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A Time for Everything

A Post Civil War Romance
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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The war might be over, but their battle has just begun.

After losing her husband and only child to the ravages of the Civil War, 25-year-old Portia McAllister is drowning in grief. When she sees an ad for a live-in tutor in another town, she leaves everything behind in hopes of making a fresh start. 

But as a Confederate widow in a Union household, she is met with resentment from her new charge and her employer, war veteran Beau Stanford. 

Despite their differences, she and Beau find common ground and the stirrings of a second chance at love - until his late wife’s cousin, Lydia, arrives with her sights set on him. 

Burdened with a farm on the brink of bankruptcy, Beau is tempted by Lydia’s hefty dowry, though Portia has captured his heart. In another time and another place, his choice would be easy. 

But love seems impossible amid the simmering chaos of reconstruction that could boil over at any moment into an all-out battle for survival. Will Beau and Portia find their way into each other’s arms, or will they be swept away by raging forces beyond their control?

If you enjoy Civil War era fiction, epic love stories that require a whole box of tissues, and "just one more chapter" pause-resisters, you'll love this standalone, award-winning, historical romance.

Grab a copy today!

©2019 Mysti Parker (P)2019 Mysti Parker

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Po & Beau!

Historical romance can be a tough genre to write, but Mysti Parker has come through with a winner. This story is one that pulls you into a time of tragedy and lets us live through to find the happily ever after. Parker gives us Portia, or Po as she is nicknamed. Her husband is a casualty of war and her young daughter has been taken by typhoid. Now alone, she travels to try and make her new life teaching a young boy on a ranch. Beau is the man in charge and father of her student. A widower, he is bitter and full of pain. Parker weaves the story surrounding this couple, with outlaws, hateful discrimination, and the building of new lives full of love and hope. There is so much I enjoyed about this book. The time period is one I enjoy, taking us back to a time we all think is simpler, and then you listen to find out just how hard it was! The characters are wonderfully flawed, but easy to relate to.

Meghan Kelly's voice flows with such an easy pace. She breathes life into these characters and makes them feel real as we are listening to her. The inflections she adds into her voices creates the ability to relate to Po and Beau and feel their story. It's a great escape and entertaining listen.

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A wonderful historical romance!

I am not a Civil War-era person, but the plot and the blurb intrigued me, so I tried it and glad I did! The characters, plot, realistic situations and overall feel of the story were WONDERFUL! This may be my first Mysti Parker book, but it will not be my last. A wonderful romance, yet not sappy.

Meghan Kelly's narration is who really got me to listen and I am so glad I did. As normal, Meghan brings the heroine to life and this 11+ hour book did not feel that way at all! Love Meghan's narrating talent!

Bottom line: Get this book! :)

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A great 2nd Chance Historical Romance

Po lost her husband Jake in the Civil War and lost her two year old daughter Abby because she got a fever from the soldiers she helped when they knocked on her door . She is feeling sad and is visiting her husband's grave . Po wants the angels to take her but she wakes up with a warm fire and wrapped in a blanket . She did not know how she got from laying in the cold snow to her brother in law's house . She decides it's time to make her own way so he answers an ad for a teacher . Her brother in law takes her to meet her employer and they stay at the hotel . The next day she meets her employer and she questions her decision working for a union soldier . Po makes the best of the situation and starts to get along with Betsy the house keeper and she starts helping her in the kitchen and with the chores .
She wants to earn her wage and this is the way to do it by helping Betsy .and teaching Johnny .
Bo gets bad news that he is in debt and not sure how he can resolve the problem . Lydia's father has money and he knew if he married his daughter his financial worries would be over . Can he give his heart to Lydia and let Clair go .
Po is starting to notice Po but he knows it's not possible with his financial problems . It's best to let her go .
Harry wants to court Po but she is not interested because she is not ready .
Harry agrees that they can be friends .
Not happy but he will have to accept it .
Johnny , Bo's son is mute because after Bo came home from the war an angry man .
This causes Johnny shut down and it is going to be a challenge for Po .
Lydia , Clair's cousin wants Bo and she is going to do whatever to win his affections , even if he does not feel the same .
Bo agrees to marry Lydia because her father agrees to free the servants from their contracts and forgive Harry 's debt .
Plus Bo has to pay off the the money that Lydia's father will lose by letting the servants out of their contracts .
Bo will do anything for his family and even if that means marring Lydia when he thinks Po could have his heart .
Will Bo and Po be able to be together or will he let her go forever and marry Lydia . Sacrifice a second chance at love to save his land and help his family .
This audio book makes you feel like you are actually in the post war era and the listener is drawn in with the creative voice of Meghan Kelly . Meghan brings the audio book alive and it feels more like a movie than an audio book .
The readers emotions will be all over the place as the story unfolds .
Sweet Romance , Drama , shenanigans , and black mail .
Betrayal , suspense , and some secrets . The audio book will keep the listener on the edge of their seat .
The author knows how to write a great historic romance .
I recommend this audio book for 18 and up because of the strong language and some of the topics mentioned in the audio book .
Five stars ...

