Caroline Fyffe returns to the windswept prairies of Wyoming with a beautiful story of rekindled love.... Thomas Donovan spent eight long years in prison, convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Finally released, he returns home to Logan Meadows, Wyoming, to reclaim his life. What he finds, though, is his beloved family long gone and the townsfolk wary of an accused thief. The future looks bleak - until a former love becomes his unlikely champion in the community and reignites the fire in his guarded heart....
Hannah Hoskins was brokenhearted when Thom Donovan was sent away, but now the boy she loved has returned home a man - a man whom Hannah's suitor, the town's deputy sheriff, is determined to destroy. When a crime spree starts anew, suspicion immediately falls on Thom, and it's up to Hannah to prove his innocence, earn him a second chance at life - and win them both a second chance at love.
©2013 Caroline Fyffe (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Sweet love story"
This is a sweet love story that has a few twist and turns . It also has some humor which is always good ! Narrator did an excellent job!!!!
I enjoyed listening to this lovely book. the characters were likeable and made me wish lived in simpler times.
"Before the Larkspur Blooms: A Prairie Hearts Novel"
I absolutely loved this story. While all of the characters were wonderfully written, Ivan stole my heart. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a heartwarming tale.
Good story. Good western good romance. On level with some of L'amour's stories . Thank you.
"Very nice love/Wild West type story line."
The mix of love story with Wild West action
He went from male voice to female voice and made it believable.
When Tom woke from his coma. And asked Hannah to marry him.
Not only is the book very good, the author is a very wonderful person as well. I really enjoyed the listening.
"Before the Larkspur Blooms"
This is a wonderful series of books. Can't wait to read the next book.
"Keeps my interest"
Caroline is a wonderful writer. She knows how to weave a story. I really enjoyed her book and love western novels.
"Nice story, excellent narrator"
The story was indeed heartwarming -- maybe even too sweet. I liked the characters, and there were plenty of strong, competent and independent women. The hero had a lot of challenges that he met with courage and integrity. But the story suffered from the fact that he was in a coma for months in the last couple of chapters, and only awoke in the last 3-5 minutes to declare he would marry the woman to whom he had declared his love and who'd declared her love for him.
The star of this audiobook though was the narrator, Patrick Lawlor. He did a brilliant job with the voices, including the women. A highlight was when he SANG some songs in a woman's voice. Quite remarkable and entertaining. He also performed as opposed to just reading the book. He's now one of my favorite narrators.
"Simple and tidy but heartwarming too"
I got this book on sale and am glad I did. In any case, this book is well worth the point even if not on sale. What you see in this book is good character and story development . The story is heartwarming especially when everyone in the hero’s town began accepting him into their lives when they have every reason not to. The bullet in the head gets solved much too simply for my taste and without much effort at all but the rest of the story ties neatly into each other creating a very nice and easy listen. The narrator does a very good job in this western historical as well.
"Too Sweet For Me - a cozy"
It's probably not fair for me to low-rate this book, since I knew when I bought it that it wasn't really my thing. I like more "gritty", military or spec ops romances (Stephanie Tyler, Suzanne Brockmann, etc) but it was on sale and read by my favourite narrator so I thought I'd give it a try. It is very, very clean and innocent, although not Christian. There seemed to be a cast of thousands which I had trouble keeping straight and none of them were particularly interesting or colourful, in fact stereotypes abound in this book. There were a couple of interesting historical insights (like how the town had to prepare for the coming of the railroad) but, at the end of the day, there is nothing new in the story and the ending was cringly predictable and trite.
Now, I would normally pay money to listen to Patrick Lawlor read the ingredients on a cereal box but even he seemed to be uncomfortable with the material somehow, and this wasn't one of his best performances although his Irish brogue is a delight.
The book doesn't set out to be anything more than a light, pleasant romance and that's really all it is. It is definitely suitable for all ages and sensibilities but it lacks passion, and not just of the sexual kind. It meanders gently through a simpler age but it leaves you unfulfilled and indifferent to the age and the lives you just shared for 9+ hours.
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