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?
Fit To Be Tied is Robin Lee Hatcher’s award winning second installment in the Sisters of Bethlehem Series. This book is an easy afternoon read that fits perfectly into the inspirational western romance genre. This story is built upon the stereotypical mold of girl meets boy, girl hates boy, girl as chemistry with boy, girl is in denial, girl loves boy. It is a storyline that we have seen unfold in countless other incidences, but this one has a fun aristocratic twist.
The boy in this instance is an injured (both physically and emotionally) English Lord who, for the first time, has to take control of his life and earn his independence. Lord Sherwood is a spoiled, entitled, and philandering rebel who has seen the error of his ways and is committed to finding his purpose in life.
I am admittedly a girly-girl so I think that I simply had a hard time placing myself in Cleo’s tomboy shoes and feeling a natural affinity or camaraderie with her character. By the mid-way point of the novel I realized that Cleo represented the struggles that every woman experiences-the need to be accepted for who you are, the fear of never finding true love, and the need to be good enough.
The relationship between Cleo and Woody progresses very quickly and sometimes feels rushed for the sake of the storyline. I think this is a fun and sweet read for a relaxing afternoon.