Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer's request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon.
When a tragic accident leaves her a widow soon after becoming a wife, Aundy takes on the challenge of learning how to manage a farm, even if it means her stubborn determination to succeed upsets a few of the neighbors.
Born and raised on the family ranch, Garrett Nash loves life in the bustling community of Pendleton in 1899. When his neighbor passes away and leaves behind a plucky widow, Garrett takes on the role of her protector and guardian. His admiration for her tenacious spirit soon turns to something more. He just needs to convince the strong-willed Aundy to give love another try.
©2013 Shanna Hatfield (P)2013 Shanna Hatfield
I have read several of Shanna's books and this was another winner. Perfect amount of mystery/action and romance. Pendleton is an awesome little town. Although I have read others in the series each can stand alone, but I would so recommend reading or listening to this one first.
Probably not. Although I might read it again.
Characters were fun, developed.
I didn't mind a male reader but often he sounded like he had no idea what he was reading, no appropriate inflection, and horribly rushed at times. Also he said the title character's name wrong a lot. Andy, Audry, Audey...
Sure, but telling would be spoilers.
Just needs new narration. Would like to have the other titles in the series available by another narrator.
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Yes because I could relate to this story in so many ways. Wonderful characters, it touched my heart and brought back wonderful memories for me.
Butter I just adored him, there were very strong characters in a time when maybe women were not suppose to be Aundy was.
When Aundy found she could open her heart and love again. When Butter came home. Garrett shook his head and said what a women even when he would have liked to have shaken Aundy. When Aundy dresses like a man, that was to funny.
There were several scenes that really touched me, from the very first few pages you feel oh my this isn't good and you feel so much pain. There were places through out the book that really gets you from the animals coming home to some that were hurt. The ending when things work out for the best even with some very trying times.
Being a mail-order bride had to be very trying not knowing who or what you are getting yourself into. You hope for the best I do feel most of these women have nothing to lose and hope they have everything to again. I didn't care to much for her new husband even though I was torn when he died. It was so fast and so much pain, a very touching read. I thought he was a little on the cocky side, I felt Aundy's pain of the unknown where to go from here, I was so glad she got the farm.
I totally loved this story it touched me in so many ways and brought back wonderful memories. I could really relate to this story in so many ways, I myself was raised on a farm and had a pet lamb, she walked me to the bus and met me each evening. She was almost human, a darling little things. I found this story to be very believable, with wonderful strong characters and loving caring men who knew how to treat a lady even when she might be a little strong headed.
The author starts off with grabbing your attention and she keeps it through out the story with many twist and turns to keep the read interesting. The words flow easy as the narrator with his smooth touching voice bring them to life. You feel the farm come to life as you fall in love with each character along with a few you don't think to highly of. You can feel the pain as Don (the narrator) tells the tale the author gives us. You can almost see Garrett grit his teeth as Aundy and a few others that drive him crazy. So much stress and laughter which you can here in the narrators voice.
Aundy is a very strong women who will not let anything get in her way. She will take care of herself and those in her employment. She is such a caring loving women that all those around her fall for her. Even those who might not like how she does things usually come around to her way of thinking.
Garrett is strong and knows when to bend and give a little but also knows when to stand firm. I doubt there is a women alive that wouldn't fall for this cowboy. Once he gets use to his feelings and knows what he wants he goes after it. Aundy isn't going to know what is about to hit her when he puts his sights on her.
The supporting characters are outstanding, so much caring goes into them. Even those that aren't happy with how things are going give in and give things a try. There is no doubt each think very highly of Aundy.
This was a very touching and emotional read. So much happens at a very fast pace, there are many twists and painful turns. I really didn't want the story to end. The only thing I would have liked to have seen was Aundy's sister come to live with her. Maybe she will be in one of the other books in this series. There is no doubt this is one talented author that hooks you from the very first page and never lets you go as she gives us a compelling story of life long gone. You can feel each characters pain, happiness and sorrow. You really just want to take a few of them in your arms and say it is going to be okay. There are times you just want to close your eyes and share a few of their tears but there are wonderful times where you will find yourself laughing as the author takes you for a spin in the old west.
This is the first book I have read or listen to by this author and it will not be the last. I highly recommend her to anyone who loves to read about the days gone by. She gives you a wonderful read that you don't want to end with wonderful characters you do not want to let go.
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Incredible story from beginning to end. I love compassionate, strong, capable Aundy.
I am only sad that a dog had to die in the story. A whole town could die and it wouldn't bother me but a dog dies and I am sobbing hysterically.
I am looking forward to more stories by this author!!!
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