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In 1896, Melinda Gamble, a very elegant, very naïve young woman from Boston, decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a frightening bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and an intense blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it is a ruggedly handsome and very mysterious stranger who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared: love.

©2012 Linda Weaver Clarke (P)2016 Linda Weaver Clarke

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Great book not so great narration

Would you listen to Melinda and the Wild West again? Why?

No sorry to say but I would read the book over and over again. The narration was done on a child's level I felt like a 5 year old being read a bedtime story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Melinda. I love how she is strong and outspoken just like me. She sets her mind to something and doesn't let things get in her way.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joanna Riley?

I would not of minded keeping Joanna Riley. She does have a great voice, she just needs to learn to read in a grown up manner. I do know she has done several children's books and I think that was the problem. She didn't make the switch.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I really wanted to listen to it all at once but was unable to due to the narration.

Any additional comments?

The story is great I don't not want to take away from Linda Weaver Clarke's writing with my review. The story is great, grab the book. The characters are awesome. it is a good clean and fun book.

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Enjoyable clean romance

I enjoyed this charming and clean romance audiobook. I really appreciate "clean" stories. Not having to worry about my young kids hearing while I'm listening is a load off. The story is well-written and entertaining. I love the main character, Melinda's, fiery personality - how she speaks her mind and is independent. Her love and understanding for others is inspirational. I also loved all the historical facts interwoven with the story, like the Butch Cassidy incident. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book, but I wasn't "wowed" by the narration by Joanna Riley. While not a bad narration, it wasn't particularly memorable - it was just okay. I think my rating would have been one star higher with either a different narrator or the Kindle version. Granted, narration is a very personal taste, so even though I wasn't wowed, others will love it, and my opinion on the narration should not discourage anyone to listen. If you like clean romance or are interested in the old west, I highly recommend this book.

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Boston girl meets Idaho

Good clean story. I enjoyed the setting (Paris, Idaho in the last 1800's) since I am an Idaho girl. I would recommend this as a YA read with a strong female role model. Melinda gets an education in a time when that was not common for young women and then she becomes a devoted school teacher with the courage to leave the familiar east and travel into the wild west. There she witnesses an armed robbery by Butch Cassidy, is the victim of a grizzly bear attack, survives an Idaho blizzard, and falls in love with a rugged rancher. Since I am not usually a romance reader, I did have to overlook a lot of descriptions of rippling muscles, longing eyes, and tender kisses but the book has some substance too - this school teacher changes lives through her dedication and love.

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Melinda and The Wild West

I reviewed the book version of this back in 2012! Wow doesn't seem that long ago.
I gave the book 5 stars. I actually liked the book better than the audio.
It was the same real sweet story with a clean heartfelt message.

I loved the historical content, the attention to detail Linda puts in any of her stories as well as the great character development!

What I didn't care for was... once again - the reader! UGH I hate doing this, but I am so darn picky about audios. The reader will really make it or break it for me. And this one just broke it for me.
It was only the fact that I felt like I was overhearing a kindergarten teacher reading to her class. She over emphasized EVERYTHING! I am sorry but it really got annoying if I listened to it for a while.

So all that being said - This is a GREAT book - but I would recommend you read it, not listen to it!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a Audible copy of this book from the author - Linda Weaver Clarke - Thank You!

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Sweet and Simple Western

I enjoyed this sweet and simple Western romance. Melinda is a well educated lady from Boston who moves to Bear Lake, Idaho to be a schoolteacher. She's an independent woman, spunky and spirited, and longs to make a difference in the world. Once she arrives she gets into a heap of trouble, including a bank robbery, a grizzly bear attack, a blizzard, and a certain attractive rancher who happens to be the father of one of her students.

I really enjoyed Melinda's personality, she was a strong female lead. I loved that she made a lot of the first moves with Gilbert, she was no shrinking violet! The classroom scenes and the way she drew the students out was sweet to read.

I found the historical tidbits scattered throughout the book educational and interesting, they weren't overwhelming or out of place. I grew up in Bear Lake, and I think half the fun reading this book was revisiting the places I miss. The Paris Tabernacle, Bear Lake, I even participated in the reenactments of the very same bank robbery depicted.

I would strongly recommend listening to the audio sample before purchasing. The narrator speaks with a smile in her voice, and her tone is pleasant, but she exaggerates her words. I sped the narration up to 1.15x and didn't have a problem with it. I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Adventure and Romance in the Wild, Wild West!

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Linda Weaver Clarke really has a gift for captivating your emotions and touching your heart. "Melinda and the Wild West" is beautiful and clean story of love and determination. It is a romance set in the Wild West and the first book in the author's Bear Lake Series. And I loved it!<br/><br/>Let's talk about the author's talent for recreating a setting, first. I felt transported! The details are so realistic and it is clear that the author researched her topic really thoroughly. Not only that, though -- she really feels what it must have been like to live at that time and she has a knack for placing the reader smack in the middle of her setting of Bear Lake, Idaho.<br/><br/>Now, her characters are very well developed and likable. The heroine, Melinda, has lots of spunk and lots of smarts, too, moving out of her comfort zone in Boston to face the challenges of a teaching position in the wild, wild West! The male characters - her former fiance for one, Gilbert, the father of one of her students for two and Henry, the school's superintendent, Henry, for three, are well-drawn and believable individuals. Melinda's interactions with her students are also very engaging and well-written.<br/><br/>Besides romantic ups and downs, the plot includes a bear attack, a monster blizzard and a fantastic sequence where she's held at gunpoint by Butch Cassidy and his gang, the "Wild Bunch". Wow!<br/><br/>I listened to the audio version of this book, narrated well by Joanna Riley. I received it in return for an honest review. <br/>

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Melinda and the Wild West

If you could sum up Melinda and the Wild West in three words, what would they be?

I enjoyed this book. I also had the book so I followed along. I enjoyed the story itself but did not like the narration as much as if I'd read it myself. The actual story was really good though. I will continue reading more books in this series.

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Such a sweet story

Would you listen to Melinda and the Wild West again? Why?

Yes. I really enjoyed the story

What other book might you compare Melinda and the Wild West to and why?

I can't think of any rightnow

Have you listened to any of Joanna Riley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not...

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

I just liked the overall story. It was sweet an clean. I enjoy a good clean read when I am I driving an listening...This story was perfect for drive time.

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This is a great clean read. It is sweet an enjoyable. I highly recommend this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It was okay.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I would have to say that I really wasn't fond of the narration and think I might have liked it more if I read it instead.

What didn’t you like about Joanna Riley’s performance?

I didn't like how she seem to exaggerate her words. A whole story full of that got on my nerves. It's not that she didn't have a pleasant voice but she tended to maaake the woords with tooo much emphasis on them. It took me out of the story and made my mind wonder.

Any additional comments?

This was a cute clean historical romance and I really liked the two main characters and even the side characters. If you enjoy light-hearted sweet romances then you might enjoy this one.

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  • Amanda R
  • Ann Arbor, MI United States
  • 08-26-16

Sweet romance

A very sweet, innocent romance with a determined, yet sensitive, eastern lady coming to teach in the wild west. Melinda takes to the west and the various adventures and challenges it provides when she agrees to teach school in a small town.
A bit of history mixed in with the story made for an interesting read. I enjoyed getting to know Melinda as she struggled to make a positive influence on her students and find her place in the wild west. The widowed father of one student in particular becomes a bit of a challenge as she tries to help the girl fit in at school. They seem to be made for each other if only he can overcome his fears that an eastern lady can't make it in the west!
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for my honest opinion.

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