Book Review: If The Boot Fits

Book Review: If The Boot Fits

About the Book:

Convinced that his stepmother and half brothers have been wrongfully evicted by cattle king Eli Dearing, Asher Ellis uses the cover of an extravagant ball to break into the Three Cedars’ ranch house to search for proof. On the verge of discovery, he flees, but a boy’s cry compels him to make a daring rescue.

Spunky and independent Samantha Dearing balks when she learns the ball her father is hosting is nothing more than a matrimonial ambush. Taking a break from unwanted suitors, Samantha spots a thief fleeing her home. When the stranger ends up saving her brother’s life, she hides the only clue to his identity left behind–his boot–and resolves to find him herself.

When Samantha encounters the older brother of a student she tutors, all thoughts of the bootless mystery man vanish. Asher values family above wealth, a rare trait that opens her heart. Afraid she will discover his past misconduct, Asher tries to keep his distance, but when a series of suspicious accidents befall her, he vows to protect her, even though saving her life could mean losing her love.

My Thoughts:

I enjoy Karen Witemeyer’s writing. She has layers to her stories, she addresses significant themes and she still manages to keep her novels from feeling overly heavy. In this story we discover the unraveling of assumptions and the brokenness of the past, while finding a beautiful display of not-picture-perfect integrity. I loved that, because it felt real. Even well intentioned people make poor assumptions, but the humility to take responsibility and to do better next time is a powerful illustration of what humility in action looks like.

The characters were engaging and the restoration of relationships pulled a few heart strings for me. It was an easy read that kept my attention while not demanding too much of me in the process. And of course, there was the happily ever after aspect to sweeten the deal.

I received a free galley of this book and in exchange I am giving you my honest opinion.