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"Hatcher knows what readers want, and she does not disappoint." -- Romantic Times Book Reviews

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It's 1916, and Idaho rancher Cleo Arlington knows everything about horses but nothing about men. So when charged with transforming English aristocrat Sherwood Statham from playboy into cowboy, she's totally disconcerted. So is Statham, who's never encountered a woman succeeding in a 'man's world.' Their bumpy trot into romance is frustrating, exhilarating, and ultimately heartwarming. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1 Original edition (October 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310258065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310258063
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Fit to Be Tied, Robin Lee Hatcher continues her "The Sister's of Bethlehem Springs" series. You do not have to read the first to enjoy the second. Tomboy Cleo Arlington is content to wear pants instead of dresses and to tame horses instead of do embroidery. Forced to do anything else and her temper flares. Across the world, war veteran Sherwood Statham runs from his memories and experiences, indulging in wine, women, and gambling. His embarrassed father, a Duke, sends his son to America hoping he'll reform, but at the least, relieved to have his son out of sight. When Cleo and Sherwood meet, there are fireworks. Will they be willing to change to at least keep the peace on the ranch?

Anyone who has read a Christian romance novel knows how the book turns out without even turning a page. Usually, I do not enjoy reading them for that reason. This book is different. I found the characters to be interesting enough to hold my attention. The rhythm of the book does flow nicely although there are a few times I needed to reread to figure out the exact time table of events. Overall, this was an entertaining way to pass a few hours and would make a good book for under the Christmas tree.

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Fit to be Tied by Robin Lee Hatcher is the second book in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series. Cleo Arlington is a one of a kind, especially in 1916. More comfortable breaking horses than wearing dresses, she's accustomed to running the family ranch, until Sherwood Statham, son of an English duke, shows up, exiled by his family to work a real job and work on not bring shame to the family name. Hard-headed and feisty, she makes for a perfect heroine! Hatcher is one of my favorite authors, and this historical romance is thoroughly enjoyable. It breaks out of the cliches western romances often fall into, and I have to admit, toward the end, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough trying to figure out how the two would end up together. Hatcher keeps the story moving without using stereotypes or cardboard plot devices. I look forward to the sequel, A Word to the Wise, coming out in spring 2010.
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Cleo is a rancher. She wrangles horses, wears jeans and doesn't mind hard work. When her father tells her that an Englishman is coming to stay with them for a year, the last thing she wants to do is deal with a snooty, high society man. Biased, she gives him menial tasks and ends up being surprised at his determination to do the work without complaining.

Sherwood "Woody" has been sent by his father to the ranch. Not knowing what to expect, he hopes to escape his current path in life. Wounds he got in the war are both physical and mental, but he'll never complain to a woman like Cleo. As they start to get to know one another, their differences begin to fade, but will they discover they like each other enough that once his year in America is over, they'll find the common ground to stay together?

I did enjoy this book. It was a fast, easy read and I loved Cleo's spunk and the way she treated Woody at first. No special treatment for the son of a duke! The first book in the series, A Vote of Confidence, was about Gwen, Cleo's sister, and she shows up quite a bit in this book. While you get a lot of the lives of Morgan and Gwen, you don't get much of the story of how they ended up together. In my opinion, this makes it a safe series to read out of order. The final book in the series, A Matter of Character, is about Daphne, Morgan's sister.
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Cleo.... a gal with a heart, strong body, heart, and soul. A super great ending!!! Well satisfied with the ending of the story. I wanted to stuff a sock in that old Duke's mouth!! I really really enjoyed theses stories, for they included the whole family, workers, and the main characters all intertwined in their every day life. Liked the stories of Gwen and Cleo the best.

Sherwood, well I expected a spoiled brat, and to give them all sorts of problems. Robin did a grand job of the character of Sherwood. Can't help but love him too.
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and this series was especially enjoyed by both my mom and me....great characterization...strong (not whimpy, whiney women which I detest in books) and funny at times as well as some adventure. Great read before going to sleep and when want to turn off lousy TV and fill your mind with something more worthwhile. Thanks to this author. Keep up the good work and support her so she does.
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Opposites can attract, and Cleo may have just found that opposite. "Fit to be Tied" tells of the romance of Cleo Arlington, a tomboy in the early twentieth century. Believing no one will go for her ranch hand ways, when posh Sherwood Statham appears in her life, the very definition of high class Britain, she finds that she may have been looking in the wrong places all this time. "Fit to be Tied" is a fun novel that will delight many a romance reader.
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Cleo Arlington knows how to handle stubborn horses. She's been breaking them on her father's ranch ever since she was a little girl, and doesn't plan on going too far away from home. Life is good, only a little romance from a local country boy could make it better.

Sherwood Statham, wounded WWI solider and British aristocrat, is sent to live in the states as punishment for his life of ill-repute. It's either a year in America or a loss of his inheritance, so he enters Cleo's life penniless, broken, and determined to prove himself.

Tossing the two of these characters together ends in an explosion of misunderstandings, humor, and...you guessed it, romance. Sherwood, who is used to 'proper' ladies, is shocked to find himself warming to this blue-eyed, freckled-faced tomboy. Though scarred on the outside, his greatest scars are within, and as Sherwood (or Woody) learns from Cleo's family about God's love, his deepset wounds begin to heal. He finds hope.

Cleo never thought she'd need to be rescued, and never expected the fancy-pants Brit to do it, but when he swoops in twice to protect her, she realizes she's misjudged Woody. Is she willing to risk her heart for a man who will only take her away from the life she loves?

Just when it seems they're 'fit to be tied' will love break the string?

What do I think?

Go! Buy the book. Now.

Robin Lee Hatcher's second book in the Sister's of Bethlehem Springs is even better than its' predecessor, A Vote of Confidence. I literally read it in two hours and laughed...often.

Fit To Be Tied is about a young lady who is confident in herself, even though she doesn't fit into the typical 'lady' mold, and about a man who must learn to believe in himself again.
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