Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she’ll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper - despite her Irish roots. The town is caught in an ongoing feud between the “Reds” - the frontiersmen who would rather see all the Irish run out of town and the Irish immigrants who are fighting to make a home for themselves in the New World.
When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on ash is housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk. As the violence escalates throughout the town, Katie must choose between the two men who have been vying for her love - though only one might be able to restore hope to her heart.
©2013 Sarah M. Eden (P)2013 Shadow Mountain
This is the best book I have listened to in a very long time and that is really saying something!!!! I am so glad I listened to this one, instead of reading it. Great Job Sarah Eden and Cassandra Campbell.
This book is not just a romantic story, although it has a very sweet love story involved, but it has a great overall story behind it. I loved the characters and the learning and growing they do throughout the story. I loved the Irish history, something that was new for me. I was sad when it ended and wish the author would keep the story going for longer. Maybe book 2 :) !! I loved the characters and would be interested in seeing how life plays out in their future.
The performance was incredible and I enjoyed listening to all the voices she used for each character, none were annoying!!!!! The accents were awesome!
Joseph. I want to know more of his history with his wife.
Best audio book I have listened to in a long time!!!!
I sure would. It was such a great story.
Man, there were too many. I don't know!
The Irish accents for sure!
I did tear up a bit at one part.
So far, my favorite book from this author. It is going to have a sequel that I already can't wait for. The story is definitely not over yet!!!
Great soft love story of our Western history. Can't help but realize the greatness of those who made this country great, as well as those who made life difficult wherever they lived
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
This is a new series for Sarah Eden and a great love story about a town with wonderful characters. I cared about the characters so much in this story. You ache over the losses of the 3 main characters, Tavish, Katie and Joseph. They have all been through personal tragedies and have come out scarred. They each have secrets and a desire for a mended life. Their little town on the frontier has its difficulties. It is a very well-written love triangle. I will say that you have to have the 2nd book to know who she ends up with but the second book is written and available. Ms. Eden's books are so good, all of them, that I buy them the first week they are out and pay full-price. Not only that, but I purchase them in audio, for kindle and in paperback. Most of them are friends I will read again and again. She writes clean romances which is an absolute rarity. This is clean and with only a mention or two of prayer or Church.
Combine the fiery Irish tempers with the calming influence of an arbitor, as well as love for land and country and severe prejudice and you have a story of the old west and passionate story of a frontier town. Add to that a sweet Irish lass terrified of children, with an influential east coast businessman turned farmer with 2 children needing care, and a handsome Irishman farmer trying to win the only girl that's caught his eye since his love died years ago and you have a poignant, sweet and joyous story of the old west. These characters are so well-drawn that you love and care for them immediately.
If you haven't read any of Sarah Eden's books before, start here. In her series she will take peripheral characters from the one book and make them major characters in her next book with glances at the original characters from the previous books. You might want to look for The Kiss of a Stranger or Seeking Persephone. Both are award winning books and excellent. My sister is reading some of these books for the first time and loves them. My father picked up Seeking Persephone, it was something my sister brought to read, and read it through. He really enjoyed it. Sarah Eden is an excellent author all the way around. You won't be disappointed.
Held my interest.
Joseph because his struggles were as big as any ones but he deals with them in a manner best for the community instead of himself.
Definitely. I loved this book, and the characters completely engaged me. I come from Irish stock, and I know the history of their terrible treatment in America. I listened to the audiobook, and my husband would catch pieces of it. He was appalled. Exactly. The narrator was wonderful!
This book has a resolution, of sorts, but it's obvious the tale's not finished. I'm not a fan of love triangles, and this book is one of the reasons why. Eden has created two really excellent men. Know that story is not going to end well for one of them broke my heart.
I had some issues with the logic of some of the characters, but that could have been as much foibles of humanity as anything else. I'm only frustrated because I have to wait for the next book to come out in audiobook too!
Loved this book although I feel like she didn't wrap everything up there were some things left undone at the end.
great job narrating.
Is there another book after this?
As far as audiobooks go this one was fantastic. The narrator did a great job. I love Sarah's books but I think this one was one of the best. (And it's going to have a sequel so the story keeps going) which makes it even better!
It was similar to any of Sarah's other books, except that this happened in the American West and not regency England. I wouldn't compare it to the others I've read about the west, this one was infinitely better.
I liked what Tavish was willing to give up for Katie. But I won't say more because I don't want to spoil anything. The book is still left wide open and a lot of the issues weren't resolved and I"m guessing won't be until the sequel comes in Spring 2014.
It's Amazing Sauce! ;) I'm no good at tag lines
I'm from Wyoming so I could appreciate a lot of the descriptions Sarah used. Plus I am also a regency writer so I follow her work closely (and love it.) I think she did a wonderful job jumping over to a new style of historical romance. She is a wonderfully uplifting writer and I enjoy her stories more than any other historical romance novelist out there right now.
The narrator did a great job. I think capturing the irish accent was tough but she did okay doing it! I'll definitely look for other books by her.
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