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The House of Closed Doors Boxed Set: Nell's Story Audiobook

The House of Closed Doors Boxed Set: Nell's Story

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Set in the American Midwest of the 1870s, this three-novel story blends mystery, romance, history, and family drama in over 30 hours of entertaining, fast-paced listening. See why listeners rave about the writing, the plot twists, and the characters.

Nell Lillington is a spoiled, headstrong 16-year-old when she finds herself pregnant after letting a flirtation with handsome Cousin Jack get out of hand. More willing to bear the consequences of an illegitimate pregnancy than marry, she refuses to name the father and agrees to give birth in a Poor Farm and give the baby up for adoption. At the Poor Farm she meets Tess O'Dugan, a woman the world calls an imbecile but who soon becomes the sister Nell never had.

Martin Rutherford, Nell's childhood friend, only learns of baby Sarah when Nell seeks to escape from the Poor Farm - with the child. His own aversion to marriage stems from his dark, unhappy childhood, and despite his attachment to Nell he makes no objection to her plan to move to Kansas, away from prying eyes, with Tess and Sarah. Martin, now free of family ties, has his own plans - he wishes to build a grand department store in Chicago and become one of that growing city's merchant princes.

But Nell and Martin's plans are steered off course by the secrets and lies of other people, and their paths to happiness are strewn with murder. Nell's story will take you from the Illinois prairie, to frontier Kansas, and back to a Chicago teeming with opportunistic new Americans and ruthless men.

©2017 Jane Steen (P)2017 Jane Steen

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    🇺🇸🎃DARA South Carolina, USA 05-17-17
    🇺🇸🎃DARA South Carolina, USA 05-17-17
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    "Journey of life and love 💕"

    First, I have to say that I am grateful that this series is a complete boxed set as it can be quite annoying waiting for the next book in a series.

    This set is a treat for those who appreciate a good solid story with detailed characters and historical elements. It's a story that follows Nell, who is a sweet and naive young woman that learns how to be strong and resilient through adversity. Her journey is emotional, sentimental and very memorable.

    [Note: This story is basically clean......however, it does contain a non-explicit sex scene and "mild" violence. These scenes enhance character development and are essential to the storyline.]

    I was given a free copy of this audiobook and in exchange I provided this honest voluntary review.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    pixledust 04-11-17
    pixledust 04-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Murder, Mystery, Intrigue, Romance (Yet Clean)."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. It is a great story with lots of action and intrigue. The main character Nell is a very strong, impetuous, and good-hearted girl. She is sometimes foolish (because of her age) and she gets herself into some dangerous situations. You are always cheering for her. Nell grapples with the constraints put on women in her era. She wrestles with both the freedom marriage allows and the burden it entails. This is an organic part of the story and written realistically rather than trying to forward any particular ideology. This is a great book (3 books actually) because the story provides lot of action, intrigue, romance, several murder mysteries and chick lit themes of wrestling with what women's empowerment/freedom really is. It is a complex and entertaining book that is clean enough to be safe for a teenager and complex enough for an adult.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Closed Doors Boxed Set: Nell's Story?

    The most memorable in my mind is when Nell's vicious step-father throws her infant child into the middle of a rushing river and Nell jumps in to save her. This book is full of carefully crafted memorable scenes. It is very exciting yet relatively clean.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scenes where Nell's mentally challenged friend Tess provides clear direction out of her mess. Tess is my favorite character. Her simple faith and confidence are a refreshing contrast to the somewhat irreligious main character.


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

    You would definitely want to but at over thirty hours, it would be impossible. The beauty of this book is that it can be enjoyed over a long period so you don't face withdrawal symptoms as quickly. Don't you hate having to find another good book after finishing an excellent one?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good book. I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 04-04-17
    Dawn 04-04-17
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    "good"
    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was given to me for a honest unbiased review. This was good. I love historically set romances. This trilogy being in one convenient book made my day. This was not your typical plot for this genre, this has substance. I love how the main character made her own family.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon CustomerBeliever 04-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story"

    I thought I would not like this story but it grabbed me at the beginning and never let go. Nell had to fight her battles alone even though her mother's indulgence and her step-father's cruelty were the cause of many of the battles she had to fight. I have never understood how a mother could take the side of a step-parent against their own child. And even more so when you know your child is in danger. Nell steps up to the plate and not only helps herself she helps the handicapped girl and Martin as well. The story was long and it took me a week to listen. I had to stop and listen to something else then go back to it in order to complete the story. Be prepared to love, hate or scorn some of the characters in the story. Although it is about a 16-year-old in the beginning she makes adult decisions and takes on adult responsibilities and this moves the story from YA to adult. I got this book via audiobook boom. The narrator fit the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marla 04-07-17
    Marla 04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "19th centry rules and tribulations"
    Would you listen to The House of Closed Doors Boxed Set: Nell's Story again? Why?

