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Publisher's Summary

It's 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an indentured orphan could unravel Calista's reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or law prevail?

This book is the first in the Montana Beginnings series. The sequel is Eleven Pipers Piping. Each book can be heard as a single story, but if you love historicals and series set in the same locale, then Helena, MT, is your place to live in a story world among the Montana Beginnings series by Angela Breidenbach.

©2015 Angela Breidenbach (P)2015 Angela Breidenbach

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Interesting slice of history

Would you consider the audio edition of The Debutante Queen to be better than the print version?

The audio version is narrated by relatives of the author. For the most part the two did an outstanding job narrating, though there were one or two moments that seemed "off" to me.

What did you like best about this story?

The gentle love story set in the old west.

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Fresh topic and setting, great male narration

Would you listen to another book narrated by Forrest Leder and Tristan Leder ?

I enjoyed listening to Forrest's voice. Nicely done!

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The idea of a child on the streets is disturbing, so this heroine and her passion for making a difference in such a child's life struck a chord with me. This is an uplifting, wholesome story with an early Montana setting that was new and fresh for me. The author has a sweet voice, writes well, and provides a solid inspirational message.

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Just who will be Miss Snowflake?

The Debutante Queen, first in the Montana Beginnings, series by Angela Breidenbach, is historical romance at its finest. Set during the time of Montana's entry into statehood, readers meet Calista, a big-hearted young woman and Albert, a young businessman who is anxious to see Helena become a booming town of the West. Each of them has plans for the future but will those plans include each other. The characters are realistic, likable and developed well. With good descriptions and historical information, the story line moves quickly and keeps the reader engaged. The author brings out the societal issue of orphans. With Helena being one of the last stops for the Orphan Trains on the late 1800s, there were a number children fending for themselves on the streets with no one to care. Can Calista make a difference in their lives? Can she influence others to help? The Debutante Queen is a charming story with just enough action and romance to make for a good historical fiction read. The audiobook was narrated well by Forest Leder and Tristan Leder, giving a great perspective to each of the male and female characters.
I was given an audio copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Very entertaining audio!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook as an entertaining listen that moves along at a great pace with likable characters, just enough twists and turns, and a solid faith element threaded throughout.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Calista is a spirited heroine whose good heart has more than just superficial levels. I believed her motivation and actions, and was cheering her on throughout!

What does Forrest Leder and Tristan Leder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed Forrest and Tristan Leder's performances, and they handled the alternating voices very naturally.

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

This book has a gentle, flowing voice to it that made me smile quite often.

Any additional comments?

The setting (Montana) and time period (late 19th century) were especially well-handled, and I could "see" the scenes vividly.

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Bad editing

What did you like best about The Debutante Queen? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the story but did not enjoy the performances of the narrators. Various voices were too fake and distracted from the storyline.

Any additional comments?

Check chapter 15 and beyond. While Forrest is reading his personal comments are heard and the repeats of his sentences as well. These were not to be included in the book, I'm sure.

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Great historical fiction story

If you could sum up The Debutante Queen in three words, what would they be?

Delightful. Fun. Memorable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Debutante Queen?

When they named the kitten Jesus. That still makes me smile.

What about Forrest Leder and Tristan Leder ’s performance did you like?

I loved how their voices brought the characters to life and added even more to the personality of of each character.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to more from this author and the voice actors.

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Great Performance

Very compelling performance by the readers. It was easy to get caught up in the story because each voice was distinct and expressive.

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A really engaging, interesting story!

What made the experience of listening to The Debutante Queen the most enjoyable?

At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like having two narrators, but was QUICKLY relieved of that notion. Both readers were really good, and it helped to have the male voice to 'act out' the men's roles in the story. It was also nice to have the male voice for the chapters that dealt with the goings-on of the male characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I was hooked early on, with the little lost girl, and how our heroine worked to try to help her and save her.

What about Forrest Leder and Tristan Leder ’s performance did you like?

They have good pronunciation without making it sound forced or labored. They both have really good inflection and a good ear for dialects and accents.

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Cute Book

Very sweet story. I love the historical aspect, and the characters are all very likeable. The performance was well done and engaging. I would surely read more from this author.

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I really liked this story!

Where does The Debutante Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Debutante Queen?

When the little girl was rescued and how nicely they treated the orphaned children.

Have you listened to any of Forrest Leder and Tristan Leder ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time..

Any additional comments?

What a great story about how Montana began and the orphan children.