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Description: After completing 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.
Eden Spencer has sworn off men, choosing instead to devote her time to the lending library she runs in the town her father founded. When a mountain-sized stranger walks through her door and asks to borrow a book, she's reluctant to trust him. Yet as the mysteries of the town's new blacksmith unfold, Eden discovers hidden depths in him that tempt her heart.
Eden believes she's finally found a man of honor and integrity. But when the truth about Levi's prodigal past comes to light, can this tarnished hero find a way to win back the librarian's affections?
Finally, I read To Win Her Heart! It has taken me so long to get to this story, and I have heard nothing but good things about it. However, even the best of books can be drowned in a to-read pile.
As I read this book, it felt a lot like a beauty and the beast story. Was it just me? I saw all sorts of parallels to that fairy tale, from the arrogant man who was attracted to Eden, to a man who never thinks he can win the love a woman, to the books that Eden loves so much. For me, it made the story even better to have that comparison.
The one negative thing about this book was how steamy it got at times. While I have no problem with physical attraction, some touching and even a kiss or two, I felt that at times the characters thought of little else. However, this was made up for by the strong Christian message and that they truly seemed to care more about character than what the other looked like.
As always, Witemeyer nailed her Christian message and made it very powerful. While I was not as deeply affected by it as I was some of the others, it still got me to thinking about forgiveness, redemption, and being kind to others.
I recommend this book to older readers who enjoy romance, well portrayed messages, and characters that leap off the page.