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  • Beneath Montana's Sky

  • A Montana Sky Novella
  • By: Debra Holland
  • Narrated by: Lara Asmundson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Plain and timid, debutante Pamela Burke-Smythe is a wallflower at the high-society Boston balls she attends, overlooked by possible suitors. One by one her friends become engaged, and Pamela resigns herself as to life as a spinster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beneath Montana's Sky

  • By AnnieS on 04-25-15

Favorites John and Pamela Carter's own Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-15

A prequel tells the story of people that you’ve already read about interleaved in other books in a series, but their backstory hasn’t been told yet. John and Pamela Carter, as the preeminent ranchers of Sweetwater Springs, have been a main fixture of so many of the Montana Sky books and the Mail-Order Brides of the West books by Debra Holland. Now it's their turn to have their story told on what path and reasons they met and what sticky situations they had to overcome. You’ll also get more than a glimpse of the rest of the beloved characters of Sweetwater Springs, and a lot more of the backstory of Nick Sanders, and how he got on the path to be the man he will become. As a novella, this is half the length of the others, making it a great romp that doesn’t seemed at all hurried. A book that gives you hope that with perseverance and resolve, you can make wonderful things happen.

With so many characters, narrator Lara Asmundson is given quite the workout, but she nails them all with aplomb.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Footsteps in Time: A Time Travel Fantasy

  • The After Cilmeri Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

In December of 1282, English soldiers ambushed and murdered Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales. His death marked the end of Wales as an independent nation and the beginning of over seven hundred years under the English boot. < Footsteps in Time is the story of what might have happened had Llywelyn lived. And what happens to the two teenagers who save him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Adventure gets Better!

  • By Edward Millner on 05-12-15

The Adventure gets Better!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-15

I liked the prequel, “Daughter of Time”, so if you haven’t read/heard that, by all means start with it. And if you have already read “Daughter”, I can truly say that “Footsteps” is even better! There’s a youthful energy, blended with days of yore, and blended well. It’s touted as written for young adults, but with its immersion in history and its often complex situations of people in the power structure, it never ceases to keep this adult engaged and well along for the ride. Anna and David, sister and brother, are very different personalities, so their view of this part of the world and time period and how they engage it differ vastly. And for those that yearn for an artifact from the future to play a role, a small but fun one, you will get your wish.

The first person narrative does switch between David and Anna, but you get used to it quite quickly and quite frankly, it works.

The narration is very good. The narrator has a smoother pace than “Daughter”, so if you found some of that too fast paced, you’ll find “Footsteps” is just right.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance

  • After Cilmeri, Book 0.5
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

A medieval man with an uncertain destiny, Llywelyn, the Prince of Wales, faces treachery and deceit at the hands of friends and foes alike.... A modern woman with a troubled past, Meg's life is in tatters when she slips through time and into medieval Wales.... Only by working together can Meg and Llywelyn navigate the shifting allegiances that threaten the very existence of Wales - and create their own history that defies the laws of time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start of a lovely series

  • By moseylissa on 02-21-15

Pleasantly Surprised. Better Than I Expected !

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-15

I really liked this story way more than I thought I would. It’s labeled a “prequel”, but if you haven’t read/listened to any of the “After Cilmeri” series, you’re in luck, as its even better to start here.

The story of Meg and Prince Llywelyn is well crafted, often deep, often humorous and a good romp. Don’t let all the history throw you, just go with it. Knowing the exact historical events is not necessary to follow the plot and enjoy the book. Each character becomes more and more interesting as the story goes on. And yes, the first person narrative switches between Meg and Prince Llywelyn, but you get used to that quite quickly and it just plain works. I found the narration a bit fast paced in the beginning, but gets easier to understand after a couple of chapters in.

I’ll give you another little hint: When you get to the end of this book and long for the story to continue, no worries, as the next book, “Footsteps in Time” is even better! The narration on that audiobook is smoother paced. Go ahead and treat yourself, this series is a pleasant surprise.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Mail-Order Brides of the West, Book 4: Lina

  • A Montana Sky Novel
  • By: Debra Holland
  • Narrated by: Lara Asmundson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

When Lina Napolitano's nanny position ends, she has no desire to return to the crowded family compound in St. Louis and endure the pressure from all her boisterous and overbearing Italian relatives to marry a local man. After eight years of living away from her family, she's accustomed to making her own decisions. Lina wishes to be a wife - just not of the local garbage man or fishmonger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful cultures can cause love to abound!

