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Set in the American Midwest of the 1870s, this three-novel story blends mystery, romance, history, and family drama in over 30 hours of entertaining, fast-paced listening. See why listeners rave about the writing, the plot twists, and the characters.
Nell Lillington is a spoiled, headstrong 16-year-old when she finds herself pregnant after letting a flirtation with handsome Cousin Jack get out of hand. More willing to bear the consequences of an illegitimate pregnancy than marry, she refuses to name the father and agrees to give birth in a Poor Farm and give the baby up for adoption. At the Poor Farm she meets Tess O'Dugan, a woman the world calls an imbecile but who soon becomes the sister Nell never had.
Martin Rutherford, Nell's childhood friend, only learns of baby Sarah when Nell seeks to escape from the Poor Farm - with the child. His own aversion to marriage stems from his dark, unhappy childhood, and despite his attachment to Nell he makes no objection to her plan to move to Kansas, away from prying eyes, with Tess and Sarah. Martin, now free of family ties, has his own plans - he wishes to build a grand department store in Chicago and become one of that growing city's merchant princes.
But Nell and Martin's plans are steered off course by the secrets and lies of other people, and their paths to happiness are strewn with murder. Nell's story will take you from the Illinois prairie, to frontier Kansas, and back to a Chicago teeming with opportunistic new Americans and ruthless men.
©2017 Jane Steen (P)2017 Jane Steen
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5 out of 5 stars
By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-17-17

Journey of life and love 💕

First, I have to say that I am grateful that this series is a complete boxed set as it can be quite annoying waiting for the next book in a series.

This set is a treat for those who appreciate a good solid story with detailed characters and historical elements. It's a story that follows Nell, who is a sweet and naive young woman that learns how to be strong and resilient through adversity. Her journey is emotional, sentimental and very memorable.

[Note: This story is basically clean......however, it does contain a non-explicit sex scene and "mild" violence. These scenes enhance character development and are essential to the storyline.]

I was given a free copy of this audiobook and in exchange I provided this honest voluntary review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dawn on 04-04-17


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This audiobook was given to me for a honest unbiased review. This was good. I love historically set romances. This trilogy being in one convenient book made my day. This was not your typical plot for this genre, this has substance. I love how the main character made her own family.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MCR. on 04-30-17


I have had some trouble downloading the whole of the 3 parts of this series. I did eventually manage to get the first part and I am still working on getting the next 2. They are downloaded but I can't seem to get them to work. However getting back to the first part I quickly became emersed in it and settled down to absorb the content. I wondered how any girl in this period of history would want to lay herself open to being unwed when a personable man would have to marry her. But still, that was her choice, and the author has given us a superb novel. It is well written and beautifully narrated and I am eager to read the next part.
I have now been able to listen to the final 2 books and they are absolutely wonderful. The whole series was a joy to listen to and I cant recommend it highly enough. It is everything I could have wished for in a novel of the period, especially in its description of the era the people and its fashions and morals. It came across as an honest kind and fare description of the times without false embelishment. The description of the penal system and villains of the day was interesting though not extensive. It was enough though to add plenty of excitment to the narrative. I cant fault it, the author has a beautiful turn of phrase. I loved the diction of the narrator she was excellent this is not an easy book to read allowed. Though I have to say that as an English woman the American way of pronouncing Martin drove me crackers lol.

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