Beneath Montana's Sky: A Montana Sky Novella (Unabridged)
by Debra Holland
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Plain and timid, debutante Pamela Burke-Smythe is a wallflower at the high-society Boston balls she attends, overlooked by possible suitors. One by one her friends become engaged, and Pamela resigns herself as to life as a spinster. When rancher John Carter becomes guardian to his orphaned godson, Nick, nothing he does seems to help the grieving, angry boy. At his wit's end, he believes that a wife might help draw Nick out, and lonely himself, John's been thinking along matrimonial lines for a while anyway. But small Sweetwater Springs, Montana, has no suitable candidates. He decides to visit his great-aunt Hester in Boston and bring back a wife who is kind and compassionate, who can be a mother figure to Nick, and who can adapt to the hard life on the ranch. Hester, who's also Pamela's godmother, plays matchmaker for the two. John responds to Pamela's kind heart and believes he's found the ideal woman. But Pamela never thought to marry a stranger and leave Boston, and her family and friends are against the idea. She musters all her meager courage to defy her loved ones and seize her only chance at marriage. After a whirlwind courtship, the couple marries and travels west. Pamela discovers a run-down ranch house, a bunch of unruly cowboys, a sullen boy, and a different way of life. Can their new marriage survive the challenge? Set in 1883, Beneath Montana's Sky is a prequel to New York Times best-selling author Debra Holland's Mail-Order Brides of the West series and Montana Sky series.
This story makes for a relaxing listen...
Debra writes such beautiful sweet books and this novella was no different. It starts out with a tragedy and loss but develops into an old fashioned courtship. John Carter is a rancher who just lost his best friend and finds himself suddenly a fill-in-father for his Godson Nick. Thinking that his Godson, his ranch and he himself would be benefit from the soft touch of a woman John sets out to find a bride with the hope that he can court & fall in love in a short time to return to his Godson and ranch, John sets out for the big city to find a wife.
Anytime I want a clean, wonderfully written story I turn to Debra Holland and she never disappoints.