A caravan driven at breakneck speed through the hills of Montana is the least of Magdalena Baxter's concerns. Evicted from their home, and due to soon give birth, the Gypsy woman is forced to follow her husband, Oswald, a drunk and abusive miner who hopes to find work in a neighboring town.
Despite calling Sweetwater Springs home, wealthy banker Caleb Livingston clings to his elitist East Coast ways. While this may have brought him prestige, he's missed out on romance at every turn.
When Caleb's buggy collides with the Baxters' caravan, Oswald is instantly killed and Maggie goes into labor. Caleb manages to keep his guilt and terror at bay long enough to make her comfortable and deliver her baby, a harrowing and ultimately endearing experience. Can Maggie - now stranded with her newborn child - learn to trust again? Will Caleb overcome his sense of obligation and highbrow conceit to open his heart to lasting love?
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This story starts out with the excitement and mellows into a heartwarming love story.
If you hadn't read the previous Sweetwater Springs books, you might find the easy rapport between Maggie and the Livingston family a little farfetched. But things have happened to mellow their rigid standards before this to make the way clear for Maggie and her baby to fit right in.
Of course you shouldn't expect it to be all smooth sailing, but Debra Holland has a way with a story making it believable and compelling.
As told by Natalie Ross, you won't be able to stop listening before the all too quick conclusion. Or so it seemed to me.
If you are new to Sweetwater Springs, please start at the beginning so you can appreciate the development of the characters. If you are already a fan, you won't be disappointed.
Thank you Debra and Natalie for another great read/listen.
This is another wonderful story. I was so happy to hear Caleb's adventure. The narrator did a great job and I didn't want it to end.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and the development of all the characters. I love how the author worked previous characters back into this story to let you know what is going on in their lives. I loved the voice of the narrator although I had difficulty getting used to the strong accents that she chose for both of the main characters. Since Caleb was in previous books without a British accent , it was hard to get used to him suddenly having a very strong British accent in this book. I think the narrator was trying to portray a Bostonian accent. Maggie has not been in any of the previous books , so it was easier to get used to her foreign accent, although not what I had envisioned an American gypsy sounding like.
I purchased this book by mistake, but then enjoyed listening to it. Soothing and reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie. I am addicted and have started listening to the series like a short soap opera. Would definitely like to hear more of the characters as they evolve.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook ft anyone who loves a good romance story. This book is full of feel good moments.
My favorite, besides the new baby that seems to magically make people happy is Caleb because it was time for him to get his happiness.
I like the narrative the best by Natalie. She does a wonderful job on all the different characters, but th narrative is soothing and compelling at the same time.
I love when Caleb held the baby for the first time and their eyes met. It was a magical and spiritual moment.
Mystic Montana Sky by Debra Holland
Loved this historical romance. Sweet, engaging, and charming.
I'm so glad that Caleb found his true love. I knew there was a better man buried under the portrayed upright and proper attitude. And Ben! He's grown up a bit and yes, is sorry for the harm he caused in the past. Sweet.
This story includes a wedding with characters from a prior book. It also includes couples from many of the previous stories so it has several feel good moments revisiting wth them and remember their stories. You do not need to have read those prior books to understand this one.
I'm not a huge historical romance reader, but Debra Holland and Sweetwater Springs are refreshing, and light. I will read these ahead of many favorite authors simply because they are true feel-good romances.
"The tiny body was slippery, and he held her tightly, afraid she’d slither out of his grip. He rotated the infant faceup, holding her about ten inches away from his face. The top of her head had a slight cone shape. Her blue-tinged hands pinked. The baby’s eyes were open, alert aseemingly amazed.
They connected with his
A jolt of intense feeling, of recognition, flowed between them. As he gazed on the scrunched features of the infant, love surged through him. He’d never felt such a feeling before, and his chest ached with the joyful pressure. Caleb wanted to curl her to his chest and keep her safe. He pressed a kiss to her forehead, inhaling a scent that surprised him with its sweetness.
“My baby?” Maggie asked.
The infant broke eye contact with Caleb and turned her face toward the sound of her mother’s voice. He blinked back moisture from his eyes and grinned. “You have a beautiful daughter.”
Excerpt from Mystic Montana Sky by Debra Holland
These stories are sweet and wholesome. Sometimes you need a little old fashioned romance in you life. It's a nice break from the complications of other stories.
My favorite way to get my reading fix when I am on the move
This has got to be one of my favorite of the series. There was the obvious desire and search for companionship by the snobbish banker seen in each of the previous books. Each failure seemed to dismantle the superior attitude he held so tightly. Seeing him fall in love and shed the façade altogether was the best part of the book.
Love conquers all.
Natalie Ross has a clear voice and all voices were very distinctive and recognizable.
If I had to pick one specific moment that moved me most, I guess it was when it became clear not just to the reader but to the banker that he had fallen in love regardless of the differences in their stations in life.
I have thoroughly enjoyed each book in this series and this addition was no exception. Caleb's previous attempts at courtship were stilted at best. I was excited to see the changes in him from the moment he saw Maggie lying on the ground and then the first walk in the woods with the baby Charlotte. I also relished the changes that Caleb's softening brought in Ben and Edith. I am anxious to hear their story unfold.
I have done this series on audio and will continue to do so. The reader has an enjoyable tone and is wonderful way with dialects, accents, and provides each character with their own voice. Thank you!I look forward to the next installment to the Sweetwater Springs saga.
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