Romance in Rapid

Seven Brides of South Dakota, Book 4
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Frances Arnsby has only three weeks to learn about romance. That’s all the time she has before the stagecoach whisks her back to Deadwood. Excited about a glowing future as a romance dime novelist, her hopes are dashed when her manuscript fails to connect. She hasn’t lived enough. Her dream will be over before it even starts if she doesn’t add life, love…passion. 

Chief reporter Clive Davidson is intrigued by the vibrant woman submitting her work to the paper. But when his plan to help goes horribly wrong, he must decide if teaching her about romance is worth the risk…to his career and his heart. 

As Frances enters a world of upper crust dalliances and deception, she discovers that perhaps Clive was right all along: romance in the stories are just that…fiction. Her career means the world to her, but if she can’t learn what true love really means, it could cost more than she ever thought possible. 

Get Romance in Rapid, the fourth book in the Seven Brides of South Dakota series, by Kari Trumbo. A bit of history, a touch of romance, and a whole lot of fun. Scroll up to get your copy!

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Is there any such thing as romance?

Frances Arnsby sets out to sell her manuscript and become a novelist, but she’s told that her writing isn’t realistic. When she’s put in a situation to try and experience the real emotions, she gets more than she bargained for.

Kari Trumbo has written a sweet historical romance with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing about whether or not there will be a happily ever after.

If you’re looking for a top notch narrator, look no further than Meghan Kelly. She always does a fantastic job with the different characters and bringing out the emotions that they are experiencing.

The combination of Kari Trumbo and Meghan Kelly is an automatic listen for me!

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

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So Amazing!

Frances Arnsby has always loved to read and she was determined to get her manuscript published. She travels to Rapid City to visit with Constance, a girl her age she has been corresponding with, to stay for three weeks. First Constance ends up being nothing like her letters and is so self absorbed. Then Frances marches right into the local newspaper and ends up at the desk of reporter Clive Davidson. He reads her story and tells her she needs to experience life more to make the characters more believable. He agrees to help her and the adventure begins!
Meghan Kelly is an amazing narrator. She brings just the right amount of emotion and different voices for the characters to make them come alive. Combined with Kari's wonderful writing, it makes for a book I never wanted to end! Loved it!!

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Charming romance

Romance in Rapid is a charming romance in the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo. Although fourth in the series, it is easily a stand-alone story. I have enjoyed several other books by this author and was looking forward to reading this book and was not disappointed. The story moves quickly with a few twists and turns to the plot that helped to keep my interest. Frances is a naive young woman who has written a dime romance novel. Yet she has never experienced real romance. During a visit with her 'pen pal', Constance, a rather self-centered and spoiled hostess, Frances asks Clive, a newspaper reporter, to help her get the book published. He recognizes that the book needs a lot of work and that the author perhaps needs to experience true love. He sets her up with a visiting Englishman. And the adventures, or perhaps misadventures, begin. The author has captured well the era of the setting and the emotions and actions of her characters. They are realistic and relatable and I was drawn quickly into their story and enjoyed watching the romance develop between Clive and Frances. Readers of historical romance books will not want to miss this one. I listened to a complimentary copy of the audio version of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own. Meghan Kelly does a great job narrating Clive and Frances's story, which made the listening experience enjoyable.

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Great story

I listened to this story on audible and enjoyed it. The story is one of the Romance in Rapid series and tells about the journey of an aspiring author who has 3 weeks to learn about romance. Hear the story of Frances and Clive and how they find there HEA.

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Sweet, entertaining romance

Romance in Rapid is a great addition to the Seven Brides of South Dakota Series, yet it works as a stand-alone. I like Kari Trumbo’s writing more and more with each book I listen to. She writes good, clean, western romance with a bit of historical information. I thought this storyline was unique, and I appreciate a story that’s different from so many in the same genre. Meghan Kelly is a good fit for this western romance.

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Sweet and adventurous

Romance in Rapid is a sweet and adventurous story of self-doubts and innocent love with a side of drama and intrigue. Characters you love or despise have you rooting for the perfect ending. Meghan Kelly’s performance only adds to a wonderful story.