  • By A.P.Reader on 06-25-16

Our Darling Lina Takes the Plunge

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-15

Another hopeful future bride from Mrs. Seymour’s Mail-Order Brides of the West Agency in St. Louis, is ready to fly the nest… Lina. Lina, our beloved Italian sweetheart, with loads of spunk. Her fellow budding brides from the agency, Trudy, Evie and Heather, had already taken the chance and headed out west to Montana (and each have their own books, written in turn by Debra Holland and Caroline Fyffe).

Jonah Barrett, a widower with a toddler and a farm to run, has his hands full. Overflowing. A heart with a void to fill. A humble man. A quiet man. Should he take a cue from his friend Seth, and seek a mail-order bride? Would there be a woman that will accept his son as her own? Will she accept him?

Can these two diverse personalities find a way to mesh? Debra Holland takes you along on this journey, with its bumps in the road, twists and turns, and all its uncertainty and hope.

The audiobook narration by Lara Asmundson effortlessly effuses Lina’s Italian accent and captures all of her charm, as well as provides depth to all the characters in this wonderful story.

  • Harvest of Dreams

  • The Gods' Dream Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Debra Holland
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

A captive God who must be freed. An Evil God set to enslave the world of Kimtair. A hero and two heroines from Earth join forces with Kimtair's warrior-princess and princes to battle the Evil One's minions. Can they defeat the Evil God and win freedom for their people?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic tie up to the trilogy

  • By Grynnie on 06-10-18

This is it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-14

The final installment in the God's Dream trilogy! All the heroes and heroines, villains… and those between villain and hero. Princess Daria, Indaran, Jasmine, Khan, Sadie and more are up against pure evil and the fight of their lives, and the fight of their people.

You should already have read/listened to "Sower of Dreams" and "Reaper of Dreams". Otherwise, the nuances of the characters and their reasoning and what weighs on them is missing.

There's a lot of action this time around, even more than the previous two books. Its fast and furious. And even more nail biting as it's really do or die for our compatriots and warriors. But there's also time for developing relationships, skills, knowledge from without and within. Because they will all need all of the strengths they know and the ones they'll learn on this journey. And they must overcome all their weaknesses to have even the slightest chance of succeeding.

Well written of course by established author, Debra Holland. A great listen on audible thanks to Noah Levine's command of voices and timing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mail-Order Brides of the West: Heather

  • McCutcheon Family Series, Book 4
  • By: Caroline Fyffe
  • Narrated by: Lara Asmundson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Mail-order-bride-to-be Heather Stanford dreads the day the matron of the St. Louis bridal agency finds her a husband and sends her west. Heather actually has no desire to marry; she just wants to free her struggling family from the financial burden of another mouth to feed. Still, she holds true to her plan when the fateful day arrives and Mrs. Seymour sings the praises of her prospective groom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-31-14

A Fun Romp!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-14

Caroline Fyffe brings her characters and penchant for plot twists to a gloriously woven and heartwarming story. The common theme indicated in the series title of Caroline's books may seem like it be repetitive, but each has its own direction and "Heather" pointedly proves this multifaceted storytelling in a most wonderfully clever way. Ms. Fyffe really hits her stride in this one, this book just fits together and is extremely enjoyable and lovable.

As with any series, hopefully you've started at the beginning with Evie and also included series contributor Debra Holland's "Trudy". And do yourself a favor and include the early "McCutcheon Family Series ", such as Montana Dawn, as these books build up the characters that let's your read/listen of "Heather" make you a member of the town you will know so well and people and friends you'll be so familiar with.

In the Audible edition, Lara Asmundson continues narration of the series which keeps that familiarity of the people of Y-knot and solidifies them in your head and heart.

I did suspect one of the major plot twists early on, though I it was just a nagging intuition. The story is so well done, I was unsure of it until the end, which made the suspense all the better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Montana Dawn: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 1

  • By: Caroline Fyffe
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 674

When Luke McCutcheon finds Faith Brown about to give birth in her rickety wagon, his first instincts are to ride for help. Instead, he stays and delivers a beautiful baby girl. Unable to leave the pretty young widow and her little son and newborn unprotected in the Montana wilderness, he brings them along on his family's cattle drive, to the absolute delight of the other friendly cowboys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved this book by Caroline Fyffe!

  • By Ro on 08-02-14

Running Away to Somewhere Better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-14

We've all been between a rock and a hard place at one time or the other. Faith has had a hard life which has recently reached the breaking point. She's on the run, but from what? Then there's Luke McCutcheon. A strong man with strong values, but with hauntings of his own. This first book in the McCutcheon Family Series introduces you to the whole family, their ranch hands, and some of the townsfolk of Y Knot, Montana. This is also one of the towns in the Mail-Order Brides series, of which Caroline Fyffe and Debra Holland each write compelling stories about finding out who you really are and what you didn't even know you were looking for.

