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Pearl

Cowboys and Debutantes: Historical, Book 6
By: Vivi Holt
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
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Her father lost everything to a swindler in New York, and now, she's been sent west as a mail-order bride.

Pearl Stout is angry. Her parents put her on a train to the Arizona frontier to marry a man she's never met and didn't agree to marry. Feeling betrayed and alone, at first, she goes along with their plan. But before long, she discovers the freedom that can accompany a pioneering life and grabs onto it with both hands.

Pearl's intended is Hilton Pullman, a local reporter for the Tucson Gazette. He's tired of being alone - his parents died when he was young, and his older brother abandoned him after losing his own fiancée. But when that trouble-making brother, Hank, returns right before the wedding, Hilton’s carefully laid plans are thrown into question.

Will Pearl marry her intended? Or will she forge her own path along the Western frontier and discover love along the way?

Listen to this final installment in the historical Cowboys & Debutantes series from a best-selling author and learn once and for all the fate of our fallen-from-grace debutantes.

Inspired by true events.

©2017 Black Lab Press (P)2018 Black Lab Press

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A Sweet & Enjoyable Story & Awesome Listen🎧

“Pearl” is an enjoyable & entertaining read/listen with great storylines and characters. It is the first Vivi Holt book I read, also the first historical mail order book. Thankfully society has come a long way since then. Great character development, Pearl Stout a NY Debutant is thrown from one lifestyle into another world, a small town amongst the wild frontier. She is faced with new challenges, handles each one and learns to be an independent woman. I loved the rebellion in her & how she stood up for herself, you can not help but root for her along the way. Her intended husband, Hilton, an interesting character with OCD issues just does not do it for her. Hank, his brother is another story. But Hank, a rugged pistol carrying cowboy, a professed bachelor who does not plan on settling down ever. I loved the tale of the red ghost and how it played out. Also thought Belle was a hoot too. Vivi Holt, thank you for this great book!

I listened to the audio edition, narrated by the amazingly talented Meghan Kelly. She performs the voices of all the different characters, giving each their own unique and distinguishable voice. The back and forth dialogue is performed effortlessly & keeps the story in a perfect flow. She sets a perfect tone, adds the right amount of dramatic flair that enhances the story even more. Meghan Kelly, thank you for another great listen.

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Pearl

Pearl has been forced into becoming a mail order bride. Once she arrives in Tucson she realizes she’s out from under her parents control and she can make her own decisions. Being the strong, independent woman that she is, Pearl considers her options... is marrying Hilton her what’s best?

Vivi Holt is a great storyteller and Meghan Kelly is a phenomenal narrator. When the 2 pair up, you are in for a treat!

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

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A strong willed woman

Vivi Holt has based this story on true facts. Pearl's strength and determination come through when she is forced into a new environment. In the frontier era both men and women had to be strong. This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I really enjoyed it. It is a book that kids could read.

Meghan Kelly is an excellent narrator. Her transition from male and female voices to is effortless. Her male voices are realistic. I have just recently listened to her book narration and I am now a fan.
I received this book in exchange for a review. I definitely recommend it.

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Nice story

A good listen and you enjoyed listening to the very good performance artist and it had a good cast of characters and really good descriptions of every situation and the story flowed quite nicely. So when you get a chance pick up a copy and enjoy.

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Enjoyable

I really enjoyed listening to this wonderful story. It sure made my daily commute better. I couldn’t believe how strong Pearl became after she left her life of privilege behind. This is a must listen, I absolutely loved it.

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Watch out for a determined woman

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." Pearl, a young lady of seventeenn, had just been told by her parents that they had beern cheated by a business associate and were broke, Because of this disaster Pearl and her sisters were being sent west as Mail Order Brides.Pearl was very angry about this, but because she had no where else to go she obeyed her parents. This is a good book and I enjoyed watchlihg Pearl lose her big city ways and become a pioneer, learning to drive a stage and shoot a gun. The story was written by Vivi Holt and narrated by Meghan Kelly, who did an excellent job.

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Independence or Love?

Pearl is another jewel in Vivi Holt's storybook. I truly enjoyed listening to the book. It was sweet and funny.
Pearl is sent out west as a mail order bride. She does what is expected and goes but finds being independent enticing. She must decide if marriage or independence is The better choice.

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Love the twists and turns.

Women always seem to fall for the bad guy. Will Pearl? And what is that red Thing? I loved the twist and turns in this book you were never quite too sure which way it will go. Meghan Kelly is a great narrator for this book. She as always brings the characters along and keeps you guessing right along with the author. This was a good book and I read it in one sitting.



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The Red Ghost

The family has been swindled and bankrupted; three debutante sisters, the pride of society, have now lost all social standing--and any promises made by aspiring suitors have been forgone. Papa's solution? Ship them off as mail-order brides. Each of the girls ends up in a different state or territory. Pearl's destination is Tucson, Arizona Territory, with a pair of freed slaves as travel companions who introduce her to the concept of freedom and making choices for herself. Lest anyone think the emancipation of women was not an ongoing struggle through the millenia, Pearl's papa's absolute belief that he had the right to use his daughters as chattel was still the societal norm despite the progress being made in the west as women proved their mettle taking on any and every job as needed. Vivi Holt's story pushes the boundaries a bit but precedence existed. Meghan Kelly's excellent narration keeps you focused on the unfolding story and not pondering the probabilities of survival, and, as this is a romance we are guaranteed a happy ending! But not, perhaps, what you might first have expected!

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Pearl

Although this is a series each of these books can be read as a standalone. Pearl's parents send her off as a mail order bride after loosing everything. On the last leg of her journey Pearl meets a new friend that teaches her she can make her own way in the world and she does not have to answer to anyone but herself. The story is super fun as you hear about Pearl coming into the person she really wants to be and how independent she becomes in a time when women were not so independent. I love the bit of mystery woven into this one and the legend or lure told about it! Great job on the narration and really bringing the story to life.