In 1918, Sawyer Samuels is injured in The Great War and given a medical discharge. He's sent back to his hometown of Dawson, Montana, but it's a bittersweet homecoming. There is more to his discharge than he can tell most people. Shortly after coming home, Sawyer runs into Devon Dwyer, the woman who rejected his marriage proposal before he enlisted in the army. His feelings for her are as strong as ever, but after their painful parting, there's no going back.
Seeing Sawyer again drives home the point to Devon that her heart still belongs to him even though she's tried to move on. However, she knows the situation is hopeless. There's still too much anger and pain between them to reconcile - or is there?
Enter a group of their wily friends who have some tricks up their sleeves to push Sawyer and Devon to attempt to repair their broken relationship. As the Christmas season begins, chaos and mayhem ensue. Meanwhile, tensions in Dawson rise as suspicions rise and threaten the peace and wellbeing of their town. Can Sawyer and Devon recapture the love they once shared? Can the citizens of Dawson rise to the challenges and dangers that arise? Join the adventure and find out.
©2015 Linda Bridey (P)2016 Linda Bridey
If you enjoyed the Montana Mail Order Bride series, you will probably enjoy this book. Listeners get to visit with some of the same characters from the original series, and the new generation is just as endearing. This historical period is dramatic with the emergence of modern technology and so forth. In fact, this book does such a great job of displaying the challenges of the early 1900 (end of WW1) that the romance is almost secondary to the setting. As always, Linda Bridey has provided a wonderful story about very human people in a wonderful community.
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"Good History Lesson"
The storyline embodied my favorite character. Living in New England, I can't imagine our grandparents as such free spirits. This book has woken me up to see the world through someone else's eyes.
Sawyer Samuels was my favorite character and how he dealt with his injury as well as the back story of the pictures he sent home from the war.
“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, in exchange for an unbiased review” It was an eye opening history lesson. Text books don't say it all!
"Very Enjoyable and Entertaining"
Really enjoyed this book.
Linda Bridey's books are always just good, clean, entertaining sweet romances. I have enjoyed all of the books that I have listened to by this author. All of her stories have been entertaining, interesting and enjoyable. I have read her series Montana Brides so these stories revolving around the children of those couples is like visiting with old friends. They also have the added bonus of seeing all the characters from the Montana Brides series. You can't help but get attached to the characters.
This book focuses on the relationship between Sawyer Samuels and Devon Dwyer. After Sawyer returns from the war with an injury can they find a way to put the past behind them and start over again. Pride can get in the way if you let it. I really like the fact that there are other side stories going on at the same time as the main story. One of the side stories does deal with the very serious subject of rape. The story is constantly moving forward full of twists and turns and unexpected happenings, your never exactly sure what will happen next. There is never a dull moment.
This is the first time I have listened to a book narrated by Mary Ann Weathers. She did a great job. She has a very pleasant voice. Easy on the ears and easy to listen to for hours. Great character voices. Smooth even pace, clearly spoken. All around very enjoyable. Would definitely listen to more books she narrates.
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"Sweet romance with interesting WWI details"
Sawyer Samuels felt it was his duty to go to war for his country but his girlfriend, Devon, took it as a rejection and broke up with him. Sawyer returns home on a medical discharge hoping the local doctor can reset his broken ankle. Sawyer soon sees Devon but they can barely be civil to each other. She still feels abandoned and he doesn’t trust her lack of understanding. Their friends set out to make them realize how much they still care for each other, but underhanded tricks might backfire unexpectedly.
Sawyer has other troubles as he took photographs during the battles that are not permitted to be taken or shared. Authorities show up demanding that he turn over any photos he has.
Meanwhile, there are tensions in town with some zealous patriots challenging the able bodied men, especially the Native Americans even though they sent their sons to war too. Mayor Joe is accused of speaking critically about the war and he is jailed right before Christmas. Other townsfolk want Joe to play his part in the Christmas play, A Christmas Carol. Sawyer and his friends conjure up a clever plan to break Joe out for the play and hoping to convince the accuser to drop the charges.
I enjoyed the historical aspects of the importance of the people of Montana, including the Native Americans, and their contributions to the efforts of World War I. I also found it interesting that there was such censorship and bad feelings about negative aspects of the war.
There is conflict and humor and the path to restoration of the romance between Sawyer and Devon makes a sweet story. There is a bonus with a second romance struggle between Joey (Jr) and Snow Song, a half-Indian. Plus there is a teaser courtship added after this story concludes.
Although I enjoyed the story I didn’t feel as pulled in as I had hoped. The story seemed warm enough, the characters nice enough and the historical aspects interesting enough but there was just not a strong connection for me. I think I would like to give this author another try in the future. I do recommend this to readers who enjoy sweet, historical, family-centered romance.
Audio Notes: Mary Ann Weathers did a fair job with the audio but, honestly, I wasn’t enthralled with the narration. I didn’t hear a big difference in voices, the reading seemed almost too young and, at times, it was just a “reading”, rather than a strong audio performance. This might have worked better for me as an ebook or in print.
I received this audio title from the narrator for an honest review. My rating 3.75.
"Sweet small-town romance."
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Set in the small town of Dawson, Montana, this is a sweet story detailing the lives of several families in 1918, just before the end of the war. The characters are all complex personalities, all very likable and I enjoyed getting to know them. The story gives a very clear picture of the uncertainty of life and the future during that time in our history. It is a testament to the fact that even in the worst of times people move forward and do whatever is necessary to protect their families while still living life to the fullest.
The story revolves, mainly, around the lives of the Samuels, Dwyer, and Keller families and the resulting love stories are laced with humor, sadness, and a little mystery. Each one having it’s own distinct style and idiosyncrasies. Love lost and found again, secret passions revealed, new loves just beginning their journey together, and timeless loves passing on invaluable advice and support to the next generation. You can’t help but become immersed in their stories.
I also enjoyed the narration in this book. Mary Ann Weathers does an excellent job distinguishing characters, making each one recognizable in the scenes, and making the listener feel the emotions of the characters.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves sweet romance and/or historical.
"Love, Friendships and possible Second Chances.."
This book was a Sweet Christmas Romance.. Full of Love, Friendships and possible Second Chances.
The author has written an engaging story with well rounded characters.
Sawyer, the male lead, is home from The War due to an injury. Being home amongst family and friends allows him to think about Devon.
He still has feelings for her even though she turned down his marriage proposal.
Will Sawyer and Devon reunite? I'm not providing any spoilers in this review...
Mary Ann Weathers did a good job with the narration.
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"Mistletoe Mayhem: Dawson Chronicles, Book 1"
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WWI is happening, and families are separated. People at home trying to carry on. Romances are twisted around and everyone hopes for peace. Lots of drama, suspense and even some good old fashioned humor.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.
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