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.
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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?