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Dreams in Deadwood

Seven Brides of South Dakota, Book 1
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

He has a vice as bad as her father. 

Jennie Arnsby wants nothing more than to turn around and go home. Her family is on their way to Deadwood, South Dakota, when Aiden finds his way to their small wagon train. His teasing and banter leave her wanting to toss him out the back and in the dust. When they are separated outside the city, she is left wondering if she'll ever see him again. 

Aiden Bradly wants to find his gold and return home. Nothing more. He can't afford to get tangled with a woman. He's doing just that until he meets the feisty Jennie. She gets him thinking about his past and forgiveness, but what's more important, his past or his new future? 

Aiden will either redeem his past or claim a treasure greater than he could ever imagine, but he must choose one. 

Dreams in Deadwood is book one of the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo. A romantic, Wild West romp in pioneer South Dakota.

©2017 Kari Trumbo (P)2018 Kari Trumbo

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Sweet romance

If you like sweet historical romance then this is for you.
The story is predictable but if you like this sort of thing then it should not bother you. Its more to do with the journey of how they get to the end.
I really liked the narrator and this is not the first audiobook I have heard her narrate. Her voice suites these types of books.

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Aiden and Jennie

This is a really sweet story about a family of sisters, one of whom is married and her husband is responsible for all of their well being. They travel to Deadwood and try to settle there.
One of them falls in love with a guy who is a miner and the story plays itself out showing the blossoming love between them and their denials and eventual acceptance of this relationship.
Many things happen to make their lives interesting and exciting and it is all brought together nicely by Kari Trumbo in a satisfying climatic ending.
Meghan Kelly has done a remarkable narration and I was once again happily entertained by her talent and this made the story even more enjoyable for me.
I listened to an audiobook version and my unbiased review is given voluntarily.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 13-07-18

Very Sweet and endearing Western Romance 💟

This is book one of a series and this first book did not disappoint. The story is engaging with many emotional and endearing moments that is sure to satisfy western and historical romance lovers. Quality narration gave this book an added spark and dimension. Looking forward to more in this series. I received a review copy of this book at my request and left this honest review 😀

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  • PATRICIA
  • 15-05-18

Sweet Historical Western

This is a wonderful surprise, not the typical historical I am used to. So many are the woman arriving as a mail order bride and fall for the prospective husband. Kari Trumbo gives this time period a little twist by having a family of sisters relocating to Deadwood, South Dakota and on the way meet Aidan, a young man also heading towards Deadwood in search of gold. Little does Aidan know, that Jennie, one of the girls will be his nugget! Guilt drags Aidan home to Kansas, leaving Jennie behind with her sisters. Will their love be enough to bring him back? I have to say, although it's a sweet romance, there are a few scenes that are so romantic, it's heartwarming. It will be fun to get to know the other 6 brides in this series!

Meghan Kelly truly brings this story to life. Her portrayal of each character is wonderful, each with a distinctive voice and definite personality. Her voicing of Jennie for me is particularly good, as you can hear Jennie's hesitation, indecision and love all at war with just the sound of Meghan's voice. It's a pleasure to listen to it.

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 16-06-18

Heartwarming Gold Rush Era Romance

Dreams in Deadwood by Kari Trumbo is the first book in the Seven Brides of South Dakota series. It is a clean romance set during the gold rush era. Unlike most books of this genre (with yet another mail-order bride), here we have a family of sisters relocating to Deadwood, South Dakota. The story centers around Jennie Arnsby who wants nothing more than to turn around and go home. Along the way, Jennie and her family meet Aiden Bradly who left Kansas in search of the riches that the gold rush promised. After basically being robbed of everything including his horse, he finds his way to their small wagon train.

Jennie and Aiden struck up a “hate ‘em til you love ‘em” romance. However, this is not your stereotypicalI romance; instead, we have an understated romance that develops slowly. Near the end of the book it only seems natural when Jennie falls in love with Aiden while nursing him and his wounds back to health. However, Aiden never gives up his desire to return home to Kansas, which he eventually does, without the gold he promised his family and without Jennie. I was reminded of the famous quote by Richard Bach: If you love someone, set them free. If they come back to you, they are yours. If they do not, they never were.” Since this is a romance, there was no doubt that Aiden would return. My favorite part of the book was when Aiden convinced his parents and brother to move to Deadwood. His homecoming, both in Kansas and in Deadwood, was truly heartwarming.

The highly talented Meghan Kelly narrates this story and her narration is simply wonderful. Meghan provides different voices for male and female characters, young and old. She has great intonation and pace, and she demonstrates urgency in all the right places. I can’t wait to listen to the next 6 books in this series!

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  • Jenn @YeahOrNeighReviews
  • 24-05-18

A cute romance with adventure.

Jennie is traveling to Deadwood with her family when Aiden comes across their path. She's not sure what to make of his attention and keeps him at arms length. This was a charming story that had me yelling back at the audiobook during the last few chapters, lol.

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  • Carmen C.
  • 13-05-18

An amazing historical romance treasure!

A young girl pulled from home to go with her sisters to a new home, growing up, learning what love is, and how to embrace change & the future. A prodigal son who leaves home sure he can find fortune, finds love and healing instead, and returns home, risking all to make amends. I haven't found a story of Kari's yet that I don't absolutely love and learn from. This one blessed my heart with it's story of redemption, the prodigal son, and the strength of family & faith. This story has the perfect blend of history, action, true life lessons, and romance. One of my favorite parts was the marriage advice Jenny's mom gives her, and the hope chest they prepare together. The narrator did an excellent job, her accent and character voices made them come to life for me. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

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  • Sara Rutgers
  • 20-12-19

Dreams might come true

Jennie and Aiden meet on the trail to Deadwood. Jennie and her 6 sisters and 1 brother-in-law are moving and Jennie isn't excited about it. Aiden is injured and is taken in my Jennie's family. His goal is to earn money and take it home so his family will think he was successful out on his own. It isn't until Aiden leaves for his family that both realize how much they miss the other.
I had one beef with this story and it is a common problem I have, so it might be with me. The character of Jennie's mom didn't work for me. The sisters and brother-in-law left the mom in their former town because she had connected with another man. It was implied that mom wasn't able to care for the family and the sisters would be better off with the older sister and brother-in-law. However, when Jennie needed her mother, mother came and acted like there was nothing wrong with being separated from her family. Thankfully, this was a small part of the story and didn't detract much from the plot.

All in all, a fun western story with excellent narration. Meghan Kelly always does well with voices and narration.
I received this audiobook at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

I received this audiobook at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • M. Fritz
  • 10-11-19

This Was Entertaining!

I did so enjoy this! Meeting these characters has certainly made me want to continue on with their individual stories! I loved the threads of faith throughout this. The narrator was fantastic! Her range and tones and even her accents were all so varying that I could easily tell when a character was talking and when it was just the author.

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  • tnldy35
  • 20-10-19

Deadwood - A Place to Call Home

This is a great story from a very good author! It flows beautifully and makes you want to continue to listening til the end.

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  • Dorothy Roller
  • 04-10-19

Really nice job.

Loved the story and characters. First time I heard this narrator and was pleased to hear her ability to changes voices. Nice work by author and narrator.
I received this from the author. I did a review because I really enjoyed this story and narration.I

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  • Rowens
  • 29-08-19

Sweet romance

I enjoyed this sweet romance and introduction to the family. I am looking forward to book 2!

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