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On March 18, 1925, a tornado roars through the southern portions of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, wiping town after town off the map as it ripped through forests and farmlands, over peaks and hollows, and across the mighty Mississippi River at speeds sometimes exceeding 70 mph. When the greatest tornado disaster in recorded history finally came to an end some 219 miles later, 695 people laid dead and more than a dozen towns and hundreds of farmsteads were left in splinters.
Emma Larson is a teacher in a small community outside of Annapolis, Missouri, and lives with her grandmother to help with expenses. She's never wanted to be anything else but a teacher, despite the occasional unruly child. This year, the child who challenges her is the son of the town's handsome doctor. While Emma's heart goes out to the motherless boy, she insists the father take a firmer hand in disciplining his child.
After the death of his wife two years before, Dr. Jesse Baxter wants only what is best for his son, whose behavior changed for the worst after his mother's long illness. He had high hopes that school would give his son something to focus on other than death. It seems not to be the case. His son is fascinated with anything to do with death, often stopping to examine dead animals on the side of the road. Jesse is at his wit's end and asks the lovely schoolteacher for help.
Can these two help rebuild a town while letting down the walls around their hearts and find love?
©2015 Cynthia Hickey (P)2015 Cynthia Hickey
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By Cyn on 01-10-16

Sweet clean romance

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This was a sweet clean read which was very entertaining. I loved how the author added true fact into the story. This story was very believable with wonderful characters. I really loved grandma she was a truly delightful mess. Jesse's son kept me laughing at the little things he got into. Jesse and Emma have a slow start as they help bring the town back together they find they have feelings for each other. Emma heart breaks for Jesse's son who is still dealing with death as he pokes around dead animals wondering if they can catch something from them that will kill them. He doesn't always make the best choices but always has Emma and Jesse's love to point him in the right direction. Jesse doesn't have any trouble keeping his foot in his mouth and Emma's feeling will get hurt a few times. She must might be the one to teach not only Jesse but his son a few lessons in life that they both need.

I thought Margo Trueblood did a good job of narration. Her voice was clean, her tones even, you had no trouble understanding what each character was feeling. She brought the book to life down to how the tornado came and throw building all over the place. Between the author and narrator this was an easy picture to see. I heard no breaks in the audio or background noises. It did take me a few minutes to get into this narrators voice but once I got use to it I found I enjoyed the story greatly. You have no trouble knowing who is talking or what emotion each was feeling. I would enjoy listening to this narrator again.

I thought the author gave wonderful characters that you will come to like and some you might not. I felt this was mostly close to how it would have been back in 1925. There are times your heart goes out to these people and some people you wish would hop on the first train out of town. I loved how the people came together to rebuild the town. I would have liked to have known what happen to the man and sister who came to town to buy up all the land. I am not sure the cover is right for this story. It doesn't call out an said read me. You will be surprised once you pick up this story to read/listen to it is very entertaining. For me I think it is better than the book could be. I could relate to most of the characters. The grandmother is s dear and very surprising woman. This is a cute sweet read about finding new love, and starting over again.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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By mrmeeka on 06-12-17

Disappointing

This one was disappointing to me. It should have been a quick easy fun read. Instead the story line was lacking to me. Being from tornado country NO one in real life calls a tornado a twister.

I was given a free audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was disappointed in it.

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