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  • 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 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

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

CHANCE GETS A MAIL-ORDERED BRIDE

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

The third story in the McCutcheon Family Series will have Chance Holcomb, formerly of the McCutcheon’s Heart of the Mountain, sending to St. Louis for a mail-ordered bride. The story will have a few of the people found in previous and following stories but will mostly concentrate on Chance, Evie, and a few other key characters. While this story is part of a series, it will easily read well as a stand-alone, and also with a couple mail-ordered bride books by Debra Holland.

Chance Holcomb is a man who works hard, and while he enjoyed his time he worked at the Heart of the Mountain for the McCutcheon family, he is even happier that he has his own ranch that he is starting up. What a man needs is a piece of land, a good living, and a wife and family. Because of his lifelong savings and an inheritance from an Aunt he didn’t even know about, he was able to buy a tract he had been eyeing for ages. Now that he has the start of his ranch, getting his cattle, Charolais, he takes the next step in sending a letter to a matrimonial agency in St. Louis.

Evie Davenport is grateful to Mrs. Seymour for allowing her to take over the duties previously held by her mother. She watches as young ladies come there and learn the skills to become a mail-order bride, and she is envious of them. But with her past, she may never qualify and never asks Mrs. Seymour about it. She longs to have a husband and children and maybe the way she goes about it isn’t on the up-and-up, but desperate times call for desperate actions.

The plot will have Chance Holcomb sending a request to St. Louis for a mail-order bride, and Evie Holcomb will start corresponding back with him. They will each share a little bit of information, and then Chance will send her money for transportation and Evie will quietly leave her employment and travel to Y Knot Montana. While the information they shared via correspondence wasn’t lies, it wasn’t complete truths either, and that will play major roles in the story from beginning to end.

Not because he wasn’t trying, but Chance can’t seem to get the nails, he desperately needs to complete the farmhouse for his bride to be. She will show up, and he must keep her in town at the motel and doesn’t want to tell her about the condition of the home he promised her. Evie will be more understanding than he gives her credit and proves she is a hard worker and asks for little. Evie has avoided the truth about knowing how to cook and must enlist the aid of one of the ladies in the area, but she wants to keep it a secret from Chance as to why. Secrets lead to doubt and confusion and misunderstandings. Lots of hurt feelings before the truth is revealed.

The story has a great cast of characters along with interaction between them. In the process of protecting secrets, when they are finally revealed, they will both realize that most of it was trivial. The story is a great addition to this series, and it was nice to see other characters in the McCutcheon series that wasn’t family finding their happily ever after story.

NOTE: I own a copy of this book on both Kindle e-book and audible. It was such a joy to listen to the story narrated by Lara Asmundson.

  • Moon Over Montana: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 5

  • By: Caroline Fyffe
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

The long-awaited wedding date has finally been set, but when a young Cheyenne woman shows up in the loft of her family's barn, life as Charity McCutcheon knew it is thrust into chaos. Secrets her parents and brother Luke have held now explode, with the power to shake her foundations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS!!!!

  • By Brandy Blackerby on 08-06-16

THE MARRIAGE OF CHARITY AND BRANDON

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

The fifth story in the McCutcheon Family Series will have more than one story going on at the same time, but they will intertwine. It will have the return of Charity McCutcheon and Sheriff Brandon Crawford from book two, Texas Twilight. During Charity’s little secret jaunt to Texas to see her brother John, Brandon will follow her there and must rescue her. In the process, she will finally acknowledge that she is in love with him and now they plan to marry immediately upon return to Y Knot.

The story will also bring someone to see Luke that will haunt Flood of the past when Claire was kidnapped by Cheyenne Indians when Matthew and Mark were just little boys. It took Flood a year to find her and bargain to get her away from her Indian husband. Claire is pregnant, but Flood is willing to accept and raise the child, Luke. When a young Indian woman shows up injured, it will be Claire who can communicate with the girl using the Cheyenne's tongue. This is a nightmare all over again for Flood.

The plot of the story will come together with the story of Brandon and Charity declaring their love and planning a wedding. Unhappy about the one month wait that Claire has asked for, she can’t believe that Brandon agreed. What is going on with him? Then this Indian girl, Fox Dancing, has stated that she is the half-sister of her white brother, Luke.

