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Fit to Be Tied (Sisters of Bethlehem Springs #2)

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Cleo Arlington dresses like a cowboy, is fearless and fun-loving, and can ride, rope, and wrangle a horse as well as any man. In 1916, however, those talents aren't what most young women aspire to. But Cleo isn't most women. Twenty-nine years old and single, Cleo loves life on her father's Idaho ranch. Still, she hopes someday to marry an
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Published October 24th 2009 by Zondervan (first published October 2nd 2009)
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Haley *City Girl Appearance~Country Girl Heart*
Cleo Arlington dresses like a cowboy, is fearless and fun-loving, and can ride, rope, and wrangle a horse as well as any man. In 1916, however, those talents aren't what most young women aspire to. But Cleo isn't most women. Twenty-nine years old and single, Cleo loves life on her father's Idaho ranch. Still, she hopes someday to marry and have children.
Enter Sherwood Statham, an English aristocrat whose father has sentenced him to a year of work in America to
Mar 31, 2012 Loraine rated it really liked it
Tomboy Cleo Arlington gets stuck with making a cowboy out of Lord Sherwood Statham who has been sent to the United States by his father the Duke of Dunacomb who has had enough of his philandering, flirting and gambling at home. Sparks fly between Cleo and "Woody" as she dubs him. But as they work together and find the similarities they share and admire each other's independence and strength the sparks begin to turn to love. Robin Hatcher has once again written a novel that is enjoyable from star ...more
Tina at Mommynificent
Jun 25, 2015 Tina at Mommynificent rated it really liked it
I absolutely love Cleo, the main character in this book. She knows who she is and accepts herself that way. I love how she is so straight-forward with people and speaks her mind. I loved her in the first book about her sister and was so excited to read a book about her. This book did not disappoint although I would never in a million years have paired her with the person she ends up with. A fun and spiritually encouraging read, reminding me to be who God made me to be and to love others for all ...more
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
May 27, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Zondervan
I enjoyed this one, too! It picked up exactly where A Vote Of Confidence left off and was just as exciting to read as book 1!

Immediately capture from page 1, Idaho and Bethlehem Springs became my home for the duration of the book. In this story, Robin mixes new characters in with the old in a perfect way. The story's message of beauty being deeper than skin and that God loves us no matter our imperfections, is amazing and really gripped my heart. I found my heart going out to Lord Sherwood and w
Oct 27, 2011 Faye rated it really liked it
Opposites attract, and sparks fly in Bethlehem Springs, Idaho, between cowgirl Cleo and English aristocrat, Lord Sherwood Statham.

When Sherwood "Woody" Statham, the wastrel 4th son of a duke, displeases his father with this latest string of bad choices, his father decides that enough is a enough. So he puts Sherwood on a boat to America to work on a ranch.

What Sherwood isn't expecting is to meet a girl like Cleopatra Arlington. Tough as nails, a girl who can rope and ride with the best of the
Clockstein Lockstein
Nov 11, 2009 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it

