Maggie's Run

Outback Brides, Book 1
Narrated by: Amy Soakes
Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Maggie Walker has never called Wirra Station home. Orphaned as a child, she spent more time at boarding school and then working in the city than she ever spent on the edge of the outback. But when her great aunt dies, Maggie inherits everything and reluctantly returns to tidy the place up before selling. 

Ambitious cowboy-next-door Max O’Connor has the means and the desire to buy Wirra Station outright and return it to its former glory. But first, he wants elusive Maggie Walker to know what she’s giving up. He challenges her to live at Wirra Station for three months - with him as farm manager. Just one season - and if she still doesn’t love the place, he’ll gladly pay up and she can be cashed-up and careless, with no ties to anything or anyone.

Three months. Two hearts. One summer. Roll on.

©2018 Kelly Hunter (P)2018 Kelly Hunter

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Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed this book.
Maggie's relationship with Max goes back to childhood.
The romance is sweet and there isn't too much drama.
All in all just a great listen.

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Love it

A wonderful romance I thoroughly enjoyed.
Very well narrated I’ll definitely check out more from this author.

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A difficult start that improved

The story starts in the middle of the action, so it was hard to catch on to what was happening. Try to understand the narrator did not help. I finally did catch up and enjoyed it. But the narrator has trouble with the secondary voices.

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A Great Story

Maggies Run: Outback Brides , Book 1 is a great story a very emotional journey there is tragic loss, heartache, love and healing. This story is well written, great characters, and excellently performed.

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All around sweet

Maggie’s Run follows the story of Maggie and Max as they work to restore her families land and return the farm to functional while restoring the historic home to its former glory and into a wedding destination. Their struggles with past trauma bring them together and their support and love for one another is really beautiful to see unfold and grow.

Amy’s narration lends itself wonderfully to this story and she did a great job of bringing these characters to life.

I received a review copy of this title at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter
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Maggie Walker has never called Wirra Station home. Orphaned as a child, she spent more time at boarding school, and then working in the city, than she ever spent on the edge of the outback. But when her great aunt dies, Maggie inherits everything and reluctantly returns to tidy the place up before selling.

Ambitious cowboy-next-door Max O’Connor has the means and the desire to buy Wirra Station outright and return it to its former glory. But first, he wants elusive Maggie Walker to know what she’s giving up. He challenges her to live at Wirra Station for three months—with him as farm manager. Just one season–and if she still doesn’t love the place, he’ll gladly pay up and she can be cashed-up and careless, with no ties to anything or anyone.

Three months. Two hearts. One Summer. Roll on.
I love this story! This is a great beginning to this series. Maggie and Max shared such great banter. This book is humorous and heartfelt. I really enjoyed it! Amy Soakes did a great job narrating this book. I highly recommend that you give it a try!

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awesome quick listen

The combination of the narration and the author's words made this a truly enjoyable story. It was a quick engrossing read. Maggie and Max were fun to follow. The words were very rich and painted such a colorful tapestry to their journey. A truly enjoyable listen.


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I truly loved this story!

The storyline that Amy Soakes created in the work is a great one! I’m a sucker for a good love story and this is a good one. There were a few spots at the beginning where the editing may need to be reviewed as there were repeats in the narration. It does NOT deter from the story! It was really sweet.

Amy Soakes is a new narrator for me and it took me a bit to get used to her accent and intonation. By the end it was better, I got used to it.

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Maggie’s Run

Maggie just wants to sell the property she’s inherited... there are too many painful memories associated with it. But things aren’t as easy as they would seem. Max wants to combine Wirra Station with his own property, but more importantly, he wants Maggie. Will they be able to get past their painful past and find a future together?

A lovely story with a great narration!

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

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Love found in the outback

When Maggie returns after her aunts death. She must decide what to do with the land, the house and the boy that is now a man. Can she find a way past her demons and nightmares to find her happy ending with her childhood friend. Can she deal with all she uncovers about her aunt.

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  • Marie P
  • 01-23-20

Verbal communication is overrated!

Maggie will break your heart, she has been raised by her Aunt who, in punishing herself for past mistakes has made Maggie feel judged, unloved and unwanted. The result is a woman with no self confidence, who struggles with social interaction but craves acceptance and family, something Max has always wanted to give her. She is truly upfront with Max when she tells him 'I'm a bit of a mess, within a mess, with a mess to come'
Max knew at 13 when he pulled her from the burning wreckage of the car and saved her life that she was the one for him, but he also knew she wasn't ready and that he had to let her leave before she could return and fill the Maggie shape hole in his heart. This man is amazing, he is strong, patient, passionate, determined and willing to give her everything....if only she will let him.
A fantastically written book, beautifully narrated, this is an author and series I will be continuing with.

