For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
— Psalm 50:10
Who says a woman can’t have it all?
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.
Just about everything either of them says or does leaves the other, well, fit to be tied. And though Cleo believes God’s plan for her includes a husband, it couldn’t possibly be Sherwood Statham. Could it?
Awards & Recognitions
Winner, National Readers Choice Award
Finalist, Carol Award
The characters are well rounded and the book is full of romance, laughter and quirky encounters. Hatcher knows what the reader wants and always delivers. — Romantic Times Book Club
There are few surprises in Fit To Be Tied. One never doubts for a moment that Cleo and Woody will end up together. The story flows like a western version of an old European fairy tale. Personally, I love a good fairy tale. Those stories work for me, whether set in the Old World or the New. When combined with good writing and believable characters, they serve as the best kind of literary comfort food. — North Jersey “Browsing the Library” column, 6/17/10
Warm, endearing characters with enough action, not to mention moments of humor, to keep the reader reading until the end. An I-couldn’t-put-it-down story. Great sequel to A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE. — Author’s Choice Reviews
A master of lively historical romances, Hatcher demonstrates an expert ability to craft spunky, unlikely heroines who go against the tide of the times in which they live, making for fun, exciting stories. She also pays close attention to historical detail. This second series entry (after A Vote of Confidence) is highly recommended for readers of inspirational and historical romances and women’s fiction. — Library Journal (starred review, 11/01/2009)