To Win Her Heart, by Karen Witemeyer

Levi Grant is ready to put his reckless past behind him and start fresh as the new blacksmith in Spencer, Texas. He finds himself attracted to wealthy Eden Spencer, who operates her own private lending library and is active in community service. Eden initially pegs Levi as an ignorant brute, but her perception changes as Levi’s integrity is revealed.

I really liked this book. I thought it was well-written and contained genuinely valuable spiritual lessons without seeming preachy. I might be inclined to give it to my daughters when they are in their mid-teens and discuss it with them. Levi wrestles with giving his guilt over to God, overcoming temptation, and walking in daily obedience. Eden has to learn how to do what is right, rather than just what looks proper.

I highly recommend this book. The one thing I didn’t like, which is not at all the fault of the author, is the cover of the book. In the first place, why did the artist have to chop off Eden and Levi’s heads? Second, Levi is repeatedly described as being an enormous mountain of a man, and he doesn’t look very big in the picture. And third, the fabric of Eden’s dress looks rough and the fit is unflattering. There, that’s my nitpickiness for the day. Don’t let it stop you from reading this book, though.

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