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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, c...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Abigail
Two things in particular make this book stand out over a lot of Christian fiction I've read recently:

1) Since both the main characters have already given their lives to Christ before the story begins, there isn't all that pre-conversion angsty-ness that is present in so many other books in this genre.

2) Something other than the problem of evil is the spiritual problem the characters have to deal with.

I don't mean to be dismissive of either a person coming to Christ or of understanding (or tryin...more
Casey
Karen Witemeyer has done it again!

Not since Julie Lessman have I given the first three books by an author five stars in succession. “To Win Her Heart” has definitely earned my accolades.

I could go on for a complete review on the characters alone. They are crafted and honed until they stand from the page in full three-dimension. Levi is not only an exceptional hero, but he stands as one of the most touching characters I have ever read. He is strapping in his masculinity, but his hearts is what mo...more
Anne Osterlund
Levi killed a man. He spent two years in prison and wants nothing more than to begin a new life.
The opportunity comes in the post of blacksmith for the small town of Spencer.
And in Eden, the small-town librarian, aka Miss Spencer.
Who can’t bear violence. Even against cockroaches.
But she collects flowers and reads to children and writes to Levi about his favorite author, Jules Verne.
He can’t help himself, really. From falling in love.
If only he could find the words to explain his past. Through a...more
Renee
What do a stubborn livery owner, a handsome rancher and a burley blacksmith have in common? Well they are all heroes created by Karen Witemeyer and they are incredible! As with every other novel by Ms. Witemeyer, I have utterly fallen in love with the characters of To Win Her Heart and feel as if they are old friends.

As I read more novels it is becoming increasingly difficult to find characters that are original and interesting by I have found one in Levi Grant. Sure he's a blacksmith and defin...more
Cecelia
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Spinster Eden Spencer runs her own library out of her home. She's wealthy and since she's been painfully jilted in the past, she doesn't have any romantic relationships. Instead, she finds solace amoung her book stacks. She also loves reading stories to children every week and she loves flowers.

However, Eden's non-romantic life changes when tall, strong, and handsome Levi Grant comes to town, hired as the new blacksmith. Levi has some ghosts in his past,...more
Bluerose's  Heart
If you've ever read a Karen Witemeyer book before, then I know you don't need me to convince you to read another one! If you haven't read one, then you're really missing out. I became an instant fan after reading A Tailor-Made Bride. I just absolutely adore Karen's style of writing. She truly pulls you in the story and you love the characters like you know them.

Levi's character just really pulled at my heartstrings. He was a true "gentle giant." He can't pronounce the letter "s" without lisping...more
Amber Stokes
Note: Re-read for the Contentment Reading Challenge 2013!

First reviewed on the Radiant Lit website:

The new blacksmith in Spencer, Texas knows what it’s like to win a fight with his fists, but learning how to win Eden Spencer’s heart is a greater—and more rewarding—challenge than Levi Grant has yet faced. Starting over in a new town is no easy task. Especially with a past such as his that includes time spent in prison and a lifetime of correcting a speech issue. But with the forgiveness of God, a...more
Jenna Barton
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Michelle
I cannot begin to say how much I loved To Win Her Heart. Karen Witemeyer is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her characters are deep, and frankly unlike many in Christian fiction today.

I adored the relationship between Levi and Eden. The pasts of both characters were fascinating, and I especially loved Eden's character growth throughout the book. The supporting characters were rich as well. Honestly, I'd love to see Chloe and Duncan's story explored further. I loved them, and the way...more
Lena Dooley
I have loved all three of Karen's books, but this one is the best. The romantic tension is wonderful, just the right touch to keep the reader wanting more, but enough that you feel the angst of the characters.

The symbolism lends a great morality to the plot.
Cari
AWESOME. I love Karen Witemeyer's books!
Kym McNabney
Karen Witemeyer has done it again. TO WIN HER HEART is the third book I’ve read by her. If I hadn’t been convinced by her first two books, A TAILOR-MADE BRIDE and HEAD IN THE CLOUDS, that she’s amazing writer and story teller, TO WIN HER HEART sealed the deal.

