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Kisses in Keystone

Seven Brides of South Dakota, Book 2
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
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Summary

Hattie Arnsby’s been a slave to men and whiskey for the last year. She’s drowned herself in drink to avoid her life at the Red Garter Saloon in Keystone, SD. When a handsome deputy finds her after a year of searching, she finally sees a sliver of hope.

Hugh Bradley is deputized to find Hattie and bring her home, but her captors aren’t ready to set her free. He must help her be rid of the drink and the binds of the brothel. 

But when Hattie’s handed temptation, will she run back to her past or embrace the love growing between them?

Kisses in Keystone, the second-chance novel in the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo, combines romance, history, action, and faith into a story you won’t want to put down. 

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Hattie's Rescue!

This is Hattie's story and she has gotten herself into a disastrous situation. She is a drunk and a whore being beaten up on a regular basis.
Hugh has been deputized to find her and has been searching for almost s year. He is one of the most compassionate, understanding and honorable men that I have read about in a fiction story and what a pleasure he is.
I totally love his ethical behavior!
The romancing is sweet and the acknowledgement of the love that these two characters eventually own up to is cute!
In general, a lovely, easy to read story which has been narrated by Meghan Kelly and what a fine job she does with this too. These two make a great team!
I requested and listened to an audiobook and my voluntary review is unbiased.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 21-08-18

What a great kisses of a Audio

Love the first story and this one will also have you kissing the air over this second audio. Meghan Kelly voice was phenomenal as always. Meghan brought this audio to life. Meghan did all the parts great.
The author Kari wrote a great historical story about the second sister Kari chapters have depth , well developed. They enjoy life and some like to take risks and rebel That is true in this story .
The second sister is getting sick and tired of always being a second fiddle . Hattie is wondering when her life is going to get more exciting. Hugh the second deputy does has feelings for her but .....l.
Hattie decides to take a risk about finding adventure. The one risk she took backfires. The one risk took her towards a path she didn’t want or need. That is where Huge comes in.
Grab it and see how Hattie had her life turned upside down

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  • Janalyn
  • 05-12-19

Redemption in dead wood

I can’t imagine feeling so worthless that you want to stay away from your friends and love ones. That is how he felt when she fell into the drink after moving to a new town to get married but married is not what she got what she got is thrown into a brothel and threatened if she didn’t comply. So for years she were to pay her horrible pimps away until the day you promises Abby‘s brother-in-law who would rescue her. He was only doing a good deed he didn’t know after meeting Patty he would lose his heart and almost Hattie. From the narrator to the writing this is a perfect story a perfect beginning and a perfect ending I can’t wait for book 3 I wish it was on Audible now. If you love mail order brides a Westin romances you are going to love this book.

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  • Dorothy A. Roller
  • 28-10-19

Another good audible to get.

Very good story by one of my favorite authors.
Another good narration by Meghan Kelly.
Get this audible and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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  • cheryl
  • 11-09-19

Romance with a Christian influence.

This is a story that tells of the trouble a headstrong woman, Hattie gets into, due to her dependence on alcohol and believing a rogue. Fortunately for Hattie, Hugh has been sent by her relatives to find her. There follows some dangerous times and a definite Christian theme. Hugh and Hattie are attracted to each other but Hattie wonders if Hugh can forgive her past. Hattie also has to work to overcome her addiction. The narrator had an easy voice to listen to and she changed her voice for the different characters.

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  • JP
  • 24-08-19

Rescued from herself

• The author caught my attention right from the beginning and drew me into the story with how bad Hattie's situation was.
• Hattie and Hugh were characters that you wanted to discover more about as you listened to this story.
• The minor players in the story added depth to the storyline.
• The descriptions of locations and emotions were well done and easy to visualize and to feel. I felt a part of the scenes.
• The pacing of the story was neither too slow nor too fast.
• There was a smooth, coherent flow to this book.
• This story had a satisfying ending.
• I did not find this western Christian historical romance preachy. But it is very religous. Religion was just a natural part of the characters' lives, and the Lord was sought as needed.
• The narrator did an excellent job in differentiating the various characters' voices. She had a pleasant voice.

This novel delt with the serious moral issues of drinking and prostitution. I thought it was tastefully done.

I was given a free audiobook by the author. My review was voluntary and my opinions were my own. I will be listening/reading more books by this author.

