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Book Beat – To Win Her Heart

I’ve found a new author to add to my must-read list. Karen Witemeyer’s novels brim over with romance, humor, and well-developed characters, and I chewed through all three in a very short time. To Win Her Heart has a similar setting (Texas in the late 1800s) as the first two novels, A Tailor-Made Bride and Head in the Clouds, but each novel completely stands alone.

Eden Spencer is the wealthy daughter of the town founder, who runs a lending library, makes art from pressed flowers, and abhors violence. Levi Grant is the new town blacksmith who stumbles over his words and has violence hidden in his past. Not a likely pair, but the chemistry between them rings true, and they discover unexpected depth in each other. When Levi rescues the daughter of a saloon girl and then reveals his secret, Eden has to confront the prejudices she holds inside and learn the meaning of redemption and forgiveness.

The characters were so richly developed. I loved Levi’s restraint – from how he creatively works around his speech impediment to how he resists the urge to violence. I also loved watching Eden grow from a woman who sees herself as charitable to a woman who actually is charitable. The side characters are delightful as well.

Even if you’re not a fan of the Texas frontier – and I’m not – the beautiful writing and fascinating characters will draw you in. I strongly recommend To Win Her Heart and can’t wait for Karen Witemeyer’s next novel!

5 Responses to “Book Beat – To Win Her Heart”

  1. Katers

    Love Karen Witemeyer. I have yet to read this one because I have to get through her last book yet and I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

  2. Sarah Sundin

    Kate – I had her books on my “to-read” list forever, and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. On the plus side, I was able to read all three in a row!

  3. Katers

    Wow! All three!? My sister had read Head in the Clouds before me and told me I had to read it, so that’s how I discovered Karen.

    There are way too many books in the “to-read” pile. Lets not get started on that.

  4. Karen Lange

    Thanks for your thoughts on this, Sarah! I have been wanting to read Karen’s books. I need to just go buy one. 🙂

  5. Sarah Sundin

    Kate – I know. My TBR pile undergoes mitosis before my eyes. I buy books way faster than I read them!
    Karen – I think you’ll really like them 🙂