It's 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an indentured orphan could unravel Calista's reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or law prevail?
This book is the first in the Montana Beginnings series. The sequel is Eleven Pipers Piping. Each book can be heard as a single story, but if you love historicals and series set in the same locale, then Helena, MT, is your place to live in a story world among the Montana Beginnings series by Angela Breidenbach.
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The audio version is narrated by relatives of the author. For the most part the two did an outstanding job narrating, though there were one or two moments that seemed "off" to me.
The gentle love story set in the old west.
I enjoyed listening to Forrest's voice. Nicely done!
The idea of a child on the streets is disturbing, so this heroine and her passion for making a difference in such a child's life struck a chord with me. This is an uplifting, wholesome story with an early Montana setting that was new and fresh for me. The author has a sweet voice, writes well, and provides a solid inspirational message.
Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.
The Debutante Queen, first in the Montana Beginnings, series by Angela Breidenbach, is historical romance at its finest. Set during the time of Montana's entry into statehood, readers meet Calista, a big-hearted young woman and Albert, a young businessman who is anxious to see Helena become a booming town of the West. Each of them has plans for the future but will those plans include each other. The characters are realistic, likable and developed well. With good descriptions and historical information, the story line moves quickly and keeps the reader engaged. The author brings out the societal issue of orphans. With Helena being one of the last stops for the Orphan Trains on the late 1800s, there were a number children fending for themselves on the streets with no one to care. Can Calista make a difference in their lives? Can she influence others to help? The Debutante Queen is a charming story with just enough action and romance to make for a good historical fiction read. The audiobook was narrated well by Forest Leder and Tristan Leder, giving a great perspective to each of the male and female characters.
I was given an audio copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook as an entertaining listen that moves along at a great pace with likable characters, just enough twists and turns, and a solid faith element threaded throughout.
Calista is a spirited heroine whose good heart has more than just superficial levels. I believed her motivation and actions, and was cheering her on throughout!
I enjoyed Forrest and Tristan Leder's performances, and they handled the alternating voices very naturally.
This book has a gentle, flowing voice to it that made me smile quite often.
The setting (Montana) and time period (late 19th century) were especially well-handled, and I could "see" the scenes vividly.
I enjoyed the story but did not enjoy the performances of the narrators. Various voices were too fake and distracted from the storyline.
Check chapter 15 and beyond. While Forrest is reading his personal comments are heard and the repeats of his sentences as well. These were not to be included in the book, I'm sure.
Delightful. Fun. Memorable.
When they named the kitten Jesus. That still makes me smile.
I loved how their voices brought the characters to life and added even more to the personality of of each character.
I look forward to more from this author and the voice actors.
At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like having two narrators, but was QUICKLY relieved of that notion. Both readers were really good, and it helped to have the male voice to 'act out' the men's roles in the story. It was also nice to have the male voice for the chapters that dealt with the goings-on of the male characters.
I was hooked early on, with the little lost girl, and how our heroine worked to try to help her and save her.
They have good pronunciation without making it sound forced or labored. They both have really good inflection and a good ear for dialects and accents.
Very sweet story. I love the historical aspect, and the characters are all very likeable. The performance was well done and engaging. I would surely read more from this author.
When the little girl was rescued and how nicely they treated the orphaned children.
What a great story about how Montana began and the orphan children.
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