Saturday, November 1, 2014

Glorious Montana Sky by Debra Holland

Title:  Glorious Montana Sky
Series:  Montana Sky Series 34
Author:  Debra Holland
Published:  October 28/14 by Montlake Romance
Length:  350pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

After spending nine years as a missionary in Africa and losing his wife to illness, Joshua Norton is exhausted, emotionally and physically. He returns home to the frontier Montana town of Sweetwater Springs with his estranged nine-year-old son in tow, hoping to rebuild his relationship with the boy.

Meanwhile, New Orleans resident Delia Fortier plots to escape the terrible fate her mother has planned for her: becoming the mistress of a cruel, powerful politician. The mixed-race secret daughter of a wealthy Creole businessman, Delia boldly seeks help from her father’s family. Although the rest of the family spurns her, her father is delighted to learn of Delia’s existence and offers her an opportunity: travel west with him, pretending to be his legitimate daughter.

When Joshua and Delia meet, their intense attraction is undeniable. But will Delia’s secret stand in the way of their love? Or will prejudice destroy their future…and their lives?

A stirring, sweeping frontier romance, Glorious Montana Sky is the fourth title in the bestselling series that has enchanted readers.

My Review:

This was an intriguing novel. Holland takes her readers back in time to Montana where life is anything but simple for her characters. There are definitely some strong religious undertones in this novel, without readers ever feeling as if the author is preaching at them. It melds with the history of the characters quite well. The rather serious tone that Holland’s writing takes at the beginning morphs into something more upbeat by the ending, coinciding with the main character’s place in life. That said, the overall writing style doesn’t shift. Holland keeps the same well written, to the point style throughout, allowing readers to glide easily through the storyline. That said, I also found that the story ended rather abruptly. I was left without a sense of closure at the ending.

Holland’s characters take her readers back to a different time. A time where priorities were on different aspects than they are today. These well-developed individuals take the forefront of the novel, immersing you in their lives. I did, however, find it difficult to connect with the characters. That’s not to say that they weren’t well done, just that I couldn’t find that thread to draw me irrevocably to them.

Overall, this was a well written and insightful novel. It was a fairly enjoyable read that took me back to a simpler time. Although part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone novel.

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