Title: Love in Lead
Author: Kari Trumbo
Narrator: Meghan Kelly
Series: Seven Brides of South Dakota #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Audio Release Date: Oct 23, 2018
About the Book:
He found her at her worst, can she love him at his?
Eva Arnsby can’t stay indoors, her need to draw the woodland creatures around her home near Lead, South Dakota gets her in a heap of trouble. And none more troublesome than a shadowy stranger who steals her notebook and her spirit.
Ranger, Captain George Roth, is suspicious when he finds a small woman in man’s trousers sneaking around in the woods. Determined to discover the woman’s secrets, he takes on an assignment, ready to investigate her under the guise of a harmless town dandy.
A chameleon in a suit, Mr. George Roth is asking too many questions, and wearing too many masks. Despite Eva’s reluctance, they work together, and soon, she sees parts of George she can’t resist. Shouldn’t she follow her heart? But when the mask slips, and Eva realizes George isn’t who she thinks he is, the damage to her heart may never be mended.
One lie will break them apart, and George must convince her that the man she fell for in Lead is the same man who loved her in the woods.
I listened to the audio version of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator’s voice was nicely animated to match the voices and mood of the content. She was an excellent choice to narrate the story.
As far as the story itself goes, I enjoyed that as well. This is one of those tales where the reader knows details that one of the characters doesn’t and so you find yourself anxiously waiting for another character to “slip-up” so that all can be revealed. I can’t share any more on this without spoilers though, so I will leave it at that. I really liked the cast of characters in general, and felt that they were superbly developed.
Throughout the story there were some gender remarks that were intentionally made for the eye-roll. The story is historical fiction and so it takes place during a time when gender roles and propriety were on a much different level than they are today. Simply being alone with a person of the opposite gender could spark rumors loud enough to warrant an immediate demand to marry or forever be considered “blemished.” The notion of “avoid all appearances of evil” was taken to a most serious extreme. It was interesting to see how the author played on this concept in the ultimate development of the characters.
This was a sweet story and I enjoyed the listen. I’d easily give my recommendation to other historical romance fans!
*I received an audio version of this book from the author. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.