Thursday, November 01, 2012

Making the Grade--A Writer's Book Review

Hi, I’m Patty and I’m a bookaholic.

Does that really surprise anyone? I read anywhere from 4 to 6 books a week aside from writing my own. But I’m always a bit reluctant to write book reviews. But there are those occasions when a book just slides inside and takes up residence in my heart that I HAVE to share.

You won’t find any negative book reviews on this website because opinions are subjective. What I might love, someone else might judge differently. But being a writer, I respect the process each writer goes through to produce their best work. The books I review are the ones that not only entertain, but teach me how to be a better writer.

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer

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?

All I can say is WOW! I actually started listening to this book on my iPod but got so caught up in Eden and Levi’s story, I hurt my thumb trying to find it on my Nook! Karen has a way with developing characters in her novels, with little tidbits of insight and reaction, that makes the reader feel as though these are people you want to know in real life. And because her characters are so well drawn out, they carry the plot from first paragraph to the very last sentence. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, curl up in a soft blanket and enjoy a read that will keep you up well into the night.   

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