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  • Gillek2
  • 01-01-20

Maggie and Max!

Maggie has not had an easy life as the accident that took her father and mother when she a child has left her scarred physically and emotionally. She was raised by her Aunt, but she never felt loved and now that she has passed away, she has returned to Wirra Station which she has inherited.

Max is her next-door neighbor and now that Maggie is back he doesn’t only want the land she wants to sell but her wants her as well. He is determined to show her that they belong together and that he loves her just as she is, problems and all.

I really enjoyed the strength of Maggie’s character and how patient and understanding that Max was as he helped her heal from her past. I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook and thought that the narrator was a perfect choice for the story and the characters.

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  • DMA
  • 04-24-19

dreamily adorable

this was a delightfully unexpectedly quirky story! filled with brilliant characters which quickly worm their way into your heart as history releveals its mysteries to impact the present!
this story left me with a smile on my face and a sigh in my heart! wonderful.
the tone of the narration really filled the story with life and colour!

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  • Stacy
  • 04-10-19

HEA, clean Romance

Squeaky clean, low angst, super slow burn, small town, rancher, hea romance. I enjoyed the Narrator.
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  • tenisha
  • 02-08-19

Good Listen

Maggie returns home after her great aunt has passed to decide what to do with the families property. She has to decide is she wants to stay in a community that she never feels as if they accepted her and embrace her friend and feelings for the man who has been there for her. Nice quick romance full of emotions and drama. Good Narration.

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  • Isis Ray-Sisco
  • 02-05-19

An enjoyable listen

I enjoyed reading Max and Maggie's story. Their chemistry was clear from the start. I liked the plot and enjoyed listening it all unfold. I look forward to reading or listening to more books in this series I would recommend to others. The narrator was easy to listen to and brought life to the characters.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 01-22-19

Such a sweet Listen

This was such an easy book to listen to, Kelly Hunter's characterisation gave great visualisation, coupled with the sweet voice of Amy Soakes Australian lilt I was there, with the smell of the outback, the dust and the heat.
Kelly packed quite a lot into this book, so whilst easy to listen to it certainly had its twists and turns and surprises.
I don't know what book 2 brings and I'm sure it would be a whole new set of characters but I was left with wanting to carry on with Maggie's story, not because I felt the story was left wanting, but I was left wanting more (always a good sign!)



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  • Toni walker
  • 12-01-18

I did inenjoy

This book was sweet and loving I did in enjoy it I hope to see more from this Author this was my 1st from this author

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  • 11-12-18

Good quick read/listen

Such a nice sweet storyline. Characters that are good and have humour. Narrator delivers well and connects with the personality of the characters.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 11-08-18

Take me to the Outback!

I have never been to Australia, but Kelly Hunter has sparked the interest in me to go. Maggie inherits Wirra Station, and with unhappy childhood memories ventures back. She is unsure if she will keep the ranch, but has some ideas and if subdivision works, it will hopefully all work out. Max, the sheep farmer is interested in purchasing the land. These two have an unusual history, and though there is attraction, Maggie is not sure she is going to stay. There is a lot to this short story and Kelly Hunter has written it with well developed characters and an interesting story line. There is tragedy to overcome, financial hardship, and secrets to be revealed. I love the characters, Maggie is a tough girl, she has some issues, but a strong work ethic and lot of ambition. Max is warm and understanding, and while his desire to grow his sheep farm is strong, his attraction to Maggie is stronger. These two compliment each other well and I love their journey to happiness.

Narrated by Amy Soakes, her Aussie accent gives this story the authenticity of being in the Outback. I loved her voices for the characters, each has it's own personality and is easily distinguishable. Her pace is perfect and she makes this listen full of the emotional drive it is and takes you with Max and Maggie as they grow.

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  • Collette McArdle
  • 08-17-19

Easy listening-great love story

If you like some easy, romantic, holiday reading, this book is for you. An enjoyable book. M

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  • Anne Blyth
  • 08-08-19

An easy read

The story was quite good but while the Narrator has a nice voice and good diction i felt her upper class very English sounding voice did not suit the Australian people of tbe outback. That actually did detract from the overall experience.