Stone's Heart

Narrated by: Leonor A. Woodworth
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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No way, blue jay, and never again. That's the vow Linney Van Horn has made regarding single dads and their adorable children. After all, that's why she's tucked tail and hauled herself and her beloved Arabian horse clear across the country from New Jersey to the small town of Venture, Colorado. To mend her bruised heart - and ego - and start over.

However, the good Lord has a different "do-over" in mind for Linney. She finds herself living next door to Stonewall "Stone" Wheeler, the frustratingly stubborn, but oh, so ruggedly hand-some farrier, and his seven-year-old son, Beau.

A widower, Stone has buried himself in his work to avoid the grief of losing his wife. Determined to grow his horse-shoeing business and raise his child, falling in love is the last thing on his mind. Until an equally stubborn - but pretty as a daisy - teacher moves into the cottage besides his, and charms both him and his son.

Divine intervention. Yup, it's a beautiful thing.

It's going to take one adorable little boy, a pair of spirited horses, and a near-fatal accident to convince Linney and Stone a second chance at a grace-filled forever is theirs for the asking.

©2016 Darby Karchut (P)2017 Clean Reads

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Touching clean wholesome read

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I really liked this story it is a very touching romance that moves nice and steady reaching out and touching your heart from lost love to losing so much more when your heart breaks and just can’t take anymore you close it off so tight no one or nothing can come in. The author gives you a wonderful spiritual story of finding your way back to God and forgiving yourself and the things you do not understand. Sometimes things are taken away so you can find a road that holds more love than you have ever seen. A wonderful clean sweet read that really pulls you in letting you find peace that is very exciting with a little adventure and some sadness with an ending that will melt your heart.

The narrator as always does an outstanding job pulling on your heartstrings with the emotion she puts in her voice. She has a very lovely voice that really takes you away as she goes from one character to the other. Bo voice and tones were wonderful you knew when he was excited or sad and even pouting. He was just adorable. Her male and female characters really pull you in from their trying times to the joy they give each other. You have no trouble knowing just who is talking and what they are feeling. The narrator really makes you hold your breath a time or two as danger is near leaving your heart beating fast she changes from excitement to chilling and scared. There are no repeating of words, no background or any place where the volume changes, just a very clean and clear listen that holds your attention from start to finish. Her performance is outstanding and kept me spellbound from one scene to the next. I have really enjoyed this narrator and watching her talent grow with each audio she performs.

The author really put a lot of thought into bring you a story that will just about make your heart stop a time or two. The last dangerous scene had me hanging on the edge begging someone to do something. I felt I was right there with Linney as her cries became mine. My heart broke for all that she lost as the author throws a twist leaving you guessing how it will play out. Stone has turned away from God he has lost way more than any person should lose. It has been a few long years since he lost his wife leaving him raising a son all alone. Linney’s bright outlook on life brings him to a place in his life that he thinks he is ready to start over. Linney just isn’t going to let him in there is way too much to lose she has lost so much already.

What I really like is the spiritual side isn’t over powering but showing a love that you can only find through you religion. I enjoyed how the town helped those around them, the humor the author gives the characters and the way the plot slowly builds with a steady flow. It is touching, meaningful and powerful but smooth, easy and exciting. There are some toe curling, eye popping moments where you wish you could reach out and pull them to safety. A few times I would have loved to have shaken Stone and other time I would have loved to have just wrapped my arms around him. Linney brings out the mother in me who would just love to hold her and tell everything will work out. There was one cowboy I would have really have like to have hit he is very annoying and needs to learn how to talk and treat a lady. I loved how Linney worked around to make Stone let her help watch Bo. Bo brings a lot of smiles with things that only come out of mouths of children that will keep you smiling. I really enjoyed the supporting characters from the minister’s wife to the nose women. These are down to earth characters you can relate to with normal day to day issues. What a very touching and fulfilling read that you get lost in. I think most will really enjoy this story even if you aren’t into spiritual clean reads you will enjoy this. I think it would be a lovely book for mothers and daughters to read together.

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Sweet Story

I normally eschew contemporary romance & prefer historicals or mysteries, or stories that are both. This story however, is both well written & well narrated. I have read too many Christian stories where the characters seem superficial or the story seems preachy. The people in this one are well written ( & made even more real by the narration) & seem to be genuine, either truly living their faith or struggling with it.

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Sweet old fashioned cowboy romance!

This is a lovely contemporary romance set in a small town. Stone is an old fashioned cowboy with a heart empty and cold! Enter the bubbly school teacher with a heart of gold, bright enough to warm Stone and you have a delightful tale full of sweet old fashioned cowboy romance! The narrator did an outstanding job and really hit the punch lines! I highly recommend this book if you value galant cowboys and spit fire women! You won't be disappointed!

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Great book

I loved the book. This is how a romantic suspense story should be written. Lots of twists and turns with a beautiful HEA that warmed my heart. There was such a good feeling throughout the book I got this ARC via audiobook boom

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Great story about second chances in life and love

This was a sweet story about a cowboy and his son just trying to live after the loss of their wife and mother and a woman who left her home to start over again after being betrayed. Both parties question God and His goodness, yet through the new chapters in all of their lives, He shows that can be second chances in life and in love.

Darby Karchut did a wonderful job telling this story. It could have been a typical "second chance" story filled with the typical cliche plot, but this one did not. I really enjoyed this story.

Leonor Woodworth has become one of my favorite narrators in the past year and is a huge reason why I got this book since I did not know Darby as an author. Leonor did NOT disappoint at all!

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

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Well Done

Great story,-sweet and well written with wonderful narration that captures the characters to a tee

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Wholesome romance in the Colorado countryside

A cowboy facing the chance at a new romance after the tragic death of his wife. A son in need of some down time and maybe a female hero. A woman in search of a new beginning away from the East coast. Can they all come together and make a happy family? Not without help from God. This is a wonderful tale of courage in the face of tragedy where all of the characters need a little help from above. It was refreshing to hear a story without sex and bad language that did not beat you over the head with the Bible.

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I Love this story, a little boy captures the heart of a ruff cowboy. a sweet story of love.

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Great read.

Love this sweet story. The characters are so rich and down to earth. The narration is excellent. Will listen again
Hope to see more from this author.

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Loved the Book!

I enjoyed "Stone's Heart" immensely. The narrator had a pleasant and enjoyable reading style that didn't detract from the story. I was drawn into the lives of Stone and Linney and enjoyed hearing their story unfold. I would very much seek out another book by this author.
*I received this audible book free in return for an honest review.