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When Kate arrives in Hays, Kansas to teach in a one-room schoolhouse, she learns she will be "boarding around". She is alarmed to learn she'd have to board at the home of Josh Redfield. Could she live in the home of a man thought to have killed his wife? Rumors and gossip plague the town and the results could be dangerous.

©2015 Barbara Goss (P)2017 Barbara Goss

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Quality Christian Romance 💟

I'm so glad to have stumbled on books by this Author. It's wonderful to listen to a story with imperfect yet moral characters and an interesting plot with depth. This is the first book in the series and I'm looking forward to more to come.

The narrator did a wonderful job with this book. The male/female voices were distinct and the accents were spot on. 🌼

It was my pleasure to listen and review this book. I was voluntarily provided a copy of this Audio Book and in exchanged am leaving my unbiased review. 💓


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"Oh, What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!" (Sir Walter Scott).
Oh yes, it begins with a lie and snowballs from there. Brilliant concept, brilliant story.
Schoolteacher Kate's faith is put to the test and she learns the lesson that it isn't wise to listen to gossip at all and her life and heart are suddenly filled with pain and confusion when she thinks she is falling in love.
Josh believes that the keeping of a promise is more important to him than clearing his name.
These two characters are thrown together in an unusual situation and become good friends.
There is a mystery to be solved, love gone wrong to be righted, the care and well being of a young girl to be brought about and new loves to be found and allowed to blossom.
A well told and very entertaining story by Barbara Goss, one that I am extremely happy to recommend.
I enjoyed the narration by Kandi Peppers too.
An audiobook version was provided by the author at no cost and this is my honest and unbiased review.

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Best book ever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would so recommend this to my friends. The book is so well written that it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

What did you like best about this story?

How the story flowed from one scene to another and you could play it out in your head.

What about Kandi Peppers’s performance did you like?

She is so good with the voices and how she performed the book. You knew who was speaking before she even got to that part.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Joanna showed up in Kate's room.

Any additional comments?

This one needs more to this story.

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great book

this book is a lesson in never believing everything you hear about someone, and the love between two people can withstand just about everything. the narration is very good. if you haven't listened to this book, I highly recommend it.

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Illusions

Is a great story of a brother and sister who told everyone that they were married, I like it when Josh played a trick on his father. The narrator did a great job.

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Love is sometimes where you are not looking

Kate comes to Hayes, Kansas to be the new teacher. The town however, has no school building and Kate is forced to move from family to family. As she gets to know her new home, Kate meets a dashing, rich British immigrant and she sets her hat for him only to find out that he is betrothed to another. One of her students has a family secret and it is the fodder for gossips. Kate wants to be free of the gossips but the intrigue of possible infidellity and murder is hard to keep Kate from forming opinions about her student's father. Did he? Didn't he? Why was she drawn to this seemingly tourtured family?

Josh's family has a secret, but it is no one's business. He goes on with life raising Anna and trying to give her everything her mother did not. As much as he tries to stay away from people in town, he cannot keep his eyes off of the pretty new school teacher who gives his daughter the motherly love that she is starving for.

Can the family secret break the delicate teacher/parent connection that these two form? What about Kates infatuation about the "other man" who has captured her fancy? What will it take for Josh to show Kate that love is more than just fancy and good looks? And then throw in a gurmpy grampa and you have a wonderful story of loyaly, truth, and what true love looks like in action.

Barb weaves a good story. I enjoyed it. It is a strong beginning to the Hearts of Hays series.

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I love stories with morals that teach us how to be human to each other. This story was how gossip and deceit can destroy people. Josh and his sister lost their mother to a drunk driver, their father turned bitter and hated the driver's family. Many things happened after this but most of all the townspeople spread gossip that caused the new shool teacher to look unfavorably on Josh. Most of these townspeople were purported to be good Christians but it took one woman who kept telling people that gossip was wrong to help people heal. There were several subplots in this story and it made for an interesting listen. The narrator was very good and kept the story going. I got this book via audiobook boom. I highly recommend it if you want a good romance without all of the explicit sex. This is well worth listening to. Love can be portrayed in a clean story and this one did a good job.

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Enjoyable Read for Romance and Mystery Lovers

Kate travels to Hays Kansas eager to start her new job as a schoolteacher. When she arrives she's surprised to learn that she's expected to board around and live with a different family each month. She quickly becomes friends with the first family she stays with, but she hears gossip about the other families in the neighborhood that makes her hesitant to move on.

Soon Kate hears the worst of the gossip traveling through the town, that quiet Josh Redfield has killed his wife and her lover. Josh's five year old daughter Anna is one of Kate's favorite students, and Kate determines to lighten Anna's sorrow at her mother's disappearance. When a bout of measles strikes the town and Kate is forced to move into the Redfield home, she finds more clues to Josh's wife's disappearance and vows to solve the mystery.

I enjoyed all the characters in this one! Kate was a dramatic thing, burying herself in books and turning real life into drama. Josh was steady, and little Anna a delight. The secondary characters were a pleasure as well, especially friendly Lydia and her housekeeping woes. The mystery at the heart of the matter was a melodrama worthy of one of Kate's classics.

The Christian message in this story was the dangers of gossip and making snap judgments without getting to know someone personally. It was done well and not too heavy. This was a clean romance and would be perfect for romance or mystery lovers.

The narrator was great, her voice was pleasant. Some of the characters in the story are from England, and she performed their accents well during the speaking parts. I thought it was a good performance.

I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Loved this story!!!

I loved this story. It's a good clean book. I highly recommend reading. I was given a copy for an honest review. Katherine was a teacher that left home to go west . Josh owned a lumber yard and help supply the school with everything it needs.

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