Monday, November 9, 2009

CFBA Presents FIT TO BE TIED by Robin Lee Hatcher

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Fit to Be Tied
(Zondervan - November 1, 2009)
Robin Lee Hatcher


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.

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What happens when a rough and ready cowgirl locks horns with an honest to goodness English Lord? Cleo Arlington and Lord Sherwood Stratham are about to find out.

Fit to be Tied is one of the most engaging, fun novels I've read in awhile. In Cleo, we have a heroine who knows exactly who she is. And she thinks she knows who Sherwood is: an arrogant, spoiled, rich boy who is going to be a bur under her saddle for the next year. But Woody - as she calls him - doesn't live up to her expectations. It turns out he's smart, hard working, and determined to prove his worth. He surprises her.

Sherwood also surprises himself. A tour on the battlefield left him scarred, both physically and emotionally. In England, he saw no future for himself other than that of playboy. But when his father sends him to Idaho to straighten him out, Sherwood realizes there's more to life than parties and superficial relationships.

When Sherwood and Cleo meet, the inevitable comedy of errors occur. But there's also an emotional depth that pulls you in, yearning to see these two lonely people find love and happiness together. Fit to be Tied is the second in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series, and while you'll probably enjoy the series more if you start from book one, it can be read as a stand-alone. Regardless, you'll be chomping at the bit for the third installment, coming out in 2010. Robin Lee Hatcher has crafted a book that will leave you wanting more.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great interview. I love Robin's books. I have Fit To Be Tied on my list to get.Blessings.