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When life has shown you death, can you bring yourself to love again?

Eli Todd is a tall, handsome captain of a wagon train bound for Oregon. Life has taught him if he allows people into his heart, he ends up losing them.

Amelia Cruthers is a pretty, young woman with a limp. She’s a hard worker who starts out the trip to Oregon with her parents, until they try to leave her behind. In shock, she watches them cross a river by ferry without her.

Thankfully, the kind, strong Eli Todd takes her with him. Admiring her spunk and work ethic, he gives her a job cooking for the crew. After a fall from his horse, Amelia tends him and he realizes she is sweetness on earth.

Her parents demand he marry Amelia, since she spent time alone with him, nursing him. Eli figures why not? He won’t be home most of the year anyway, and Amelia could have a safe place to live on his ranch. What could possibly go wrong?

Amelia never thought to be married. She’d been told her hip was too hideous for a man to look upon and that she couldn’t have children. Knowing that she could never be a real wife, the love she begins to feel for Eli frightens her.

The distance they try to place between them doesn’t work, leaving them both hurt with longings that could never be fulfilled. But there are secrets, and when they realize they’d been lied to, do they take the leap at a lifetime to share?

©2017 Kathleen Ball (P)2018 Kathleen Ball

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Goin' West!

Bring me back to the old west! Kathleen Ball has taken me across the country to find a new life. This installment of her Oregon Trail Dreamin' series has us get to know Eli and Amy(Amelia). Amy has had a horrible childhood, and has some handicaps. Due to her upbringing, she has very low self esteem and does not believe anyone would ever love her. When her family is packed up and ready to go west, they are led by their guide Eli. Eli is drawn to Amy, and as time goes on, he sees the mistreatment of her. When things get really bad, Eli makes a life changing decision for both of them. And as their story continues, they are faced with bigotry, racism, violence and greed. The story has a lot of controversial topics that are evident, yet not overpowering the true love story that this is.

Tom Jordan emotes this story with his smooth, soothing baritone voice. I love his cadence and ability to really bring the feelings of a story to the forefront. He made this a very enjoyable listen.

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Inspirational

Inspirational story of a man and a woman. Both have resigned to never being loved for different reasons. He became he has lost to much already. Her because she has been told all her life she was no good. But as they are push to marry. They realize that they can't live without each other. Although the Oregon trail and it's people try to split them apart, their love wins out in the end. What a truly uplifting story. That show no amount of trials will ever triumph over true love.

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Perfect Western Romance!

this was the first time I had read / heard audio for this author. I absolutely love Western Romance and this author did not disappoint. Highly recommend. could not put it down listened in one sitting!

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Great Wester Story

This was my first Katheleen Ball's book. This is a good and clean western romance. This story is hopeful and heartwarming. I love the two main characters. Amelia's so strong. Eli's also strong and kind. They are great together. My heart was broken by the treatment Amelia's parents given her. I haven't listened to the first book in the Series yet and I think I miss something! I can't wait for the next book in the Series. Tom Jordan did a great narration to bring life to all the characters. He has a soft voice easy to listen. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Clean Historical Romance

From time to time I really enjoy listening to a good historical romance, and this one fit that criteria. The story line was great, although sad that Amelia felt unworthy of love, and the narration was fantastic. Tom Jordan has such a talented and soothing voice. I love how he does various characters. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series.

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An entertaining, clean historical romance that you don’t want to miss!

I loved this story! It’s a sweet, clean romance with a bit of mystery and suspense on the Oregon Trail. I couldn’t put it down and finished in one sitting! Loved it! And, to make it even better, the narration was fabulous! Tom Jordan has become one of my favorite narrators and, as always, his performance was outstanding. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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The Todd Brothers Continue Their Story

Eli Todd took over for his brother Mike as trail boss since meeting and marrying the love of his life. Being the trail boss means protecting everyone under his leadership and when one family tries to leave their daughter behind in the middle of the Oregon Trail, Eli steps in and has her join his crew.



Amelia Cruthers has given everything to her parents and they have taken advantage of her giving spirit. She has a limp though, and they see her as defective. When another young person becomes available to help Amelia's parents get to Oregon, they leave her on the side of the trail. The handsome trail boss has other plans though. He is determined to get her safely to their destination and find out why her parents hate her so much.



Will this situation show Eli that love is possible and will Amelia find that people can be kind, or will the meddling of her parents' cause even more heartache? 

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LOVED this second book of the Oregon Trail Dreamin' series. Kathleen Ball wrote another wonderful story and Tom Jordan brought life to her characters! Looking forward to book 3!




I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Hold on to your seat!

Wow! What a great and exciting book. Kathleen has captured a fun, exciting, and lively story. From the moment I first started listening to book Eli and Amelia just drew me in. The antics that went on through the trail and pushed Amelia to find her way and love.

This is the first book from Kathleen and I’m in love and hooked!

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Wonderful story

What a wonderful story and so well performed! I loved how just because they got married life wasn't suddenly perfect. I also loved that he gave her a new name because he wanted her to have a fresh start. How many of us get caught in the cycle of old pain and hurts when we really need to grab onto a new identify.

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The trail guide & the broken girl

Eli enjoys his job leading wagon trains from Missouri to Oregon. On this particular ride, he notices a young woman being ill treated by her parents. Amelia can’t comprehend why her parents hate her so much...yes, she’s a cripple but she can tend a farm, fix a wagon wheel, cook & clean with the best of them...not to mention that she’s a crack shot. Aftee spending the night tending to Eli after a nasty fall, her father raises a fit about her being ‘compromised’. Eli decides to marry Amelia to put an end to the brewing trouble. However, once married, it comes to light that Amelia is not the Carruthers daughter, and they’re after her inheritance. In addition, we learn that Mrs. Carruthers purposely pushed Amelia down some steps when she was a young girl, thereby causing the injury that made her ‘cripple’.
A wagon train is like a small community and the gossip mongers keep feeding Amelia’s insecurities and distrust for Eli. Will Amelia and Eli survive the trio to Oregon or will gossip and evil force them apart? This is a sweet historical story that details the hardships that were endured in wagon trains across the country. We do get a sweet HEA and the bad ppl get their just desserts.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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