    Yes, this was a good story with lots of details that I would enjoy listening to again.


    What other book might you compare The House of Closed Doors Boxed Set: Nell's Story to and why?

    I enjoy books like this as it shows how life was then and how sometimes it is the same now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with Hiram and the river, with the baby and Nell


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not laugh or cry, but I did cry out during the river scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Rutgers Michigan 06-01-17
    Sara Rutgers Michigan 06-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mystery, Adventure and a dash of Romance"

    The three books in this series cover 7 years in the lives of Nell, Tess, Sara and Martin. Nell found herself pregnant and unmarried and was sent to live at the poor farm to hide her pregnancy. She met Tess who she grows close to and regards her as a sister. Each book contains a mystery that Nell works to solve. The book was captivating and held my interest to the end.

    The narrator did an amazing job with this story. It was easy to listen to, the spacing and timing was perfect and I always knew who was talking. I like especially how Tess was portrayed and very much liked her character in the third book when she had to make decisions about the course of her life.
    Book given for free from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Athena 05-29-17
    Athena 05-29-17
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    "Loved it"
    Where does The House of Closed Doors Boxed Set: Nell's Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 1200 for sure


    What did you like best about this story?

    The baby and how the romance was handled, also the interesting view of motherhood


    What about Elizabeth Klett’s performance did you like?

    I love how strong her voice was, and that she could switch to doing male characters so well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    once I got a few chapters in this book really got me interested, its full of fun moments, interesting personalities and a bit of mystery. so much is worth it and I just got lost it in until it was over. This was my first book in the series and I fully enjoyed it. I was given this free gift in return for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 05-11-17
    Lori 05-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Much more than just a Historical Romance"
    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable and engaging well written trilogy with a great mixture of mystery, murder, suspense, betrayal, secrets, action, intrigue and romance.

    While it is listed as a Historical Romance it is so much more. As the trilogy follows Nell's life and those closest to her it also follows the relationships, circumstances and experiences that shape their lives in every way.

    Although the story is constantly moving forward, it unfolds at a slower pace and is full of detail. It's not a fast paced full of constant action type of story.

    Life for a woman in the late 1800's was much different than it is today. The situation that Nell found herself and in and the actions taken by her family were not an uncommon practice in that time period. The experience changes Nell and sets her on a path that will change her life and those closest to her. The story follows Nell's life from a young pregnant 16 year old to an adult woman who is strong, independent, fiercely loyal and determined to follow her dreams. She may not always make the right decision and it may get her into trouble but her motives are in the right place.

    Elizabeth Klett did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Really good character voices and accents. She was able to bring the characters and the story to life through her narration. Very enjoyable

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Camilla 04-23-17
    Camilla 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "many hours to follow Nells search for a good life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Nice story. With pretty many twists and turns. but cosy. The narrator also made the many listining hours cosy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Martin, He is kind, but not perfect... ;)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    can't tell don't want to write a spoiler... But it was great =)


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

    yes...can't tell don't want to write a spoiler... But it was great =)


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jean doe 04-22-17
    jean doe 04-22-17
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    "A Suspenseful Three Book Box Set.."
    Any additional comments?


    This was a well written suspenseful bundle set filled with Mystery and Romance set in the 1800s.

    The characters were decent and the story line was a thirty hour engaging read.

    The narrator, Elizabeth Klett, did well with the narration.

    Note:
    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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    "Review"

    I have had some trouble downloading the whole of the 3 parts of this series. I did eventually manage to get the first part and I am still working on getting the next 2. They are downloaded but I can't seem to get them to work. However getting back to the first part I quickly became emersed in it and settled down to absorb the content. I wondered how any girl in this period of history would want to lay herself open to being unwed when a personable man would have to marry her. But still, that was her choice, and the author has given us a superb novel. It is well written and beautifully narrated and I am eager to read the next part.
    I have now been able to listen to the final 2 books and they are absolutely wonderful. The whole series was a joy to listen to and I cant recommend it highly enough. It is everything I could have wished for in a novel of the period, especially in its description of the era the people and its fashions and morals. It came across as an honest kind and fare description of the times without false embelishment. The description of the penal system and villains of the day was interesting though not extensive. It was enough though to add plenty of excitment to the narrative. I cant fault it, the author has a beautiful turn of phrase. I loved the diction of the narrator she was excellent this is not an easy book to read allowed. Though I have to say that as an English woman the American way of pronouncing Martin drove me crackers lol.

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