New York Times best-selling author Catherine Anderson lights up the Old West with this tale of love, danger, and redemption. Forced from San Francisco by the slanders of her ex-fiancé, Eden Paxton heads for the wilds of Colorado. But on her way, she’s abducted and abused by ruthless outlaws—until she’s rescued by Matthew Coulter, still obsessed with avenging his wife’s murder. As Eden and Matthew try to elude their pursuers, these two wounded souls struggle to reconcile their tragic pasts—and their growing attraction to one another.
©2010 Adeline Catherine Anderson (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
The novel itself is okay; nothing unusual or particularly engaging, but it is chock full of cliches, to an incredible degree. There are also some pretty big jumps in terms of characterization. All that I could live with if I were reading this novel -- I would skim for plot, and then forget the whole within a week or so. But the narrator. The narrator turns bland into something that reminds me of fingernails on a blackboard. She reads in a way that is both sing-song and monotone, drawing out every cliche with relish. There's a saccharine quality to the reading which drove me crazy. I forced myself to keep listening in the hope that it would improve, but by the last fourth, I had given up. Please note: I love well done audio of romance novels. This is not about the genre; it's about the mediocre quality of the book, dragged down into darker depths by the narrator.
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At first excited to read this author. This will be my first and only book by Ms. Anderson. this particular story is endless riding in circles to escape ruthless killers but somehow the outlaws are always still so close. OMG, I thought this book would never end. So boring. Sorry but it's the truth. Took me several weeks to finish. I would only listen after I finish another book until I just had to finish so I wouldn't have to push play again. The story in itself could have been told in one week not 6 endless riding in circles weeks. The narrator was okay. Some good moral messages which I did enjoy about loss and faith.
This was one of my favorite books of Catherine Anderson. The story flowed and I had a hard time turning it off. Eden was not complaining all the time and Mathew was not pathetic. Loved it
This story started with a bang and had me hooked with the 1st chapter, but 1/2 way through it fizzled and I found myself anxious for it to end.
It's a period piece and the writing in the beginning reflected that. The way the characters thought, acted and behaved as one would expect. The 2nd half of the book was as if another writer had taken over. Love scenes became very descriptive sex acts, instead of the subtle hints of sexuality. For me... it just didn't meld. I was quite disappointed and found myself fast forwarding through most of the last chapters.
The Narrator, Julia Gibson was pretty good, although she doesn't do the different voices or accents, it was easy to distinguish the different characters. If it hadn't been for her narration I wouldn't have finished the book.
The story had promise - the first 1/4 of the story kept my attention but overall, it drug on and was predictable all the way to the end.
The narrator was irritating - totally lackluster and drab. Good thing I bought it on a two for one deal. I would definitely returned it if I had used a whole credit.
I spend the day with my hands in Photoshop and which leaves my ears available for good books.
This story was a good listen without question but does not rank in my top 10 by any means. It is more of a romance novel that tells a good story but does not fall into my genre of reading.
The author's knowledge of the plants in the region she was providing the visuals for
A softer voice than my gruff.
I think the title works well. I wouldn't change it
I enjoyed the story, but it did seem to lack in some areas. All references and descriptions were well done with the exception of one. The author made a reference to a runner in baseball that seemed out of place considering the popularity of the sport did not start until a decade after this story.
The narrator did a very nice job of delivering the story. I do believe i could have done without her trying to sound like the males characters when reading those portions.
Overall, I did enjoy the story and would say I may listen to another but I would definitely preview it first.
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