Friday, May 06, 2011

CFBA: To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer

Song Stuck on the Brain: Rolling in the Deep by Adele

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

To Win Her Heart

Bethany House (May 1, 2011)


Karen Witemeyer


Karen Witemeyer is quickly becoming a favorite author. She's quick to tickle my funny bone as well as touch the soft spot in my heart that makes me want to melt. It's not easy to create characters that are strong, unique, likable and identifiable. A character doesn't have to be a clone of myself for me to connect or identify with them, but Karen made me connect with a mountain of an ex-con and prizefighter turned blacksmith. That's about as opposite of me as you could go. Yet Levi is a kindred spirit in a lot of ways.

I love getting all tangled up in the characters emotions and hopes and destinies. I love the rollercoaster ride that is the growth of a relationship, or blossoming faith and purpose. It's better than the real rollercoaster rides by far (those make me ill.) Levi and Eden's ride was fantastic. I felt like I was taking turns walking in their skins, seeing life from a different perspective and it was great. The ride ended with the perfect rush of endorphins and satisfaction.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of To Win Her Heart, go HERE.


Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife and mother of three who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.

After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid- to late1800s.

Karen is living her dream by writing Christian historical romance novels for Bethany House. When she visited her publisher back in January of 2010, she was interviewed by the staff. If you'd like a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how she develops her story ideas and a description of her bumpy journey to publication, click here to listen to a podcast of that interview.

1 comment:

Karen Witemeyer said...

Thank you for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Levi and Eden's journey. I saw a lot of myself in the characters, too. Blessings!