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Publisher's Summary

Listeners rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer's prairie-set heartwarmer of high society cast-off and the western town that welcomes her.

Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness?

©2018 Kim Vogel Sawyer (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Loved

If you like 7 Brides for 7 Brothers you will love this. Great fun, adventure, romance, humor. Excellent pairing of Sawyer/Witherspoon. Really enjoyed.

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Boring

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I've loved Kim's books in the past. This one was so slow and I found myself halfway through wishing it would be over already. Since I was already halfway through I was determined to finish it. The characters were one dimensional and not believable. They were too perfect and everything tied of a little too neatly. There was zero romance between the hero and heroine. Ughhh.... I wish I would have just stopped. It was time wasted.

What could Kim Vogel Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made the characters more believable. They were SO cheesy.

What didn’t you like about Pilar Witherspoon’s performance?

The characters were not represented well.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess it encouraged you to look to the heart of people and not just the rough exterior? It really was not good.

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Good story, little mystery, Christian aspect...

but the Bible verse at the very beginning is incomplete and what is left out is "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind". Also, the narrator is good at different voices, but pauses in the weirdest places, mid-sentence as if she's lost her place and should have practiced more.

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Very nice romance and human nature story

I like this story and the morals it reinforces. I especially enjoyed the female narrators portrayal of the male voices. Usually female narrators make the male voices sound like an adolescent. Somehow Pilar is able to convey that a man is speaking without making the voices sound scratchy, strained and lacking in base. She uses a more natural voice. I would chose books narrated by her in the future.

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Weird narration

I liked the story but the narration left a lot to be desired. She put a weird emphasis on different words or parts of sentences that didn’t flow well. She paused in the middle of sentences. The story would have been much better if she had made the characters seem real and added depth to their voices. I liked the simple, easy going story but hated the narration.