Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dreams in Deadwood

Dreams in Deadwood
Seven Brides of South Dakota, Book 1
By: Kari Trumbo
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Series: Seven Brides of South Dakota, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-11-18

A story about forgiveness not only of yourself but seeking it from others, an emotional listen with humor, danger, a few thrills, excitement and overcoming one's past. I chuckle, laughed and signed a few times. There is nothing worse than trying to make your family proud and doing everything you can for their approval why living in your siblings shadow as Aiden is. He is doing the best he can but it just doesn’t seem good enough. Telling his family he was leaving was hard but not as hard as trying to make enough money to help them and make them proud seems to be. One choice after another has him spending out of control. Every time he takes one step forward he falls back to. My heart really went out to him and all he has gone through. Jennie is following her sister and her husband leaving behind a dead father and a mother who can’t take care of them. The last place she wants to be is where she is and when Aiden comes all long that is just the last straw. How can one man be so full of his self? He is driving her nuts. With his teasing and bantering she can’t seem to do anything right. Why won’t he just go away? That is until he does, and she goes nuts over worry for him. This really was an exciting, fun read filled with drama, love, passion, compassion, troubles and sorrow.

Ms. Kelly does a great job with her narration, I loved her character voices and the emotions she gives them. I love her accents and the true emotions she gives her narration. She gave so much of her talent to this audio really getting into the characters. I could hear the pain, sorrow, confusion, love in her voice she truly brought this story to life. Her character voices are outstanding making you believe what you are listening to. You have no trouble picturing each scene as it unfolds. There are no repeating of words, no background, and no volume change but when the character goes in thought. Ms. Kelly has no trouble changing character roles the transition is smooth, easy with true passion, showing amazing chemistry between the characters. I always knew who was talking and what they were feeling. Her male characters are as wonderful as her female ones. You always know who is talking and what they are feeling. It is always a delight to listen to one of her audios.

The author brings a historical western to life with all the dangers it entitles keeping you on the edge of your seat at times. Filled with passion and clean fun with a well-thought-out plot that hooks you from the first page. It is a believable story with great characters, scenes and true love from family and friends. New love that grows with a few twists and turns to make it interesting. I loved how the family life is brought into it, showing how much love these families have for each other but at the same time how some can’t get along but with time things can be worked out. There is a story inside a story which holds your attention and makes you want to read about each sister. The twin I can’t wait to read her wild story I think it is going to be heartbreaking. The author does a great job building up for the next books in this series which kind of leaves you hanging but in no way is this a cliff hanger just a few unanswered question about the one twin. There is drama, doubt and so much sorrow it pulls on your heartstrings but at the same time there is fun, love and humor that makes you smile. Just as it was back then there is danger all around some you can see some you can’t and lots of twists and turns that keeps you hook. I truly loved this book and can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series when it comes out.

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He has a vice as bad as her father. 
Jennie Arnsby wants nothing more than to turn around and go home. Her family is on their way to Deadwood, South Dakota, when Aiden finds his way to their small wagon train. His teasing and banter leave her wanting to toss him out the back and in the dust. When they are separated outside the city, she is left wondering if she'll ever see him again.
Aiden Bradly wants to find his gold and return home. Nothing more. He can't afford to get tangled with a woman. He's doing just that until he meets the feisty Jennie. She gets him thinking about his past and forgiveness, but what's more important, his past or his new future?
Aiden will either redeem his past or claim a treasure greater than he could ever imagine, but he must choose one.
Dreams in Deadwood is book one of the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo. A romantic, Wild West romp in pioneer South Dakota.

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