The prison ministry is a passion and calling from God that I’ve been blessed to serve in since 2004. Levi Grant’s story immediately drew me in. When I think of Levi, a gentle giant comes to mind. A man with a past, one who earned his livin...more
Angelc
I had mixed feelings towards this story, there were aspects that I really enjoyed, but overall the message was a bit too heavy handed for my tastes in Christian fiction.

I really liked Levi's character. He was so well developed and I hadn't seen a former prisoner as the hero in a romance before, especially in the Christian market. It was interesting to see his guilt over his actions explored. I also really liked the story about his speech impediment. It was interesting how he was able to complete...more
Julie
Levi has a past that he would like to leave...in the past. His move to Spencer, TX is just what he needs. The local town is in need of a blacksmith and he has the skill and knowledge to fit the job.

Eden is a lonely lady who is really thinking she'll live the rest of her life alone after what her broken engagement. While she loves books and reading, there are some things that pages in a book cannot replace. She could have anyone she wanted. Afterall, she is the heiress to the town's founder!

Sher...more
Kathy
4.5

Well, another great book by Karen Witemeyer. I really enjoyed this one, right from the start. While I’m not a huge believer of the whole reformed criminal, I definitely believed in Levi and fell for his charming character. He is this oversized giant, but a teddy bear on the inside. The story starts with him leaving prison behind and him trying to start a new life for himself as a blacksmith. As soon as he arrives in town he meets Eden Spencer, the town librarian. She judges him at first and i...more
Sydney
My best friend has told me about this book long before I even considered reading it, so now that I finally got to read it, I understand why she loved it so much.

This was such a great story. I love all the plots woven into the main one. The characters were perfect, and Karen Witemeyer's writing is so inspiring. I stayed up late and woke up early to finish it. I didn't want to put the book down.

I can't wait to read some more of her books!
Janine
“To Win Her Heart” by Karen Witemeyer is a wonderful book about second chances, and got better with the second reading of this lovely novel. I apparently didn't review it the first time around, so this time I am going to review this lovely book.

This book is indeed about second chances and not just for Levi either for there are numerous second chances throughout the book with just as many characters. It was a great reminder that we all are deserving a second chance, regardless what we have done i...more
Zette
I am quickly becoming a Karen Witemeyer fan! After reading Short Straw Bride and really liking it, I immediately started To Win Her Heart and loved it! Usually, although I enjoy a book, there are a few little things about it that keep it from a 5 star rating. I have nothing negative to say about this one though. I loved both Levi and Eden and the struggles they had to overcome. I really enjoyed the fact that the author chose not to focus on Levi's past but to start the story in the present and g...more
Courtney

My heart is won!! How does Karen Witemeyer create characters that so melt my heart right from the start?! I love her heroes and heroines and I can't imagine them any better than she creates them!!

In To Win Her Heart we meet her latest hero Levi and oh does he sound great!! He is a big muscular man who recently is released from prison but is on the track to walking God's way and he meets our heroine Eden. Eden is passionate about literature and has her own library and she has also been hurt by a...more
Carissa
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Reveiw of To Win Her Heaert
Title: To Win her heart
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Series: none
Chapters: forty three and an Epilogue
Pages: 347
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction and romance
Rating: 5 stars

Eden Spencer has pretty much giving up on ever marrying. She instead has put her time an effort into running the town library. However that changes when Blacksmith Levi Grant comes to town. Levi has pretty much given up on ever having a family
...more
Ann Keller
Levi Grant had a less than stellar past, but suddenly he had the chance at a better life. He interviewed for the position of blacksmith for the town of Spencer, Texas and unbelievably was hired, despite Eden Spencer’s reservations. However, pretty Miss Spencer put a caveat on his contract. Levi had just a month to prove himself. So, he immediately set his hands to the task.

