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When He Returns

A Coming-of-Age Western Romance
Narrated by: Matthew Keyes
Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Romance, Westerns
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Proud and independent, 13-year-old orphan Wade Hunter doesn't want a family. But when the town marshal catches him stealing, Wade's given only two choices: Spend time in jail or become the marshal's ward.
 

Sadie Shaw, the marshal's eldest daughter, doesn't want another sibling. She has enough brothers and sisters, and she's dismayed when her kindhearted pa brings home another lost child. It doesn't help that this one is surly and arrogant. Worse, he thinks that because he's older, he's under no obligation to mind her household rules.
 

Wade and Sadie battle wills often as they grow into adulthood, burgeoning both their dislike for each other and their grudging respect. When faced with a problem that requires their unity, will they be able to set aside their differences, or will the strife they face only tear them apart for good?
 

Warning: When He Returns contains adult punishment spanking. If that doesn't appeal to you, please don't buy this book.

©2018 Amelia Smarts (P)2019 Amelia Smarts

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Wonderful Romance!

Amelia Smarts book, When He Returns was just what I needed! I love historical western romance, and this one delivers it and so much more! Wade is a 14 year old boy, caught in some trouble. When the marshal brings him home to add him to his family, Wade is belligerent and will do anything to not fit in. Until he does. He becomes a productive family member, loved by all except the marshal's daughter Sadie. Sadie is the his oldest and upon his wife's death took over the household. And now, he keeps bringing home more children to take care of! She resents Wade and just when he thought things were getting better, a bitter betrayal occurs. Unable to ever hear the truth, tragedy strikes the house, and Wade leaves in his grief. Now 5 years later, he comes back to find his family in slight disarray and his feelings for Sadie much different. But does she return his affection? This story told in two separate periods, each with a different POV gives us that old time western feel. With the marshal, the old home, the loving home, I get that wonderfully warm Laura Ingalls Wilder feel, with a twist! Smarts weaves in that alpha male, and while the story is sweet, it does have those scenes that make you fired up and then melt. She includes not only wonderful main characters, but a supporting cast that you will fall in love with. From Clyde as the understanding father to Grace the lovable little girl, it's hard not to feel like part of the family.

Narration by Matthew Keyes is perfect. He hones in on each character with a voice for each that brings out their personality. I love that he can go from a young child to an adult, from male to female with ease. I loved his performance and this is a story you will not want to miss.

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Survival When Important People in a Family Die or Disappear

I received a free audiobook for a voluntary and honest review.
A look in the past before there were only families to support each other
Wade is. 13 year old whose mother has dies and his father in prison. The option is an orphanage, from which he runs away. He is stealing food when he is taken to the local sheriff who is a widower with a daughter and three children he has brought into his home. Sadie, his daughter, has since she was 9 been expected to run the household. While her father heaps attention on the orphans she feels unloved and acts out
Upon the sheriffs death Sadie stays to take care of the younger children and Wade leaves for several reasons but When He Returns 5 yes later life changes.
An excellent story with an excellent narrator

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Love it!

When He Returns is a great historical romance. The author does a good job describing each character so that it allows you to know their individual personalities. The fact that the story takes place over many years allows you to see how each character grows and matures. I loved Wade from the beginning. First, as a young boy that has been alone in the world, scared to get close to anyone and just trying to survive. Then, when he returns as a man who has grown into a strong alpha male that will support and protect his family. Liking Sadie took a little more work due to some of her actions as a teenager. It was interesting to see how all it all came together in the end.
Matthew Keyes does a fantastic job with the narration, bringing individuality to each character.

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So sweet

It is a tender and sweet story. I really loved it. I just wished there was more intimacy. There were several times it would have enhanced the already beautiful story. Matthew’s narration was believable and spot on.

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GREAT READ!

I loved it! The narration was excellent and kept me entertained. This author does an excellent job with the characters and plot. I read the first book in this series (Bringing Trouble Home) and enjoyed that as well. I look forward to reading more books from this author! I was given a free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Endearing

I loved this story and the narration was awesome. I think you should get this copy.

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  • Marybeth
  • New York, United States
  • 08-24-19

Great story

The narration by Matthew Keyes was wonderful. I could see the book in my.mind as he narrated!