More Than Meets the Eye (Patchwork Family, #1) by Karen Witemeyer

More Than Meets the Eye (Patchwork Family, #1)

When her family is threatened, she doesn't expect falling in love to be their best defenseMany consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes—one bright blue, the other dark brown—Evangeline 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 Evangeline has two—Seth and Zach, fellow orphans sh...

Details More Than Meets the Eye (Patchwork Family, #1)

TitleMore Than Meets the Eye (Patchwork Family, #1)
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Historical Romance, Christian

Reviews More Than Meets the Eye (Patchwork Family, #1)

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    About this 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 ...
  • Tricia Mingerink
    This book is SO GOOD!!!!! The beginning prologue is absolutely heartwrenching (I was tearing up, and I rarely do that). Then the rest of the book is so hilarious with plenty of action thrown in the mix. At this point, Karen Witemeyer has perfected her style of humor and action, a style I can't seem to get enough of. Even the characters' inner thoughts are worded very cleverly to create humor at points. I loved the main characters, but I think my ...
  • Cara Putman
    A delightful romp but with lots of heart and depth. I adored the heroine. And the hero grew into the man she thought he could be. The development of the story and characters was so enjoyable.
  • Amanda Tero
    This is my second book to read by Witemeyer and I enjoyed it just as immensely.The orphan train in the beginning immediately gripped me. I loved this patchwork family—their diversities, their struggles, their secrets, and their needs. Then add Logan into the mix with his own problems, and I found a fantastic array of characters.I thought the spiritual content was a decent balance. It strengthened more as the story progressed, and held a powerfu...
  • Dawn
    This was super cute. I loved Evangeline and her positive outlook. I also loved her brothers. And Logan. Let's just say that he has a lot of issues to work through, but I love how he works through them. I'm hoping for a story about Zach. I received a copy from the author to help promote. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
  • Hannah
    This one was simply a lot of fun! Liked the mystery and the family dynamics just as much as I enjoyed watching the hero and heroine banter their way to true love. 16+ because there were a whole bunch of kisses in this one.I’ll try to come back later and link to the full review.
  • Clara
    This story starts with tragedy. One brought upon a little girl shunned by society because of mismatched eyes. Amidst heartbreak and trauma, Evangeline finds a balm for her soul in the set of most unexpected people who are willing to call her theirs. And so she grows lavished with love, though still secluded from society. She also grows determined never let a creature, human or animal, ever feel the aching pain of disapproval.Logan Fowler is thirs...
  • Jaye Knight
    A new Karen Witemeyer book is something I always look forward to with great anticipation. It’s hard to pick favorites with Karen’s books, but More Than Meets the Eye is definitely high up on my list. And Evangeline is one of my favorite of Karen’s female characters, which is a big deal because I have trouble finding female protagonists I like. But Evangeline is just so happy and sweet you can’t help but like her. One of my favorite things...
  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    Karen, oh Karen, oh Karen. I'm tellin' y'all, be prepared to cry! Whether it's from laughing or from being kicked in the feels. Karen BROUGHT IT with this book. The prologue was a perfect set-up to an amazing story. We meet Evangeline when she's just 4 years old and constantly being looked over because of her mismatched eyes. Tragedy forces 3 orphans to build a patchwork family and try to survive on their own. HOW SAD IS THAT?!Evangeline was such...
  • Alyssa
    A new Karen Witemeyer book....04/10/2018- I just saw the cover today and I am sorely disappointed. This is such a far departure from previous Witemeyer novels and just sub-par for Bethany House in general. Mrs. Witemeyer's novels deserve better covers than this.6/14/2018 UPDATE: 3.5 stars.
  • Kav
    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 s...
  • Madison
    4.5 starsMore Than Meets The Eye is a delightful historical Christian romance, with a touch of mystery, plenty of suspense, and a warm heart that celebrates family and belonging. From the gorgeous cover to the heartwarming story where family is the people you choose, More Than Meets The Eye was wonderful from start to finish.Evangeline Hamilton knows the cost of heartbreak. Yet she chooses to remain optimistic, celebrating the family God gave her...
  • Melissa
    Karen Witemeyer’s first book in the Patchwork Family series is a winner. The author grabs your attention with a tear-jerking prologue and hangs on to it all the way to the HEA epilogue. The spiritual lesson contained in this novel is presented in a way that is thought-provoking, but not preachy. It flows as a natural part of the story.Evangeline has every reason to be bitter about the life card she has been dealt, but her temperament is just th...
  • Amy
    It pains me to say it, but they just released this book cover art and it is, hands down, THE WORST Karen Witemeyer cover I have ever seen! In fact, it is one of the worst Bethany House covers I have ever seen. What's happening??? BHP used to be celebrated for their stunning, original, beautiful covers. Lately, they all look like cheap, homemade self-published covers from the early 1990s. Why have their designs become so amateurish? VERY disappoin...
