The telegram Samantha Sawyer Rodriguez holds is her key to freedom: her late uncle, Ezra, has left her his ranch in Sweetwater Springs, Montana. At last, she and her young son will have a true home, and she can finally pursue her dreams of raising her prized miniature horses and building a sanctuary for wayward orphans.
Prosperous rancher Wyatt Thompson has long coveted that river property. It’s bad enough that Ezra’s niece refuses to sell it, but worse by far that she’s stubborn, proud, and breathtakingly beautiful. The lovely widow and her adopted sons awaken memories of a shameful past he’s struggled to overcome. Yet when Samantha’s safety is threatened, he’ll risk everything to save the unexpected family he’s come to cherish.
In this follow-up to Wild Montana Sky, her acclaimed USA Today best-selling romance, Debra Holland sweeps listeners back to that majestic, historical landscape in an extraordinary story of redemption, courage, and tender, steadfast love.
©2012 Debra Holland (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Sam and her young son leaves So. America to live on a ranch that her uncle left her. Wyatt lives on a nearby ranch had hopes of purchasing Ezra's ranch and was aghast when he found out a single woman with a young child was going to raise minature horses there. Later she takes on the town troublesome twins and let them live with her on the ranch. Of course there are problems with the twins and with some of the children at school. There are a series of accidents, with fingers pointing at the twins of course.
Give this book a read you won't regret it.
Natalie Ross is a wonderful narrator, she brings her books to life, you are able to distinguish all of her characters they are done so well.
This is a wonderfully grand story about a family coming together. I loved the premise of Samantha being able to live out her dreams after being held captive for so long. Her naivete and kindheartedness towards the children just won you over. I found Wyatt to be a strong leading man faults and all. In addition, I just loved those fallabella horses they almost stole the show!
Jack was my favorite character, I found that I loved how honest and protective he was as well as how he progressed through out the book to be more and more trusting of those around him. He also had such wonderful interactions with the different animals.
I found Natalie Ross' performance excellent. I found her to be better than in the previous book of the series. She has this wonderful way of creating voices and accents that are so appropriate for the different characters. I think her voices helped me fall in love with Jack and Daniel even more than if I had just read the book. I just loved how she pronounced the names of the horses with so much love!
The most touching moment for me in the book was when Jack saved Sarah. Though I knew something terrible was going to happened I just found that he reaction and fierce protectiveness really made my heart go out to him.
I really enjoyed this book and love all the family dynamics and interactions. I found that important the values such trust, honesty and hard work were well presented and discussed. What a joy to listen to!
Starry Montana Sky, the 2nd book in the series, is even more gripping than the first. But still do yourself a favor and first read or listen to Wild Montana Sky, as all of those characters are brought forward to Starry, which then includes new ones who become this story's focus. And there's lots of story to focus on, one I enjoyed even more than Wild, which says a lot. Author Debra Holland brings you into the minds of the men, women and children as they are all striving to be more than what they were yesterday. There's excitement and more than a few portions of suspenseful action. And of course, romance and camaraderie. But nothing simplistic here, Debra's descriptions and dialog flow beautifully, without being grandiose. Natalie Ross is back again as narrator, and her array of voices suits each character to a T. Once you start, you'll be hooked.
A well written heartwarming story you don't want to miss. It's a story most people should be able to relate to. The characters are so well portrayed by Natalie Ross, they seem real.
I would definately recommend it.
This is a story of two people finding love, overcoming obstacles, loving troubled children with antics, and lovable small horses. The writer of this wonderful story kept me enthralling to the very last word. The narrator has the talent to keep you thinking that you are right there with the character. Superior combination.
the story line and the voices
acceptance of the twins
when is part 3 going to be available?
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
This author has the style of early Linda Howard, Lady of the West, and Diana Palmer before she got too wordy.
This is a series, but doesn't have to be in exact order. If only one, see reviews for storyline that appeals.
Author/editor should watch the religious view point, why pick a fight? Not necessary for the story line.
If you have seen the Amazon Prime/You tube commercial with the lonely miniature horse, this story will make you smile. Author writes passionately about what she feels strongly about, and these "little horses" steal your heart.
NOTE: must use new 1.25x speed to get what the author intended.
Ms Ross is one of the best readers as her male and children's voices are divine.
any scene that references the "little horses" as they make you smile.
I started with this story, but have/will owned the rest of this series read by Ms Ross.
Samantha has lived with her father-in-law since her husband's death. Her father-in-law has never liked her and treats her with contempt. He also treats her son the same way. When her uncle dies and leaves her his ranch, she is very happy to move on. Wyatt has wanted the ranch next door for a long time and is sure that the new owner will sell it to him. After all she is all by herself and she can't possibly make a go of it by herself. Then she comes to town with her little horses, takes in a set of twins that seem to be no good and adopts an Indian boy. The town has decided that the twins cannot stay and need to be sent to an orphanage. Are they the problem or is there someone else causing it all? Wyatt wants to think the boys might be good, but can he trust them around his daughter? Will he be able to raise them if he acts on his attraction to Samantha?
The story, the characters! I never wanted it to end! I felt like it was a story of how three parties who have lost love fought to form a new family full of love without realizing it.
Also, Natalie Ross is a WONDERFUL female performer! One of the best I have heard in a long time! She is smooth in her delivery of prose and makes both male and female characters come to life without making them sound unrealistic or "cartoonish".
I have two for the same reason. Wyatt and Jack. They both have lost what they long for: family. Together, they find that the love of a good woman soothes the ache of loss and brings new love. Their characters grow the most in the story and I love the way their mutual respect and love of family make them stronger individually and a strong "father/son" relationship begins to emerge as they both put aside their personal prejudices.
Jack and Tim's defense of Daniel. Don't want to give away too much.
Starry Montana Skys felt like a cross between Little Men, Little House on the Prairie and Wild Montana Sky! I did not want it to end.
The richness of the characters brought the story to life for me! Wyatt and Samatha's story was realistic for the era and the way that Samatha opens her home and heart to the orphan boys that the town turned their backs on is a beautiful story of a mother's love. Wyatt's love for his daughter and her well fair is also a wonderful relationship in this story. If you want to read a story of how love brings a group of battered hearts together and centers on a little band of Argentinian Falabella horses, you will LOVE this story! Debra does not disappoint! I cannot wait to listen to her next book!
Lovely story ,after all the vampires n spanking.a good story told of the wild west ,love n fun n hard work .
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