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The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery has it all. Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Added to the mix are colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Annie Oakley, bank/train robberies, small town local politics, and, of course, romance. Two, in fact!

©2015 Sarah Mallery (P)2017 Sarah Mallery

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The old west comes alive 🌵

This is one of those books that didn't grab me from the start. It took a while for the story and characters to develop for me. But, I continued on and before I knew it I was hooked! It tugged my emotions and breathes life into the saying...Love comes to those who wait.💟

I enjoyed that the characters were quirky yet very normal. They each have their flaws and circumstances they need to overcome. And the old west theme that runs throughout the story kept it authentic. Very well written and enjoyable adventure.

I love Nancy Peterson's narration. She gives each character a unique voice which allows the listener the feeling of transporting into the story. She's rare gem in a sea of rocks. 💎

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review. My thanks to the author for this opportunity 😉

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A Tear Jerker, But FABULOUS

The narrator was fabulous At first, I didn't like the jumps in time, but midway through, I believed having the jumps made the story even better. I fell in love with so many of the characters. and I cried on several occasions.

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If you like Romantic Westerns you like this

This was a very good listen. If you don’t like cussing be warned there is a small amount of four letter words. They fit in where they are used. It’s not like some books that just throw them in for fun.

Overall it was a great book. Thank You

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Another well-written story from a good author

The Dolan Girls, my sixth read from author S.R. Mallery. A well-written entertaining read. As good as all Mallery's books are this one, the longest so far, is the best of the bunch.“I received a free Audible copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." The gifting of this book did not affect my opinion of it. I'll be reading more from this author. Nancy Peterson"s narration adds to the enjoyment of the book. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Fantastic Story & Listen🎧 Captivating & Heartfelt!

This is a fantastic historical fiction set in Nebraska in the 1800’s, the book grabbed my attention right from the start and captivated it straight to the end. S.R. Mallery is a gifted author, I enjoyed her writing style and the storylines and characters she created. She did an awesome job capturing the hardships and challenges of the times, her descriptive details brought you right along side the characters allowing you to see what they seeing, feeling and going through. The characters are realistic, easy to relate to and connect with. We are first introduced to the Dolan sisters, Cora and Minnie when they were in their teen years and living with Madam Ana. Cora was in love with Thomas but after a terrible incident their lives were forever changed. I liked how the author takes you back in time for a chapter and shows how Cora and Minnie wound up with Madam Ana and who Pete was to them. After that the book picks back to current time, 1861, and continues after Cora’s life changing incident. There is never a dull moment in this book, the story is cleverly plotted with plenty of drama, heartfelt and emotional moments, and a wonderful romance. S.R Mallery, thank you for this fantastic story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the wonderful narration, Nancy Peterson is talented narrator and voice artist. She brings these characters to life, giving each their own unique voice making it easy to follow along and who is who. She is awesome at portraying all the characters, grasping each of their personas and playing their role with perfection, sounding just as I am picturing them to sound. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the fantastic listen🎧

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Great story

Great narration by the narrator. She puts realism to the characters. Good story about lost love and re finding it.

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Fascinating historical fiction!

“The Dolan Girls” is an enticing and gripping historical fiction set in the Wild West in the 1860s, which I simply couldn’t stop listening to. I love learning new things from the books I read or listen to, and this obviously thoroughly researched novel put me right in the middle of a typical little western town, where through the eyes of the characters I learned about their lives, traditions, and struggles of people of that time. The narrator (such a pleasant voice by the way!) did a wonderful job in bringing the Wild West world to life with her soft-spoken manner and authentic accent in just the right places.
I also very much appreciated how the story followed the path of three generations of the Dolan family, from settling in a new land and how it influenced their lives, to the horrific incident with the younger sister Cora that would reshape her views of life and trust forever, and to the young Ellie, Cora’s daughter, who, despite the dark secret of her origin, grew to be a highly intelligent, head-strong and independent woman.
The story is full of unexpected twists and turns, and even though I’m usually very good at predicting what would happen next, “The Dolan Girls” kept me guessing up to the very last page. A brilliant work, which I highly recommend to everyone!

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Love In The Wild Wild West

There's nothing like a good romantic love story from back in the days of gunslingers and their exciting women. This story has all the characters needed to keep the listener totally enthralled until the end! Cora and Thomas are young sweethearts whose lives are torn apart by his evil half brother, Wes.
The years pass and finally they see each other again but Cora believes Thomas had abandoned her and lost all trust in him. As the story evolves the listener is totally involved and eagerly anticipates what the ending will be. The narrator is magnificent and relates the story with a calmness but also with passion enough to curl the listener's toes. Don't miss this one please!!

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Three women in the Old Wild West make their way

Wild West story about three ladies who learned to overcome bad situations, make the best of things and finally find happiness after heartache.

For those that had a hard time getting into the story, I think it is helpful to know a bit of the timeline of the book. The story starts when Cora and Minnie are young and are participating with their immigrant parents in a land grab event in Nebraska. The story quickly jumps ahead to Cora and Minnie as young women who are facing more devastating circumstances. With those two background pieces in place, the majority of the story takes place when Cora and Minnie are in their late 30's and Cora's daughter Ellie is a young adult.

The relationships of the three women are tested, an old flame returns, bad guys come to town, a cowboy catches Ellie's eye but has plans to leave, the past comes back to test Cora again and much more.

Enjoyable book, well written and researched. The narrator was easy to listen to, well paced, and did believable character voices. Looking forward to more audio books from this author!

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

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Excellent historical

Loved listening to this! Excellent story and characters, I loved Ellie and Brett. There’s action, romance, and learning to cope with life’s events. This story does deal with some tough subjects, but they shape who the characters are. The narrator’s performance was excellent, each character had a unique voice. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Unusual

Wasn’t sure about this book to start with but it grew on me. Was surprised that in the west a whore house was almost a respectable living however the story develops well and despite the jumping of years was a lively enjoyable read.