Cowhand Heck Benham rides the range in the high desert of the Southwest. Ruth Reynolds moves in wealthy New York circles. She comes west during the Great Depression; chance throws them together, and they fall in love. But she's a married lady, and he's an honorable man.
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Narration - Tanya Mills - Really Good! She does such great character voices! Great Story Teller!
Now...for the book! Grrrrr.
First! Ruth, you spoiled little brat! You don't deserve Heck! Oh, and I might be a little bit in love with Heck BTW.
This is set in the depression in a pretty backward part of the country. Utilities are sketchy at best. Ruth is from the City and comes to this town with her husband (who she doesn't love)
She's beautiful and refined and catches everyone's eye.
Heck is a sweet man, a hard workin' cowboy and is attracted to Ruth from the first time they meet. The attraction grows with each and every subsequent encounter. He rescues her from her abusive husband and they head to another part of the country to await her divorce. Their relationship is a bit scandalous and one of the undertones of this story revolves around Heck's concerns about their unseemly relationship and what price they must pay for their sins.
The characters in this story are so richly developed and this book seems to bring to life what I imagine it was like living during the depression.
I'm extremely miffed with the ending. And what makes me even more miffed is the fact that I absolutely can't say anything about it because you just have to experience it yourself. It's not a bad ending, just not the one I saw coming or hoped for.
Who will like this? I think if you enjoy historical romances or old western style cowboys, you'll enjoy it. But those aren't particularly my top genre's and I loved it.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
Liz Adair, in a word, is a master storyteller. She has a way of ripping your heart out of your chest, and then shoving in back in, a little mangled, but also a little wiser than before. As I went through this story, I honestly began to dislike the characters, and I wasn't sure how I would feel by the end. But by the end, I was able to feel compassion for them. Not that I excused their imperfections or their faulty choices, but I was able to see their humanity, and their inherent worth as people. And that, thanks to Liz Adair's amazing skill.
This was a beautiful story, with a beautiful message.
I really liked Heck's character. The author did really well with developing the story. It reminds the reader of how difficult life could be during the depression and in particular the setting of the story. Historical events were sprinkled throughout the story. I would have liked to see more character development, especially Ruth's character. I was also left wondering why Ruth and Heck fell in love.
The ending was difficult but a part that stays with you after you finish the book. I also enjoyed the parts where Heck pondered his place in the world and tapped into his spiritual side.
Flexible yet steady. Did well with the male voices.
This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. The narrator did a great job but there were audio issues. At times the last syllable of a sentence would cut off and other parts where it sounded like skipping occurred.
An almost love-story.
Heck was an awesome character, not perfect, but so lovable.
Tanya has a soothing voice, so melodic!
Liz Adair starts off the book by letting the reader know that the story is based on her aunt and uncle. Because of that, I cared about these people. I so wanted them to work out all of their differences and be happy. But then, maybe real life is never completely that way. I felt for them because I could see both of their points of view. On one hand, I thought Ruth should have appreciated Heck's good qualities and sacrifices more. On the other hand, I wouldn't have wanted to live out on the range with no running water or electricity. I could hardly blame Ruth for wanting a better life.
Liz is great at description. I felt like the Southwest saturated the book.
I am a working woman in a man's world but it's ok because I really love being around men !! I've been happily married for 48 years!
I struggled to finish this but I never give up on a book.
This was not really the kind of book I like--I prefer happy stories.
A tall, handsome cowboy, ruggedly masculine and deeply soulful, who can whup all comers at a rodeo but can also quote Tennyson at the drop of a hat. A beautiful woman born to privilege and trapped in a loveless marriage.
If that makes you sit up and say "yes, please" then this book is for you. I, however, am not a fan of the genre, so I found the first half tough sledding. But my interest picked up halfway through, as things start to get more complicated. If you *are* a fan of the genre, you'll really enjoy this.
There is a downside, though. Tanya Mills is the perfect narrator for this story -- the main characters are excellently drawn, and her voice is an ideal fit for the world of the book. But the production quality is not good -- somewhere in the editing/mastering process a lot of words got clipped short, which is jarring. The effect is like riding in a luxury car over an unpaved road: sumptuous but frequently jarring.
That said, if you are a fan of the genre I'd recommend diving in, and just getting used to the bumps -- you'll like where the ride takes you.
I was provided a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Professional Actress and Audiobook Narrator. Lifetime Story Teller.
What a beautiful and sad tale. Very well written by author Liz Adair, this sorry will take you back, slow you down, and have you hold onto your loved ones a little tighter. I truly enjoyed the picture of the south west Adair depicts and her talent to describe in detail the way of life so many struggled through in the midst of the depression. Most of all, I appreciated her staying true to the human experience and showing us a mirror of what consequences could be based on our actions. This book is well worth a read.
Unfortunately, I was really disappointed by the production of this audiobook. The narrator, Tanya Mills, was the perfect voice for this western story, mastering the pace and accents required; however, the editing was horrible. Many phrases were clipped, cut off, of too quite to hear often taking me out of the story in dire frustration. Mills has a talent for narration, I just wish I could have enjoyed it.
I would highly recommend reading this book just not listening to it.
This audiobook was given in exchange for an honest review.
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