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Summary

Roseanne Duncan witnesses her employer push his sickly wife down the staircase. Fearing she’ll have to testify against a prominent man in town, she answers an ad for a mail-order bride in Dodge City. Believing this is a way for her to escape the possible danger of her employer, she travels to Dodge City and marries under the name of Abigail Johnson.

Logan Granger is a Pinkerton detective, assigned to the Dodge City area as an undercover bartender. When his mail-order bride, “Abby", steps off the train, she doesn’t fit the description of a matronly woman who has agreed to his marriage contract of no emotional attachments. There’s no time to reconsider, the preacher is waiting to marry them.

Rose hadn’t expected the handsome man waiting for her to be a bartender with a six shooter on his hip and a badge on his chest. Logan hadn’t expected his soon-to-be wife to be young, beautiful, and a runaway murder witness.

©2016 Debbie Fritter (P)2017 Debbie Fritter

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Pleasant story let down by audio production

I find the concept of mail order brides interesting, especially as a means to outrun trouble. The ease with which people could assume a new identity makes me wonder how you could trust anyone. These brides were travelling to an unknown future but you’ve also got to feel for children, like Logan’s daughter Abby, who were handed over and expected to accept a new mother without question.

With the audio version running at just over 3.5 hours, this book is quite short. Taking that into consideration there’s a good balance in terms of both story and character development. We get to understand both Rose and Logan’s motivations for seeking a spouse, and being privy to their internal thoughts/monologues helps with the plot progression. The part that felt most rushed to me was Abby’s acceptance of Rose.

What lets this audiobook down is the poor quality production. Often the sound echoes and in the latter stages there is even an intermittent buzzing that while very low, I found distracting. Further the editing makes some of the speech sound robotic and stilted at times. Evelyn Grace, who narrates the book has a pleasant voice to listen to but it’s let down by the overall production quality.

This book ticks the boxes if you’re after a concise, sweet historical romance. I think reading the book will offer a better experience when compared to the audio version.

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I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of the author

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  • Cyn
  • 02-12-17

A believable story but narration has issues

I thought this was a good story with a good plot however the narration does take away from it. One has to wonder how many times something like this did happen back then. I have no trouble believing that someone became a mail order bride to outrun their past or to overcome issues. For me this would have been the best way to start over with a new life and a new name. I do not think that records or not many were kept back then on births and such. Here the author gives you a story of one woman agreeing to become a bride sight unseen and another woman who saw something she was not suppose to. She took the first women’s place before her boss could have her arrested for his crimes. There is nothing worse than running scared going to a place that is wild and untamed to a man you know nothing about. I really enjoyed the story.

When listening to the sample the narration sound good but once you download it and start listening there are issues. The character voices both male and female are really good however some sound robotic. You know who is talking and for the most part what they are feeling. I did see a difference from listening through the radio to ear phones to speakers. The home speakers I have were the best. I did have to lower the volume on my kindle to make it not sound like the narrator was in a box. This is not a smooth or clear audio, there are volumes and tone changes throughout. The volume changes I think are when the character was thinking and maybe the narrator pulled away from the microphone. I do not know how other narrators do this but there is no volume change when they do it. There is some kind of echo or something throughout. I did become use to it for the most part and didn’t notice it so much later on. At some points there were changes in the volume of tone and I am unsure as to why. The narrator does do a good job on the emotions I had no trouble feeling what they were going through. From what I can see this is the first narration this narrator has done. I feel with sometime and help from other narrators she will overcome the issues I have found. I would like to listen to more of her work as she learns and grows.

I really enjoyed the story but feel I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it. At times I felt the story moved a little fast. I did enjoy the buildup of the romance and how Abby worked at winning her new stepdaughters but I thought it was a little fast for her to be calling her mother. She sure did move her affection from the women she wanted as her mother to her new one. I really liked the mystery behind both Abby and Logan and how they found out about things each are hiding. I thought Logan daughter was something else she is so full of her self and doesn’t mind telling things the way they are. There is a lot going on and the author uses no fillers at all giving a believable story that is enjoyable.


