Shannon McMurphy travels to Asherville, Texas as a mail order bride expecting to marry a rancher. Instead, her intended is a saloonkeeper. Her refusal to marry enrages John Hardy and he slices her cheek with a knife so no other man would want her. She runs into the street and no one helps her until blond, blue-eyed Cinders rescues her.
Sexy rancher Cinders saves Shannon and offers her a job. To protect her reputation he must marry her. They both agree it's a marriage of convenience. He admires her spunk and willingness to learn everything about surviving the Texas frontier. He waits for her to ask to go home but she never does.
They learn a lot about each other through, stolen horses, Indian troubles, a cattle drive and the busybodies of the town. Their attraction for each other grows, but can they learn to trust enough to love?
Join me in Asherville, Texas and see how this love story unfolds.
©2015 Kathleen Ball (P)2016 Kathleen Ball
there has to be book 2. i was not sure about an audio book but i was very amazed. loved every second of the book. i fell in love with cookie. the narrator did an amazing job. i was afraid of a monotone voice but was surprised.
I enjoyed this a very sweet story? I do love my mail order bride girls and this one did not disappoint as far as the storyline goes. I do wish the editor of this book was a little more mindful of the language used during this time period. For example "That would be great" most likely was not used. If you can overlook those little boo-boos it was enjoyable.
California Girl in MA
This is the first time I've listened to an audible book by Kathleen Bell and it won't be the last!
This story took on such a powerful countenance with narration. You could feel the emotions coming through as the narrator spoke. Julie Hoverson did a wonderful job as narrator.
You feel for the plight of our heroine of this book as she's finding out the hard way that no one is quite as they appear to be. Remember this is the Wild West not modern day. A woman has limited means of employment.
So much emotion and detail went into this story. At times I found myself with tears because you can feel the despair and sadness of our heroine. Poor Shannon, she tries so hard to be a good help mate. But will that be enough?
Cinders is a man full of regrets about love and marriage. He lost his first wife while she was with child.
He treats our heroine with indifference at times because he's an emotional mess. It's because of Cookie that he gets the "talking to" that kind of snaps him out of his emotional confusion. He gets his act together and starts in making amends to Shannon.
You need to keep in mind that the timeframe for this story is not now in modern times where we wouldn't hesitate to tell the guy where to go. This is during the times of the Wild West when women were property and didn't have a voice. There were very little proper employment opportunities for young ladies in those times. Being married was the only option for a secure and safe well being.
Sweet, sweet heroine
I loved the acceptance and love that Cinders finally admitted. He saw past the scar to her heart.
When Cinders threw the busybodies out of his house.
I had read the book, but the narration really brought the story to life. It is a wonderful redition.
I loved it! If you are looking for a new author to collect, check out Kathleen Ball!
Ms. Ball is a talented, new name in the art of cowboy romance, in both Historical and Contemporary Western Romance!
I own all of her ebooks and impatiently await each new story as they become available.
Shannon travels to Texas as a mail order bride.
There are a couple of surprises, not good ones either, waiting for her when she arrives.
Cinder steps in and offers his assistance.
Overall the story was ok, I liked the plot, it just needed to be flushed out better.
Cinder and Shannon had poor communication, they didn't discuss important topics, like, Cinder's hesitancy to remarry and his past.
I felt bad for Shannon and I wanted to "smack" Cinder in the back of the head sometimes for his behavior.
There were several things that were not explained and the ending of the Story is a bit Abrupt.
Audrey Lusk did a good job with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”
Classic mail order bride, lying, abusive groom to be, good guy rescuer marriage of convenience or is it. Some tender, sweet moments along with some where you just want to slap most of the male characters.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.Julie Hoverson does a fantastic job!
Julie Hoverson's performance of "Cookie".
This is the first book I have heard Julie perform. I normally do not like female narrators, but Julie is good!
Sometimes taking a chance pays off.
Kathleen delivers a great story with wonderful characters! Cinders is a man who is afraid to love, but made for it and Shannon is a woman who's strength is much more she or Cinders could ever imagine. Put a noisy, grumpy but lovable old cook to play cupid, and you have a great story!
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