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Abigail Johnson hadn't expected that a lawman of the Wild West would ignite something in her she’d thought died along with her first husband. Now that they are married, he wants to take her into the Indian Territory.

Gabe Hawkins aims to find what lies further beneath Abby’s matronly facade. When an order from the territory judge reassigns Gabe to Fred, Indian Territory, he and Abby are forced to start a new life away from civilization.

When a gang of outlaws roll into town and take over the trading post, Abby wishes she’d listened to her husband. Instead, she finds herself a hostage, and Gabe is trying to find a way to get her out alive.

©2017 Debbie Fritter (P)2018 Debbie Fritter

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Clean sweet read

This is a sweet clean read about a man who is a Marshall and has to go west for his job, he doesn’t want to be alone and picks a wife. She agrees to marry him as they travel they get to know each other well and love soon follows. Once they get there they find there is an outlaw gang near. He must go and leave her at home to do his job. What follows is a story that pulls you in with a danger to their love story. There are a few twists and turns that grabs your attention.

I thought the narrator has improved over the first story she narrated. There are still a few issues but a much easier pleasant listen. Her character voices both are very good, some still sounds a little robotic but all in all it was a good listen. I like both her male and female voices, I had no trouble knowing who was talking and what they were feeling. There are no volume changes, no background noises and no repeating of wording. The narrator does do a good job on the emotions I had no trouble feeling what they were going through. Some of her character voices were better than others but for the most part they were nice and very pleasant. I found this to be a clear and clean audio that pulls you in.

Gabe has issues he must deal with from the lost of love ones but so does Abby, both have lost some very important people and they really are not looking for more than companionship. Gabe picked an older woman for reasons you will find out later on. That reason throw me and I sure wasn’t expecting it. The characters are very likeable, I enjoyed watching them grow and find their hearts desires. I liked Abby and how she could stand her ground even when the outlaws coming calling. I thought the plot was great, very interesting with great twists that holds your attention.

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Quick clean historical romance

The Marshal's Bride
The Marshal's Bride is a quick, clean, romantic story. It follows mail order bride Abigail as she weds and moves West with her new Marshal husband. Along the way they find love, but also struggle in their new dangerous environment. I enjoyed most aspects of this story- I thought the plot was interesting and kept me listening. The characters were likeable- if a little overly dramatic in their romantic thoughts and declarations after knowing each other a very short time. There were some aspects of it that I didn't think added to the story- like a sideline about the Civil War. However, the story moved along quickly- and I enjoyed it. The one downfall of this story was the narration. It was better than that of book one, but it was definitely not fantastic. It was a little choppy and could have used a bit more editing. I might recommend this as an ebook read instead of an audiobook.

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The Chisholm Trail story continues!

The Marshal’s Bride is about a bachelor marshal and a widow from back east looking to find love again. Both have pain from that past and have to learn how to navigate the waters of matrimony even when they don’t think they can trust each other. Trust and love have to grow and this couple must learn both or lose everything.

This is the second book in Maxine Douglas’ Brides Along the Chisholm Trail. The story was good besides the confusion of the couple from book 1 having their wedding again in this book. I am assuming that this book was happening at the same time as book 1, but that was confusing to me.

The narration was better in this book that last one, but there were many technical problems, phrasing problems and most of the time I felt like the narration was just reading the book and sometimes she sounded choppy and very unnatural. I know she is a new narrator and is getting her feet wet. She was better than the last book but it was difficult to listen to at times.

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

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Good story, but really bad narration!

The second book in the Series is as good as the first. The story is well written and also entertaining. Like the first book, it's a mail-order bride's story. I like the two main characters, Abigail and Gabe. Unfortunately, the narration isn't really good and the sound quality very poor, so I think it's better to only read this story. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Always look for love

I loved this mail ordered bride story. The Marshall deciding to settle down and get married. Abby was such a strong character. They made a good match. I highly recommend this story.

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Clean Romance

If you want to listen to a clean historical romance, this one is for you. Book 2 of Brides Along the Chisholm Trail brings Abby, another mail order bride, to meet and marry her soon to be husband Gabe. Thinking they will start their lives together in Carson City, Abby quickly finds out that her new husband was transferred to an Indian territory and away from civilization. There is where the adventure begins and their love for one another grows. Whether or not you read/listened to book one of the series, they each stand alone so you won't feel lost at all.

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Wonderful!

Loved reading the story of Abbie after meeting her in Rose's story. She is such a strong but loving character. Hope she and her marshall show up in another book in this series; along with Rose!

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Great series

I love this series. The author has clearly done a good job of researching the life and times of the people who traveled along the trail. I can only image how difficult it was for people back then. Maxine writes a story with a good plot line. The story moves quickly, not bogging the reader down with mundane chores of life. It was rather sneaky of the Marshall how he tricked his bride - you'll have to read or listen to it to find out what he did. I think the best part of this series is the way the people all come together as neighbors to help each other. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys stories about the old west. The narrator does a good job and the audio sounds professional. *I was given a free review copy of the book and asked to leave an honest review. I'm anxious for book three.

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Loved the story line!

I usually prefer to read my books but there are times that is not possible; for those times there’s Audible. This story was very good and you came to like and appreciate the characters as the story progresses. My only complaints are the odd hesitations and voices used for each of the characters. It is always hard to listen to someone else voice a character when you have a different voice in mind for that person. If you can get past that, this story is a quick listen and very enjoyable.

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I couldn't finish this story

Let me start by saying that I was given a free copy of this story for an honest review. On that note, as similar to book 1 of this series, I wasn't a fan of the narrator (listened to the audiobook version).

While, again, I was unable to finish the story (like book 1), I decided to go ahead and write a review because the author suggested I give book 2 a try. This was after I had asked if she had an e-book version that I could review instead, but based on her response or lack thereof regarding another version of this story, I only had the audiobook version to review. The author felt I might like book 2 better because she believed the narrator had progressed in her narrating skills since book 1. I agree that she was better in regards to not moving all around while narrating (sometimes soundings too close or too far from the microphone), cutting off the last word in random sentences, and she did provide a small variety to the character voices. But I still had issues. I feel I've listened to plenty to of audiobooks so I can easily identify a good or bad narrator. And as stated in reviews prior, a narrator can either make a story or break it. As with book 1, I gave the author a 3 star even though I was unable to finish listening to the story because, again, this was my type of genre and had I actually been able to read it, I feel that I would have liked it and given it at least 3 stars. Yet, the narrator was too distracting, in my opinion.

Story 3.5:

Why were Logan and Rose getting married again when they were married in book 1?

Narrator 1/5:

Similar to book 1's narrating, the narrator either left out words or mispronounced them, for example, "Abby paused for (a) moment." With this example, I don't know if the "a" was left out or what. Another example involved pronouncing "depot" as day-po.

As mentioned previously, the narrator changed her voice to get different voices for the characters. One such example is with Lily, Logan's daughter. While she provided a childlike voice, it also sounded like she'd turned into a robot.

Additionally, unlike book 1 where I was able to listen to it at my normal speed (1), this time around the narrator spoke slower, so I was forced to change the speed to 1.5.

These might sound like petty issues, but if the narration is that distracting to me, I'm unlikely to be able to focus on the story itself.

With that in mind, I wouldn't recommend this narrator or the audiobook versions. Still with simply reading the stories yourself.

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