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?
From page one, this book hooks with unique characters and delightful prose. Author Karen Witemeyer tactfully addresses several deep issues including redemption and going beyond first impressions with her tale of the reformed convict and spinster librarian.
Aside from the main romance between Levi and Eden, there are beautiful side stories involving a quarry man and former saloon dishwasher. I found these characters as equally stirring, which is part of Witemeyer’s brilliance. There isn’t a scene or charcter that doesn’t play an important role.
Both Levi and Eden faced different struggles: from past hurts to physical impairments that made the characters come to life. I especially sympathized with Eden and her not-so-green thumb. We share that trait.
The ending was the most delightful of any book I’ve read in ages. It was slight unexpected and yet true to the story and characters. I. just. loved. it!
Pick up this for a quick summer read and characters that you’ll be thinking of for days after!
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Honestly, I loved it. 🙂