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Publisher's Summary

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd - while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'd hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong. 

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture, and their arrival is unsettling - yet enticing. Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together - yet every day approaches the moment she'll leave forever.

©2018 Mary Connealy (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Ended abruptly

This book was okay, but ended abruptly - the bad guys had not all been caught, and then the story seemed to branch off, then just ended. The narrator was a little irritating - her voice was pleasant enough, but she seemed to emphasize the wrong words. Just odd.

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Different story line

I liked the different story line.. It was a good listen on a road trip for me on the back of the motorcycle. No bad language and nothing to blush at. I enjoyed it .

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Great book, needs a sequel!

Well good story. I enjoyed it very much. I don't have much quiet time that I can listen to books and I found myself chaffing at the bit to find time to listen. Really wish there was a sequel.

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Just okay

Liked the setting and general story line. However, found too much detailed description in places, unrealistic timing for some things to be able to happen, and a failure to develop further some of the plot lines. Also, ending seemed abrupt.

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She doesn’t know a lot about men

The men in this book are hollow. Not men at all really, just idealized caricatures of what the author thinks men should be. The main character basically grow up as a wild hermit in the wilderness yet has the emotions of a woman and the patience of job. Oh and somehow spent years of solitude reading numerous classical novels and the Bible while teaching himself the survive in the wild. Also three men build two large houses, a barn, three beds, a dining room table set, etc over the course of several days (10?). Their only tools for this Herculean task are two axes and their material is trees yes trees! They actually start chopping them down the first day and are able to shape them into usable material in hours…with a few axes. This is just the beginning of how ludicrous this story is.

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A wonderful Clean story

I throughly enjoyed the Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy. I think this is the first book of hers that I have read, but I know it's the first audible [but hopefully not thle last].

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Enjoyable Western Romance

Story was good. No profanity, sexual details, or violence. Narrator brought the characters to life. Romance was light and sweet. Looking forward to listening/reading book 2.

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Beautiful love story.

This is a beautiful love story. Reminds us of the love relationship with God.
narrator was great. she made you see the beauty of Gods world with word she spoke. So often we can only see the ugliness around us, the evil that surrounds us. we forget that we have a GUARDIAN, who protects us and provides a safe harbor.

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Great Story of human strength and Gods Blessings.

This is a Great story of love, strength, endurance, and God‘s love! The story has so many facets of wonder, from very bad to very good. The characters are strong and independent and growing and learning. It’s well worth the time it takes to read or better yet to listen to the audio. Enjoy!

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  • 11-01-21

Good story

Such a good book. I really enjoyed it. I will look for another by this author. The narrator was also very good.

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