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5 stars for A Cowboy’s Fate by Gini Rifkin #audiobookreview #audiobook #westernromance #bookreview



Title: A Cowboy’s Fate

Author: Gini Rifkin

Narrator: Richard L. Walton

Genre: Historical Western Romance


Book Blurb:


Kicked out of England for offending the royal family, Britania Rule heads for Leadville, in the Colorado backcountry. Passing herself off as a highborn lady, she pursues her dream of opening a parlor of spiritual enlightenment.


Cody James, her guide, thinks he must be half-crazy to hire out to a female. But his luck at the gaming tables has run dry, and she’s his meal ticket out of town. Betrayed by the only woman he ever loved, and shot and left for dead by a man he once called friend, Cody declares himself a loner.


Traveling side by side, they deny their desire for one another, but the Tarot cards say otherwise. Their hot night of passion confirms the prediction. Will love be waiting at the end of the trail? Or could Cody’s past destroy their future?


My Review:


Story Impressions –

They say love is in the cards but for this couple, the trail is treacherous. With the blending of historical western romance with a big of magic, A Cowboy’s Fate is an intoxicating read/listen. The characters are vibrant and full of life. The plot moves at an excellent pace. The world-building is excellent and so is the descriptive narration. I found myself caught up in the romance as well as the action. If you love historical western romance, you’ll want to give this a listen.

Narrator’s overall voice – Richard L. Walton’s voice is full-bodied with depth and character. Whether he’s narrating in Britania’s voice or Cody’s voice, he brings the characters' thoughts and feelings to life. The tenor of Richard’s voice makes for an enjoyable listening experience. Does the narrator fit the characters? Yes, Richard L. Walton fits the characters. I closed my eyes while listening and imagined him in the old west with his cowboy hat slung low over his eyes. Narrator’s reading style – The reading style is nice and slow with a smooth baritone voice. He pauses when the story needs it and picks up speed during some intense scenes. He innately knows how to pull the listener into the story.

Narrator’s impact on reading experience – It’s all about the partnership between Richard L. Walton and Gini Rifkin. Gini Rifkin is a brilliant writer who writes with passion and Richard brings that story to life through his performance. Narrator’s pacing – The pacing is perfect with just the right amount of dramatic flair. Audiobook flow – The flow of this audiobook is smooth.

What makes this audiobook unique – This audiobook reminds me of everything I love about old west movies but in listening format. The story and the narration will transport you. Would I recommend this audiobook – Yes!


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:


Gini Rifkin writes stories of romance and adventure. Her settings include the American West, Medieval and Victorian England, and Contemporary thriller and fantasy. When not writing, she has the privilege of caring for a menagerie of abandoned animals including ducks, goats, donkeys, and cats. Now learning to weave goat hair, her stories are not the only thing she’s spinning. Born in Illinois, when struck by wanderlust she moved to Colorado and met her husband, Gary. They spent vacations canoeing, doing Mountain Man reenacting, and traveling around this great country. A little bit of Gary lives on in every hero she creates. Her writing, a passion not to be ignored, keeps her hungry to learn new things, and she considers family and friends her most treasured of gifts.


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Reviewed by: Nancy

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