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What the Heart Holds

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Just My Opinion
  • 2019-08-28

Another Sweet Romance

This was another sweet romance about the Brothers of Belle Fourche. This was Arnold and Stephenia’s story. The story line is well developed and kept you wanting to keep reading to find out how the characters were going to make out. At times during the story I wanted to shake Arnold or give him a nudge or some advise. This is obviously a sign of a good author when the listener gets that involved in the story. I did find it a bit frustrating that it took him so long to come around though and it caused Stephenia so much heartache. As usual, J. Scott Bennett does a wonderful job with the narration bringing the story to life with all his amazing voices. I look forward to the next book in the series. I received a free copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily provided an unbiased review.

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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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  • ReadingWench
  • 2020-04-24

Loved it

I listened to this one on audio. I had never read/listened to Kari Trumbo before, but it won't be the last. This story was great. The heroine has a lot more patience than I ever have had. Listening to this story, I am curious as to what happened in book 1. This book will give you spoilers as to book 1.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 2020-04-16

Good Story & Narration

Beginning of the 20 century in South Dakota a schook teacher and a rancher, both stubborn, he feels he had his one love, she admires his loyality to family. When a gunman has his sites on her, the true feelings came out. A case of they were protesting to much, being stubborn almost made them miss there change at love. The authors stories are ones you sit back and enjoy, the narration was good and gave my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • Jo
  • 2020-03-11

Loving this series!

Such a lovely book. I love the characters and the stories. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • CDP2238
  • 2020-03-01

Good sweet story

I enjoyed this story. I liked how people were flawed. Things didn’t always work out right and there was a lot of twists to the story. Another good book by Kari Trumbo!

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