There are two dead miners, which appear to have shot each other, plus a calf that has been poorly shot by an Indian. Now Brandon is assisting the Sheriff of Pine Grove with this case, but things just aren’t adding up. Knowing that an injured Indian girl has shown up at Luke’s home has people ready to accuse her of the crimes. It will take a level-headed Luke and Brandon to work on solving the mysteries. But not everyone is understanding or willing to stay within the legal limits of the law. The tension between the whites and Indians is still prevalent, and it is known that not all Indians have gone to the reservations. This will become a matter of life and death for Fox Dancing.

Fox Dancing isn’t just a female Indian, she has proven herself a warrior, just like a young brave would. She has done a vision quest, wears an amulet that holds her talisman and can track. She isn’t happy that her father has agreed to allow Painted Bear Stone to claim her as his wife by the next moon. She will steal away in the night, with the goal of finding her white half-brother, Luke. But Painted Bear Stone doesn’t just want her as a wife and woman to give him children, he has cared for her since they were young, and he will prove it. The story takes the reader on the journey of Fox Dancing, Painted Bear Stone, Luke McCutcheon along with his mother, Claire, and the union of Charity and Brandon.

Note: I own the ebook and the audible copy of this book. Not only did I enjoy listening to the story, but so did my husband on a recent trip.

  • Texas Twilight

  • McCutcheon Family Series, Book 2
  • By: Caroline Fyffe
  • Narrated by: Grant Bolton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Fresh out of medical school, John McCutcheon finds his stagecoach under attack by brutal outlaws. With the help of a feisty acquaintance Lily Anthony, he manages to fend off the assault. Lily is attracted to the charming cowboy-doctor, with his chiseled good looks and teasing ways, then heartbroken to learn he's engaged to be married.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Jake McCutcheon's story.

  • By Sherry k on 10-30-14

THE DIFFERENCES IN MONTANA AND TEXAS

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

The second book in the McCutcheon Family saga and what a page turner with mystery, suspense, danger, angst, fear, determination, family and friends. While this is an ongoing series or saga, it will read well as a stand-alone story. The story will include Dr. John McCutcheon, the youngest son of the Montana bunch and how he will go to Rio Wells, Texas near his Texas kinfolks. It will also have plenty of his baby sister, Charity, who will also come to Texas for a surprise visit. The story will take the reader on an adventure of life in Texas for a doctor, a school teacher, and the dangers of Comancheros.

Dr. John McCutcheon has finished medical school in Boston, and because there already being two doctors near his family in Y Knot, Montana, he will apply and be accepted for the position for the town of Rio Wells, Texas. He has been told when he arrives that he will be taking over for the retiring doctor, have a residence in the upstairs portion of the building and his medical practice downstairs. Everything is supposed to be painted, clean, and ready for his arrival.

Traveling from Boston to Texas is a long and dirty journey. The stagecoach will have three men and three women as paying passengers, plus three employees. Just before getting to their destination, they will be attacked by Comancheros, and when it is over, two men and one female passenger, plus two male guards will be dead. John will sustain a deep facial cut, and one female passenger, Harriet, will be unconscience.

The story will have John and passenger, Lily becoming friends during the arduous journey, and then she will be the one who helps sew the sixteen stitches in his face. Being a seamstress gives her an advantage for making even and neat stitches.

The plot is full of mystery that will revolve around the stagecoach murders, a missing gem, overzealous fiancé, a sister, Charity, who does her own thing, her suitor from Y-Knot, Sheriff Brandon Crawford, and the Texas McCutcheon line.

Arriving in Rio Wells will come with shock and disappointment for several people. It seems the town has misrepresented itself about the doctor’s position and building. For Harriet and Lily, the money paid for a year’s lease on the shop falls through, and trouble is brewing in town. When a mean bounty hunter shows up, things get dicey for several people. This rather quiet and quaint town will have accidents and murders that have many people on edge.

The story has the good, the bad, and the ugly of people. What happened to the man that Harriet paid for the lease of the building and what will she and Lily do for income if they can’t have the shop they leased? What will come of Charity and Theodore who instead of going to Denver, come to Texas to see John and what will her parents and Brandon think? Will John and the elderly town doctor work together and what does this mean for his future?

