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Elena, Woman of Courage: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho (Volume 5)

Narrated by: Carolyn Kashner
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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The Roaring '20s was a time of great change, when women raised their hemlines and bobbed their hair. Watch a young love blossom in this sweet romance. 

When Elena Yeates settles into a small western town as the newest doctor, a few problems arise. The town is not ready for a female doctor, let alone one so strong and independent. She must struggle against the prejudice to establish her new practice. As she fights to prove herself, the town's most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart.

©2012 Linda Weaver Clarke (P)2018 Linda Weaver Clarke

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A lovely series

I've enjoyed listening to this series. Elena can be read as a standalone but it's more enjoyable to read the series in order.
The story is a light, easy read. It is very gentle and can be listened to by all the family.
I loved seeing Melinda and Gilbert again in this book. I liked John but I found myself being disappointed in his attitude to romantic relationships. He wasn't very supportive of Elena at times either and I knew he would have to mature and make up for his mistakes before there would be any happy ever afters! It was fun to follow him on this journey of discovery. and redeem himself. A pleasant, family friendly read. Recommended.


I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • Ginny Aybar-Flores
  • 03-11-18

Sweet historical

Once again Linda Weaver Clarke weaves another sweet story and this one will keep you listening to the end. Elena is a woman doctor during the time when men still frown on such an occupation for a woman. However, Elena is proud of what she has accomplished and heads west to Bear Lake to practice. She is truly welcome there as far as the women yet many of the men are outraged but that does not make Elena pack up and run away, no she will prove to them her worth, the worth of all women to work in the profession she chooses. John Roberts, is the most eligible man in town, all the women long to tie him down in marriage, something he claims he does not want. Until he meets Elena (who finds him annoying) and he begins to have doubts and it scares him! However, time and circumstances change both of their minds.

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 30-12-18

Great conclusion to western romance series!

Elena: Woman of Courage is the fifth book in the Bear Lake, Idaho Family Saga. Like the other four books in the series, it is a very good old fashioned western romance. This story is set in the early 1920’s and it begins when doctor Elena Yeates moves into Paris, Idaho as the small town's newest doctor. She has an intense desire to make a difference in the world and she doesn’t let anything stand in her way – not even the strong prejudice against her. In the eyes of the menfolk, she is a weak and feeble brained female. As she struggles to establish her new practice she earns the respect of other strong women in the town, and eventually John (Gilbert and Melinda’s son from the first book in the series).

I especially enjoyed reading about John’s struggle with not wanting to commit or settle down, while at the same time, not wanting to give up the special bond and connection he felt when he was with Elena. I also loved revisiting with old favorite characters from the previous books. This book wrapped up the family saga nicely as it felt like it came full circle.

I listened to the Audible version of this audiobook written by Linda Weaver Clarke and narrated by Carolyn Kashner. As she did with other audiobooks in this series, Carolyn did an admirable job providing varying voices for all characters. She inflected just the right amount of emotion in all the right places. In summary, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook and all of the other audiobooks in the series.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 05-12-18

My favorite of the series!

I have been watching John grow up over the course of the series, and am so glad we get his story. Elena is a probably my favorite of the female characters. She is a doctor, and this time period woman are not respected in the field. I love her spunk, her ambition and perseverance. She does not let anyone get her down and will do whatever needs to be done to keep the people in town healthy. John is smitten with her, but with his fear of commitment just can't admit even to himself the depth of his feelings. These two dance around their relationship until John runs from his feelings and goes to work in a mine. Will he be back? Will Elena be waiting or will she have moved on? In true Linda Weaver Clarke fashion, this story is full of love and community, good values and strong faith. It is a pleasure to listen to.

Carolyn Kashner continues the narration. She has such a wide variety of voices, and in this book used men, women and children. I loved the teenage girls as well as the miners. A well developed repertoire making the story entertaining to hear.

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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 19-11-18

Good story

Another great story in this family saga. It was fun to follow John through this series from an inquisitive young lad to finally reaching the age where he gets his own wife. I've really enjoyed reading (or listening to) this story. The author writes such enjoyable tales of history and puts me right into the time period. It's not hard to visualize the characters as they move from one adventure to another. And now It appears the tale of the Roberts' family has come to an end. All the children are grown and married off.

I loved how the author showed Elena with such strength and determination, and how she smoothly guided John into realizing he way ready for marriage. I think Elena's character could be a good role model for young girls reading this story. I would like to thank the author for providing a free review copy of this book. It has been a most enjoyable read.

