Plain and timid, debutante Pamela Burke-Smythe is a wallflower at the high-society Boston balls she attends, overlooked by possible suitors. One by one her friends become engaged, and Pamela resigns herself as to life as a spinster.
When rancher John Carter becomes guardian to his orphaned godson, Nick, nothing he does seems to help the grieving, angry boy. At his wit's end, he believes that a wife might help draw Nick out, and lonely himself, John's been thinking along matrimonial lines for a while anyway. But small Sweetwater Springs, Montana, has no suitable candidates. He decides to visit his great-aunt Hester in Boston and bring back a wife who is kind and compassionate, who can be a mother figure to Nick, and who can adapt to the hard life on the ranch.
Hester, who's also Pamela's godmother, plays matchmaker for the two. John responds to Pamela's kind heart and believes he's found the ideal woman. But Pamela never thought to marry a stranger and leave Boston, and her family and friends are against the idea. She musters all her meager courage to defy her loved ones and seize her only chance at marriage.
After a whirlwind courtship, the couple marries and travels west. Pamela discovers a run-down ranch house, a bunch of unruly cowboys, a sullen boy, and a different way of life. Can their new marriage survive the challenge?
Set in 1883, Beneath Montana's Sky is a prequel to New York Times best-selling author Debra Holland's Mail-Order Brides of the West series and Montana Sky series.
©2014 Debra Holland (P)2014 Debra Holland
The book had an interesting theme: John's confusion on how to go about caring for his orphaned godson. He longs for his dead wife's help, so he decides to take a wife to help him with the angry young man. With no suitable candidates close by John travels east to find a bride.
In my opinion the book was not well written. There was too much unnecessary detail for such a short book.
An actress the narrator was not, and read too fast through much of the book.
I cannot recommend "Beneath Montana Sky".
Proud Canadian who loves Jesus, Dogs, Country Music, Lilacs, Gregory Peck movies and audio-books with a HEA.
This prequel is absolutely lovely. John's love for a young and hurting Nick is what motivated his search for his true love....
I love audiobooks!!!
Sweet love story
Belove it or not, I might compare it to Milly Taiden's Paranormal Dating Agency series. Curvy girl meets hot guy, then is taken out of her comfort zone, in order to have an epic romance.
Nick. It's easy for a woman to voice a woman, but it takes a level of talent to pull off an awkward, grieving, teenaged boy.
I laughed when everyone showed up to clean, and that woman in the garden was harassing Pamela.
I got a little misty when Nick played simple gifts.
I received my copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. I loved her other books, so decided (even though I don't usually read historicals) to give it a listen. I am pleased to say that I enjoyed it immensely, and will look forward to the rest of the series.
My first audible book ever & I loved it. It brought the beloved characters alive.
I had already read this book & loved the story. Being brought to life like this made me imagine the story in a whole new way. I could just listen & do something else that didn't require my full attention so I could give my full attention to the story being played out. I just might have to get more of these so I can listen to a wonderful story while coloring, a pretty mindless task.
When all the town's folk showed up to help the Carter's out with fixing up the old homestead & meeting the new bride. Pamela never had seen anything like this in Boston. She was amazed at the kindness of these people who welcomed her to town & a new life away from a larger bustling city.
Since listening to the story, I think I did laugh even though I probably chuckled while reading it & many places made smile.
I love all of Debra Holland's books in this series. I give this a hearty thumbs up in either written from or audible form or both. I did get to read along at first with the audible version, but finished several chapters with just the audible.
A prequel tells the story of people that you’ve already read about interleaved in other books in a series, but their backstory hasn’t been told yet. John and Pamela Carter, as the preeminent ranchers of Sweetwater Springs, have been a main fixture of so many of the Montana Sky books and the Mail-Order Brides of the West books by Debra Holland. Now it's their turn to have their story told on what path and reasons they met and what sticky situations they had to overcome. You’ll also get more than a glimpse of the rest of the beloved characters of Sweetwater Springs, and a lot more of the backstory of Nick Sanders, and how he got on the path to be the man he will become. As a novella, this is half the length of the others, making it a great romp that doesn’t seemed at all hurried. A book that gives you hope that with perseverance and resolve, you can make wonderful things happen.
