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The Bootlegger's Bride

Bryeton Books
Narrated by: Brenda G Brown
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

Aiden Palmer, a disenchanted WWI veteran, has gone from golden boy to troublemaker since his return from Europe. Hopping from job to job, looking for meaning and adventure, he finds himself running with a rowdy new crowd that puts pressure on him to join their illegal bootlegging runs. On the night the 18th Amendment goes into affect, he reconnects with a love from his past, Grace Currie, at a prohibition ball. 

Grace McAfee Currie is a teenaged war widow. On the night the Volstead Act becomes law, she searches for Aiden Palmer, the man she’d wanted to marry three years ago. Convincing him that she still loves him is no easy task. Will they be able to outmaneuver her power-hungry brother and outrun the competition to start a new life together?

©2017 Martha Kindall Chester (P)2018 Martha Kindall Chester

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Finding a way out.

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Short stories sometimes leave you feeling like you want more but this one actually fits perfectly. Grace is from a family where finding love is less important than finding the right role in society. She’s always been in love with Aiden. Now her circumstances have changed Grace wants her happy ever after even if the cost is high. Set in the 1920’s this is a story of escape. The narrator fits great and I enjoyed every minute. Highly recommended.

ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Quick & entertaining!

This is one of those fast listens that is packed full of action and romance! Taking place as prohibition is being executed, Aiden finds himself in a position to make some fast money. The love of his life, Grace is ready to reconnect with him, but with all families, we find a bad apple in Grace's! Now racing the clock to their new life, we get to see power hungry individuals try to block their happiness. Will they find their way? I loved this short story. MK Chester has a way of writing that is so easy to listen to and entertaining that I get lost in the story. The characters are well developed and the story does not feel rushed. The narration by Brenda G Brown is perfect, her southern drawl exactly what I would expect from the characters. Highly recommend this novella!

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  • bluepits73
  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 01-02-19

Quick Forbidden Romance

Very fast paced quick clean listen. This is more of southern style classic that takes place during the time of prohibition. Considering that I haven't read this author before, I feel like this was a great 1st impression. Has potential to be expanded into more but is a good standalone.

The narrator did a good job in this performance. I feel like her voice brough out the southern feel of the story and was able to add to the setting. Since this was so short, there weren't a whole lot of characters, but the characters we did encounter seemed to have good voice differentiation.

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

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  • Christy D
  • 03-02-19

The Bootlegger's Bride

This is a sweet southern story of how thing really were in this time. Crooked controlling families hiding in the back and hiring others to hide their secrets and miss-dealings. The narrator did a nice job with the voice for the story, it felt as if you were watching the story as a movie.

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  • Taj-Marie Lingofelter
  • 03-01-19

Good

This wasn't as great as the first one but it was good. The characters were well rounded. The story line was predictable. It's a cute love story. Would recommend. The narrator's voice was perfect for the story!

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  • Ginny Aybar-Flores
  • 23-12-18

Short but sweet

A WW1 veteran, a WW1 widow who were both once in love and wanted to marry meet again. Aiden Palmer, finds himself jumping from job to job and Grace McAfee Currie refuses to marry yet another upstart politician her brother wants to force her to wed. Reuniting Grace convince Aiden that she still loves him and they should run away, marry and live from their families. A very sweet, short novella. The author did a wonderful job creating it. However, for me, the narrator see to be in a rush in the telling of the story.

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  • Ree
  • 17-12-18

Short and Sweet

This short audio involves two main characters Arden Palmer and Grace McAlfee Currie. Set after WWI during the Prohibition , Auden Palmer is a veteran returning to the US having been previously stationed in Europe. He is finding it difficult to return to American society. He becomes involved with a bootlegging gang while also making contact with Grace his former love interest. Grace McAlfee, a young war widow seeks to reunite with Aiden. Conflict arises as the couple is involved not only in bootlegging and interacting with criminals, but also recapturing their former love for each other. The book was a short easy listen and captures the “Second Chance Romance “ storyline. Essentially, a good read. I received access to this audio for the purpose of reviewing,however the insights and opinions were not solicited but of my own account.

