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She’s writing books her mama wouldn’t be proud of. He won’t risk his heart. But when matters of faith have them at odds, will love triumph? 

Madison agrees to a last-minute writers’ retreat. But with her anxiety at an all-time high, she seeks out quiet in the only place she’s sure to find it, the stables at the Dawson Creek Dude Ranch. While grateful for the solace, she can’t afford to rekindle her past with the sweet, handsome cowboy who keeps meeting her there. They are opposites in every way and she’s a fish out of water in his world. 

Cowboy Randal has to think about his future and his own ranch. His goals don’t include getting attached to an author, especially a feisty one who challenges him. And though he begins to hope for more, their instalove can’t last. 

As their week together draws to a close, can Madison and Randal find their common ground and risk a love for the ages? 

Hometown Hero is the first book in the inspiring Dawson's Valley contemporary Christian romance series. If you like natural and flawed characters, emotional journeys, and compelling faith-filled romance, then you’ll adore Kari Trumbo’s touching story.

Buy Hometown Hero, a listener favorite, today! 

This book was originally sold under the title Heartstruck and Heavensent.

©2017 Kari Trumbo (P)2020 Kari Trumbo

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-05-2020

Sweet, Christian Romance

This was a sweet, Christian romance. It was my first to read/listen to by Kari Trumbo. I enjoyed the storyline and characters...mostly. Luke was unfriendly. But I liked the main characters. There were places the story seemed...forced? It just didn't flow smoothly, but overall I truly enjoyed this audiobook. I will be listening to more from her in the future.

Melie Williams did a good job as narrator. She did a great job on the female voices. She had one great male voice, the others were a bit forced. She was easy to listen to for a long period of time.

*I received this audiobook from StoryOrigin. This is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • Audra SJ
  • 17-05-2020

A Sweet Clean Easy Read

“Hometown Hero” Dawson's Valley, Book 1 By Kari Trumbo Narrated by Melie Williams
A sweet clean contemporary romance story that is an easy read. If the description of this story has you looking at reviews, then I do believe you will like this story, too. I will be watching for more works by this author, and this narrator, too. Happy Reading ! !
Notes: I was gifted a copy of this audiobook by the author.

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  • Faith D
  • 16-05-2020

Sweet Read

This was a really sweet story. So good to have an author I can trust to tell a good story without inappropriate language or explicit sexual details. I've never been a quiet, shy person, so it was hard for me to identify with Madison. But her character gave me some insights about that. Randall was so sweet. He reminded me of being courted by my husband over 50 years ago. He is also a quiet soul. It worked. :-) I'm looking forward to more books from Dawson Valley.

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  • Marie B
  • 16-05-2020

The Writer and the Cowboy

Madison McCartney has social anxiety and is ashamed that she writes sexy romance novels in her free time, while working as a NY librarian by day. She had to deal with judgmental Christians growing up, so she distances herself from Christians and her family, but she still has morals and is shocked when the guys she dates try to be too forward with her. I can be uncomfortable around lots of people and I prefer quiet reflection instead of going out to public places too. I liked how Randal stood his ground and wanted to take things slow with Madison because he didn’t believe in treating a lady any other way than with respect. I was excited to read about his horse ranch for special needs kids as my niece is going to college for equine therapy.

The narrator has a pleasant upbeat tone with voice changes and inflections in all the right places.

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  • lisamarie137
  • 15-05-2020

So sweet

A wholesome story about finding love, and rediscovering your faith. The main characters are sweet, and their social issues made them relatable.

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  • MaryLou Hoffman
  • 29-06-2020

A SWEET & SEXY COWBOY ROMANCE

HOMETOWN HERO is the first book in the Dawson’s Valley series. It was also the second book in the multi-author Whispers in Wyoming series. Each book is expected to be a stand-alone sweet romance.

This story is inspirational and is a fun, sweet, clean, Christian romance.

I loved the growth of Madison and the patience of both Randal and Danica as Madison sought her answers and became an even sweeter version of herself.

This is one of three books that Kari Trumbo released in the Whispers in Wyoming Series. I look forward to reading/listening to the other two. Perhaps there will be even more. Listening to this while doing chores and running errands made the time so much more enjoyable.

Narration: Melie Williams gives great voice. She does a beautiful job with pause and inflection and her tone is soothing.

Note: While I received this book as a gifted audiobook copy via StoryOrigin, my opinions are my own and are given freely.


Title: HOMETOWN HERO
Series: Dawson’s Valley #1; Whispers in Wyoming #2
Category /Genre: Contemporary Romance
Recommended for: 16+
Listenability: OK for most ears
Received from: Kari Trumbo (as an Audible gifted copy)

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  • J. Hart
  • 01-06-2020

Hometown Hero

Madison is a shy librarian who writes romance books at night, the type of books that her Christian parents would not approve of. Along with a group of other writers, she attends a writer's retreat weekend t a dude ranch. While trying to find a quiet place to work on her next project, she meets Cowboy Randal. Randal is working at the dude ranch while hoping to get his own ranch established, he definitely didn't need the distraction of a beautiful guest, especially one who does not share his faith. Will the two be able to find common ground and make their relationship work

This was yet another wonderfully written, sweet clean romance by Kari Trumbo. The characters are very well written and likable. I am looking forward to the other book in the series. Narrator Melie Williams did a great job.

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