With so many characters, narrator Lara Asmundson is given quite the workout, but she nails them all with aplomb.
In Beneath Montana Sky we get to read about one if the ever present families in the series. It was wonderful to see John and Pamela find each other and find love. The narration was excellent, hearing this book after having read it gave me the feeling of discovering it again for the first time.
I love these western romances! The books and details in them remind me of stories family members have told me in the past. They also remind me of the simple things in life. More than anything, these books remind me of love, life and happiness. We are so fortunate to have easy lives in this day and age. Way back when people were happy too, even though they didn't have the luxuries in life like we do. I am not talking about kindles and computers, I mean the simple luxuries of clean water, toilets, electricity and flu shots! Even having a doctor within a days ride was a luxury back then!
Beneath Montana's Sky (from the Montana Sky series) Is about the life and times in the old west in Sweetwater Springs, Montana and is before the Mail-Order Brides of The West series time. Here we learn about how the community of Sweetwater Springs, Montana became the community we have read and loved throughout these books!
Pamela Burke-Smythe gets overlooked each time she attends a high society gathering for suitors in Boston. Pamela is accustomed to the good life and maids in Boston. John Carter is now the guardian of his godson Nick who has been an unhappy soul since the death of his family. John decides to go to Boston to find him a wife. John brings back Pamela and life for her will be completely different from anything she has ever known. It is up to Pamela to create a home out of the dirty dingy old house John has owned forever. Read along as we discover how Sweetwater Springs community joins together as a family in time of need. This is how life was back in the old west and lots here we all could learn from too!
The author, Debra Holland does a great job in this prequel novella with a great plot and excellent background to some characters we already know and love from the Mail Order Brides of the West series. The plot is awesome and always leaves me feeling humble after reading her books. We take so much for granted in life now days and to read about the past as it was. If I learn anything from these books, It is not to sweat the small stuff. We are so fortunate. Thank you Debra for the little reminders and the wonderful stories! The narrator, Lara Asmundson does a fabulous job delivering this story to us with such clarity and emotion. I love listening to her tell these stories. To anyone reading this review... If this is your first read by Debra Holland, welcome to the old west! Debra write stories you can put down!
I loved the relationship between John and Pamela. She is a quiet "wallflower" who is best friends with one of the most sought after women and yet when she meets John, a handsome ranch owner needs a female guardian for his ward and a wife for himself, she sees what life could be outside of her Boston upbringing. Both knew that they were not in love and yet they committed to each other and their mutual honoring of each other became a wonderful part of their relationship and only benefited everyone around them.
I must say that John was my favorite. He needed to find a bride and yet the one woman who seemed to be the best choice according to society was not the one he chose. John chose the one who he felt would be the best for his ward and himself. His care and the way he treated Pamela was precious and yet not overbearing. You could tell that he was wanting a friend and wife and not just a companion and mother to his future children.
I liked some of her inflections and the way she made the story flow.
All of the characters dealt with death and loss in one way or another as many would in the 19th century and yet all found that it was love and compassion that soothes the wounds that will take a very long time in healing if at all. Debra was a master at drawing the reader/listener into this undertone of dealing with grief without overwhelming the story with the grief.
I was introduced to Debra Holland through her book: Grace: Bride of Montana. I liked it so much that I decided to try Debra's Montana's Sky series. I was given this audible book for review and am so thankful that I had the chance to listen to it! I also have the book and will be reading this story very soon! I look forward to listening/reading the rest of the series!
Beautiful book. I can picture the settings while listening to the narrator. I love books set in the old west or Pioneer day time period. I would recommend this book to all my friends and family!
Debra writes such beautiful sweet books and this novella was no different. It starts out with a tragedy and loss but develops into an old fashioned courtship. John Carter is a rancher who just lost his best friend and finds himself suddenly a fill-in-father for his Godson Nick. Thinking that his Godson, his ranch and he himself would be benefit from the soft touch of a woman John sets out to find a bride with the hope that he can court & fall in love in a short time to return to his Godson and ranch, John sets out for the big city to find a wife.
Anytime I want a clean, wonderfully written story I turn to Debra Holland and she never disappoints.
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