Spinster Eden Spencer’s holier-than-thou attitude might serve her well at the Ladies Aid Society meetings, but few realized...more
Keli Gwyn
Karen Witemeyer can write. And how! I thought her first two books were great and knew To Win Her Heart would be, too, but I was wrong. This story is awesome! I didn’t think she could top A Tailor-made Bride or Head in the Clouds, but she did. Her two main characters in To Win Her Heart are so well crafted that I was in love with them by the end of the first chapter. Levi Grant is one of the most sympathetic heroes I’ve read in a long time: a man of faith, integrity, and honor who stole my heart....more
Virginia Campbell
A brainy blacksmith whose halting speech makes him seem slow-minded. A prim and proper librarian with a warm heart hemmed in by societal conventions. Two seemingly mismatched characters with a shared love of reading find themselves head-over-heels in love and not sure of how it all happened. Levi Grant's imposing size and prison record are intimidating, and his awkward speech is a cover for his hidden stuttering problem. Instead of speaking at a natural pace and exposing his stutter, he searches...more
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
A sweet love story that revolves around the love of books and a small town library...what could be better than that?! I always love to find stories where the main characters love to read. To Win Her Heart is a great example of that.

Levi Grant is a man who has turned away from his past and turned toward the Lord, but still battles the demons that haunt him in his memory. Levi is ready for a new start to his life and work at an honest trade. He made a connection to the prison minister, who then pu...more
Jodie
After serving the allotted time for his crime, Levi heads to Spencer, Texas to start again. In the small town of Spencer, he fills the needed position of blacksmith, a trade he learned from his father. As he gets comfortable in the new town, Levi begins falling for the librarian. Eden is the librarian of Spencer, but she is also the daughter of the man who owns the majority of the town. As the weeks go by, Eden also begins to feel drawn to this new man in town. Will she understand his need to st...more
Shanda
I’m a sucker for historical romance. When I see books like this on my library shelf, I can’t resist picking them up. To Win Her Heart is like a lot of other Christian historical romance I’ve read, which is good because I enjoy most Christian historical romance, the exception being those that preach the reader to death. This book was not overly preachy at all, with simple messages of repentance, forgiveness and acceptance.

I really liked the hero, Levi. As a youth he struggled with a lisp and was...more
Shantelle Mary
Aw… what a tender love story. What a beautiful tale of redemption. What a powerful testimony of Christ’s love and His surpassing forgiveness. I can’t begin to describe this book to you the way I really want to. To Win Her Heart is truly a novel that brings you to tears.
Eden and Levi’s relationship is ultimately amazing. They test true love, and they find that they do, in the end, have it for each other. But first they have to go through trials of doubting, distrust, self-righteous judgment, an...more
Susan M. Baganz
I’ve become a fan of Karen Witmeyer so when I had a chance to nab another free Kindle download of hers, I jumped. To Win Her Heart did not disappoint.

Now, let’s just be clear. This is fiction. FICTION. Not real, let’s pretend and have some fun doing it. Karen does a good job of pairing two unlikely souls, a wealthy but jilted young woman and a blacksmith with a violent and criminal past. They bond over their love of books, but their budding romance is not without challenges. Between their differ...more
Jessica
Karen Witemeyer has done it again! I absolutely love her writing!

I have to admit that at first, I struggled to get into this book. The characters, the setting, the story... it all felt a bit bland and to be honest, I felt there wasn't anything special when compared with other Christian romance books or the other books of hers that I had already read. Everything felt pretty average. Then the message began to peek through the pages.

When it comes to being truthful about life and Christian living, K...more
Wanda
I read a lot of Christian fiction. A lot. I love a good story that is wholesome and satisfying while glorifying God. In the course of my reading I have come across many books that meet the definition of good. They have a good story line, the characters are well rounded and the plot is interesting. But if something happens to take me away from my book for a few days, it is no big deal. Then there is the occasional book that captures my attention so completely that I cannot stand to put it aside f...more
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