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From the Boots Up & From the Hat Down

Narrated by: Paige McKinney, Abby Craden
Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.8 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Meg Tallmadge is a veterinarian at a clinic in Laramie, Wyoming. She’s got a great job, great friends, deep ties to the family ranch, and big plans for her vet future. Sure, there are bumps in the road, like her mom’s continued denial about who Meg is and her painful and infuriating attempts to make Meg a “proper” woman. Then there’s Meg’s recent breakup with a girlfriend, which has her wondering why she can’t seem to open up to relationships. But Meg knows that life is messy, and sometimes all you can do is get through and shake it off. What she can’t seem to shake off, however, is her past.   

It’s been almost 10 years to the day since she met the love of her life, and about eight since she let her go. Meg has a hard time admitting that maybe she didn’t really let go, and that maybe some things you never really get over, no matter how hard you try. But her past is half a world away, caught up in her own life, relationship, and journalism career, and Meg isn’t one to chase the ghosts of past relationships. Even if they send you a birthday card and nudge what you thought were the closed-off parts of your heart. After all, second chances are the stuff of fantasies and movies where the good guy always gets a happy ending. You can’t count on something like that.   

Or can you?

©2013 Andi Marquette (From the Boots Up) 2014 Andi Marquette (From the Hat Down) (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Earbud
  • 07-11-2019

Loved it

Saw this recommended by Gaby Mourinho on LezReview Books. Have gotten some great recommendations off there, so decided to try it. What a pleasant surprise. Part 1 was a really sweet romance set on a Wyoming ranch. Meg is a real cowgirl type, studying to be a vet, and working part time in the family business. A reporter comes to write a story about them, with unexpected consequences. Thoroughly enjoyed this part. Enjoyed Part 2, From the hat down, even more. It follows the same characters about 10 years down the line, when things have turned out rather differently to what we expected. I loved the 2 main characters and the various family members and friends surrounding them, were interesting and added much colour to the story. Meg's life as a vet treating mostly large animals, was fascinating. In fact, there was just so much to this story that made it a joy to listen to. It's sad in places, makes you think, makes you laugh, is pretty hot a couple of times, and overall is super entertaining. Narration of part 1 is good and part 2 is great. Part 2 gets 5 stars, part 1 gets 4 and a bit. I would happily have paid full price if this wasn't on Audible Escape.

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  • ANH
  • 20-02-2020

Very wordy

I was willing to give this book a try, even with the 16+ hour timeframe. But, I had to stop after a few chapters because the detail is OVERBOARD! Like detailing how the napkin was taken on and off the cornbread to keep it warm. I like the description of the book but I just can’t devote that much time to a book that makes me want to pull my hair out.

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  • RdKill51
  • 25-10-2019

Moonshine, Booger’s & Bugger Off

How do I start this? I was so busy listening to these book a lot of house work didn’t get done today. These books were just entertaining and emotional, I laughing, I cried & let this adventure put me to sleep. The last chapter I heard, I go back 2, to get up to speed. I cried in the last chapter, Awesome Sauce! Off to my next adventure. Thanks.

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  • cjirishlez
  • 18-09-2020

Well it was good and not so good

The first part was perfect length as far as writing. Wasn’t over detailed the “love” time takes place in a week that’s the only down part I have for the boots up. From the hat down my gosh the details and the unnecessary details. A side story was also in this and wasn’t even properly completed. I feel like the author had to meet a number of words or pages and stretched this one way more then needed. It is cute though when you ignore all the filler the relationship between the main characters is more realistic I felt then the first wasn’t over a week. I listen to the 2nd book while doing other things was on more for background. Glad I got to hear it with escapes to bad it’s ending. I liked that subscription.

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  • Kathleen Andrea
  • 14-08-2020

An amazing romance.

Absolutely loved these books. it was fun to watch true love unfold in a beautiful Wyoming setting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-2020

wonderful love story

I feel all the emotions depicted in this book. I love the people surrounding the characters. The story telling is great. I did not like the first narrator. Thank God! her part was not long. Abby Craden made it way better after the first part.

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  • marja stowell
  • 27-07-2020

enjoyable and charming with a slower pace

I think this book is much better than some of the reviews would lead you to believe. It has excellent narration, with Abby Craden doing the last ten hours. There was more detail in the writing which leads to the slower pace and caused me to see foreshadowing where there really wasn't any. Steamy scenes and realistic characters.

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  • Deb Fischer
  • 25-07-2020

Great story

I loved the characters and it was refreshing to read a nice story about nice people and no bad guys screwing things up

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  • Amber Roscoe-Diaz
  • 10-05-2020

Great listen

This was my first listen from this author. I decided to listen because I absolutely love anything narrated by Abby Craden & am becoming a fan of Paige McKinney as well. I will definitely be collecting more from Andi Marquette (author). I read some reviews which said it was too long and gave too many details that weren’t needed but I actually really enjoyed that part of the book it allowed me to paint a full picture in my head and connect more with the characters. Definitely a great read for any romance fans.

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  • Chris Christian
  • 07-04-2020

very slow build

I am very excited to see a story about LGBTQIA and country life. From the boots up was cute and ended almost too quickly. From the hat down was too long of build up. If was not already invested in the story I would have quit. Overall it is a very real depiction of second chances.

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  • Lu
  • 07-07-2020

Suffer the Boots, be soothed by the Hat!

Ok, I don't normally write reviews, but I had to mention something here.. This is actually a bundle of 2 books, the first (From the Boots Up) being about 4 hours long, and the second (From the Hat Down) around 12 hours... Thankfully I had paid attention to the fact that Abby Craden is one of the narrators, she performs the second story. Had it not been for that fact, I would have given up on the whole thing very quickly! The reason?... Paige McKinney, who narrates the first story, has one of the most annoying performance styles I've come across. Her voice is all singsongy and lilts up and down and is far too chirpy for the text she is reading a lot of the time. It's a voice suited to reading to a group of kids, not the voice I want to hear performing a adult lesbian romance novel! To my annoyance I see Paige McKinney has narrated quite a few lesfic novels (really???... I mean... REALLY???!!!) I will now actively avoid these! Abby Craden on the other hand is a master of her craft. She could read the IKEA catalogue and still do all the voices and make it sound sexy! So please, I urge you, grit your teeth and put up with the performance of the first (thankfully shorter) story, and be utterly soothed by the luscious second. It's a lovely tale of two young women falling in love in Book One.. and how circumstances alter as time goes on and we revisit where they're at a decade later in Book Two and find that life has thrown them a few stumbling blocks. Enjoy... I did! And I will definitely seek out more work by the author, Andi Marquette.

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  • Mandy
  • 24-10-2019

Omfg

This books was brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters and storyline were amazing and the narrators did a fantastic job bringing this story to life. I would highly recommend this book and author.

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  • Jordan
  • 12-07-2020

Very good book xxx

Sometimes difficult to tell which of the 2 main characters were which as both had very similar voices but overall, very good xxx

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