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Fantastic!

What an exciting emotional story of a post civil war widow. The trials these people had to endure rings true. Meghan Kelly is an excellent narrator! She has a voice that can do each character with perfection! You will get hooked on following her when you just listen to one of the narrations that she does.

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Brilliant!

Without a doubt, this is one of those stories that can be placed on the same shelf a 'Gone with the Wind' and others of the same quality. It is that good!
The characters are well thought out and each one is captured beautifully in the audiobook narration.
There are many endearing moments, some of which had me laughing and others, sobbing my heart out.
Then there were the many scenes that made up the complete story. These kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen next - brilliant plotting by this author.
Oh, and the build-up of romance ... sigh! A delight!
I listened to the audiobook version and was kept captivated and enthralled throughout.
Both Meghan Kelly (narrator) and Mysti Parker (author) are extremely good at what they do with this story and their combined efforts help make this something that is well worth listening to.
I really enjoyed both the story and the audio and am very happy to recommend it.
I requested and listened to the audiobook version and my voluntary review above is unbiased

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  • 06-06-19

Fantastic Story & Audible Listen🎧 Heartfelt!

This is a story, a historical romance set in Tennessee post civil war era. The storylines Mysti Parker created are interesting and well written, they grabbed my attention right from the start and held it to end. Portia lost her husband, a confederate soldier, to the war and her daughter to illness. Needing to get away from the reminders of her heart wrenching loss she answers and ad for live in housekeeper and tutor in another part of Tennessee. Beau, owner of a horse ranch also fought during the war, but he fought for the Union. While serving he lost his wife, his son, Jonny, left traumatized after the death of his mother stopped talking. Beau’s father placed the ad that Portia answered, expecting her to be an elderly widow he was surprised how young she was when she arrived. At first Beau thought his family was setting him up with a mail order bride situation. It took Beau a while to warm up and accept her, same with Bessie the lead housekeeper. Jonny started to warm up to her first. So much goes on in this story, there is plenty of drama, including political turmoil of the times, slaves, anti-slaves, hate and angst, emotions run high. There is never a dull moment in this book, there were some great twists including some betrayals. Mysti Parker did not sugar coat the tough time it was for some during that era, she kept it real. I loved how some stuck together to help those who needed it. Also loved the great poetic quotes too from Ecclesiastes you included. Thank you for another great story and the emotional roller coaster ride.

I listened to the Audible edition, Meghan Kelly is a wonderful narrator and voice performer. She brought these characters to life, gave each their own unique voice and personality. The emotions of the characters were incorporated into her performance and she made you feel what they were feeling, anguish, vulnerability, heartbreak, happiness and so forth. Meghan Kelly is such a versatile performer, I loved how well she portrayed each character, I think Jonny was one of my favorites. Thank you for another great listen🎧

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Love Will Find A Way

This is a compelling historical love story that has all the components of true-to-life moments...happiness then sadness..hopelessness then possibilities..anger and then love.
Meghan Kelly is a fabulous narrator who brings each character to life and soon they are embedded in your mind's eye. The leading female Portia, (aka "Po") is truly a strong woman who inspires us to keep our spirits up even when the worst happens. She is able to withstand criticism with her head held high because she knows her own worth. When she finally allows her heart to open up to her employer the story really becomes even more exciting. Any one will be "hooked" on this endearing story of hardships mixed with passion.

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A time for a great listen

This is a historical audio that I believe is believable as far as I know on some scenes . Mysti knows how to write a love story that had me glued from page one to the very last . Lots of Twists and turns . Some seem love interests with Twits . Mysti wrote a story with lots of details.
Hero is Beau. Heroine is Portia .
Portia needs to get away from her hometown and her everyday life . She doesn’t think life is worth living when she loses her husband in the civil war and her child during a sickness. She applies and starts work on a plantation , taking care of children. But the children gives Portia trouble. Some of the men have dreams of what they want to do with Portia. Beau has noticed Portia but Lydia has other ideas about Beau.

Meghan Kelly performance is outstanding. She brings this story to life with the way she did the characters . Her voice is fantastic. Her voice is smooth, strong and clear . You won’t find a better mans voice by a female

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SWEET AND ENGAGING VICTORY

A captivating and heartwrenching story of the loss and loves amongst the struggles that are set upon us in the journey of life.
The narrator does a beautiful job with the characters voices and differing inflections, leaving you in no doubt about the varying emotions. Overall a beautiful book that makes me appreciate the modern times we live in and the advantages we so often take for granted.❣

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So So So good!!!!

Loved as always the narrator, shes amazing! I ended up staying awake all night listening to what was going to happen. This whole book reminded me so much of Gone With The Wind, one of my absolute favorites. Knowing that, it was so easy to picture the scenes in my head. Portia & Beau had me hooked with both there tragic stories. I literally cried for them. I do love happy endings though so that's why I had a huge smile on my face at the end.

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  • 07-28-19

Sweet and full of hope

This is a sweet and hopeful story about forgiveness and second chances.
The story has a few surprises that I didn't see coming.

Narrator did a good job with this story.