More than Meets the Eye
by: Karen Witemeyer
About the Book:
Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.
Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?
Oh my. Oh my, Oh, my! This book was all I’d hoped it would be and more!
“Only special little girls get eyes with two colors.”
If you’ve ever found a character where you shared the same name or occupation, you know the feeling of being able to relate. It’s a special feeling. I read the above quote and could not prevent the tears from flowing down my cheeks. Like Evie in this story, I have red hair and heterochromia iridium– two different color eyes. In my case– one brown and one green.
“There is nothing wrong with your eyes, Evie. They’re beautiful. God’s gift.”
As you may have guessed, this condition is not normal, it’s a mutation in the DNA. Only 6 in 1,000 people have this unique characteristic. I’ve never seen a character with the same “condition” and so I couldn’t wait to get a hold of this new story by Karen Witemeyer.
This was my first read by this author and I am a brand-new fan. This book contains everything. It’s a love story, with suspense, danger, and adventure. It’s a story of forgiveness and acceptance; of opening your heart to love and learning to trust after being hurt. It’s sweet and its funny. It’s an emotional roller coaster. I stared crying before I even finished the prologue.
“No matter how many people reject or betray you,” she said, her voice soft yet intense, “if you have even one person in your life that you can count on–really, truly count on–you can overcome any obstacle.” She stepped closer to him. “Trusting the wrong person might lead to temporary heartache, but trusting the right one provides a strength that can fuel you for a lifetime.”
This story was beautiful. Evie is a ray of sunshine. Seth is so sweet, and Zach… Zach is a big teddy bear– seeming so fierce and ferocious on the outside, but on the inside, he’s a softie that would do anything to protect his brother and sister. I can’t wait to read more of his story in the next book in the Patchwork Family series.
“People might try to hide their broken places and pretend to be whole, but the truth is that we all have failings.”
I loved this book and whole-heartedly recommend it for anyone from early teens and above. This is a sweet, sweet story about God’s love towards us and the love we need to show others.
“Vengeance doesn’t heal pain, Logan. Love heals pain. That’s why God tells us to leave the vengeance to him and instead focus on loving each other, including our enemies.”
“Well, I did try to shoot him when we first met.” Logan said, tipping his chin toward Eva’s pet, “but your sister insisted I spare him.” He leaned his weight on the fence after Seth rested his back against the wooden slats. “I thought maybe if I hung out with him, he’d grow on me.”
“Hasn’t worked for me yet.” Seth crossed his arms over his chest, his pale blue eyes scanning Logan’s face. “But the strategy is sound enough.”
Logan raised a brow. “Trying it on me?”
Logan chuckled at the honesty. “Am I growing on you yet?”
Seth shrugged. “Too soon to tell.”