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Desperate circumstances called for bold action. Lily couldn't resist the invitation to masquerade as her friend Emma to escape an undesired courtship....
Amber Wakefield travels to Hunter's Grove, Kansas to meet her intended and walks into a very unwelcoming atmosphere....
After growing up as an orphan, Josiah English wants nothing more than to have his own ranch and raise Arabian horses....
Ivy Jeffries falls hopelessly in love with Jonas Armstrong, a man who has forced himself into a somewhat reclusive lifestyle owing to his sordid past....
Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and night to get Promise Lodge going. She's also hoping the change will help her son Noah's heart to heal after his broken engagement....
Reserved contractor Wade Sullivan never expected to fall in love with Starr Parnell or to love her three small kids as if they were his own. But that's exactly what happened....
With his mother dead, his father gone, and his older brothers and sisters unable to help, eight-year-old Ethan Cooper knows it's his responsibility to keep his younger siblings together....
It's 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and heartbroken after a failed romance. When a kind elderly man announces his plan to move west and make his fortune....
Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer's request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon....
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Follow Susannah's life from the massacre of her family by Indians to her time in the asylum, to finally finding love and happiness to escaping even more trouble.
Suffering from shock after Indians massacred her family before her eyes, Susannah is put into an insane asylum by a ruthless cousin. Susannah's life just seems to spiral downhill, from one tragedy to another! When will her life finally turn around? She finds a glimmer of hope in her friendship with Ben. Will he be her saving grace? Or would it be the handsome Dr. Carter Harding? She discovers herself and love on a rugged trip back to the scene of the tragedy. During the trip, her life is spared yet again. She knows God has spared her for a reason, twice. Now she needs to do something with that spared life.
Cecilia, a woman jilted years earlier, threatens Susannah's happy marriage. She vows to get revenge and discovers the best way to do that is to drive Susannah back to the mental hospital. Cecilia seeks to destroy Susannah and her husband. Can she destroy the couple who are within the shield and armor of God?
Heart wrenching storyline with a true sweet love, I found it sweet and charming with a touch of crazy. ( you'll understand when you read it 😉)
The narrative was a little to slow for me, had a lovely voice just maybe a little to mellow/emotionless in my option.
But than again, I'm sure that's how they may have spoken back in the day.
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Sweet Susannah is only 17 years when Indians ride onto her family's farm and slaughter her father, mother, and four younger siblings. Shocked and fearful, she hides in a cornfield for two days waiting for help. With all her family dead, Susannah is sent away to live with a cousin, but the trauma has affected her so much that she can't speak without crying, and her nightmares keep the family awake at night. Her cousin's heartless wife insists that Susannah be sent away to an insane asylum.
At the asylum, Susannah meets Ben Turner, a pleasant young man who befriends her and helps her learn the asylum's ways. She also meets Dr. Carter Harding, who is the first to see that she isn't insane, only shocked and fearful of what she witnessed. Carter is drawn to her sweetness, candor, and determination and begins to develop feelings for her. Carter works to get her released and placed in a welcoming home with his brother and sister-in-law. Unfortunately, also visiting his brother's home is a woman from his past who is determined to have Carter for herself, or revenge herself by hurting those he loves.
This western romance was originally published in two parts, but is seamless in this narration. The writing is simple and straightforward. There were so many twists and turns it kept me interested to see what happened to Susannah next! I'm not sure I would call this a clean romance. While there were no detailed descriptions, there was a lot of sex, referring to sex, references to rape, attempted rape, and using sex as a tool. It was a bit jarring to read that next to so many references to God and prayer.
The narrator's voice was pleasant but incredibly slow. I turned the speed up to 1.25x and it was closer to a normal speed. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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This is definitely the best story by Barbara Goss that I have read so far. I loved the integrity displayed by Dr. Carter Harding and Susannah's absolute innocence and total trust in him.
Then there is Ben, a fellow inmate and Cecelia, Carter's so-called friend. These two are not such nice people.
This book is written in two parts and both are equally strong in storyline and were very easy to follow. The story is gripping, adventurous, romantic and has a religious undercurrent.
I loved it!
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This tale was originally written in two parts which have now been combined. The first part deals with Susannah's trauma and learning to cope and resolves to the expected HEA (um, yes, that IS why you are reading this, after all!) while part two deals with unresolved issues and people from part one. Reading/listening to [AUDIO] them both together is the smart way to enjoy the pair and a good move on the author's part to combine them into one volume.
As always, author Barbara Goss has come up with a strong, complex plot and well-developed, faith-driven characters. The strength of the story overcomes the clear, pleasant, well-enunciated but somewhat singsong, overly bright, third-grade teacher cadenced voice of the narrator who nonetheless moved things along appropriately. The well-researched historic setting feels quite authentic as well. (And they all lived happily ever after!)
I love the story. It was a clean well written book. The author did a great job . I highly recommend all of her books. No sexual content and all Godly stories.
Such a unique premise. The cover is attractive, and the story just drew me right in. The protagonist's plight made my heart ache, but the redemption of her circumstances, the possibility of hope growing, was a pleasure. I wasn't particularly drawn to the vocal actor's take on the story. I could detect voice overs, and certain other personal things that were a distraction to me, but she represented the story in a manner that provided me the possibility to hear the story while doing my duties and while driving. Thank you.
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I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.<br/>The story started off OK and I found it to be different to others that I have read which are similar in style. However I did not believe in the main character. I did not believe in the emotions she portrayed to us. I felt some of it was forced and I did not really connect with her. I found it also hard to believe that one point she is finding it difficult to get over her tragedy then the next she is going to scene of the crime on her own!<br/>There is a near rape scene which I was not expecting but I can understand why it could have happened.<br/> I would still recommend this book who like clean romance.
Sunshine in the Rain
: Barbara Goss
An interesting pair of stories that fit together. Some of the dialogue is too modern for the setting, but still a nice clean romance.
The narration was well pitiful. There was no emotion in the delivery, and the voice grated on my last nerve. I had to finally borrow the e-book from Kindle Unlimited to be able to read the story. Sorry I'm sure other people might find this harsh, but it is what it is.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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