was delighted to see a dual romance thread in this book. Smart, protective men and strong-but-feminine women shine through all the ups and downs of finding love in tough circumstances. The nerd in me loved to see a bookish romance between secondary characters, while the western-loving part of me smiled at the roguish antics of the tough and gruff leading man with his Lady Sunshine. One aspect that sets apart the main romantic story, is the hero's "wooing" the heroine to get information from her that will advance his goals, which of course accidentally turns into a real courtship, leaving our hero with lots of well-deserved inner conflict! I enjoyed watching him squirm under the glaring light of his conscience while wrestling between serving up justice and admitting his heart had found its home with a plucky little farm-girl sporting mismatched eyes. Overall, this story delighted me with surprises and fueled my curiosity for the next book in the series. There were only a couple times I didn't quite understand the hero's decisions in relation to the villain, but the resulting danger and edge-of-your-seat moments saw me turning pages faster to keep up with the action! The author's trademark wit, adventure, and warm western charm saturates this story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys inspirational western romance with a giggle. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher free of charge. My review is voluntary, and the opinions expressed are my own.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Awesome Book I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. More than Meets the Eye was written by Karen Witemeyer and published by Bethany House in 2018. Four-year-old Evangeline Pearson, Evie for short, is desperately hoping that she and her older brother, Hamilton get adopted at this next stop or they will be sent back to New York where she and her brother will get separated and sent off to different families. There are only two other kids on the train. A sickly boy named Seth who hadn’t been claimed because he wasn’t fit for farm work and a boy named Zach who threatened to kill any families who showed the least bit of interest in him in their sleep. Now you may be wondering, what is so wrong with Evie that she hasn’t gotten adopted yet? her eyes are two different colors. Nowadays that doesn’t seem like too big a problem but back then everyone thought she was a witch. No one’s going to adopt a witch. Hamilton, Evie, Zach, and Seth, have no luck getting adopted at the last town so the train turns around and starts heading for London. Suddenly the train flips over. Hamilton saves Zach by pushing him out of the way of the falling debris but ends up getting fatally hurt himself. He makes Zach promise to take care of Evie before breathing his last breath. Zach, Seth, and Evie run away during the pandemonium of the overturned train. No one notices them leaving. They become a new family changing their last name to Hamilton in honor of his sacrifice. Fastforward 15 years to present day. The Hamiltons are a happy family. Zach works odd jobs to pay the bills while Evie and Seth take care of the house. in the mornings, Evie likes to go for romps with her pig, Hezekiah, Hezzy for short. On one of these romps she meets a charming man with whom she builds a friendship. Little does she know that this man has come here for the express purpose of revenge against Zach. I really liked this book. It is by far my favorite book that Bethany House has sent me. I would honestly recommend this book to just about anyone it was that good. I liked all the mystery in it and how at least one character is always in danger so you always have someone to worry about.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prejudice A book that offers a lot of different things going on including, prejudice, murder, bootlegging, kidnapping, cheating, to name a few. While this book begins on the orphan train, that is not the main focus of this story, yes, it is about the children’s survival, but mostly as adults. We do get a bit of romance here, and it is really sweet with new beginnings, and you can see the faith of these people leading them. This book became a real page turner for me, I had to find out the outcome, and there are a lot of surprises right to the end. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2018-06-05