Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Story of Second Chances

To Win Her Heart by KarenWitemeyer, is a story of second chances for several characters in this western novel, which takes place in the late nineteenth century.

First, there is Levi Grant, a giant of a man and a former prizefighter who is released from prison as the novel begins. He served two years in Huntsville prison because he accidentally killed a man. He moves to Spencer, Texas, where he becomes the town blacksmith. He has a speech problem, so he is a man of few words, but he is well-read and intelligent, even though he doesn't look the part, and he would rather not have people learn about his past.

There he meets the petite and beautiful Eden Spencer, daughter of the town's founder, who runs a library in her home. Eden is a high society spinster whose former fiancee left her at the altar.

Enter the nemesis, Sheriff Conrad Pratt, who wants to marry Eden and lets her know that every time he comes around.

Later in the book we meet a sixteen year old girl, Chloe, whose mother is a prostitute in the local bar and brothel, and her beau, a Scottish lad who works at the quarry and brings iron work to Levi.

The local minister offers Levi a second chance when he recommends him for the job of blacksmith without telling the town leaders about his prison record. Chloe is offered a second chance when Levi rescues her from the brothel before she is tainted and harmed.

Eden has trouble giving Levi a second chance when she finds out about his prison record. And when the sheriff discovers Levi's hidden past, he has an agenda to run him out of town.

This book is filled with twists and turns and action-packed adventure. Near the end, I couldn't read fast enough as everything came together.

Ms. Witemeyer has written a great story about redemption, forgiveness, and second chances, and I hope you will check this one out. She will be interviewed on my blog June 3 with a book give-away.

Two-time RITA® Finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at:

REMEMBER, you still have a chance to enter to win Finding My Place by Margo Dill. Scroll down to her interview and enter your name if you'd like to win this book of historical fiction for children, ages 9-12. Winner will be announced March 31. Yes, I realize that is Easter Sunday. Margo has a sale going for her book until April 1. The runners-up can buy her book before that date, so if you don't win, you can still get her book for $8.00. That's why I'm announcing the winner on Sunday. Be sure to leave your email address so I can notify you if you are the winner.


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