Tuesday, December 15, 2015

To Win Her Heart

Having completed his sentence for the unintentional crime that derailed his youthful plans for fame and fortune, Levi Grant looks to start over in the town of Spencer, Texas. Spencer needs a blacksmith, a trade he learned at his father's knee, and he needs a place where no one knows his past. But small towns leave little room for secrets...

Eden Spencer has sworn off men, choosing instead to devote her time to the lending library she runs. When a mountain-sized stranger walks through her door and asks to borrow a book, she steels herself against the attraction he provokes. His halting speech and hesitant manner leave her doubting his intelligence. Yet as the mysteries of the town's new blacksmith unfold, Eden discovers hidden depths in him that tempt her heart.

Levi's renewed commitment to his faith leads Eden to believe she's finally found a man of honor and integrity, a man worthy of her love. But when the truth about his prodigal past comes to light, can this tarnished hero find a way to win back the librarian's affections?

To Win Her Heart 
Published May 1st 2011
 by Bethany House Publishers  
4 Stars 

Hatred stirreth up strifes:
but loved covereth all sins.
~Proverbs 10:12

Karen Witemeyer brings us a beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances.  This historical romance takes place in Spencer, Texas during 1887.  We are introduced to Levi Grant who has just been released from Huntsville Prison.  The man who walked out of prison is not the same as the one  who walked in convicted of involuntary manslaughter.  Levi was led to the Lord by the prison chaplain and he takes his salvation very seriously.  He has arrived in Spencer in hopes to put his past behind him and become the town blacksmith.  
Eden Spencer is a beautiful, young woman who runs a library in town.  She had moved from Galveston 5 years previously after being a jilted bride.  She has not plans to ever let a man close enough to hurt her again.  Her life is full of charitable works and the children at the library, so she was content.  The only thorn in her side was the conceited Sheriff Pratt and his not understanding the word no. 
Upon meeting, Levi and Eden are instantly  attracted to one another, but with Levi's past he know that he's not good enough for her.  Secrets, they have a way of coming out and they do not always bring the positive results you might hope for.  
I really liked this story.  I liked how Levi had a strong commitment to his faith.  Also his understanding that just because God had forgiven him his past mistakes didn't necessarily mean others wouldn't judge him for those same mistakes.  Eden's character surprised me .  I expected her to be stuck up and not willing to see past Levi's job or his speech, but she looked at his heart and saw who he was deep inside.  The plot is sweet and flows effortlessly.  The characters are endearing and lovable and will keep you turning the pages.    
I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good, clean romance.  
*I received this book via Netgalley for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence.    

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