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Series: A Douglas Ranch of Paradise Valley Romance #1
Title: Away in Montana
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Published: December 6th, 2016
I have read quite a few of the Montana romances but have to say this is the first one I’ve read that was set back in the 19th century. It starts on October 26th, 1889 and is a real page turner! It was great to meet the ancestors of so many of the characters familiar from contemporary stories set in this location – and whilst it isn’t necessary to have read any of these stories to enjoy this one, I loved it from start to finish!
McKenna Frasier is the daughter to one of the Butte Copper Kings and grew up in Butte. She went to school there and swore eternal love to her friend’s older brother, Sinclair Douglas, before going off to study and explore far flung places. Whilst she was away, Sin worked hard to better himself and try to be more worthy of her love. She, however, didn’t return to him but became notorious because of her flaunting conventional expectations. Shamed, disinherited by her father, she has to earn her own living and takes on the job of teacher in the wilds of Montana. That’s where she discovers Sinclair has also moved to but now he’s a ranch owner and well respected in the community. Her selfishness drove them apart but the two still love each other, even if not prepared to admit it! With his family determined to prevent McKenna and Sinclair getting together, another potential and favoured bride in waiting and coping with the harsh basic conditions, this isn’t going to be easy – things will go with a bang in the end but will that bring them together or tear them apart forever?
With great characters, superb writing, totally enthralling and an explosive plot, this is a superb addition to the Montana stories and a brilliant start to a new series. I’ll definitely be looking out for more in future and have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys these genres.
Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
Beautiful, spirited heiress McKenna Frasier–daughter to one of the Butte Copper Kings—vowed eternal love to Sinclair Douglas before she left for college and an introduction to society. Four years in New York and travel abroad have opened her eyes, making her realize she wanted more than marriage and a simple Montana life. But when McKenna commits an unforgivable transgression and destroys her reputation, her dreams are shattered and she is forced to return to Montana disgraced, disowned and unmarriageable.
Sinclair Douglas left Butte to escape the Frasier power and Frasier name, but suddenly all anyone talks about in Marietta is scandalous McKenna Douglas, Paradise Valley’s new teacher. Sin doesn’t want to know about McKenna anymore. He doesn’t want to have to help her, and he sure as hell doesn’t want to love her. But McKenna has lived so long in his heart that it’s her home–even if she doesn’t deserve to be there.
But if there is one man who knows how to rebuild a life when all dreams have been smashed, it’s fierce, uncompromising Sinclair Douglas. Can Sinclair and McKenna heal enough to find their own Christmas miracle, and one more chance at love?