3 StarsABOUT THE BOOK - 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?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Karen Witemeyer holds a master's degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and the Abilene Writers Guild. She has published fiction in Focus on the Family's children's magazine, and has written several articles for online publications and anthologies. A Tailor-Made Bride is her first novel. Karen lives in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.Visit Karen's Web site at www.karenwitemeyer.com
MY REVIEW - This book was just OK for me. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great. The character development was good but I didn't feel particularly attached to anyone. I liked Eden, she had spunk, and guts and stood up for what she felt and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. The male character, Levi, was just OK for me. He seemed like a nice enough guy, he just seemed kind of boring. I also don't really know the reasoning behind giving him a speech impediment, other than making him more vulnerable. I thought just that he was humbled by his prison experience made him vulnerable enough. I could have done without the speech breaks etc.
I loved that most of the book took place in Eden's library that she had made for the town. Being a lover of books I thought this idea was great and original.
Overall it was a nice pleasant Christian Historical Fiction read.
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Thank you Bethany House for sending me this book to review.