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Shannon McMurphy travels to Asherville, Texas as a mail order bride expecting to marry a rancher. Instead, her intended is a saloonkeeper. Her refusal to marry enrages John Hardy and he slices her cheek with a knife so no other man would want her. She runs into the street and no one helps her until blond, blue-eyed Cinders rescues her.

Sexy rancher Cinders saves Shannon and offers her a job. To protect her reputation he must marry her. They both agree it's a marriage of convenience. He admires her spunk and willingness to learn everything about surviving the Texas frontier. He waits for her to ask to go home but she never does.

They learn a lot about each other through, stolen horses, Indian troubles, a cattle drive and the busybodies of the town. Their attraction for each other grows, but can they learn to trust enough to love?

Join me in Asherville, Texas and see how this love story unfolds.

©2015 Kathleen Ball (P)2016 Kathleen Ball

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book 2 plz

there has to be book 2. i was not sure about an audio book but i was very amazed. loved every second of the book. i fell in love with cookie. the narrator did an amazing job. i was afraid of a monotone voice but was surprised.

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Sweet story

I enjoyed this a very sweet story? I do love my mail order bride girls and this one did not disappoint as far as the storyline goes. I do wish the editor of this book was a little more mindful of the language used during this time period. For example "That would be great" most likely was not used. If you can overlook those little boo-boos it was enjoyable.

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Beautiful and heartfelt

This is the first time I've listened to an audible book by Kathleen Bell and it won't be the last!
This story took on such a powerful countenance with narration. You could feel the emotions coming through as the narrator spoke. Julie Hoverson did a wonderful job as narrator.

You feel for the plight of our heroine of this book as she's finding out the hard way that no one is quite as they appear to be. Remember this is the Wild West not modern day. A woman has limited means of employment.

So much emotion and detail went into this story. At times I found myself with tears because you can feel the despair and sadness of our heroine. Poor Shannon, she tries so hard to be a good help mate. But will that be enough?

Cinders is a man full of regrets about love and marriage. He lost his first wife while she was with child.
He treats our heroine with indifference at times because he's an emotional mess. It's because of Cookie that he gets the "talking to" that kind of snaps him out of his emotional confusion. He gets his act together and starts in making amends to Shannon.

You need to keep in mind that the timeframe for this story is not now in modern times where we wouldn't hesitate to tell the guy where to go. This is during the times of the Wild West when women were property and didn't have a voice. There were very little proper employment opportunities for young ladies in those times. Being married was the only option for a secure and safe well being.

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Wonder Story

If you could sum up Cinders' Bride in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, sweet heroine

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the acceptance and love that Cinders finally admitted. He saw past the scar to her heart.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Cinders threw the busybodies out of his house.

Any additional comments?

I had read the book, but the narration really brought the story to life. It is a wonderful redition.

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Ms. Ball writes a captivating story.

I loved it! If you are looking for a new author to collect, check out Kathleen Ball!
Ms. Ball is a talented, new name in the art of cowboy romance, in both Historical and Contemporary Western Romance!
I own all of her ebooks and impatiently await each new story as they become available.

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DNF - narration awful

The narrator made the females sound super whiny and the male lead sounded like a country version of Thurston Howell from Gilligans Island. It felt like I was a child being read a book by someone who liked to make the character voices over the top.

The story had a good plot, I just couldn’t listen to the narration after 20% in.

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  • julie
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  • 04-03-16

Texas tale

What did you love best about Cinders' Bride?

I loved that this was a story you could listen to all in one go.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way the story developed and I liked both the hero and the heroine

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

Julie Hoverson brings to life Kathleen's marvellous characters


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found this a very easy book to listen to. There were some sad parts and there were some enjoyable scenes with the old ranch hand Cookie.

Any additional comments?

Kathleen's stories are always heartfelt and her characters realistic

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This was a beautifully written tale

I received a free audiobook version in exchange for a fair review!

I can’t wait for book 2! This was a beautifully written tale of the limited options women of the west had and the few wonderful men who made life worth living! The last thing Cinders wants is a new wife. He was burned by his first wife and her death in childbirth gave him a freedom he never wished to relinquish again!
But Shannon is desperate. She believes she is engaged to a ranch owner but is deceived by the unscrupulous saloon owner instead. When she refuses to marry him and his lies, she is not only shunned by the town (who all think she was previously a soiled dove) but also now outwardly scarred by the hand of her betrothed. Cinders comes in like a knight on a white horse and rescues her not once by twice. They end up married out of necessity and it seems like the whole town is out to get revenge on Shannon. Will Cinders give her a chance? Can he trust another woman? Can Shannon get over the feeling she is unlovable because of her hideous scar? You must find out in the Mail Order Brides of Texas series!
NOTE: There is a sex scene I skipped over since I prefer sweet and clean romance

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Entertaining

The story starts out with the hazards of being a mail order bride, and the fears, uncertainty and finally the coming together of a loving partnership. I found it entertaining and enjoyed the journey the charters went on.

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Story predictable and mediocre. Narration awful.

I have listened to a lot of books on Audible and am not particular about narration. In fact, I have never written a review to complain about that aspect but this narrator's voice is so nasal with that irritating vocal fry that it detracts from the story. Her vocalization of the male lead sounds like an old man and decidedly lacks romance. I had to give up on the tale and will avoid books narrated by Ms. Hoverson in the future.