Four historical romance short stories
Story One: "Place of Thunder"
Story Two: "Sky of Wind"
Story Three: "River of Stone"
Story Four: "Field of Rain"
Happy ever after ending in every story!
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- Crystal Morey
3.5* - light Western historical mini-romances
This is a collection of four short stories situated in the post-Civil War American west. I enjoyed the stories, mindful that with short stories there is almost no opportunity for plot or character development. That's one of the reasons why I didn't give this collection a higher rating, however. I found that the romance progressed too quickly and sometimes the heroines (or heroes) experienced significant attitude adjustments that left me scratching my head. In the final installment (Marigold's story), I especially noticed it with the hero's attitude. I wasn't sure that he even liked her for pretty much the whole story, and then, wham! he proposed to her without really explaining why he 'blew hot and cold'. I had other head-scratching moments in the other stories as well, but again, I'm sure that if these were full-length novels the author would have had an opportunity to develop the story lines with better flow. Short stories are tricky to craft (which is why I've never tried to write one!).
The other reason why I didn't give this audiobook more stars was because of the narration. It's a theme that I return to in most of my audiobook reviews -- how effectively can a narrator voice other genders? Also, does the narrator sound authentic to the tone of the story itself? I think this narrator would do a splendid job with non-fiction audiobooks, but her voice didn't really align well with the image I have in my mind of romance storyteller's voice. Some of her male voices were better than others, in my opinion. The male voices in the introduction didn't really work well in my mind (too fake-sounding), so I ended up playing much of the remaining audiobook at a higher playback speed and focused on the story rather than the narration.
I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Christine Newton