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  • Y. Michele Brooks
  • 14-12-19

Nice to see love win

I offered to review this audiobook because I am such an an avid reader but also almost exclusively audio due to my schedule. Because of this, and the fact that a bad narrator can destroy a great series, I can be very critical of narrators. Especially when books have a single narrator required to speak with different voices for multiple characters. Most cannot do it without having some errors where they use the wrong 'voice' for the wrong character. Brenda Brown does a great job in narrating this book! It was a very enjoyable listen and I didn't have any issues distinguishing between characters.

As to the story, I am not one to give a lot of specific story details since I feel you should read the story for that. The Bootlegger's Bride is a short story in a series, but holds its own in a stand alone historical romance. It was great to see love win out over greed. The book includes interesting characters, with lots of twists and turns in the main story that will make you want to keep listening until the story is over.

I received a free review copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • fsloverly
  • 11-12-19

Okay...ish

This story was very short and unnecessarily steamy.
I could appreciate the concept, but I couldn’t really buy in to the couple, the emotion. There wasn’t enough detail. I didn’t feel the angst during the liquor runs or the desperation to choose that lifestyle. It felt like it was a puff story glorifying and romanticizing a situation that was anything but.
It had potential. The author had some good ideas, but the plot wasn’t developed enough.
I received this book as an ARC from Story Origin, and I am leaving a voluntary review.

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  • Christina L Holland
  • 06-12-19

Enjoyable narration

This novella was good. I could have done without the detailed love scene. I enjoyed the narrator, she performed well! The story line could have provided more scenes to get reader more invested in the characters instead of an afterthought approach. It was an HEA so that was a plus in my opinion.

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  • Shhhh...I am reading
  • 23-11-19

Lovely short story

Audible. This was listed as the 2nd book in the Bryeton series. Not only was this set in a different decade, but none of the characters/situations/locations were from book 1. So this can be enjoyed completely on its own.

Short stories/novellas can be quite difficult in that they are often bereft of the kinds of details that fully immerse the reader/listener into the story and it's world. M.K. Chester suffered no such issues here. I was delighted and intrigued by what she managed to convey in a mere 100 minutes.

This is a lovely second-chance romance set at the dawn of Prohibition. Grace & Aiden have both been transformed by the war and are now seeking to live their lives on their own terms. Grace is a young widow trying to break from her scheming political family while Aiden is eschewing his father's plans for his future. Chester gives us a beautiful love story along with a little suspense.

Brenda G Brown is a new-to-me narrator. I loved her accented voice as well as her ability to give each character their own unique sound. While I often find myself speeding up narrators, I almost felt she spoke a little too fast. There were also times where the chapter came across as one long run-on sentence. This caused changes in POV or time/location to be abrupt. She wasn't terrible and it wouldn't keep me from listening to her in the future, but I felt the pacing distracted a bit from the story.

*** SPOILER-ish NOTE ABOUT CLEAN ROMANCE ***
I believe the first book in this series was listed as a clean romance, which it was. I assumed (yeah, I know) that this was too. It doesn't claim to be and it's not. There is a short sex scene, nothing extremely raunchy or overly graphic IMHO, but it's definitely not closed door or fade-to-black. Honestly, I could care less as I read anything from clean to erotica ~ but another reviewer mentioned this was clean and I didn't want anyone to be thrown off by that.
*** END SPOILER ***

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Sweetpea
  • 23-11-19

What would you do for love?

Would you follow your heart no matter the risk? Throw in some danger and some crazy family and you’re all set.

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  • Kelly
  • 22-11-19

The Bootleggers Bride

I enjoyed the story and the character's. I would have liked a little more back ground information but was happy with how the story flowed.