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What the Heart Holds

Brothers of Belle Fourche, Volume 2
Written by: Kari Trumbo
Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins

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Arnold's first love died in the Cheyenne River.

He's sure he's had his one love. To guard his heart, he wants nothing to do with women. No one could ever compare to his Lynellen. He will work hard, be respectful, and never forget.

Stephenia is the new teacher in Belle Fourche when she almost meets her maker.

Arnold saved her life and maybe her heart. She's avoided relationships her whole life, afraid of the pain of loss. When she finally gives up on him, he has to choose between the love he's lost and the one who found him.

©2018 Kari Trumbo (P)2018 Kari Trumbo

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  • Gina Johnson
  • 2018-12-05

The past

This is a sweet story about a cowboy, Arnold who holds onto a lost love for too long because he is afraid to let anyone down. The new school teacher, Stephenia comes from a place of loss also and truly cares for Arnold but he is too afraid to give his heart away. Stephenia knows it's a losing battle and draws away. Arnold starts to miss her but his dilly dallying may cost him a true love. I received a complimentary audio and I am voluntarily reviewing.

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  • Catrina P
  • 2018-12-03

What the Heart Holds

What the Heart Holds is a sweet historical romance.

Arnold lost the love of his life to an accident and may not be able to open himself up to love again. Arnold and Stephenia share an attraction, but is it meant to be?

I look forward to more stories written by Kari Trumbo and narrated by J. Scott Bennett.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 2018-12-02

Refreshing and warm!

I love the Brothers of Belle Fourche series! Kari Trumbo gives us Arnold and Stephenia. Arnold is a broken hearted bachelor. His first love died in an accident and he will not let his heart mend. Stephenia is the accident prone school teacher who upon coming to town is saved by Arnold. Now with a strong infatuation, she does her best to be noticed. But is he ready to let his heart love again? These two are such great characters. Arnold is strong willed and though he wants to love Stephenia, he can't seem to get out of his own way. Stephenia is a stubborn woman, and between the two they just keep tripping over each other. It's a sweet listen, full of faith, community and love. I especially loved the school girl crush that Arnold has to deal with! It's so adorable and he really deals with it with class. This is a great story added to the series.

J Scott Bennett reads this historical romance with his many voices. I love his performances, always full of the emotions evoked by the characters and I always know which one is speaking. He is a master at this and every time I know this will be a wonderful narration.

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  • Sandra Sewell White
  • 2018-12-12

What an amazing story brought to life!

J. Scott Bennett took the words from Kari Trumbo's story and made absolute magic!

This is the story of love unrequited, love lost, and love found. Stephenia fell in love with Arnold when he saved her from a brutal kidnapper. Arnold couldn't get past the fact he killed a man, no matter the reason. See, Arnold lost the love of his life, Lynnellen, in the river. He swore he'd never love again. But along the course of the year, Stephenia burrowed her way into his heart. When tragedy comes, Arnold had to face the fact, he might lose another love to that river.

This book is one to listen to over and over!

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 2018-12-06

Let the heart hold this audio

Love the authors story and her audios . This is book 2 of the series Karik knows how to write a story about every day life and situation that everyone goes through. You can connect with the characters and you wonder how you would feel if those things would happen to you .
Hero is Arnold. Heroine is Stephanie.

Arnold was a character with a major issue , he’s deeply saddened with losing his first love . Arnold has let tha loss affect his heart and his life . He’s afraid to let anyone in his heart .
Stephanie has her heart and life in love with Arnold, ever since he saved her . Stephanie gets the brush off from Arnold. Every day Stephanie goes to see Arnold at the ranch and every day he doesn’t show any ways of letting her in , Arnold actually tells her not to visit him again. Stephanie actually does stop visiting Arnold.
Will Arnold suddenly realize that he has feelings for Stephanie. How will he show her . Grab it and find out .


Scott Bennett was fantastic telling us this story like he did with the first story . His voice is smooth, clear , strong . He does the whole story fan

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  • A.P.Reader
  • 2019-05-01

The saga continues

Arnold and Stephenia continue the story that was started in book one. Arnold must work out his past lost love as Stephenia must show Arnold that love is worth taking another chance on. The question that both must answer is, is love worth fighting for and trusting in.

Kari delivers a good second book of the Oleson brothers. (Though it can be read as a stand-alone, the reader will understand the relationship between the brothers more if the series is read in order.)

J. Scott Bennett once again delivers his western storytelling. :)

I was given this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Nate and Becca Weidel
  • 2019-02-28

Enjoyable Listen

Normally I'm not a fan of male narrators because of how annoying they sound when attempting female voices, but I was actually rather impressed with this narrator. He was able to draw you in emotionally without over-acting.

I really enjoyed this story. My only complaint is that I wish that I had started at the beginning of the series first because it was clear that I was missing backstory. I appreciated that the author included a bit of additional information to bring the reader up to speed, but I would have liked to have a better understanding of what was new and what was backstory.

At less than 4 hours long this is a quick listen but you still get a satisfying story. I was able to connect with the characters and feel a part of their journey. I'm curious to see what happens to them all in the next book. I'd recommend this to fans of historical romance especially novellas.

*I received a copy of this audiobook from the author. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

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  • Betababe
  • 2019-02-23

Pay the Teacher!

Modern folk are largely unaware of the complexities of education--we just take for granted that there will be a single teacher for the basics until a child reaches a certain age, and then there will be separate teachers for each subject, perhaps 20-30 pupils per schoolroom. We are rich with buildings and people (and school taxes reflect the profligacy of the school boards--not necessarily in salaries but in tremendously expensive infrastructure).

Okay--got a bit off topic and onto a hobby horse, but the point is 100+ years ago this was not the case. Outside the big cities most students who had access to learning went to a one-room schoolhouse where one teacher provided lessons for pupils of every age. Basic 3Rs plus some history and perhaps a bit of science. Let's call it five subjects. For each child. Most of whom were at different knowledge levels. Imagine the lesson plans required! Home schooling parents are aware of this but most folks ship the kids off without a thought to the teacher.

Now, realize, in many cases the teacher was responsible not just for her charges but for all aspects of the building as well, from cleaning and maintenance to heating. In rural communities, payment was often in produce rather than cash. While not a lot of time is devoted in the book to those exigencies, nonetheless these details form critical points on which areas of the plot turn and, for whatever reason, stuck with me long after the HEA had come to its conclusion.

This is the third tale in the series and references are made to previous incidents which set the stage, but the story stands alone quite nicely. I had the pleasure of hearing J. Scott Bennett individually voice the characters, turning the story into a "radio play."

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  • Giveitawhirl
  • 2019-02-21

Sweet story!

I really liked this story! I hadn't read the first book, so there were a few references that I felt a little left out on (though, surprise surprise, it makes me want to go get the first one), but for a sweet book with some unpredictable story items, I'm really pleased! The narrator sounds like my favorite uncle, just easy to follow. Definitely recommend this!

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  • Nevanne
  • 2018-12-13

A Captive Story

I truly loved this story. It captured, and held my interest all the way through the book. I see Stephania as a very complicated person who is somewhat self assured in herself. Arnold, I see as a gentle man, who was bruised by his first loves loss, yet comfortable in himself as well. So their time together was something of a struggle to get to know and understand each other. I love the back and forth of their relationship, you never quite know if there will be any fireworks or not. I also think that the River was a delicate touch, very well done.

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