Monday, November 9, 2009

"Fit To Be Tied" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Fit to Be Tied

Zondervan (November 1, 2009)


Robin Lee Hatcher

I enjoyed the first book in this series, "A Vote of Confidence", where we are introduced to Gwen and her not so identical twin sister Cleo. I liked Gwen and following her in book #1 was great, but I have to say that I love Cleo and "Fit To Be Tied" is so fun! Cleo is an independent woman living on her dad's ranch, breaking horses and dressing like the guys in a time when that is not typical. Guess what? She doesn't care! But she is lonely. And now that her sister is married (and expecting) she feels the desire to find Mr. Right more than ever. But is there a Mr. Right for someone as unique as Cleo?

One of the best things about Cleo is the way she loves unreservedly, with no holds barred. I thought this was so true, but for so few people anymore. She also has something very unique in our day and time... very little regard for what others think of her, she is comfortable in her own skin... for most of the book anyway. The journey with Cleo in this book is a romp that you will not soon forget. I am excited for book #3, Robin Lee Hatcher is a wordsmith and if you have never read her book "Ribbon of Years" I encourage you to get that book as well.


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. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon


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 “straighten him out.” Sherwood, who expected a desk job at a posh spa, isn’t happy to be stuck on an Idaho ranch. And he has no idea how to handle Cleo, who’s been challenged with transforming this uptight playboy into a down-home cowboy, because he has never encountered a woman succeeding in a “man’s world.”

Just about everything either of them says or does leaves the other, well, fit to be tied. Cleo Arlington knows everything about horses but nothing about men. And though Cleo believes God’s plan for her includes a husband, it couldn’t possibly be Sherwood Statham. Could it?

Their bumpy trot into romance is frustrating, exhilarating, and ultimately heartwarming.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fit to Be Tied , go HERE.

Watch the book video Trailer:


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