Monday, June 27, 2011

Review- To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer

I have a soft spot for heroes traveling the road to redemption and something about Levi Grant weaseled its way into my mushy little heart. He’s a burly guy who speaks with a lisp, a former prize fighter with a temperament as mild as Ferdinand the bull. His contradictions could be used as a model for building character profiles.

I am fascinated by how Witemeyer managed to write Levi’s dialogue throughout the entire novel and never include the /s/ sound, until the few instances where she wanted to show his vulnerability (he guards his speech due to his lisp). I don’t usually notice craft when I’m enjoying a story as much as I enjoyed this one, but I found the dialogue clever.

If you’re a fan of historical romance, there’s nothing here to dislike. To Win Her Heart contained likable characters, a spoonful of angst, and a huge emotional payoff at the end. This was my first Witemeyer book, but it certainly won’t be my last.

Want more info? Here's the book blurb:
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?

My rating:


  1. I just recently discovered Karen's books. I'm posting a review of Tailor-Made bride today. I think she's fabulous. Can't wait to read this one. Have you read TMB?

  2. This looks like an awesome story, and the hero is already tugging at my own heart, lol..

  3. @Jessica- I haven't read Tailor Made Bride yet, but I have it on my e-reader waiting for me. This was my first Witemeyer book too.

    @Myne- The whole lisp thing had the potential to go either way, it could have come off too wimpy or girlie, but he remained heroic and the lisp was just there when he didn't to show his vulnerable side.

  4. I have Tailor Made Bride on my Kindle also. I'm going to have to put it at the top of my to read list. To Win Her Heart sounds great and now I want to go get it! Ack! I have so many books in my TBR pile. Isn't that always the case?


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