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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 11-12-17

Sweet love story

I admired Roseann's bravery to travel such a distance to marry a man she's never met. I can't imagine how frightening that would be. And Logan's tenderness and determination to provide a good and loving mother for his daughter is endearing. The narrator also did a good job.This was my first experience with this author's writing, and I do look forward to the next book. I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A.P.Reader
  • 18-12-17

A story of deperation that leads to love

Rose was running from witnessing a terrible crime. Logan was hiding what his job really was. Their lives intersect as Rose becomes Logan's mail-order-bride and new mother to his dauther. Their mutual secrets come to a head and both need to come clean and they must find grace and forgiveness for each other. But as they are discovering the truth about each other, outsiders try to tear them a part.

Maxine Douglas weaves a great story of two people doing what they must in order to survive and do what is best for Logan's daughter. I look forward to Book 2.

Although I enjoyed the story, it was difficult to listen to the story due to some production issues. I am sure that those problems will be settled before the next book.

This book was given to me and I have voluntarily given this honest review.

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  • Shrtip
  • 04-12-17

Looking for a mail order bride.

This,was a very good story. I loved how the story flowed and the characters.It was thrilling and exciting to see how it was going to end.

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  • Sandra Sewell White
  • 21-11-17

An amazing story!

I loved this story! Rose and Logan danced around the truth, with enough spins to make themselves dizzy! It wasn't until when all lies were exposed that they were able to be the people they really were.

That said, the storytelling was okay. There seemed to be editing issues where at times it sounded like this book was recorded in an empty box. A slight echo tended to make it difficult at times. The recorded bounced back and forth between this echo sound and a clear sound.

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  • J&M Demildt
  • 07-03-18

A great quick historical romance

The Reluctant Bride follows the story of Rose- a woman trying to escape a dangerous situation by taking her friend's place and becoming a mail order bride out west. She hides her true identity from her new husband- but as she falls in love with him she has to decide what and how to tell him about her deception. I really liked this story- I thought Rose was an extremely likeable character, and her husband Logan made a great love interest. I also enjoyed the slight love triangle in this book- it definitely added a little extra interest. I did however get confused about the timing of the story toward the end of the book. At first they had just been married for a few days- and then later it mentioned them having lived together for months- which didn't make a lot of sense to me. Despite that- I really enjoyed the plot of this book. The major downfall of this was the narration. The audio quality was not great- and the narrator had a lot of stops and starts. In the first 45 minutes you could also clearly hear where they had re-recorded something because it sounded so different. I really enjoyed the story but I might suggest reading a paper copy of this instead of an audiobook.

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  • Heather
  • 15-02-18

Good plot!!

Story itself is good. The only problem is with the narration. It’s obvious that the editing of the sound was not good.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 05-02-18

Good story, but really bad narration!

This book is the first in the Series Bride along the Chrisholm Trail. It's a mail-order bride's story. I like the two main characters, Abby and Logan. The story is well written and entertaining. Unfortunately, the narration isn't really good and the sound quality very poor, so I think it's better to only read this story. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • NanaTammy
  • 24-01-18

So good!

I loved this story! Rose came as a replacement bride to a man who had closed off his heart to love but just seeing this beauty made him see his mistake. That she turns out to be a beauty both inside and outside is a bonus.

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  • Ginny Aybar-Flores
  • 28-12-17

/sweet story

A sweet story of a young woman escaping the hands of a crooked and murderer former boss. Taking the place of her friends mail-order bride ad, she heads out west under another name. what is suppose to be a marriage of convenience turns out to be true love.. Though the story it was good, I found that the audio had many flaws, the voice went up and down, there was noise in the background and at time words seems to be cut off. Not sure if it was my copy of the audio, but I listened to it in several devices and got the same results.