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A Lifetime to Share

Oregon Trail Dreamin', Book 2
Narrated by: Tom Jordan
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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When life has shown you death, can you bring yourself to love again?

Eli Todd is a tall, handsome captain of a wagon train bound for Oregon. Life has taught him if he allows people into his heart, he ends up losing them.

Amelia Cruthers is a pretty, young woman with a limp. She’s a hard worker who starts out the trip to Oregon with her parents, until they try to leave her behind. In shock, she watches them cross a river by ferry without her.

Thankfully, the kind, strong Eli Todd takes her with him. Admiring her spunk and work ethic, he gives her a job cooking for the crew. After a fall from his horse, Amelia tends him and he realizes she is sweetness on earth.

Her parents demand he marry Amelia, since she spent time alone with him, nursing him. Eli figures why not? He won’t be home most of the year anyway, and Amelia could have a safe place to live on his ranch. What could possibly go wrong?

Amelia never thought to be married. She’d been told her hip was too hideous for a man to look upon and that she couldn’t have children. Knowing that she could never be a real wife, the love she begins to feel for Eli frightens her.

The distance they try to place between them doesn’t work, leaving them both hurt with longings that could never be fulfilled. But there are secrets, and when they realize they’d been lied to, do they take the leap at a lifetime to share?

©2017 Kathleen Ball (P)2018 Kathleen Ball

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  • Jocelyne
  • 16-04-2018

Great Wester Story

This was my first Katheleen Ball's book. This is a good and clean western romance. This story is hopeful and heartwarming. I love the two main characters. Amelia's so strong. Eli's also strong and kind. They are great together. My heart was broken by the treatment Amelia's parents given her. I haven't listened to the first book in the Series yet and I think I miss something! I can't wait for the next book in the Series. Tom Jordan did a great narration to bring life to all the characters. He has a soft voice easy to listen. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jan M
  • 25-03-2018

Clean Historical Romance

From time to time I really enjoy listening to a good historical romance, and this one fit that criteria. The story line was great, although sad that Amelia felt unworthy of love, and the narration was fantastic. Tom Jordan has such a talented and soothing voice. I love how he does various characters. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 16-03-2018

Goin' West!

Bring me back to the old west! Kathleen Ball has taken me across the country to find a new life. This installment of her Oregon Trail Dreamin' series has us get to know Eli and Amy(Amelia). Amy has had a horrible childhood, and has some handicaps. Due to her upbringing, she has very low self esteem and does not believe anyone would ever love her. When her family is packed up and ready to go west, they are led by their guide Eli. Eli is drawn to Amy, and as time goes on, he sees the mistreatment of her. When things get really bad, Eli makes a life changing decision for both of them. And as their story continues, they are faced with bigotry, racism, violence and greed. The story has a lot of controversial topics that are evident, yet not overpowering the true love story that this is.

Tom Jordan emotes this story with his smooth, soothing baritone voice. I love his cadence and ability to really bring the feelings of a story to the forefront. He made this a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-03-2018

Inspirational

Inspirational story of a man and a woman. Both have resigned to never being loved for different reasons. He became he has lost to much already. Her because she has been told all her life she was no good. But as they are push to marry. They realize that they can't live without each other. Although the Oregon trail and it's people try to split them apart, their love wins out in the end. What a truly uplifting story. That show no amount of trials will ever triumph over true love.

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  • Crystal
  • 12-03-2018

Perfect Western Romance!

this was the first time I had read / heard audio for this author. I absolutely love Western Romance and this author did not disappoint. Highly recommend. could not put it down listened in one sitting!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-07-2018

Great story!

This book was a clean and wonderful story. It held my attention throughout the book to the point where I couldn't put it down until I accidentally fell 😴 asleep. Highly recommended this book.

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  • seelk
  • 10-05-2018

a lifetime

I liked the book, it was a story of good winning over evil, but the journey was quite hard. I wanted to smack Amelia a few times. Yes... I know how damaging self-esteem crushers can be, but didn't Eli show her at each turn that he can be trusted? She believes a woman who belittled her all her life and tried to kill her many times. What is Eli to do? I stuck to the end, I wanted to have a positive outcome after all that trouble and was rewarded with a sweet HEA.
Mr. Jordan's voice made it easy to listen to the story. This is my first listen and I like his warm voice, he gave the characters distinctive voices that fit their temperament. I will definitely check out his other works.

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  • Janice Deane
  • 30-04-2018

What an enjoyable listen!

A Lifetime to Share is the sweetest western romance the follows the life of Amelia Cruthers, a young woman who has faced many hardships and is dealing with the corresponding insecurities. She meets Eli Todd while travelling to Oregon with a wagon train. Brilliantly narrated by Tom Jordan who really brought the story to life and made all the characters so relatable. What an enjoyable listen!

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  • Teresa
  • 21-04-2018

Excellent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book. The heartache of the trail, tragedies and triumphs were very real.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are many memorable characters. The main couple, Eli and Amy, were wonderful, but the supporting characters were also very strong and compelling.

What about Tom Jordan’s performance did you like?

Mr. Jordan's voice was very strong and easily understood.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The heroines situation had me in tears. Love and justice triumphed.

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  • Katherine joy
  • 01-04-2018

Sweet historical westren read

This is the first Audio from this author that I have listened to. I have read several books by Kathleen Ball and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Her narrator Tom Jordon is fantastic. Can Eli and Amelia find love on the Oregon trail? I requested a free review copy from the author, this is my honest review

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