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  • Sarah S.
  • 30-10-18

A sweet clean romance

Elana moves out west to become the towns new doctor. However, everyone is not happy to have a woman doctor especially one that is so independent and forward-thinking.
This book deals with making pre-judgments and assuming what people are like by what other people say. The townspeople aren’t the only ones that fall victim to this but Elana also makes assumptions about the town’s infamous bachelor John.

This book has lots of action and a sweet romance with a few light hearted moments!

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  • bluepits73
  • 29-10-18

Love and Values in the Roaring Twenties

Over the course of the Bear Lake series, we get glimpses of John in various stages of life. It's really nice that we get to see him all grown up.

I loved that Elena was such a strong character. <3 So many wonderful moments where she is standing up for herself through her actions. The woman her character is based off of seems pretty incredible too.

This sweet romance kept me captivated as well as grinning often. I enjoyed the use of the twenties lingo, it really added a sense of authenticity to the time period.

I loved John and Elena's love story. I was mentally cheering for them and their relationship especially towards the end! The author did such a good job developing their relationship and building intrigue between them.

You're not going to get out of one of these novels without a demonstration of good core values or one lesson or another, which I really like about this series. The way these values/lessons are presented is an exhibition of great writing, because the author slips them in quietly and then they sink in and give you something to take away even after the story is over.

One thing I wish would have been more clearly addressed was John's hesitation to commit. It was kind of touched on and there were some implied/suggestive reasons, but it seemed that an outright definitive reason was danced around.

Bravo to this well written and well narrated series.

I received a free copy at my request and have voluntarily written this unbiased review.

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  • Sunnie Reviews
  • 26-10-18

Lovely Historical Story

This Audible version was so fun to read and listen to. It is a really sweet story and listening to it gave me a chance to close my eyes and envision myself back in this time period and being a woman that wanted to find her way in a then mostly male profession.

Synopsis:

The “Roaring Twenties” was a time of great change, when women raised their hemlines and bobbed their hair. The language of the era was also new and different. Watch a young love blossom in this sweet romance. When Elena Yeates settles into a small western town as the newest doctor, a few problems arise. The town is not ready for a female doctor, let alone one so strong and independent. She must struggle against the prejudice to establish her new practice. As she fights to prove herself, the town’s most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart.

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This was the final book in the Bear Lake Family Saga. I have listened to the previous four and they were all very good books. This one was also. I enjoyed the characters from the previous books and how they merged into the continued story.

I enjoyed John as he finds he is not able to commit, yet finds he needs more than what he now has. I enjoyed Elena as she deals with social prejudice and struggles to overcome that. It's a time of change in the world as society begins to modernize with vehicles and new inventions. I am sorry to see the series ending. I have enjoyed each page as I read through each book. Great job, Linda Weaver Clarke.

I received an Audible version of this book from the Author. All thoughts are my own.

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  • Write On! Jolynn
  • 12-04-19

Fun, Tender Love & Adventure

Remarkable book, that takes you back in time, to the Good ol' Days. Historical Romance set in the 1920's, in the Bear Lake area, out West. There is plenty of fun, romance & adventure! I like the story line, of being one of the first women to become a doctor. I like the book and would read or listen to other books by Linda Clarke. I would also recommend it to others. The Author is very good at giving vibrant details, making it seem like you can see and feel it all.



Disclaimer: I listened to the book free from Author, on Audible. I have left my honest book review. The Narrator did a great job, especially considering all the different voices, of many characters.

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  • Laura R
  • 06-04-19

Perfect Western Romance

Elena, Woman of Courage is the fifth book of this intriguing series. If you love westerns, romance, and clean reads, this is the book for you.

It starts when a new doctor, Elena, moves to a little town in Idaho. Many people of the town are skeptical. How can a woman be a doctor? The novel shows her journey to prove herself and touches on sexism back in the day. During this time, the town’s most eligible bachelor, John (Melinda and Gilbert’s son from the first novel), falls for Elena. He is intrigued by her beauty and strong independence. It follows them through ups and downs and shows how their love blossoms as the relationship progresses.

I love how Linda puts strong female leads in her books. Even in a time when most women were expected to be passive. The narrator of the audio book was also good. She spoke clearly and you could easily distinguish the voices of the different characters.

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 06-03-19

Enjoyable

Linda Weaver Clark is a relatively new author to me and I have not read or listened any of her historical stories before. Carolyn Kashner is a new narrator to me.
Although historical novels are not normally a genre I read/listen too, I went in with an open mind. This is the story of Elena Yates a doctor in a small western town.

The relationship between Elena and the most eligible man in town John Roberts was interesting as it developed. I liked how strong,independent and feisty Elena was as she navigated what would have been a difficult time for women.

This was a sweet romance that was entertaining to listen too. Linda Weaver Clarke penned a story that took me back to the Roaring 20’s. The narration was good and did justice to the story.

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