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Women writers

I'm so happy about this story because it made me appreciate the whole publication process as well as 'journalism'. I think the theme of this is still very much applicable and relatable in today's world even if there are more opportunities for women writers. This was a tale complete with a lot of deceit as well as talent. I think Clive's proposal is the most unique I've seen so far in the Seven Brides of South Dakota series so far. I found it really romantic and perfect. This story exemplifies how the truth always comes out and with God's blessings, a lot of things are possible.

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Very nice continuation to this serie

The author wrote these as if you had to read it as a stand alone, or out of order you wouldn’t be lost. She puts in just enough of the past books to make the reader not lost but not to much that it’s repeat for those who have read them.
The storyline is different than the other books, taking you to a new town and townlife versus the ranch. And she gives you just a hint of what the next book will be.
The reader did an ok job in this book, doing very well on everyone but the main character (8n my opinion) she chang3s voices and tones which I really like. But the main character she made to whiney don5 know if that was ms Megan making her that way or that’s what the author wanted. Either way I felt she was more independentthan all the whining. But over all nice to listen to.

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Is romance real? Or something you read in books.

Francis Arnsby has always been the romantic of the seven sisters. Her dream is to become a romance writer. She has a chance to go visit her “Pen Pal” Constance Charity in Rapid City and takes her manuscript with her. She hopes to get the newspaper interested in her story. Dressed in Constance’s finery she meets with Clive Davidson one of the reporters. He says he will read her story and advise. Clive can tell from her writing that she has never experience a man’s love or romance. It is hard to write about what you don’t know, so he comes up with an idea. Clive is supposed to find entertainment for a wealthy visiting Englishman. If he can set Francis up on a dinner date with the man, she can experience a gentleman’s attention and he can do his job at the same time. All seems well until Clive meets the man. One look tells him he is NO gentleman! Now what does he do! After their date Francis wants nothing more to do with this Mr. Turner, and Turner sees an “un-plucked flower” he wants. And what he wants, he gets. Can Clive appease the Englishman and protect Francis at the same time? What happens when he has to make a hard choice; his job – or his heart?

The secondary plot in the story is about Constance, her friend. This is the first time they have met, and Francis can see the vast difference in their stations in life. They also have differences on what is right or wrong when looking for a man. Will Constance lead Francis astray, or will she be strong enough to prevail. This is a wonderfully written story and portrays how vicious lies and gossip can ruin someone’s reputation forever.

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  • 08-03-19

Will she find out what love is about?

I will not summarize this story because it was already given in the description of this book. The purpose of this review was to give potential readers information to make an informed decision about reading/listening to this book.

What I liked:

• The author caught my attention right from the beginning and drew me into the story with Francine's determination to publish her dime store novel.
• Clive and Francine were characters that you wanted to discover more about as you read. Their romance grew at a believable pace.
• The descriptions of locations and emotions were well done and easy to visualize and to feel. I felt a part of the scenes.
• I admire the author's historical accuracy.
• The pacing of the story was neither too slow nor too fast.
• There was a smooth, coherent flow to this book and it was well edited.
• This story had a satisfying ending.
• This novel was a clean read.
• I did not find this Christian historical romance preachy. Religion was just a natural part of the characters' lives. No lectures.
• The narrator did an excellent job in differentiating the various characters' voices.

I was given a free audiobook by the author. My review was voluntary and my opinions were my own.

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  • 03-21-20

I enjoyed it very much

I'm really enjoying the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo and Megan Kelly.

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  • 09-07-19

A Story about a Story!

Frances and Clive meet when she brings her book to his place of work so that it can be published.
Their relationship becomes one of mentor and pupil as he feels that she lacks the real life experience of romance and love in her writings.
Their feelings grow for each other but neither will admit to this and things get more and more complicated until the climax of the story.
Frances is a sweet and innocent young lady. Clive thinks he is making the right decisions for her to gain experience in life but soon realizes that he has made a big mistake.
Of course there is also one of Frances' friends who doesn't have to do much to make her feel jealous about her relationship with Clive and the Englishman who is supposed to take her out, but enough said about him!
The story is well written and moves along quite quickly but I felt a bit of disappointment when it did end as I would have loved for it to carry on and on. Such was my total involvement in the lives of these two characters.
Of course, Meghan Kelly has once again done a phenomenal narration that uplifts the story even more.
I just loved all of it and will happily recommend it to you.
Having listened to the audiobook version, my unbiased and voluntary review is recorded above.