There is also a budding romance that is developing between John and Lily, and yet, John is technically betrothed to Emeline, and she is waiting to hear from him about moving to Texas. Just when things start to get interesting between John and Lily, Emeline shows up in Texas unannounced. He has no place that is his own, and when things became questionable in town, both Emeline and Charity will need to move to the ranch of his Uncle, Winston McCutcheon. Life has a way of working things out and learning that not everything is always black and white. Friendship will be formed; new romance will be in the works, understandings between longtime friends will be tested, tried, and found strong. The story has many intense and emotional scenes, some heartbreak, and enlightening moments.

NOTE: My husband and I listened to this book during a trip and we both enjoyed the story. The overall story by Ms. Caroline Fyffe and the narration by Grant Bolton. We are already discussing the next books in the series.

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  • 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 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

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

NOT EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS BLACK OR WHITE

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The first book in the McCutcheon Family saga and what a page turner with mystery, suspense, danger, angst, fear, determination, family and friends. While this is an ongoing series or saga, it will read well as a stand-alone story.

Faith Brown has suffered much in her young life. Losing her mother when she was young, an uncaring father, an abusive husband, and in-laws that she must escape from. It takes guts and determination to load up a wagon with a meager amount of possessions and forge out on her own, with only a small boy as help along the way.

Luke McCutcheon is the third son, and this is his time to prove what he can do on a cattle drive. On a night of the most horrendous thunderstorm, he will hear something that will lead him to a wagon with a young woman in labor and a small boy.

The plot will have Luke finding Faith and Colton during a thunderstorm, and she is in labor. With no one to help her, Luke will assist in delivering her daughter, Dawn. Then he will have her join their cattle drive back to his family’s ranch, Heart of the Mountain.

The story is riddled with secrets that have Faith in fear for her life and that out her children, Colton, a stepson, and Dawn, her daughter. She is afraid to tell Luke what happened with her late husband, Sam, and how now Wade, his brother is after her, wanted to force her into marriage and to take possession of her farm. The one good thing her father did was left a will with stipulations that the farm would not go to a husband, and would remain in her possession.

There is a large cast of characters, many of which are family or ranch hands to the McCutcheon family and the Heart of the Mountain ranch. For the first time, Faith has people who treat her and her children kindly and make her feel welcome. But she knows that with Wade, that won’t last for long. While he comes off as charming to others, he is just as evil and cruel as his brother, Sam, and their father. When he makes threats against McCutcheon family members, she knows she must move on to keep them safe.

During the time Faith and her children are at Heart of the Mountain ranch, she becomes a part of the family. With a life and death issue with Rachel during the delivery of her baby is aided by Faith. She also is a friend to Amy.

The story takes the reader on the adventures of a cattle drive, ranching issues, along with life and death issues, struggles, and fears. It shows the faith and loyalty of the McCutcheon ranch hands, and how they do what they can to protect Faith, Colton, and baby Dawn.

My husband and I listened to this wonderful story on our vacation during our trip home and we both enjoyed it very much.

  • Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine

  • By: J D Frettier
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

The year is 1969. Though there is war and unrest in the world, on August 15th, on a farm in upstate New York, a little concert will go down in history as the most famous music festival of our time: Woodstock. It also happens to be the day Bonnie McMillan and Peter Hampton meet and begin their free-spirited love-filled journey with each other. Fast forward 47 years. Bonnie unexpectedly passes after a night of hot sex and is whisked up to Purgatory, or "The Green Room".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Desperately seeking

  • By trixie on 02-04-17

THE GREEN ROOM OF PURGATORY

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. The story line was funny, and well told.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dee, who had been dead for 8 years and was able to lead Bonnie into the here after.

What does Hollie Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hollie and her various voices made this audio so enjoyable.

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  • Unchained Melody

  • By: R. E. Hargrave
  • Narrated by: La Petite Mort
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Marshall Chandler is a true American who grew up wanting nothing more than to serve his country to the best of his ability, by becoming a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. On the eve of his first assignment, he meets the woman that will haunt his dreams and change his life. A single night to connect, but a decade to realize it...when one man is torn between the love of his country and what might have been the love of his life, how does he stay sane? How does he cope? And will he ever get a second chance at love?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!

  • By Jude Ouvrard on 06-09-17

NO ONE CAN COMPARE TO HER

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

What made the experience of listening to Unchained Melody the most enjoyable?

