Fairest of Heart is the first book in Karen Witemeyer’s new series, Texas Ever After. It’s a fun and entertaining take on the Snow White story, complete with seven loveable and doting old cowboys and a handsome hero. Texas Ranger Titus Kingsley doesn’t want to get involved with women, especially beautiful ones, but when he crosses paths with lovely Penelope Snow, he can’t help but want to help her. Although the circumstances are suspicious, the more he gets to know Penelope, the more intrigued he is. Of course, any Snow White story needs to have an evil villainess, and Penelope’s former employer fills the role perfectly.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own. 4.5 stars
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.