  • Paula Shreckhise
    More Than Meets The Eye (Patchwork Family) by Karen Witemeyer is the first in a series of books set in 1894 Texas. “When her family is threatened, she doesn’t expect falling in love to be their defense” It is Pecan Gap, Texas, 1894.Everybody is hiding secrets: Evangeline Hamilton, with her mismatched eyes is considered a freak. Evie, along with her adopted brothers, Zach and Seth, are hiding their real last names so they can continue as a f...
  • Melissa
    Ahhhhhh.....This book makes my soul smile and my heart happy. I adore Karen's books(She is my favorite author for a reason) and this story is tied for 1st place with "Heart On The Line"(I love Amos
  • Amanda
    From its heart wrenching prologue to its heartwarming epilogue, Karen Witemeyer’s latest book is a pure delight and arguably her best book yet. Who can resist a heroine with a penchant for rescuing strays, including a wild boar, and a hero who – despite his best intentions – falls head over heels in love with the one woman he is certain is absolutely wrong for him? I highly recommend this beautifully written romance. I’m waiting eagerly f...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    "Vengeance doesn't heal pain, Logan. Love heals pain. Where is the love in what you are doing?"Three orphans have decided to strike out on their own rather than wait for someone to adopt them off the orphan train. They become each other's family. Evangeline Hamilton, however, is considered cursed by many because of two different colored eyes. She and her brothers Zach and Seth have lived on a farm outside town and rarely see others. She is mocked...
  • Amy
    More Than Meets the Eye is the beginning to Karen Witemeyer's new series, Patchwork Family. This one has got to be my favorite written her to date. It was full of humor that made me laugh so hard that I snorted. Not a good book to read in public, unless a reader does not embarrass easily. Logan and Evangeline were so much fun. The book, also, has some mystery, suspense, and action. More Than Meets the Eye is one book that should not to be missed....
  • ShadowS
    Karen Witemeyer writes as good as Jane Austen for me. The same feelings and excitement I get from reading Pride and Prejudice, I get from Karens books. I am never dissapointed and I always am left wanting more. "To win her heart" and "Short straw bride" are a couple of my all time favorites. She writes Heroes and Heroines we want to get to know, cheer for and love.
  • Maureen Timerman
    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 turn...
  • Deanna Stevens
    This is a story that starts out on an orphan train that crashes and kills 4 year-old Evangeline's older brother. The two surviving older orphan's promise to take care of her and the story begins. The three orphans, a hog named Hezekiah, some moonshine, a young man bent on justice, all with a little romance tossed in.. Interesting situations and hard to put down action! If you like inspirational fiction, you will enjoy this one!I receive complimen...
  • Leigh
    Even though this one didn't really feel like a Karen book to me she still hit a home run for me! I can't wait for Zach's story!!
  • Brittany
    More Than Meets the Eye was a sweet story. Even though there were plenty of lighthearted moments, this storyline delved into the hurts that wound people and how God and caring friends can help to heal those hearts.Evangeline not only suffered much loss at a young age, she also carried around pain from the way she was treated by most people in her community. Logan carried a lot of hurt and a heart full of vengeance toward a man who wronged his fam...
  • Kellyn Roth
    I actually finished this two or three days ago, but haven't been able to take a moment.THAT WAS sOOOOOOOO GOOOD THOUGH!!!! I want to own it in paperback and have the next book in the series NOW please!!!!!!!
  • Rebecca
    3.5 stars"Was he friend or foe? Only one way to find out. Spying." And just like that, Evangeline Hamilton stumbles upon a strange man and his horse hanging out on the edge of her family's property. . . . . . . . or actually, he found her after a slight misunderstanding about a wild pig attack. There was something pleasantly curious about the handsome cowboy with the jagged scar and the "questioning brow", he didn't seem to think her mismatched e...
  • Jen.
    Knowing how much I enjoy Karen Witemeyer's books, I requested a copy on NetGalley as soon as More Than Meets The Eye was available. This latest novel did not disappoint!This captivating story starts off with a very emotional prologue. It was a fabulous introduction for rest of the book!Moving forward into the chapters. we are re-introduced to the Hamilton siblings as adults. A rag-tag family built on solid devotion and trust, the trio have been o...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    I love when an author can draw me right into the story and setting and make me feel like I'm there! Evie's background as an orphan on the orphan train is tragic, yet she uses her trials to strengthen her faith and stays optimistic. She has such a fun and funny personality, it was a pleasure to read about her mannerisms and special way of warming up even the most recalcitrant cowboy. Her insecurities about her eyes and the way many of the townspeo...
  • Suzie
    In her new series debut, Karen Witemeyer examines some characters with unique challenges.Evangeline Hamilton has not had an easy life. She’s lost family and people steer away from her because of her unique eyes (one blue and one brown). Yet she has managed to carve her own happiness with her brothers in the town of Pecan Gap, Texas. And she has not let the tragedy nor the ignorance of people smother her joy.Logan isn’t at all expecting to fin...