Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Winning Back Her Heart by Allie Pleiter

Posted April 22, 2020 by meezcarrie in Allie Pleiter, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 10 Comments

Wander Canyon #2
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Love Inspired
April 1, 2020

Pretending to be in love…or building a new future?

Nothing wrong with helping out an old friend…

But she’s so much more to him.

When his ex-girlfriend returns home and hires him to overhaul her family’s general store, contractor Bo Carter’s determined to keep an emotional distance. But to convince her old boss she’s home for good, Toni Redding needs another favor—a pretend romance. As Bo starts to fall for her all over again, might their fake love lead to a real second chance?



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I knew I was going to love this story when it opened with one of my favorite Bible verses – I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten (Joel 2:25, KJV). I generally prefer the NIV or NLT versions but I first heard this verse in the King James Version and it stuck 🙂 I just love the reminder that the years we feel were wasted or taken from us can be redeemed & restored by God. 

And Bo & Toni definitely need some years redeemed, between them and as individuals.

The town of Wander Canyon hasn’t quite left me since I first read Their Wander Canyon Wish – and I’m so glad we got to return for another visit (and that’s at least one more coming in the fall!). From its quaint carousel to its Colorado setting to the nostalgic Redding’s general store, it beckons readers to stop by, pull up a bench, and sit a spell. Just beware of doing anything that might get your name zinging through the fine-tuned gossip grapevine!

Speaking of gossip, Bo & Toni quickly set the grapevine on fire with their current, tentative-truce-turned-pretend-romance after their real romance ended badly years earlier. I loved getting to know both Bo & Toni – as well as Toni’s dad. Bo is super swoony with a good heart, a boy when he first fell in love with Toni, now a man who has never quit loving her. Toni is also a great character, her personality winning you over right away, and you’ll be rooting for her success just as much as I was. And through their story is that beautiful, gentle reminder, that God specializes in redeeming what we thought was wasted time. (PS – I wanted to purse whomp Faye. You will too. lol.)

Bottom Line: Winning Back Her Heart is the perfect weekend read if you love sweet & swoony romances with a gentle faith thread that doesn’t overpower the story but complements it instead. Layered, redemptive characters will grab your heart right away, and you’ll love following the restoration of Redding’s store along with Toni’s dreams and her relationship with Bo. Pleiter does a fabulous job of weaving knee-weakening kisses, conflicted emotions, and meaningful discussions together with that small town charm and moments that will leave you smiling. Looking forward to my next trip to Wander Canyon on the pages of one of Allie Pleiter’s books!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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An avid knitter, coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better,” Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time.  The bestselling author of over fifty books, Allie has enjoyed a twenty-year career with over 1.5 million books sold.  In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on the creative process, publishing, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. Visit her website at to learn more.

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10 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Winning Back Her Heart by Allie Pleiter

  1. Kay Garrett

    Love this author’s books! Just finished reading THE RANCHER’S TEXAS TWINS and it was amazing.

    Didn’t enter the contest because I read paperbacks. I did share though. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this one.


    Your review was well done. You gave us enough of a feel on the story line without giving away the surprises/twists of their story.

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