Willa, the only one who knew her father, boldly expects that everything will be hers. Tess, who has reluctantly flown in from Hollywood, just hopes to fly back with as much cash as possible - and as soon as possible. And Lily Mercy would be grateful for anything; she has learned to expect disappointment, even cruelty, from men.
But the women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year. They are sisters...and strangers. Now they face challenges: to put their bitterness aside and live like family, to protect each other from danger - and to unite against an enemy who threatens to destroy all. And finally, to weave together three very different worlds in this beautiful and isolated place called Montana.
©2006 Nora Roberts; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio
"Roberts balances the tension and sometimes gruesome action with three romances, crackling dialogue and a snappy infusion of humor." (Publishers Weekly)
"All six of the major characters are wonderfully written, with just the right touch of genuineness, warmth, and distinctiveness to make readers emotionally invest in their stories." (Library Journal)
Started slow but when picked up really enjoyed it. Would listen to it again. Really starting to like Nora Roberts. And so far the narrators have been very good
This is a favorite of Nora Roberts for me. The twists of the story are surprising, the foreshadowing is great, and the performance seemed spot-on to me. Liked it lots!! I've listened to it several times over the past couple of years.
Absolutely, I have listened to many of Nora Roberts books and this is by far one of my favorites! I was so wrapped up in it within the first few paragraphs that I couldn't stop.
Most memorable moment to me is when Willa realizes she knows how to love and be loved.
One of the best narrator's possible! She is so adept at falling into character and quickly changing from one to another. Her heartfelt portrayal of Lily in the first of the book set me to wondering what was in store with the other two sisters. You have stubbornness vs hautiness vs docile....what a collision!
When Lily was able to stand up against Jesse and show him how little of a man he really was
The sadistic nature of the "bad guy(s)" was definitely a factor that created a sense of mortality of life for any living creature. Mental illness can be hidden and can whip out and strike at anyone at anytime. The struggles that each had to deal with at one point or another left me with questions of "how would I react" ? Of course , this is just a book, but it certainly made me think about what lies beneath in people we just cannot figure out or think we know but really don't.
Mysterious romantic comedy
I like how a Will and it's stipulations brought a family together that otherwise would have not even met.
She is a great narrator, changing her voice to match each character's personality.
Yes, very much so!
But bad guy parts were too formulaic.
The narrator Erika Leigh was good, but I question her interpretation of Willa. Willa is a tough rancher in charge of a large spread. The narrator used a soft southern-type female voice. It was a nice voice for a main character, but I wouldn’t have picked it for Willa. In one place the author wrote “Well?” Willa demanded. But the narrator said “Well” in a soft tone, not a demanding tone.
Her male voices were well done – something many female narrators do not get right. Her other female voices and her general narration style were also very good.
Three very different women must live together for a year. I enjoyed the girl bonding. I also enjoyed the three romantic relationships. Characters were nicely done.
Two bad guys were added for conflict. That part of the story was typical and formulaic. The bad guys get away with lots of things until the end when the good guys win. I would have liked more internal conflict within the bad guys, see inside their heads, and not having them be so perfect in avoiding detection for so long. It’s like Nora Roberts has the same bad guy formula that she inserts into many of her novels.
I was annoyed in one scene, but I’m probably overreacting. The killer wounded a guy (“victim”) and kidnapped a woman. The victim said “He took her” and then went unconscious. So we still didn’t know “who” “he” was. They had been looking for the killer for months, so the victim should have said the name of the killer. Yes, the author could justify this saying the victim was wounded and not thinking clearly. But I was still annoyed because it felt like a tool to prolong suspense. It wouldn’t have hurt to tell the name at that point. We learn the name soon after.
There are two rape scenes. One is referred to. The other is detailed with murder.
Nora Roberts is hit and miss with me. My favorites are: Carnal Innocence, Born in Fire, Angels Fall, The Witness, Northern Lights, and Sea Swept.
Genre: romantic suspense
Friend of God... Saved by grace... Mother of 3 gifts... Wife of one... Worship dancer.... Educated by God, Academia and Willy Wonka...
Believe it or not, this is only my second Nora Roberts book - the other I actually read. I thought her material would be too "knight in shining armor' for me. I was pleasantly surprised with Montana Sky. In three words (not necessarily a sentence) I would say the story is about love, identity and discovery.
The most memorable moment of the story for me was when I realized that the individual who I believed was the guilty party was really... well... you will know when you listen. I don't want to spoil the most memorable moment.
Something about the sisters coming together and finding friendship was very moving for me. It was not necessarily a moment in the story but it was something for which to cheer as you listened.
If the author would have done research, or had some one with a working knowledge of ranch life proof-read her manuscript she could have avoided many of the glaring inconguities in the book. She could also have skipped the female erotism. There was way too much of it and it was just irritating.
She could have done so much more with the interesting story line.
I think Ms Leigh did a very good job with what she was given. If there was a saving grace in this audio book, it was her!
The long drawn out love scenes!
If you are looking for the typical Harlequin-type romance (x 3) with a western theme then this is the book for you.
The way this narrator voiced the men was absolutely disgusting. Every man sounded like he had a 70's porn mustache. I've never seen a porn film, but this must be what they are like. I felt icky - and like I needed a shower.
I wasn't too fussed with the female sisters to start with , but as Nora Roberts wove her magic with the relationships they grew on me. I actually think the violence in the harsh landscape that the book was set against was very fitting.
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