Book Review (and a Giveaway!): If the Boot Fits by Karen Witemeyer

Posted March 11, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, fairy tales, giveaway, historical, Karen Witemeyer, mystery/suspense, romance / 81 Comments


If the Boot Fits book review

If the Boot Fits by Karen WitemeyerIF THE BOOT FITS by Karen Witemeyer
SERIES:
Texas Ever After #2

GENRE: Historical Western Romance/Retelling (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2024
PAGES: 361

One fateful night will change their destinies forever. . .

Convinced that his stepmother and half brothers have been wrongfully evicted by cattle king Eli Dearing, Asher Ellis uses the cover of an extravagant ball to break into the Three Cedars’ ranch house to search for proof. On the verge of discovery, he flees, but a boy’s cry compels him to make a daring rescue.

Spunky and independent Samantha Dearing balks when she learns the ball her father is hosting is nothing more than a matrimonial ambush. Taking a break from unwanted suitors, Samantha spots a thief fleeing her home. When the stranger ends up saving her brother’s life, she hides the only clue to his identity left behind–his boot–and resolves to find him herself.

When Samantha encounters the older brother of a student she tutors, all thoughts of the bootless mystery man vanish. Asher values family above wealth, a rare trait that opens her heart. Afraid she will discover his past misconduct, Asher tries to keep his distance, but when a series of suspicious accidents befall her, he vows to protect her, even though saving her life could mean losing her love.

 

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I have loved Cinderella stories since I first fell in love with the Disney movie at the tender age of three, and retellings of this particular fairy tale always go on my ‘TBR list’ automatically. When the author is one of my faves, too? Well, then it’s a guaranteed priority read for me! Such is the case with If the Boot Fits by Karen Witemeyer, the standalone second book in her Texas Ever After series of historical western fairy tale retellings. (Seriously, if you haven’t read Fairest of Heart yet, it won’t slow you down at all. But then you really do need to go back and catch up with that book too because it’s so fun!)

If the Boot Fits is a bit of a reverse Cinderella – which I thought was brilliant – and I adored the ways the author tucked in little nods to the Disney version throughout the story. The ball, the abandoned footwear, a member of the royal court, Jaq & Gus and even Bruno show up in unique ways that made it all the more fun for me to read this story. But even without the Cinderella elements, this is a delightful western romance that can solidly stand on its own merit.

Asher (whose name is one of those brilliantly creative nods that I loved in the book) is such a great hero. He’s kind, selfless, protective, swoony, and he loves his stepmother & half brothers who, fortunately, are great characters in return, including young Fergus whose story-loving heart easily stole mine. Samantha is a wonderful match for Asher in heart and spirit, though her family life is a bit more complicated. I admired her determination and pluckiness, and I really loved her character growth over the course of the novel. Some of that growth involves reconciling what she’s perceived to be true (perhaps erroneously) with what is actually true, resulting in meaningful discussions of family and faith and forgiveness as well as a tangle of suspenseful and surprising twists. After all, Asher’s stepmother may not be wicked but someone else in this story truly is.

Bottom Line: If the Boot Fits by Karen Witemeyer is a creative take on a familiar tale and a delightfully entertaining story all on its own. I loved the way the author incorporated classic elements of Cinderella into a historical western romance with layered characters and unique plot turns that made it just plain fun to read. Both Asher and Samantha are wonderful characters and their romance was full of the author’s trademark wit and warmth. Whether you enjoy the Cinderella fairy tale or not, you will love the relationships, the twists, the suspense, and the message of If the Boot Fits! Such a sweet story!

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

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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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. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

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If the Boot Fits giveaway

Bethany House is offering a print copy of If the Boot Fits by Karen Witemeyer to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read If the Boot Fits by Karen Witemeyer?

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81 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): If the Boot Fits by Karen Witemeyer

  1. April

    I love the idea that this is a different take on the classic tale of Cinderella. That alone makes me want to read it. But after reading the excerpt on the back of the book and then this blog post.. I am looking forward to a seeing what happens in this charming book. Congratulations to the author on her up coming release!

  2. Martha

    I’d like to read If The Boot Fits because I have enjoyed other books by Karen Witemeyer. I am sure I would find this interesting and fun.

  3. Colleen Hudson

    I just finished Fairest of Heart and couldn’t believe how much I loved it! I can’t wait to see what she does with the twist on Cinderella!

  4. Roxanne C.

    Cinderella was my favorite fairy tale when I was a child, and Karen Witmeyer’s retelling sounds absolutely fabulous.

  5. Kelsie

    I love Witmeyer and I love fairytale! I’m so excited this is a whole series! I hope she writes a bunch of them!

  6. Linda May

    I love anything that deals with the old West and cowboys. Thanks for your great generosity.

  7. Judi Imperato

    I enjoy reading this authors’ books and I would love to read this book as well. Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. Madi

    I loved all the creative twists and nods Witemeyer weaved into “If the Boot Fits”. Although Asher was quite clever, I think my favorite was how she included the mice aspect!

  9. Sabrina

    I so enjoyed Fairest of Heart, and can’t wait to read this one too! Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story? 🙂 Oh, and the covers in this series are gorgeous!

  10. Perrianne Askew

    Karen Witemeyer always writes a very enjoyable book! It will be interesting to see how the fairy tale re-telling plays out.

  11. Nancy

    I would like to read If the Boot Fits by Karen Witemeyer because it sounds like an interesting book.

  12. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on IF THE BOOT FITS by Karen Witemeyer. It just confirms that this book deserves to be on my TBR list. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it. Wonderful cover!

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