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Wyoming Territory, October 1883
Tabitha Canterbury came to Logan Meadows with one goal: to open the bookshop she's always dreamed of having. In a town full of illiterate cowboys, though, making the Storybook Lodge a success is easier said than done. And things get more complicated when the saloon next door gets a new co-owner and Tabitha finds herself falling for the wrong sort of man....
After a lifetime guiding settlers across the prairie, Hunter Wade isn't looking to stay put in Logan Meadows. But as a partner in the Bright Nugget saloon, he's determined to turn a profit - and if that puts him in competition with Miss Hoity-Toity Canterbury, that's fine. Even if she is beautiful, and clever, and always ready with a witty retort.
Can these two stubborn souls come together - or will pride keep them apart?
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By Cyn on 09-24-16
A rich wonderful story that pulls you in. LOVED IT
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It did not take much for me to fall not only in love with this book but its characters. Mrs. Fyffe knows how to create a story that captivates you not only by the plot but it’s wonderful scenes and heroic characters. I was sucked in from the start with a plot you think you have it all worked out until this author throws a few major twists in your way giving romance a whole new meaning. You will be cheering Tabitha and Hunter on as they butt heads over and over again as they worm their way deep into your heart. What you will find in this delightful story are bad guys, good guys, saloon, cowboys, saloon girls, friends, family some nice and some not so nice, lies, secrets, hard times, good times, a kidnapping, fights, gun fights, lovely name calling that will make you laugh and so much more as this author entertains you with her very talented writing.
I have read and listen to both the book and the audio I can’t make up my mind which is best. The book you get your own feeling of it but the audio really comes alive. I totally enjoyed both but I will let you decide.
I loved John Glouchevitch as the narrator he has a strong male voice and brings many wonderful different voices. He has the right pitch for time in history to make you believe he really is each character. I did not hear any background noises just a very rich audio that pulled me in. There are not any places where the audio what louder or lower at the beginning of chapters which usually means a break was taken. If any breaks were taken you could not tell. It was easy to hear each emotion that each character was feeling through his tones. You had to trouble knowing what each felt whether they were happy, sad or anger. His male voices were as nice as his female ones each given the right pitch as he takes you through each down fall or happy times. This is the first I have listened to this narrator, I am very much looking forward to letting me take me away to another place and time in the near future.
Tabitha is a woman after my own heart as she takes the bull by the horn going west to live her own life away from her controlling mother who has handpicked a man for her to marry. She isn’t happy with her pick and just wants to live her life reading and selling books. She finds what she is looking for in the wonderfully sweet town of Logan Meadows where her aunt and uncle live. She is happy that is as happy as a woman can be with no one to hold and love. She lives her life haves her business, family and wonderful friends around her. She is happy that is until one handsome stranger comes in town turning her world upside down making her mind of a husband and family.
Hunter does a job for a man who cannot pay him, in return the man gives him half of a saloon the kicker is his new partner doesn’t know about this and isn’t too happy when he finds out. Hunter is tired of moving around and wants to settle put some roots down the saloon is just what he needs. He takes one look at the beautiful Tabitha and wishes he could make her his own. Knowing this isn’t going to happen she is way above him he gets to know the town and the people, than he breaks the news to his new partner. Tempters rise and things get a little out of hand leaving Hunter with trying to make the best of it and dreaming about Tabitha.
One thing leads to another and before you know the author throws some twist on you that will leave you smiling and a few with your mouth hung open. I loved the humor along with the true meaning of friendship, family and love the author brings to this story. I really enjoyed the baiting back and forward between Tabitha and Hunter along with some other members of the town. It was a pleasure to get to see some of my old favorite characters and where they are in their life and what is new with them. There are some characters I came to like and then not like so much. Tabitha’s mother is something else but she will grow on you. I did have a few good laughs at her expense lol. I dearly loved Violet I would have loved to have been part of her family, she is a witty old women whose heart is as big at the moon. She gives so much but she doesn’t take much crap. You want to stay on this woman good side for sure. The way Tabitha and Hunters romance plays out is so delightful and refreshing. You are in for such a treat watching these two fight their attraction as they get into disagreements, and the mess they make they are having a hard time keeping their hands off each other. Jealousy can be a bad thing and I truly think Tabitha’s aunt really loves her but is jealous of her. There is nothing worse than family sticking their nose in your life telling you what to do when you are 29 and fully able to run your own life. I love small towns where everyone knows everyone, they help each other giving so much back to the town and its people. The romance build up is slow and steady with a few twists. This is a story you will forget you are reading as it takes over your mind pulling you in taking you away giving you smiles after smiles along with a few heart breaks. It was a book I could not put down I had to know how each twist would play out. Things are still up in the air with Jake, Daisy and his mother but that is another story I can’t wait to read.
This is Mrs. Fyffe at her finest giving you a highly exciting entertaining read. If you haven’t read any of her books you should give this one a try. I highly recommend any of her books or audios they are truly wonderful, humorous, exciting, thrilling, with a little danger and along with a lot of love she gives each one.
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