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Brock and Sarah's story is really part two of Barbara Goss' earlier book in this series. The two books are interconnected with the same circumstances effecting both stories and, of course, some of the same characters. I would suggest listening to the earlier book first.
While this story has a bit of romance and a bit of suspenseful action, the main emphasis is on Christian morals and values as it affects relationships and marriage. In fact, this aspect of the story overshadowed most everything else. Brock is a highly devout Church-going Christian who at several points seems to put more emphasis on the importance of his religion than the value of his wife. Not in a chauvinistic way, but converting her to his beliefs seems to hold more importance than almost anything else.
I struggled with this book because it isn't the genre for me. That said, I guess it would work for right person. It is a sweet and clean romance.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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This was a clean and (non-preachy!) Christian book, with a wholesome story of faith, strength and forgiveness.
Although I wanted to hit Brock and sometimes Sarah on the head with a saucepan for being so obtuse at times, I really liked how the story turned out and how they overcame their difficulties. Love is faithfulness, giving, and... compromise! I just wish people wouldn't jump to conclusions like it happened in the story, but it also happens in real life.
As for Reagan Boss's narration, it was pleasant and fitting, I really enjoyed the soothing quality of her voice. I removed a star because - though I'm not sure whether this is a narration or an editing issue - I felt some sentences ran into others. At times a new scene/chapter started without any pause as an indication, so it irked me a little that some characters appeared to teleport or appear out of nowhere!
I asked the author for a free copy of the story in exchange for a review, and I was happily surprised! Barbara Gross writes stories that are usually shorter than others, but that's because she doesn't spend time on nonsense. It's very nice to start and finish a book in the same day, even though I miss the characters a little when it ends.
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When Sarah gave up her train ticket to Kansas to her best friend Elaina, she didn't know that God had a better plan for her. After being shunned by the members of her church for her mother's mistakes and dealing with an awful situation at home, she doesn't trust in God at all. Sarah exchanges letters with Brock from Hunter's Grove Kansas, and decides to make the trip to meet him. All she wants is a comfortable home she can make her own and a man to take care of and love.
When Brock starts writing to Sarah, he decides to hide his wealth and pretend to be a poor bank teller. He moves into an old farmhouse and only brings along one servant. He doesn't feel comfortable lying to Sarah but he wants to make sure she loves him for himself and not his money. He finds himself in love with Sarah before he knows it, but is shocked to find that she isn't a Christian. Before he can bring her to know God as he does, she's mistaken for Elaina and kidnapped by bank robbers.
The Christian message in this book is about being unequally yoked, and of course trusting in God. Sarah's doubts and struggles with God's plan and the hypocrisy of church members are real, and they are struggles many modern Christians have faced. I found Brock and Edna's responses to her situation helpful.
This is book 5 of the Kansas Brides series, and I'd recommend listening to book 4, "Mail Order Calamity" first. This book continues the bank robbery plot first introduced in book 4. Pete and Elaina, the main characters from the 4th book, are featured in this one, and there are some cute moments with their dogs that cracked me up. The other books can be read out of order with no spoilers.
Reagan Boggs did a great job as usual! Her voice is calm and soothing and she doesn't overact the character's speaking voices. I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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