• The author caught my attention right from the beginning and drew me into the story with how bad of a situation Hattie was in.
• Hattie and Hugh were characters that you wanted to discover more about as you listened to their story.
• The minor players in the story added depth to the storyline.
• The descriptions of locations and emotions were well done and easy to visualize and to feel. I felt a part of the scenes.
• The pacing of the story was neither too slow nor too fast.
• There was a smooth, coherent flow to this book.
• This story had a satisfying ending.
• I did not find this western Christian historical romance preachy. But it was very religous. Religion was just a natural part of the characters' lives, and the Lord was sought as needed.
• The narrator did an excellent job in differentiating the various characters' voices. She had a pleasant voice.

This novel delt with the serious moral issues of drinking and prostitution. I thought it was tastefully done.

I was given a free audiobook by the author. My review was voluntary and my opinions were my own. I will be listening to or reading more books by this author.

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  • N.K. Padua
  • 21-08-19

Forgiveness

This absolutely brought me to tears. I could only imagine how it was for people back then where alcoholism, human trafficking, forced prostitution were well-known secrets yet nobody did anything about it and stuck scarlet letters on the people who befell them. This story was a poignant reminder that God sent His only Son to save ALL of us, especially the lost sheep of His flock. It gave me such a wonderful feeling to remember that we are all worthy of His Love and Forgiveness. We just have to open ourselves to receive them. He freely gave them and we are worthy as His children. Also, it was wonderful to be reminded that He works on our lives, helps us find our paths while guiding us to help others as well. It was a truly beautiful story. At first I really dreaded it that I almost didn’t start it because of the initial introduction from the first book but I’m glad I took the chance and listened.

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  • Kim
  • 20-08-19

Tribulation and redemption

Touching story of tribulations, redemption, and sweet love. Well written and beautifully performed, this clean romance is a must read/listen.

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  • Marie B
  • 15-08-19

Overcoming Addiction & Finding Self-Worth Again

Hattie’s addiction to alcohol and being charmed by the lying self-serving pimp who sold her into enforced prostitution caused her to fall deeper into despair and more dependent on alcohol to deal with a brutal life where she was starved, beaten, and used by men on a daily basis. Hugh was sent by her family to find and bring her home. But after all she’s been though and how people treat her Hattie doesn’t feel worthy to be part of her family anymore. She also lets her craving for alcohol cause her to wonder if she should just give up and go back to a hated but known life as a prostitute. This story was heart wrenching as Hattie had to learn to love herself again and believe that she was worthy of a better life. Unfortunately, there is still plenty of human trafficking and those who would choose to use others in despicable ways for their own gain in today’s world. And the topic of addiction is so relevant with so many people losing their way to it in so many different forms today. I felt Hattie’s despair as she tried to overcome it and find her self worth again while battling forces that tried to take away her freedom again.

The narrator had a nice even tone with inflections in the right places.

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  • Brenda L.Murphree
  • 15-08-19

I Enjoyed The Journey

I have the audiobook and was as good as the first book. The narrator Meghan Kelly was wonderful as she was in “Dreams In Deadwood”.
Hattie one of the seven sisters ran off in the first book and this one is all about her even though the other family members were brought into the story too.
I enjoyed the journey of finding Hattie and the way the author went about telling of her situation. She did a great job with a couple hard subjects. A historical romance with adventures, bad guys and good guys. Faith and forgiveness is shown throughout this book. I love that the characters are deep and actually have layers of personality that they work through. Read this book and find out if Hattie can overcome all the mess she got herself in.
I received this book from the author and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and views are my own.

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  • O-BAR4707
  • 06-08-19

Men want only one thing. Will this man be any dif

Standalone book, but picks up where Dreams in Deadwood left off.
Hugh Bradley and his family moved to Deadwood, SD to join his younger brother, Aiden, and new wife Jennie’s family. New to the area and needing work, the local sheriff hired Hugh for a special job. Aiden’s sister-in-law Hattie had been kidnapped and he needed someone to find her. After searching for 9 months Hugh found her in the worst place possible, The Red Garter Saloon. She had been made false promises of marriage from a man named Roy. He had treated her well, gave her the liquor she craved, then sold her in Keystone. Now she was locked in a room and Roy had her “working” for him. The only thing that got her through the day & night was the bottle of whisky he gave her. When Hugh went to take Hattie away, he was stopped and told he couldn’t have her. There were legal contract issues that had to be decided in two weeks by a judge. Hugh didn’t know what to do. All he had was a small 2 room cabin big enough for one. Hattie was small, sickly, and afraid of any man that came near her. Was this man any different than all the others? Hugh knew he had to get her sober and trust him before going to court. Would he be able to find the tough spirited girl she once was? Ms. Trumbo put a lot of emotion and character development in Hattie’s story. She portrayed the subject matter of prostitution and abuse without going into vivid details. Each book in the series has an HEA, but leaves you wanting to continue with the next book to find out more about these couples. I enjoyed the audible version narrated by Megan Kelly.

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