Stepping off the train in Sweetwater Springs, Montana, Elizabeth Hamilton is filled with relief, nerves, and the thrill of hope. Life on her dear friend’s ranch will be very different than Gilded Age Boston’s high society. But at least here, Elizabeth is far from her spiteful sister-in-law and the bittersweet memories of her late fiancé.
Nick Sanders has loved Elizabeth since he first glimpsed her portrait - not that he dare admit it. A ranch hand has no call to woo a well-born lady, especially when she’s being courted by the town’s finest gentleman. Yet there’s something in her mix of courage and compassion that won’t let Nick quit.
In Wild Montana Sky, Debra Holland’s acclaimed USA Today best-selling romance, Elizabeth faces the hardships and dangers of the West with resilience that surprises even her.
©2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; 2012 Debra Holland
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"A Sweet Romance"
Elizabeth Hamilton, a Boston socialite, lost her first love to illness and never embarked upon another serious relationship. She is content playing hostess for her brother Lawrence, who lived the life of a confirmed bachelor. However, while on a business trip to New York, Lawrence begins a whirlwind courtship with a young widow named Genia and they quickly marry. This surprise marriage is the beginning of Elizabeth’s troubles and leads her on the path of new opportunities.
Nick Sanders works as a ranch hand for Elizabeth’s best friend Pamela and her husband John. Nick is a simple man, who has his whole world turned upside down when sent to Boston to persuade Elizabeth to move to Montana. Nick’s attraction to Elizabeth is instantaneous but he has his work cut out for him because they come from two different worlds.
Wild Montana Sky is a sweet historical western romance. There is no sex between the main characters but that doesn’t detract from the romance or story. The storyline is strong and the characters are well developed. I loved watching Elizabeth grow from city girl to country woman. This transition also mimics Elizabeth’s growth as a person. I was very pleased with how Elizabeth discovered her true feelings for Nick and how she finally recognized Caleb’s shallowness. Wild Montana Sky is a wonderful love story and a great read for any fan of the historical western genre.
"Easy Listening, Sweet Historical Romance"
If you are looking for an easy listen of early Montana settlers and a gentle romance, this is it. It was a good change of pace for me, as I don't usually listen to romance books. When I do, I like them to be like this one, clean and sweet, with a real story included.
This is a great sweet historical western romance read! Nick and Elizabeth's story! I highly recommend reading the prequel Beneath Montana's Sky first, so that all the characters fit in to place and you know their history. Natalie Ross also did a great job narrating the story!
"A Very Sweet, Chaste Montana Romance"
Very highly! The tale was sweet, enchanting and engrossing!
The tale held my attention through-out. The author's word-building and writing are of the highest quality. Her descriptions of Montana life were, at times, wondrous, perilous, heart-rending and romantic. Debra's descriptions of Montana's beauty and overwhelming grandeur transported me there. If you love clean-cut western romances with utterly satisfying, happy-ever-after endings, you will love WILD MONTANA SKY.
I loved both of these characters - but Nick was my favorite. They were each well-drawn and genuine and I connected to them easily. I hugely enjoyed watching Elizabeth relax her straight-laced eastern ways though it took her long enough! I wanted to shake her more than once the way she dreamily honed in on a shallow man when swoon-worthy Nick was right there under her nose! OMG... Nick was a honey. He was handsome, shy, smart, strong, loyal and a true gentleman. One of my very favorite quotes EVER occurred when he complimented Elizabeth's eyes.
"The sky is the most glorious blue I've ever seen." Nick must have heard her quiet words. "I used to think there couldn't be a more beautiful blue in all the world." The sound of his voice pulled Elizabeth into his presence. She said with a curious glance. "What changed your mind?" He flushed though his green gaze remained steady on her, "I saw your eyes."
The narrator, Natalie Ross, did a very good job. Her voice was clear and easily understood. She portrayed and differentiated between the characters exceptionally well. She inserted emotion, pauses, etc. as was called for and did a great job with accents. I especially loved how she portrayed Nick. His cowboy drawl made me melt. I would certainly look for other books Natalie has narrated in the future.
I alternately laughed and cried and swooned at parts.
Following are a few other favorite quotes illustrating the tender humor and the glorious scenery to be found within this book that made me go WOW!:
"I didn't mean to upset you, Ms. Hamilton," his gaze shifted back to her. "It's a beautiful sight and I thought you'd like to see it." She gasped in delight at the vista before her. Distant purple mountains framed lush green meadows speckled with brown dots of cattle. A silver river threaded through clumps of trees. In the middle of the valley, ranch buildings clustered around a large white house. Elizabeth inhaled crisp air into her lungs...
"We'll ride along the river. It's a mighty pretty sight..." Puffy white clouds floated across the azure blue sky. Pine-covered mountains crowned with snowcaps folded down into foothills that ringed the valley. Beneath the clouds the play of sun and shadow cast hazy blue-green patches on the mountainsides. A distant large-winged bird rode on air currents before diving into a clump of trees.
