The Accidental Guardian

Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
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When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd - while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'd hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong. 

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture, and their arrival is unsettling - yet enticing. Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together - yet every day approaches the moment she'll leave forever.

©2018 Mary Connealy (P)2018 Recorded Books
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Ended abruptly

This book was okay, but ended abruptly - the bad guys had not all been caught, and then the story seemed to branch off, then just ended. The narrator was a little irritating - her voice was pleasant enough, but she seemed to emphasize the wrong words. Just odd.

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Different story line

I liked the different story line.. It was a good listen on a road trip for me on the back of the motorcycle. No bad language and nothing to blush at. I enjoyed it .

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Great book, needs a sequel!

Well good story. I enjoyed it very much. I don't have much quiet time that I can listen to books and I found myself chaffing at the bit to find time to listen. Really wish there was a sequel.

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Just okay

Liked the setting and general story line. However, found too much detailed description in places, unrealistic timing for some things to be able to happen, and a failure to develop further some of the plot lines. Also, ending seemed abrupt.

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A good story but missing some vital steps

Good characterizations and descriptions. And the events could really have happened. A couple of other reviewers have mentioned that the ending stops abruptly, leaving the reader kind of hanging. That's a big no-no. It's mean to lead readers clear up to the ending and then stroll off like they can write the ending for themselves. This is the main reason I'm only going with three stars. It should be two and a half.
The other thing that's irksome is the fact that there's no reference whatsoever to the lovemaking between the main characters; you don't have to describe it in detail like a pornographic writer but some info would be nice, like how sweet or grand it was or even, "it fit." That evasivness is also strangely abrupt. You don't throw down your pencil and stroll off when it get hard, you flesh out all of your story.
There are so many really good books, I don't imagine I'll read or listen to any more of Connealy's. I'm not getting any younger.

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Enthralling story of the West with mystery.

This is a fast moving exciting story. Character development is excellent. I could hardly wait to get to the end.

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A wonderful Clean story

I throughly enjoyed the Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy. I think this is the first book of hers that I have read, but I know it's the first audible [but hopefully not thle last].

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Accidental Guardian

Loved it! Disappointed in the ending -it seemed to leave loose ends regarding Gwen and the children
I hope there is another story about them.

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The Accidental Guardian

What a wonderful story. Ms. Connelly is a marvelous story teller. The story of two sisters who survive a wagon massacre with a baby and a three year old is very heart warming. Their rescuer Trace is a young man who had survived a similar massacre ten years earlier. Together they find the men responsible for the massacre and grow to live each other. A wonderful love story. Linda Breckenridge

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Good Book

The narrator did a great job. the story was sweet, heartfelt, and clean. great to listen to.