The narrator did a great job of telling the story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unchained Melody?

Seeing the story come full circle

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unwrapping Noel

  • By: Jennifer Theriot
  • Narrated by: Sara Gordon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Noel Calabrese hates Christmas as much as she hates her life. While in the Silicon Valley on a business trip, she meets Leon Hallas. Could this sexy, silver fox be her ticket to happiness? Can she learn to trust again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Holiday Romance

  • By Erin on 12-14-16

ME AND YOU, BACKWARDS AND FORWARD

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I enjoyed this emotional story of two people in a second chance romance. Noel Calabrese was married to Dave for thirteen years but caught him cheating and divorced him. Then he finds out he has testicular cancer and who does he call to help him through it, yes, Noel. Dave is a user and player and some things in life never change. Noel is called to Silicon Valley by Tony, former Nascar driver, her friend, and client for a new project that will offer services for children with spinal injuries and soldiers who have been injured and suffer PTSD. Meeting Leon Hallas in the bar and having dinner and then dancing is the most carefree that Noel has been in years. What a shock to learn he is part of the fitness project with Tony. From passion to pain happens on a dime between Noel and Leon. How will these two people who have both suffered at the hands of former spouses be able to let go and trust again? This is a steamy erotic story, with detailed sex scenes. The lesson is to never assume, and always be open, honest and fair.

Disclosure: I received an audiobook of this story in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and rating are my own.

What does Sara Gordon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Sara narrated the story where you could feel the passion and the emotions of the characters and the storyline.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Dog Tails

  • By: Jennifer Conner
  • Narrated by: Bailey Varness
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Three Christmas stories of love and whoofs from best-selling author Jennifer Conner. Christmas at Central Bark: When Tennyson's boyfriend left her for her best friend from high school, all Tennyson received in the breakup was her dog. She's sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not For Everyone

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-05-15

Dogs ~ Christmas ~ Finding Love

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

Reviewed: 11-22-14

Would you try another book from Jennifer Conner and/or Bailey Varness?

Yes

What could Jennifer Conner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was wonderful just the way it is

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bailey Varness?

No, she did a wonderful job

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Happiness

Any additional comments?

This is three separate Christmas stories, each with dogs in them. I listened to the audiobook on my trip and enjoyed the stories so much. How fun for couples to find each other and each revolved around dogs.

  • Shot in the Dark

  • By: Jennifer Conner
  • Narrated by: Nicole Colburn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Every night Detective Devan Burke drives through the Naughty Latte espresso bar. Bikini barista Luci Lombart gives him what he wants, coffee poured into a rich fantasy life. Her innocent smile reminds him of a time before he used a cane to walk. When her latte stand is robbed, the suspect escapes but takes her purse with her personal info with him. Devan fears he may come after Luci and complete the interrupted attack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Decective and A Bikini Barista Find Love

  • By Redrabbitt on 11-22-14

A Decective and A Bikini Barista Find Love

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

Reviewed: 11-22-14

What disappointed you about Shot in the Dark?

nothing, I enjoyed the story

What do you think your next listen will be?

not sure

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicole Colburn?

n/a

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I found the story very interesting

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book and actually listened to another book of Jennifer Conner on my trip

  • Fourteen Days Later

  • Helen Grey, Book 1
  • By: Sibel Hodge
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into the pocket of her boyfriend's best work trousers, it's time for her to move on. His excuse that he needed to dust the photocopier and just thought that it was a rag sounds like a lame excuse. Helen's life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge. Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am still laughing!

  • By Anna Vanti on 11-15-14

The Antics of Helen Grey

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

Reviewed: 11-22-14

What would have made Fourteen Days Later better?

I liked it just as it was

What do you think your next listen will be?

not sure

What didn’t you like about Fiona Hardingham’s performance?

n/a

What character would you cut from Fourteen Days Later?

n/a

Any additional comments?

I listened to this audiobook on my trip from TN to NC and I enjoyed the story so much. I was laughing out loud and was cackling at the antics of Helen. Can you change your life in 14 days? Well, I think in reality Helen learned so much about herself as a person and other people that are very important in her life. This is the beginning of a series and what a beginning. Thank you Sibel for a humorous story! My trip was so fun listening to this story!

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