Historical Fiction Blog Review: Fairest of Hearts

About the Book

Title: Fairest of Heart 

Series: Texas Ever After, Book 1 

Author: Karen Witemeyer 

Genre: Historical Romance 

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers 

Release Date: June 6, 2023

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Publisher's Book Description

“Once upon a time in Texas . . . 
Beauty has been nothing but a curse to Penelope Snow. When she becomes a personal maid for a famous actress whose troupe is leaving Chicago to tour the West, she hides her figure beneath shapeless dresses and keeps her head down. But she still manages to attract the wrong attention, leaving her prospects in tatters--and her jealous mistress plotting her demise. 
After his brother lost his life over a woman, Texas Ranger Titus Kingsley has learned to expect the worst from women and is rarely disappointed. So when a young lady found in suspicious circumstances takes up residence with the seven old drovers living at his grandfather's ranch, Titus is determined to keep a close eye on her. 
With a promotion hanging in the balance, Titus is assigned to investigate a robbery case tied to Penelope's acting troupe, and all evidence points to Penelope's guilt. But Titus might just be convinced that the fairest woman of all has a heart as pure as her last name . . . if only he can prove it.”


My Review

Fairest of Heart, by Karen Witemeyer, is the first book in the new Texas Ever After series. This novel is a creative, western retelling of the classic Snow White story, and it is utterly delightful. In the pages of this book, Ms. Witemeyer once again reveals her profound talent for crafting engaging stories that readers are sure to enjoy. Brimming with romance, intrigue, and adventure, this freshly reimagined fairytale is truly entertaining and memorable.  

With characters and settings that are wholly endearing and vividly detailed, Fairest of Heart is a thoroughly captivating novel. Though familiar characters reveal themselves in new ways, the timeless themes of love, humility, and courage remain the same. Even when faced with cruelty, deceit, and grave dangers, the main characters possess hearts filled with strength, self-sacrifice, forgiveness, and honor. As the story unfolds, plenty of meaningful twists and gripping surprises ensure that this novel is refreshingly clever and extremely satisfying.  

From beginning to end, this book is engrossing and enjoyable. With great skill and thoughtfulness, Ms. Witemeyer has woven a tale that is genuinely special, heartwarming, and appealing. Fairest of Heart is certainly well-written and worthy of one’s time and attention. I gladly recommend it to all readers.  

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher/author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.


About the Author: Karen Witemeyer

“For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Voted #1 Readers' Favorite Christian Historical Author in 2023 by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a multiple award-winning author and a firm believer in the power of happy endings. She is an avid cross-stitcher, tea drinker, and family board game player who makes her home in Abilene, TX with her heroic husband who vanquishes laundry dragons and dirty dish villains whenever she's on deadline.” --Biography from Karen Witemeyer’s author page on Amazon.com.

 Click here to visit Karen Witemeyer's website.


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