Melinda and the Wild West

  • by Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Narrated by Joanna Riley
  • 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1896, Melinda Gamble, a very elegant, very naïve young woman from Boston, decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a frightening bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and an intense blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it is a ruggedly handsome and very mysterious stranger who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared: love.


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Enjoyable clean romance

I enjoyed this charming and clean romance audiobook. I really appreciate "clean" stories. Not having to worry about my young kids hearing while I'm listening is a load off. The story is well-written and entertaining. I love the main character, Melinda's, fiery personality - how she speaks her mind and is independent. Her love and understanding for others is inspirational. I also loved all the historical facts interwoven with the story, like the Butch Cassidy incident. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book, but I wasn't "wowed" by the narration by Joanna Riley. While not a bad narration, it wasn't particularly memorable - it was just okay. I think my rating would have been one star higher with either a different narrator or the Kindle version. Granted, narration is a very personal taste, so even though I wasn't wowed, others will love it, and my opinion on the narration should not discourage anyone to listen. If you like clean romance or are interested in the old west, I highly recommend this book.
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- Leslie F.

Sweet romance

Where does Melinda and the Wild West rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It rates really high because it's such a sweet tale, Melinda has heaps of spunk, she cares for her students yet is reluctant to be cared for when the need arises.

What other book might you compare Melinda and the Wild West to and why?

I can't think of a specific title, but pretty much any of the Amish fiction novels I read, simply because there are good morals, lots of twists, and faith is important to the story.

What about Joanna Riley’s performance did you like?

Her character voices were spot on, and it was an easy listen.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Caring teacher gives all and unexpectedly finds love.

Any additional comments?

I did receive this in exchange for an honest review on my blog Nayu's Reading Corner - I genuinelly loved it.

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- Nayu "rinoa_s_l"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2016
  • Publisher: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing