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I really enjoy listening to this series. I love how each story is stand alone but together they form the wonderful tapestry of a growing, developing community. The characters are, for the most part, strong yet flawed and, as such very interesting. Despite the stories being rather similar, as they are all historical western mail order brides, the details vary tremendously. The people are different in personailities and personal histories and their strengths and vulnerabilities are unique. It is hard not to become a little emotionally invested. I want to read or listen to the next book because I want this community to persevere and thrive.
If the Samuels (the first three books) are the backbone of these stories, these three books are about the corner blocks of a community, namely the mayor and the sheriff. These three books focus on three women who were the best of friends before they come to Dawson. The challenges of their youth solidify their friendship and make them uniquely appropriate to meet the ups and downs of Dawson with their prospective grooms.
As usual J. Scott Bennett has given a well matched performance.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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I love how each one brings out different characters and difficulties to be overcome. They flow quickly and smoothly. All the characters are so real, interesting & fun. I enjoy listening every minute.
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What did you love best about Montana Mail Order Bride Box Set, Books 4-6?
The characters are warm and inviting. I wanted to follow them to see what happened to them next, to learn which couple would be the next to find romance and family.
What about J. Scott Bennett’s performance did you like?
I thought he did a terrific job narrating this series of books.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It's far too long, it is a three book box set, running over nineteen hours -- to listen to in one sitting, but if it was manageable, I'd have enjoyed listening to it all at once.
Any additional comments?
These audio books present the listener with fun, light stories of young cowboys reaching out via newspaper ads to find a bride. The characters are warm and enjoyable; watching them interact provides a sense of contentment. I will say that there are many instances where I thought these books were more contemporary than historical, but I still found them compelling listens. I wanted to know what happened next. I still do! And there are more books to follow in this series, so I’m hoping to find them in an Audible sale sometime soon. While the author may not perfectly follow historic fact, she does make the stories entertaining and does an amazing job at connecting one book to the next. I look forward to learning how the next set of books is connected to these three and the three earlier ones.
The narrator, J. Scott Bennett, offers the perfect voices and delivery for this series of books, and I don’t say that just because he gave me this box set as a gift. He made it very easy to follow the story, even when I was doing other things while I listened. It was rare that I had to go back, as I often do in audio books, and re-listen to a section. I was surprised at how well he distinguished each female voice, and there are quite a few women characters, so that you could almost always know which woman was talking. His male voices are very good too, but I find the fact that he can do women’s voices with such panache is a sign of his talent. He gets an A+ from me for his work on this series.
For those to whom these are important matters in choosing a book, there is discussion of rape and instances of premarital sex. There are also some swear words used, but overall, this is a sweet, clean set of books that revolves around the Samuels family and their friends and neighbors.
If you enjoy light, historic, humorous books, these very well might be a hit with you.I received this audio book from the narrator as a gift. His generosity had no influence upon my stated opinions.
I thank him for sharing his talent, and that of Linda Bridey with me, and apologize for taking so long to get around to completing my listening. The delay had nothing to do with the quality of the books or their performance.
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