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When vows are said out of necessity, can love really grow?

Susan Farr loses her parents and her home in one swoop. She takes her horse and rides to Independence, Missouri, to join a wagon train and start a new life. Mike Todd, the wagon master, doesn’t allow single women to have their own wagons. It causes fights and distractions. Susan solves her problem by marrying Clancy Willis in name only. Unfortunately, Clancy’s true nature doesn’t take long to show, and Susan finds herself married to a drunkard.

Along the trail, once again, Susan is forced to marry another man in name only, and this time it is Mike Todd. As soon as they make it to Oregon, they plan to have the marriage annulled, but their hearts become hopelessly entangled.

Mike Todd has two brothers to raise. They are guides on the wagon train, and he decided long ago he’d raise them and forget about having a wife and child of his own. Little does he know that he’d find a forever type of love.

Both vow to sacrifice their hearts’ desire to give the other happiness. Will they come to realize their lives and love have only just begun?

©2017 Kathleen Ball (P)2018 Kathleen Ball

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What an enjoyable listen!

“We’ve Only Just Begun” was an entertaining tale that tackles an age-old question of arranged marriage – are they doomed for misery or can true love spark under preordained circumstances? I really enjoyed the plot twists and empathized with the protagonist in her many struggles. Tom Jordan, the narrator, did a superlative job making all the characters extremely relatable. I found the audiobook to be a heart-warming tale that I would gladly listen to a second time. Thoroughly recommended.

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Excellent story of love, betrayal and endurance .

Really liked this story, it shows how strong many of the women who went west on the Oregon Trail were.

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Love Finds A Way

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audiobooks Unleashed in exchange for an honest review.
I really liked this story. It was filled with determination, desperation, and danger. Susan couldn’t make a getaway on the wagon train going west unless she had a husband. Her desperate choice was not a good one. When her husband reveals his true nature, the wagon master takes her under his wing and the horrors of the trip bring them closer. I liked their relationship and even though they had feelings for each other the treachery of the journey kept them at arms length. She took care of her dying husband, and he kept his two younger brothers and the families traveling with them as safe as he could under the conditions. The narration was good.

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Great start

I really liked this story. I makes me want to read or listen to the other books in the series. Tom Jordan is a narrator that I enjoy.

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Oregon Trail

This book is about the Oregon Trail. It's interesting and keeps your attention. The wagon train master Mike Todd get involved with Susan a girl on her way to Oregon under his watch. They have all kinds of things happen. It's an interesting book. Tom Jordan did a good job narraiting this book.

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Sweet Historical Romance

I listened to these first two books out of order! Now I'm curious why they had so many similarities! While both enjoyable, I would have preferred more uniqueness, especially since they're the first two books in the series!
The narration was better in this book in my opinion, but both are by the same narrator!

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A Journey Taken

The stories of people making their way west on the Oregon Trail contain a little of all the emotions. Hope, sadness, grief, joy and often a romance comes about in the most unexpected ways. Kathleen Ball has crafted a wonderful tale filled with all of these and made it believable. Combined with the talented voice of Tom Jordan, this is one of my favorites and I am anxious to start the second in the series.
Since I have discover audible, I have to admit I am a little addicted. The story comes alive, almost like watching a movie and with the right narrator and story, it is perfect.
Follow Susan and Mike as they make this treacherous journey and find much more in the bargain. A keeper

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Great book

Tom Jordan brings to life this great book. I read this book a few years ago. However I had a chance to listen to it so I did. I think I like it better with Tom Jordan narrating. This is a great book with characters that are relatable.

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Clean outstanding western romance.

Kathleen Ball writes an amazing story about the perilous journey of the western settlers. This book follows the journey of Susan who is determined to go West despite all of the challenges that face her. Many will make this a difficult undertaking for her, but she will also find caring people who will help.

Tom Jordan does an outstanding job of bringing this story to life. He easily differentiates the various character's voices. He also conveys the hardships and joy they experienced.

I volunteered to listen to and review this Audible book. It is an excellent, clean western romance story and I highly recommend it.

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A great Oregon Trail story!

This was a great Oregon trail story! The hardship of the trail, grit, love, healing, and triumph through it all with perseverance are all wrapped up in this book!

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Amazing!

I loved this book! My goodness for people having to travel by wagon to Oregon it was quite the treacherous journey. I loved the main characters and how the narrator brought them to life. Yes I have read other books about the wagon trains and how dangerous it was but Ms. Ball has added so much to this story. We have people that are travelling with the travellers that are so difficult to get along with, the women that love to gossip and of course the whiners! There is action, suspense, mystery and romance and it is a clean read! Don't miss out on this one!
I received a free code from Audiobooks Unleashed to listen to this book on Audible. This review is my own honest opinion.