Fit to be Tied by Robin Lee Hatcher is the second book in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series. Cleo Arlington is a one of a kind, especially in 1916. More comfortable breaking horses than wearing dresses, she's accustomed to running the family ranch, until Sherwood Statham, son of an English duke, shows up, exiled by his family to work a real job and work on not bring shame to the family name. Hard-headed and feisty, she makes for a perfect heroine! Hatcher is one of my favorite authors, and
Myra Johnson
Nov 10, 2009 Myra Johnson rated it it was amazing
After reading Robin's A Vote of Confidence a few months ago, I was looking forward to Cleo's story in the next book, and I wasn't disappointed. Cleo's rough-around-the-edges outdoorsy personality stands in sharp contrast to her fraternal twin sister Gwen's genteel manner and polished appearance. It was fun watching Cleo slowly lose her heart to the dashing Englishman trying to find himself again after war and resulting injuries lead him into a dissolute lifestyle. I couldn't imagine Cleo giving ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
I read this in one day. It is a Christy Award winning book. I thought the plot was a little far fetched- an English Lord coming to America and falling in love with a Girl Cow-wrangler. Despite that, I liked the love story. I liked that when the characters contemplated things on a more spiritual matter that the writing did not get all cheezy. The spiritual parts actually fit very well into the novel. It wasn't overbearing or overdone either. I want to read another of Hatcher's novels. I am a sap ...more
Kirsty Pearce
Dec 22, 2015 Kirsty Pearce rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books, Fit to Be Tied succeeds in giving readers a story which, in my opinion, far surpasses the expectations I had come to it with after reading the first in the series, A Vote of Confidence. Immensely enjoying every minute of this portion of Cleo's journey, her love story is one of opposites attract, and the way Robin drew out the slowly realized evolution of Cleo and Woody's feelings for each other was beautiful to read as it unfolded. I also greatly appreciated how she wro ...more
Dora Wagner
Sep 13, 2015 Dora Wagner rated it really liked it
I really liked Robin's follow up to A Vote of Confidence. The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs are in action again. Cleo is in for a wild ride. She has always believed that God would send her the perfect man. A man that will love her as she is, blue jeans, boots, cowboy hat, and all. She is a real cowgirl and is in search of a real cowboy. Imagine her surprise when she meets Lord Sherwood. Her father has agreed to hire him and has asked her to train him to be a cowboy.

Can either party let go of thei
Nov 09, 2009 Carly rated it it was amazing
Fit To Be Tied is the second book in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series. After reading the first book, A Vote of Confidence, I was eager to read the second book. I was delighted to be reunited with the wonderful residents of Bethlehem Springs and to see Cleo find true love. There could not be two people who are more different than Cleo and Woody, but their chemistry and attraction are obvious. As they get to know one another, Cleo and Woody find they do have some things in common. They are ...more
May 26, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
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Fit To Be Tied is Robin Lee Hatcher's award winning second installment in the Sisters of Bethlehem Series. This book is an easy afternoon read that fits perfectly into the inspirational western romance genre. This story is built upon the stereotypical mold of girl meets boy, girl hates boy, girl as chemistry with boy, girl is in denial, girl loves boy. It is a storyline that we have seen unfold in countless other incidences, but this o
Sara ♥
Jan 21, 2012 Sara ♥ rated it liked it
This one was good, but even though I read it 2 months ago, I distinctly remember thinking, "Really? The two of them together? I still can't see it."

Cleo was raised on a ranch, and she is a horse wrangler. She dresses like a man and just isn't beautiful like her twin sister... but she's always dreamed of one day marrying and having children. But at 29, she really just doesn't think any guy would go for her.

Lord Sherwood "Woody" Statham (I should say that Cleo calls him Woody and he hates it until
This story was more like 4.5 stars. The writing was stellar and the story itself shone like a well-polished gem. You can tell the author is experienced in the development of romantic relationships on the page. The characters were very well done and the way they viewed things was believable to me. I loved how mismatched they were at first and the natural fears that went along with having to give up part of yourself for someone else. The romantic tension was delightful and the heroic response and ...more
Jun 26, 2010 Krista rated it liked it
Unbeknown to me this is the second in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series. I really dislike reading sequels when I have not read the first book. I was able to understand the plot, but did not get a lot of the background needed to understand the characters in detail. There is also a third book in the series coming out 2010.

Cleo is a girl comfortable on a ranch and around horses. She dislikes wearing dresses and is more comfortable in a pair of jeans.

Lord Sherwood is sent from London to live i
Rosemary Markham
Sep 16, 2015 Rosemary Markham rated it really liked it
This trilogy includes the books, "A Vote of Confidence," "Fit to be Tied," and "A Matter of Character." The series is about two sisters and a sister-in-law, Gwen, Cleo, and Daphne, that are all very different from each other but are very close.
Each book tells one of the sister's story that takes place in Bethlehem Springs, Idaho. It is easy reading and I enjoyed it very much.