The audiobook is a real treat. Corey Snow does great work putting voice to all the colorful characters along with a few unsavory ones that let us know there are those we need to watch out for. And that there is always a need for heroes. You feel like your part of the family. With all the action and nail-biting suspense to keep you looking forward to chapter after chapter. I highly recommend it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 3

  • By: Caroline Fyffe
  • Narrated by: Lara Asmundson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

The well-educated daughter of a lawyer, Trudy Bauer, arrives at the St. Louis based Mail-Order Brides of the West agency full of excitement for an adventure of a lifetime. She befriends the agency's maid, Evie Davenport, and the two form a strong and lasting friendship. They vow to stay in contact through letters when Evie takes hold of her destiny and arranges a marriage on the sly. Each brave young woman is ready to face whatever an unknown groom and life in Montana can throw her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Sweet Western Romance

  • By Cyn on 12-26-14

Butterflies are Meant to Fly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-14

What if you've always lived in the same city, the same house, and your future looked like more of the same? That's the plight of our heroine, Evie. It's actually not a bad life in St. Louis, but Evie wants more than to remain a maid for the rest of her life. But how does she leave the woman who's kept her sheltered, fed and protected in this mansion of a cocoon. Author Caroline Fyffe weaves a wonderful story of the search for a new life in a new place. Out West. Where farmers and ranchers lead full lives except for one big thing…. love. Way more men than women. To help even out those odds is the Mail-Order Brides of the West Agency. But Evie isn't on the list. Well, not officially anyway.

Follow Evie as she executes her plan for a new life. When you're through, there's more stories of the Y Knot, Montana characters in Caroline Fyffe's McCutcheon Family Series. If you become curious about Evie's best friend, Trudy, her story is in the first of the Mail-Order Brides series, written by Debra Holland. And if you begin to feel at home in Sweetwater Springs, there's the Montana Sky series, where women make their way out West not because they're looking for love, though its hard to escape what the heart really wants, especially when it comes unexpectedly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mail-Order Brides of the West

  • Trudy
  • By: Debra Holland
  • Narrated by: Lara Asmundson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

The well-educated daughter of a lawyer, Trudy Bauer arrives at the St. Louis based Mail-Order Brides of the West agency full of excitement for an adventure of a lifetime. She befriends the agency's maid, Evie Davenport, and the two form a strong and lasting friendship. They vow to stay in contact through letters when Evie takes hold of her destiny and arranges a marriage on the sly. Each brave young woman is ready to face whatever an unknown groom and life in Montana can throw her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mail-Order Brides of the West: Trudy

  • By Cathy Henderson on 09-25-14

How the West was Won... by Women!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-14

Who hasn't thought of starting a new life somewhere else? Who would you find there? Can lasting love really grow quickly between two strangers? How would they meet? Author Debra Holland explores this and more in the Mail-Order Brides series. The main character Trudy takes us through the mail order bride process in detail. The excitement and trepidation, the how's and the why's, its all here. And the action doesn't disappoint, and with it the romantic adventure.

As with many first books in a series, the story here is just beginning. But not to worry, Miss Holland and her companion books author, Caroline Fyffe, keeps the Mail-Order Brides series going with more excitement, fun and adventure. And as if that isn't enough, and believe me, it won't be once you're immersed in the characters of Sweetwater Springs, there's more of them all in the Montana Sky series. So get away from the daily grind and go west to the land of big and open skies.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stormy Montana Sky

  • Montana Sky, Book 3
  • By: Debra Holland
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Schoolteacher Harriet Stanton has always believed in happily ever after. Only, the one she thinks she wants forever with is newly married... just not to her. But when a mysterious stranger rescues Harriet from an accident, she discovers heroes can be found in the most unlikely places...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!!

  • By plaidninja814 on 06-06-15

Stormy, yet Heartwarming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-14

A mysterious character shows up in Sweetwater Springs who carries a hard burden. Can the town's people help with his quest? He soon realizes there's much more to this little town than meets the eye. And there's one woman who won't stop at anything when it comes to helping and protecting the children of this budding community.

A villain and backstory that's darker than anything we've come across in both Wild and Starry Montana Sky, but don't let that give you hesitation. The people of Sweetwater Springs that you've come to know and love, have grown closer in their friendships and bonds and are a formidable force. Author Debra Holland deftly takes you into their thoughts and you become as close and part of the community yourself.

So come along for another adventure of action, romance, friendship and hope.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful