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.
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 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.
the story line and the voices
acceptance of the twins
when is part 3 going to be available?
This book was better than the first!! The unwavering love Samantha had for those two boys filled my heart. Be it the 1800's or today there is a message for us all in this story I'm telling my fellow readers to get this series. I'm on to book 3 now tired but I can't stop listening
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This book is great! Set back in the old western days in Sweetwater, Montana, this book is the next (book 2) in the Montana Sky series. I love how this series is an ongoing setting from the first book, complete with some of the characters.
In this book we start out with the widow Samantha Rodriguez in Argentina. Her deceased husband's family never accepted her fully, nor did they treat her son as one of theirs. Samantha has decided to go to the great state of Montana in the United States and take over the ranch of her late uncle there. Samantha intends to take her prized miniature horses as well as raise orphan children as her own.
Once in Sweetwater, Montana life is one big adventure for Samantha Rodriguez and her boys. Also we get to experience fear, danger & love. The more of these old westerns books I read, the more I am enjoying them. Also the more I appreciate what I have now!
The author, Debra Holland, once again does a fabulous job writing the story. The narrator, Natalie Ross did a great job delivering this story to us too! Complete with multiple voices and accents - I was totally engrossed into this book! Very exciting indeed!
Absolutely!! This is my favorite book by Debra Holland!
I truly enjoyed the children in this story. I really hope that the author writes a story or more about the children. I would love to see how their futures unfold.
There wasn't a dull moment in this story. It was an emotional roller coaster and I loved every moment!
Jack stole my heart!
I loved being introduced to the Falabellas.
At the very top of my list. I love all Debra Holland and Natalie Ross audio's. They are some of the best audio's I have ever listened to. I could listen to this duel O every day all day long.
I would have to say the twins and little feather. It was a very touching story when kids lose their family and have been abuse to find not all people are like that. Someone out there will love them like they should. Watching them grow as a family was heart touching.
She brings life to them in her many wonderful voices you just come to love. The heart she puts into each character makes you warm inside. She has given me many smiles and a few laughs that I might not have felt without her voice.
YES YES YES, it is an outstanding read and listen. One of the best I have ever had.
Debra writes a compelling story of lost, pain, sorrow, abuse, hate, learning to find your way, learning to trust and opening your heart not only to love but to children who need so much understanding. This story touched me in so many ways to many to count. I love the west, cowboys from long ago. What it must have been like to live then with people dying so young, loosing so much. Children left alone to make it on their own in the wild with open land, little or no shelter, out in rain, storms, wild animals. How scared they must have been...
We all know about wicked mother-in-laws, here we learn about wicked father-in-laws. A man who couldn't stand the fact that his Spanish son picked an American women to wed. After her husbands death he made her and her sons life a living hell. Oh to break away, be free to live a life where no one told you what to do. You can feel their pain along with the feeling of freedom they got when they were about to leave his home and be out from under his hands.
Life still isn't easy for them, her son is of mix breed. People are not to crazy about this and make their life hard. When Samantha takes in the care of the wild twins she most win them over. This isn't easy since the whole town is against them. 2 strikes isn't enough there must be more, with strike 3 being her wonderful neighbor who turns out not to be so wonderful and how dare he think he can have her land. What else could go wrong, looks like a lot....
Sparks fly as Samantha and Wyatt hit head on over many issues. He being a man knows what is best and her red hair should have worn him of her tempter. He doesn't want to want her but the heart is funny when it picks someone to love. They must get through a lot before they can even think about love. He doesn't want those little horses nor does he want her to take in the twins. He is about to find out he has a major fight on his hands, she is a little spit fire and isn't she cute when she looses her tempter. Samantha finds him overbearing along with a few other words that aren't lady like. Lord he is a handsome devil one that pulls at her heart but first he must learn a few lessons but no way no how is she going to fall for him....
I must touch on those beautiful miniature horse, you are going to laugh so hard you cry when you read about Wyatt's first meeting them. That was just to funny...I can't wait to listen to this audio again later on down the road. I look so forward to those horses and the eye's they raise....
This is one hot read that will keep you smiling, laughing as the author takes you through many twist and turns. You will find characters here you will love and some you will not. You will fall in love with the little horse and find they might be useful no matter what their size. You will even get to revisit a few characters from her first book to see how they are doing. I fell in love with Debra's writing style with her first book and have grow to fall more in love with each word she writes. If you haven't read any of her books you sure do not know what you are missing. To listen to them on an audio is a pleasure you do not want to miss.
The narrator Natalie Ross brings so much life to each story with a voice that is soft and smooth you forget you are listening to a story as she brings you smiles. Her many voices will keep you laughing, you wonder how could some of those be hers. I could listen to her all day long.
You know when you see either Debra Holland or Natalie Ross name it is going to be an outstanding read or listen. You can't wait to get started on he adventure they have in store for you. Thank you both for another 5+ star read...I TOTALLY LOVED IT and can't wait for the next one.
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