Summary: 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?
Levi Grant comes to Spencer, Texas to start his life over while forgetting his past. He rents a building to work as the town's blacksmith and builds himself a positive reputation. Eden Spencer is the daughter of the town's founder and one of the most elite families in the community. Levi and Eden are from two different worlds but their love of books brings them together.
Will the friendship between Eden and Levi develop into something more? Will Levi tell Eden about his past? If so, how will she react?
This was a great story about friendship and forgiveness. These characters had such depth that you could not help but fall in love with both of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I read it as my selection for my neighborhood book club. The group enjoyed it as well.
As a surprise for the club, I had arranged to Skype with the author, Karen Witemeyer, last night to talk about it. I met Karen through the online reading community called GoodReads. I messaged her to ask if she would be available on this day and she graciously accepted. Karen was a wonderful part of our discussion. We learned where she gets her ideas for books, some of her favorite classic and contemporary books and her thoughts behind most of the characters, including Onery, the dog! We talked to her for about 45 minutes and everyone enjoyed themselves. After we ended the call, the group thanked me for putting in the effort to make this the best book club meeting yet. Thank you Karen for making this month's meeting a memorable one!