"What do you men wear (to swim)?" Laughter glinted in his green eyes and he slanted her a mischievous grin. "Since Mrs. Carter came here to live, we swim in old pants cut off at the knees." Warmth crept up her cheeks. Bad enough to think of a bare-chested Nick swimming in the pool without thinking of him naked.
WILD MONTANA SKY by Debra Holland is a very sweet, chaste Montana romance set in the late 1800s that will leave you smiling. The first few chapters are set in Victorian Boston, Massachusetts. The balance of the story takes place in wild and beautiful Sweetwater Springs, Montana. Both settings lure the reader right away.
WILD MONTANA SKY is the 1st book in Debra's Montana Sky Series. It can be easily read as a standalone and that is how I enjoyed it. Recently, BENEATH MONTANA'S SKY was published. It is a 125-page prequel novella to this book and is the story of Pamela and John who are the ranch owners in WILD MONTANA SKY. I hope to read it soon. The ensuing books in this series AND her Mail-Order Brides of the West series all have interconnected characters but each can be enjoyed as standalones also.
WILD MONTANA SKY is the story of Elizabeth Hamilton and Nick Sanders. When Elizabeth received the missive declaring "Laurence married!", her ordered life was upended. She had managed her brother's home since their parents' deaths but with those two words, their home had a new mistress. Elizabeth wished that his bride, Genia, would be the sister she'd never known, but that yearning was for naught. As the two women were introduced, Genia commented "You're so pretty, Elizabeth,... Why, I'd never have taken you for a spinster." Things only got worse after that. With no real friends in Boston, Elizabeth wrote her childhood friend, Pamela, who had married and moved to Montana. In response, Elizabeth received an invitation to visit her there. Hence begins Elizabeth's mesmerizing journey from a sheltered, uptight Boston blueblood to a strong, capable Montana woman.
When Nick Sanders, a cowboy in Sweetwater Springs, Montana, picked up the mail for the ranch, he immediately recognized the handwriting on an envelope as being that of Pamela's dear friend from Boston. He also noticed that the writing was tear-splotched and wondered what had upset Ms. Hamilton so. He had never met her but that didn't keep Nick from worrying about her.
Supporting characters, human and non, were captivating. Pamela's children were darling. I enjoyed reading about the horses, the two dogs, Champ and Sally, and the hen, Mrs. Pooch.
My full review has been posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Check it out there!
"Loved, Loved it!"
This is one of the most heart touching stories I have listened to. I did not want to sleep until I heard the last word and then I did not want it to end. You will love how she writes the characters - she is able to weave depth, love, strong emotion and despair in this story. The Narriator did an excellent job of blending it to my delight. I wish I could give it more than five stars. It will be in my mind forever.
"Great Story By Debra Holland!"
I would love to listen to it again in order that the stories were written. I've read these out of order so I think I will listen again for this reason.
Its a great story about letting go of the past and being open to new possibilities in life. Sometimes as humans we hold on too tight to the past to the point of not seeing the new opportunities in front of us. I think that Elizabeth held onto the belief that she would never find a love like she had with Richard and almost missing the wonderful life she could have with Nick.
Listening to a book makes it more real to me. I can see the scenery so clearly in my mind as I listen. The characters become "alive" to me. When you listen to someone read to you you don't miss anything in the story. For some reason I can remember a story much better if I listen to it instead of just reading it for myself.
When Elizabeth realized she was in love with Nick. She really had not given the thought of being with Nick or being in love with Nick as being a possibility because she thought of him as "just a cowhand". Once she saw him as a man and realized she loved him - it was such a sweet and eye opening moment for Elizabeth.
Debra Holland writes such great stories, I'm always anxiously waiting for the next one!
Kinda makes you want to move to Montana and buy a ranch - enjoy imagery via ms holland of beautiful skies and landscapes
"I loved this book!"
Set back in the old western days, this book is about the life of a well bred woman (Elizabeth) from Boston, who suddenly finds her brother married which in turn makes her want to leave her home. Invited to come live in Sweetwater Springs, Montana by her best friend Pamela, Elizabeth heads west.
At first Elizabeth isn't sure she can handle the rustic life. Pamela has played match maker for Elizabeth with a banker named Caleb. In the meantime, Nick who is a godchild to John and lives on their land falls for Elizabeth too.
Travel along with Elizabeth as she learns how to cook and how to shoot. I love the old stories of how life used to be. Then one day Influenza returns to Sweetwater Springs. You will have to read this story to see how it turns out and who will Elizabeth agree to marry?
What a great story this was. The author Debra Holland had me on the edge of my seat so many times! OMG, can you imagine turning around to find a bear facing you? The narrator, Natalie Ross did a great job delivering this story to us too! Many multiple voices and added excitement in all the right places! This book is definitely one you want to hear vs reading! Great job ladies!
loved it! always looked forward to the next chapter! capivating, romantic, and loved the reader
"Wild Montana Sky: Montana Sky Series, Book 1"
Yes. I love historical fiction and am grateful that I found this story in 2012. It made me a fan of Debra Holland's writing. Listening to this audio-book was like visiting old friends who lived in another time.
I really appreciate how the narrator brought these beloved characters to life.
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