This is Cleo's story.
Cherie Kasper
Jul 17, 2014 Cherie Kasper rated it it was amazing
Cleo, twin sister to Gwen (from the first book in the series) has been raised on a cattle ranch. She can do everything a man can do there. But, can she still be a woman. Lord Sherwood, straight from England's upper class comes to stay. Will he see the woman in her?
Brenna H.
4.5 stars. Like the last Robin Lee Hatcher book I read, this was a mellow-paced story, only I liked Fit to Be Tied better. Sherwood was an interesting character, defying the stereotypes of his sort of character, and Cleo was spunky without being obnoxious. I liked their gradual expanding relationship, from strangers with absolutely nothing in common, to friends, to, eventually, falling in love.

I haven't read the first book in the series (I checked it out of the library once, months ago, but nev
Mar 10, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
This follow-up to A Vote of Confidence is not quite as good as the last, but actually made me love book one even more. I realized just how much I enjoyed the sister connection between Gwen and Cleo and missed it just a bit now that Gwen is married and expecting. Perhaps that was a bit of what Cleo was feeling too, the natural separation that happens when sisters grow up into their own lives and families. There are no huge surprises in Fit to Be Tied's plot line, but then again, who says there ha ...more
Hedaya Mundia
Jan 27, 2015 Hedaya Mundia rated it it was amazing
I loved the unexpected turn of the story. The characters were quite real. I loved how the two lead characters were ready to give up all for love.

One of my best reads in 2014.
Jun 09, 2015 Captmashpea rated it it was ok
It was cute but also very silly. The characters seemed one-dimensional and forced. I especially hated the stupid nickname Woody.
(Hard Copy).
Aug 29, 2015 Bree rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-ebooks
4.75 stars, I felt the ending was a little abrupt. I really liked the main character in this story. A cute obvious story.
Karen Mizener
Feb 01, 2014 Karen Mizener rated it it was amazing
Such a great book to read. Love how Robin writes her stories and love the spiritual aspects she weaves in:)
Sep 14, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Fun sequel that stands alone. I had read the first some time ago and didn't realize this was a sequel but you don't have to read the first if you ignore a few references. Cleo is a tomboy more comfortable in jeans and working on the ranch than the dress she wears to church. Lord Sherwood is recuperating from (WWI) war wounds and too much riotous living when he arrives at the ranch and Cleo is to put him to work. Enjoyed it. Understand there is to be another in the series. I won't rush to find it ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
What a great story. I loved continuing the story of the sisters. Cleo reminds me of Calamity Jane :-) She's very energetic and a go-getter. I loved the nickname for Sherwood. Can't wait to read the next book.
Jul 23, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
Surprisingly, when searching on the title, I find 9 books with this same title. Don't authors or publishers want unique titles?

Anyway, this was a fast summer read. As a former tomboy, I liked having a cowboy heroine who could ride and wrangle a horse with assurance. Cleo had disdain for Sherwood Statham, the English aristocrat who ended up at her family's ranch for a year. He seemed so unused to physical labor. Of course, he improved and so did she, and guess what? Their future is "fit to be ti
Jul 19, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Jan 22, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it
I really liked this book ! You will find the plot familar, boy meets girl, etc. But in this case it is an English lord sent 'across the pond' in disgrace who meets an all-American cowgirl who wears jeans and practically runs her father's cattle ranch. Kind of a mix between a regency romance and a western- a great combination for me, an Anglophile who also loves stories about the pioneers who settled America. Funny, sweet and romantic with a good ending.
Lucy Bilik
Oct 30, 2010 Lucy Bilik rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed reading this book about tomboy heroine in whom I could see myself on many occasions. Truly capturing relationship that starts out as an unwelcome chore and grows into a beautiful sacrificial love blossom. Robin lee Hatcher brings people from different upbringing and backgrounds together in refreshing story. Looking forward to reading her next book in series: A matter of character.
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Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writer of America and the winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Insp ...more
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