Is it okay if I get a little excited over something? I received some great news today. My latest book, Fit To Be Tied, got a starred review from The Library Journal (those starred reviews are hard to come by!). I can’t help but be excited about it because I wanted so badly to give Cleo Arlington the story she deserved. I just love her. And I fell in love with Sherwood Statham too and wanted readers to feel the same way about him. Wanting something so much also brings with it a bit of fear that I didn’t accomplish all that I wanted to. To read a review like this one is sweet, indeed.
Here’s the review:
Hatcher, Robin Lee. Fit To Be Tied. Zondervan. (Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, Bk. 2). Nov. 2009. c.272p. ISBN 978-0-310-25806-3. pap. $14.99. CF
In 1916 Idaho, Cleo Arlington is an expert rancher and horsewoman but not exactly high society’s idea of a gentle lady. When she is commissioned to turn British aristocrat Sherwood Statham into an authentic cowboy, Cleo has to contend with her lack of knowledge of the opposite sex as well as her growing attraction to Sherwood. In turn, Sherwood is disconcerted by the beautiful, if unladylike, Cleo.
VERDICT A master of lively historical romances, Hatcher (Catching Katie; Speak To Me of Love) 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.
I don’t have a favorite book among those I’ve written. Each one is a favorite for a different reason. But I do have some favorite characters and Cleo and Sherwood are among them. For a little more about these two characters, here are a couple of “spotlights” that posted this week on other blogs: