We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
Wild Montana Sky: Montana Sky Series, Book 1 | [Debra Holland]

Wild Montana Sky: Montana Sky Series, Book 1

Stepping off the train in Sweetwater Springs, Montana, Elizabeth Hamilton is filled with relief, nerves, and the thrill of hope. Life on her dear friend’s ranch will be very different than Gilded Age Boston’s high society. But at least here, Elizabeth is far from her spiteful sister-in-law and the bittersweet memories of her late fiancé.

Nick Sanders has loved Elizabeth since he first glimpsed her portrait - not that he dare admit it. A ranch hand has no call to woo a well-born lady, especially when she’s being courted by the town’s finest gentleman. Yet there’s something in her mix of courage and compassion that won’t let Nick quit.

Regular Price:$13.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Stepping off the train in Sweetwater Springs, Montana, Elizabeth Hamilton is filled with relief, nerves, and the thrill of hope. Life on her dear friend’s ranch will be very different than Gilded Age Boston’s high society. But at least here, Elizabeth is far from her spiteful sister-in-law and the bittersweet memories of her late fiancé.

Nick Sanders has loved Elizabeth since he first glimpsed her portrait - not that he dare admit it. A ranch hand has no call to woo a well-born lady, especially when she’s being courted by the town’s finest gentleman. Yet there’s something in her mix of courage and compassion that won’t let Nick quit.

In Wild Montana Sky, Debra Holland’s acclaimed USA Today best-selling romance, Elizabeth faces the hardships and dangers of the West with resilience that surprises even her.

©2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2012 Debra Holland

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (75 )
5 star
 (28)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (14)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
4.0 (65 )
5 star
 (26)
4 star
 (20)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.1 (63 )
5 star
 (28)
4 star
 (20)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Angela Fitzgerald Stuart, VA, United States 03-26-14
    Angela Fitzgerald Stuart, VA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a stay at home mom,even if she's 16 now. When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love Audible. demonsangel

    HELPFUL VOTES
    51
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    87
    72
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A very enjoyable and relaxing audio"

    I absolutely loved this audio book. This was the first historical romance that I've read/listenened to since I was eleven years old. My mom wasn't a reader and never paid much attention to what I was reading. Looking back not all books I read were age appropriate but certainly not as bad as the majority of today's books. With Wild Montana Sky age isn't an issue. If my daughter was eleven and asked to read this book I wouldn't have any problems at all letting her

    This book is clean, it wasn't filled with profanity, sex, or anything that you might consider vulgar. It was a very nice, clean story that is hard to find today. I don't have issues with sex and profanity in a story. The majority of books I read or listen to are filled with profanity and sex. I just find it extremely nice to find a clean book for once that's enjoyable. I do listen to clean books but they're all YA, rather teen books. Wild Montana Sky is not a teen book it's a book for older woman but it's so clean that teens can read it.

    I loved listening to the story. I found myself in the 1800's, seeing how the people dress and live. Elizabeth is a woman living with her brother in Boston. For reasons, she decides to take an offer from a friend and move to Montana. Nick a gentleman was sent to ask Elizabeth to come stay with her friend Pamela and she tells him she'll go. She packs and Nick escorts her to her friends ranch in Montana.

    Elizabeth grows so much living in Montana. She was somewhat a snobby person that comes from money. She had servants that took care of everything. Moving to Montana was hard at first but Debra shows the character develop into a strong woman and her strengths as she grows more in Montana.

    Debra, the story was very good. The book was written with great character development, the characters are likeable, most anyway. The story is very believable because during that time life in Boston wold be different than life in Montana. It was an easy and enjoyable audio book. I envisioned myself there and I also found it to be a one of the most relaxing stories I've listened to in a long time. Thank you so much Debra for the enjoyment this story has brought me.It also took me back in time and that was a gift.

    If you are a person that enjoys historical romances then this book is for you. Also, if you like a clean book without anything vulgar then this book is for you. There's no sex or profanity in this story. It's a nice, clean book that I enjoyed immensely and found to be a very relaxing read. I highly recommend this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "delightful cowboy vs eastern lady romance"
    If you could sum up Wild Montana Sky in three words, what would they be?

    I couldn't sum it in 3 words. I love it! But that doesn't say anything about this wonderful story. I enjoy stories with lots of passion that give you tingles without the actual sex scenes. Debra Holland is a master at this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Montana Sky?

    The Bear! and again the second Bear!! She could barely catch her breath when she saw the first one. Then she faced down a second one. One thing that wasn't mentioned was her breaking her promise but of course he understood they were helping Lizzie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Since there are so many wonderful scenes, I would have to choose when Nick finally sees Elizabeth in the flesh after falling in love with her portrait.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    City girl meets Cowboy then meets BEAR!


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy listening to a book and keeping my hands free. I listened to this book all day yesterday and this morning and didn't even turn on the television because the excellent performance had me there in the story. I kept wondering why Nick's voice wasn't deep and then remembering it was a woman's voice. Great job with the different pitches and accents of the different characters by Natalie Ross.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    L. Townsend Florida, USA 07-13-14
    L. Townsend Florida, USA 07-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Blondie Black

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Very Sweet, Chaste Montana Romance"
    Where does Wild Montana Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly! The tale was sweet, enchanting and engrossing!

    The tale held my attention through-out. The author's word-building and writing are of the highest quality. Her descriptions of Montana life were, at times, wondrous, perilous, heart-rending and romantic. Debra's descriptions of Montana's beauty and overwhelming grandeur transported me there. If you love clean-cut western romances with utterly satisfying, happy-ever-after endings, you will love WILD MONTANA SKY.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved both of these characters - but Nick was my favorite. They were each well-drawn and genuine and I connected to them easily. I hugely enjoyed watching Elizabeth relax her straight-laced eastern ways though it took her long enough! I wanted to shake her more than once the way she dreamily honed in on a shallow man when swoon-worthy Nick was right there under her nose! OMG... Nick was a honey. He was handsome, shy, smart, strong, loyal and a true gentleman. One of my very favorite quotes EVER occurred when he complimented Elizabeth's eyes.

    "The sky is the most glorious blue I've ever seen." Nick must have heard her quiet words. "I used to think there couldn't be a more beautiful blue in all the world." The sound of his voice pulled Elizabeth into his presence. She said with a curious glance. "What changed your mind?" He flushed though his green gaze remained steady on her, "I saw your eyes."


    What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

    The narrator, Natalie Ross, did a very good job. Her voice was clear and easily understood. She portrayed and differentiated between the characters exceptionally well. She inserted emotion, pauses, etc. as was called for and did a great job with accents. I especially loved how she portrayed Nick. His cowboy drawl made me melt. I would certainly look for other books Natalie has narrated in the future.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I alternately laughed and cried and swooned at parts.

    Following are a few other favorite quotes illustrating the tender humor and the glorious scenery to be found within this book that made me go WOW!:
    ---
    "I didn't mean to upset you, Ms. Hamilton," his gaze shifted back to her. "It's a beautiful sight and I thought you'd like to see it." She gasped in delight at the vista before her. Distant purple mountains framed lush green meadows speckled with brown dots of cattle. A silver river threaded through clumps of trees. In the middle of the valley, ranch buildings clustered around a large white house. Elizabeth inhaled crisp air into her lungs...
    ---
    "We'll ride along the river. It's a mighty pretty sight..." Puffy white clouds floated across the azure blue sky. Pine-covered mountains crowned with snowcaps folded down into foothills that ringed the valley. Beneath the clouds the play of sun and shadow cast hazy blue-green patches on the mountainsides. A distant large-winged bird rode on air currents before diving into a clump of trees.
    ---
    "What do you men wear (to swim)?" Laughter glinted in his green eyes and he slanted her a mischievous grin. "Since Mrs. Carter came here to live, we swim in old pants cut off at the knees." Warmth crept up her cheeks. Bad enough to think of a bare-chested Nick swimming in the pool without thinking of him naked.


    Any additional comments?

    WILD MONTANA SKY by Debra Holland is a very sweet, chaste Montana romance set in the late 1800s that will leave you smiling. The first few chapters are set in Victorian Boston, Massachusetts. The balance of the story takes place in wild and beautiful Sweetwater Springs, Montana. Both settings lure the reader right away.

    WILD MONTANA SKY is the 1st book in Debra's Montana Sky Series. It can be easily read as a standalone and that is how I enjoyed it. Recently, BENEATH MONTANA'S SKY was published. It is a 125-page prequel novella to this book and is the story of Pamela and John who are the ranch owners in WILD MONTANA SKY. I hope to read it soon. The ensuing books in this series AND her Mail-Order Brides of the West series all have interconnected characters but each can be enjoyed as standalones also.

    WILD MONTANA SKY is the story of Elizabeth Hamilton and Nick Sanders. When Elizabeth received the missive declaring "Laurence married!", her ordered life was upended. She had managed her brother's home since their parents' deaths but with those two words, their home had a new mistress. Elizabeth wished that his bride, Genia, would be the sister she'd never known, but that yearning was for naught. As the two women were introduced, Genia commented "You're so pretty, Elizabeth,... Why, I'd never have taken you for a spinster." Things only got worse after that. With no real friends in Boston, Elizabeth wrote her childhood friend, Pamela, who had married and moved to Montana. In response, Elizabeth received an invitation to visit her there. Hence begins Elizabeth's mesmerizing journey from a sheltered, uptight Boston blueblood to a strong, capable Montana woman.

    When Nick Sanders, a cowboy in Sweetwater Springs, Montana, picked up the mail for the ranch, he immediately recognized the handwriting on an envelope as being that of Pamela's dear friend from Boston. He also noticed that the writing was tear-splotched and wondered what had upset Ms. Hamilton so. He had never met her but that didn't keep Nick from worrying about her.

    Supporting characters, human and non, were captivating. Pamela's children were darling. I enjoyed reading about the horses, the two dogs, Champ and Sally, and the hen, Mrs. Pooch.

    My full review has been posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Check it out there!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Yolanda 05-03-14
    Yolanda 05-03-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Sweet Romance"

    Elizabeth Hamilton, a Boston socialite, lost her first love to illness and never embarked upon another serious relationship. She is content playing hostess for her brother Lawrence, who lived the life of a confirmed bachelor. However, while on a business trip to New York, Lawrence begins a whirlwind courtship with a young widow named Genia and they quickly marry. This surprise marriage is the beginning of Elizabeth’s troubles and leads her on the path of new opportunities.

    Nick Sanders works as a ranch hand for Elizabeth’s best friend Pamela and her husband John. Nick is a simple man, who has his whole world turned upside down when sent to Boston to persuade Elizabeth to move to Montana. Nick’s attraction to Elizabeth is instantaneous but he has his work cut out for him because they come from two different worlds.

    Wild Montana Sky is a sweet historical western romance. There is no sex between the main characters but that doesn’t detract from the romance or story. The storyline is strong and the characters are well developed. I loved watching Elizabeth grow from city girl to country woman. This transition also mimics Elizabeth’s growth as a person. I was very pleased with how Elizabeth discovered her true feelings for Nick and how she finally recognized Caleb’s shallowness. Wild Montana Sky is a wonderful love story and a great read for any fan of the historical western genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S. Kimbrough Pamplin, VA 09-03-14
    S. Kimbrough Pamplin, VA 09-03-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Montana Skies..."
    What did you love best about Wild Montana Sky?

    I loved how Debra Holland gave such wonderful descriptions of early Montana, and how she described the sky as being so blue, and the skies filled with millions of stars at night.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Montana Sky?

    One of my favorites was when Elizabeth was berry picking and encountered a bear.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene that I really enjoyed was when Nick spoke up at the dinner table and told Genia that Elizabeth had already promised Pamela any painting that she decided to let go. I would loved to see Genia's face when she realized she wasn't going to hurt Elizabeth in that regard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really enjoyed the book from cover to cover, but I did enjoy it when Elizabeth finally admitted that she loved Nick, despite their age difference.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edward Millner PASADENA, CA USA 07-01-14
    Edward Millner PASADENA, CA USA 07-01-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A journey you'll be glad you started"

    I have to admit, I enjoyed this book a lot. With Debra Holland's approach to storytelling, and Natalie Ross's amazing narration, you feel you're right along on all of the characters' journeys. There's friendships, love, choosing love, story twists and adventure. The narrator putting voices to each character brings them to life. Miss Holland's knack for painting a scene, character development and emotions keeps you engrossed in the story. And there's action and suspenseful moments that'll keep you intrigued. It'll leave you wanting more, but you'll be in luck. When finished, check out Starry Montana Sky, which retains this books locale and characters, but grows it with an even richer story and characters, and you get to live it through each one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    GW Lakeside, Montana, United States 03-19-13
    GW Lakeside, Montana, United States 03-19-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Can't download"
    Would you try another book from Debra Holland and/or Natalie Ross?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Have Not read yet, but it is about Montana Fiction history


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Natalie Ross?

    Can't download Don't know


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wild Montana Sky?

    Have not read yet Wanted Audible so I could listen while I drive


    Any additional comments?

    Need to simplify the download process or explain it better

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-7 of 7 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.