I love Karen Witemeyer's writings--I love her characters and settings. Her books usually center around the male protagonist and his reluctance to fall in love. But this time, she has centered this book on the female protagonist--Emma Chandler, and the colony of women who have come together to live peaceable lives. Instead of running a women's shelter, she has created a whole town just for the women to find refuge from the abuse that comes their way, and for the women to find value in supporting themselves.
When someone comes to Harper's Station wanting the women to leave, Emma calls on Malachi Shaw and asks him to come help. So far, the outlaw has left notes around town, then he shot into the church, set the church on fire, and shot into the bank. Malachi believes that the outlaw has a cohort in town and feels that finding out who the traitor is is the first order of business.
I love the fact that the Karen has taken a biblical principle and written a novel around it. Although the reason the women show up in Harper's Station is not the reason God set up cities of refuge, the guiding principle is the same.
This is definitely a five star book, two thumbs up, and a city of refuge.
My thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book.