In 1896, Melinda Gamble, a very elegant, very naïve young woman from Boston, decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a frightening bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and an intense blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it is a ruggedly handsome and very mysterious stranger who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared: love.
©2012 Linda Weaver Clarke (P)2016 Linda Weaver Clarke
I enjoyed this charming and clean romance audiobook. I really appreciate "clean" stories. Not having to worry about my young kids hearing while I'm listening is a load off. The story is well-written and entertaining. I love the main character, Melinda's, fiery personality - how she speaks her mind and is independent. Her love and understanding for others is inspirational. I also loved all the historical facts interwoven with the story, like the Butch Cassidy incident. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book, but I wasn't "wowed" by the narration by Joanna Riley. While not a bad narration, it wasn't particularly memorable - it was just okay. I think my rating would have been one star higher with either a different narrator or the Kindle version. Granted, narration is a very personal taste, so even though I wasn't wowed, others will love it, and my opinion on the narration should not discourage anyone to listen. If you like clean romance or are interested in the old west, I highly recommend this book.
A very sweet, innocent romance with a determined, yet sensitive, eastern lady coming to teach in the wild west. Melinda takes to the west and the various adventures and challenges it provides when she agrees to teach school in a small town.
A bit of history mixed in with the story made for an interesting read. I enjoyed getting to know Melinda as she struggled to make a positive influence on her students and find her place in the wild west. The widowed father of one student in particular becomes a bit of a challenge as she tries to help the girl fit in at school. They seem to be made for each other if only he can overcome his fears that an eastern lady can't make it in the west!
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for my honest opinion.
What a fantastic journey back in time! Clarke takes readers back to the western expansion with a story that will capture your heart and allow your imagination to run wild. I love the tidbits of history and trivia throughout. They kept my attention and really allowed me to picture the full range of things going on at the time. The tale was both fun and emotional. I love how Clarke develops this world in all its natural glory while also drawing out emotions and choices of the fantastic characters that we come to know and love.
Clarke has filled this novel with characters who tug at your heart. Melinda is a fantastically complex and intriguing heroine to carry this story forward. I love getting to know her as she insinuates herself into this world that she moves into. Her love interest is equally captivating. I love his strength and the depth of his caring. It was a fantastic mix. The family and friends that they find themselves surrounded by serve to fill out the story in a fantastic manner that really brings this small town to life.
This novel will be loved by readers of all ages. I couldn’t get enough of the characters or of the picturesque world that Clarke creates for her readers. It was simply breathtaking.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Melinda and The Wild West is a very good old fashioned western romance set in Bear Lake, Idaho in 1896. It begins when Melinda Gamble accepts a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho after declining a marriage proposal from the comforts of her parents’ home in Boston. She has an intense desire to make a difference in the world and she doesn’t let anything stand in her way – not even a bank robbery by Butch Cassidy, or an attack by a vicious grizzly bear.
My favorite part of the story is the positive impact that Melinda has on her students. In particular, she takes an unruly young motherless student under her wing who blossoms under her tutelage. But it is in meeting this students’ father that we discover how smart Melinda really is. For example, she talks the busy rancher into accompanying her on a field trip with her students and she learns a thing or two about prejudging people unfairly. The slow developing romance between the pair is truly enjoyable.
I listened to the Audible version of this audiobook written by Linda Weaver Clarke and narrated by Joanna Riley. Joanna’s narration was average with varying voices and tempo. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest unbiased review.
In summary, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook and look forward to other audiobooks in the Bear Lake, Idaho Family saga.
I enjoyed the spunk of the main female character. The western moved along in a typical manner for romances based in that time period. It was a simple read but seemed very true to the time. It kept me well entertained on car rides many times. I'm thankful that this writer keeps churning out tales of duh high variety!
I love history and the wild west appeals greatly to me. The author was able to weave in some interesting historical facts about the area and the people which I found very interesting. I particularly enjoyed learning how the people of the time dealt with medical emergencies e.g. Melinda's hypothermia.
I enjoyed the first half of the book immensely as it related the events of Melinda's move to the Wild West and her adaption to the place and people. She had many exciting and dangerous encounters and I also loved reading about her teaching experiences and her relationship with her pupils.
The second half of the book was a little bit slower as the romance moved at a sedate pace.
Joanna Riley made the story sound very dramatic and exciting. There was some slight pausing here and there in her reading and some over emphasis in her expression which I would have preferred toned down a bit but overall the narration was good.
This is exactly the kind of book my 13 year old self would have loved to have on her shelf.
The romance and adventure certainly appeals and it is a safe, clean read to gift or for the whole family to enjoy.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
I just finished listening to this very interesting book by Linda Weaver Clarke. It was certainly my favorite of all the books from this author. I guess this could be because it deals with times and places that I could really relate to, especially living in Utah and being familiar with Idaho and Bear Lake. I really enjoyed her narrator, Joanna Riley who did a wonderful job interpreting the various characters. I enjoyed the fact that I had this Audible book on my cell phone and could stick my phone in my pocket with my ear buds and listen while I worked, rested, and "multi-tasked". It was really enjoyable.
As easterner Melinda heads west to Idaho to teach school, she finds a most exciting beginning to her new life, a bank robbery. This book has many events that were of actual history of the places that she writes about. I love how she wove fiction and history together to keep the reader involved with the characters, times and places. This book was written about some of the events and places in the lives of her ancestors. This also has a special appeal to me as a genealogist. And there is always something special about bringing real events out in your reading. Much more believable!
This is a very family friendly romance set in a difficult but fascinating time in history, as the doors to the west were opened to those seeking a better life for themselves.
I really enjoyed the book and hope to be able to read the remaining books of this series. I recommend it!
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I just liked the overall story. It was sweet an clean. I enjoy a good clean read when I am I driving an listening...This story was perfect for drive time.
This is a great clean read. It is sweet an enjoyable. I highly recommend this book
Really loving audiobooks, this has been the year of the audio for me. Huge booklover all the way around from romance to horror. :)
I would have to say that I really wasn't fond of the narration and think I might have liked it more if I read it instead.
I didn't like how she seem to exaggerate her words. A whole story full of that got on my nerves. It's not that she didn't have a pleasant voice but she tended to maaake the woords with tooo much emphasis on them. It took me out of the story and made my mind wonder.
This was a cute clean historical romance and I really liked the two main characters and even the side characters. If you enjoy light-hearted sweet romances then you might enjoy this one.
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