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Wild Montana Sky (Montana Sky #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,163 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
When her brother announces his marriage, Elizabeth Hamilton suddenly becomes unwanted and unwelcome in the only home she’s ever known. To escape the new mistress of the house, Elizabeth accepts the invitation of her best friend to journey to Montana.

The dirt streets and wooden storefronts of Sweetwater Springs and the hardships of ranch living are worlds away from the refi
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published (first published April 28th 2011)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
This one falls into that ever-growing pile of books that you can tell were written by women solely based on the male character's propensity to act like a woman.

I'm not saying men can't be sensitive or have emotions, but they generally do not react/think/feel the same way a woman would, and in this book, Nick Sanders thinks and feels like a woman. Or, more closely, the way a woman fantasizes about a man thinking and feeling. I don't mind fantasy, but I don't like reading about a character who is
Aug 28, 2011 Kristiej rated it it was ok
I'm always disappointed when I don't love a book and this one left me disappointed. The main problem I had was with Elizabeth, the heroine. I did not like her, not one little bit. I thought her a spoiled brat type heroine. With her parents dead for quite some time, she has played the role of hostess for her brother. Her world is rocked when her brother unexpectedly marries. I think we are supposed to feel sorry for her when her sister-in-law wants to start making the home over into her own style ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Krissy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Feb 07, 2016 Lissa rated it it was ok
I wouldn't say this book was terrible but it doesn't have the things that a good book has that captivates readers. At the beginning I was really interested in the story but as it went on I became less and less interested and just didn't care anymore. Elizabeth annoyed the hell out of me as I was reading I really wanted to slap some sense into her. Don't even get me started on Nick who the hell falls in love with a painting of a person before they've even met that person I was so annoyed by that. ...more
Title: Wild Montana Sky
Author: Debra Holland
Publisher: D.H.
Series: Montana Sky # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"Wild Montana Sky" by Debra Holland was a beautifully written historical western romance read. This author did a good job about presenting this enjoyable story of the move from Boston to Montana for Elizabeth Hamilton. It was indeed interesting to see a Boston lady becoming a woman of the west. I enjoy how this novel was very realistic aspects of this area in the west in the
Patty Nobles
Oct 27, 2015 Patty Nobles rated it it was amazing
Debra Holland has quickly became one of my favorite authors, due in part to her emotional, believable, novels that she has created in the quaint town of Sweetwater Springs, Montana. In her novel Wild Montana Sky, Elizabeth Hamilton is forced from the only home she has ever known by her new manipulative sister-in-law. She decides to head west to visit her best childhood friend who has made her home in Montana far from the metropolis of Boston. Nick Sanders has known heartache when he lost his fam ...more
Trase Passantino
Sep 22, 2012 Trase Passantino rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book, just not as much as I'd hoped. I was looking for a book set in the Old West that featured things like clever dialogue, interesting characters and settings, and intriguing sexytimes. I think what was disappointing to me is that given the credentials of the author, I felt that most of the characters were kind of shallow, and most importantly - I didn't like the heroine. Elizabeth's greatest depths of character involved interior decoration and painting seascapes. I was having ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Lexie rated it liked it
Prelim Review: This was a hard book for me to enjoy at times. While I liked Elizabeth and Nick's chemistry, and Holland's descriptions about the adjusting yourself from refined lady of Boston to rancher's wife in Montana, there was a few things that just kept repeating themselves throughout the story that nagged at me.

Everyone in the story--Pamela, John, Nick, random character in the town--lost a younger sister. I know it was hard back in the day, that children died quite often and of things tha
Jun 07, 2015 kate rated it it was ok
Dull. Nice man. Nice woman. From nice families. Get married and move to a nice ranch in nice Montana. They live in a nice town with nice neighbors. Isn't that nice?

Kept waiting for something to happen and then the story was over. If they ever had sex they were to nice to talk about it.
Jan 30, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-01-jan, 2014
Loved this book. Character development is thorough, individuals are engaging and likable. The perilous plot complications are numerous but believable. Apparently there was some discussion of creating a movie version. I hope this happens. The story and characters belong on the big screen. Recommended.
Jeanie Jackson
Sep 20, 2014 Jeanie Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, read-2014
A wonderful and beautifully written story, Wild Montana Sky is the first in a warm and hopeful series. The talented Debra Holland creates a smoothly written story of joy and sadness, frustration and opportunity, love and pain. I love the way she allows Pamela to make sense of life in Montana for the very proper but sweet Elizabeth and that she allows Elizabeth the intelligence to accept that life has to be different in her new home. I loved the sweet romance and can't wait to see the development ...more
Kc Cooper
Aug 21, 2012 Kc Cooper rated it did not like it
Elizabeth was spineless. Yes I know she shot a bear with her little pistol at he end but by that time I was rooting for the bear. Nick was to good to be true. Though I liked his character. Caleb was a total jerk. A 10 year old would have spotted that guy as a loser. Elizabeths sister-in-law was a little over the top as the meanie. Elizabeths brother absolutely dense. It was over 600 pages and I'll be honest I didn't finish it. A rarity for me. Once I pay for it I usually hang on for the full rid ...more
B. D. Mann
Apr 21, 2016 B. D. Mann rated it really liked it
I am a fan of clean romance novels and am very happy to have found an additional author who, evidently, adheres to the clean romance standard. This is the first book of The Montana Sky Series. The protagonists are Elizabeth Hamilton and Nick Sanders. Elizabeth is a true blue, upper class Bostonian who is used to being pampered by servants and all the amenities money can buy. But she has not been shielded from heart ache and sorrow. Her parents have passed away as did her fiancé, Richard, just we ...more
Leah Sebrell
Nov 17, 2015 Leah Sebrell rated it did not like it
I couldn't get behind this book. I got half way through. I tried to read it all, but it just wasn't good to me. I really didn't like the main character, Elizabeth. I felt like she was entitled, snobby and not open to new ideas. She's also a hypocrite. In the beginning she gets mad that her sister in law wants to change things in Elizabeth's home which now is Genia's. (i.e. new decorations, new staff) . But some chapters over, she's ready to fire the maid in Mr. Livingston's home because she does ...more
Rebecca Heishman
Mar 12, 2015 Rebecca Heishman rated it it was amazing
Excellent storytellers are hard to find. Technically-proficient writers are not always good storytellers. There are many fiction writers who have pristine and perfect technical writing skill without having a compelling writing style. Their stories fall flat and don't draw you in and hold your interest. Debra Holland is a very good writer who is a captivating storyteller. That is a huge accomplishment in the world of literature. Her Montana Sky Series is a wonderfully-researched historical romanc ...more
Jeene Hobbs
A Boston lady finds life and love in Montana

Elizabeth receives a telegram from her brother telling her that he is bringing home his new bride from New York. Her life is about to change drastically and not for the better. She writes to her best friend Pamela who wed and moved to Montana 10 years earlier. Pamela sends Nick Stanton to Boston with an invitation for her to visit Montana. And so the transition begins.

I like the setting and the cast of characters. However, I did not like Elizabeth's r
Patti O'Manne
Feb 06, 2016 Patti O'Manne rated it it was amazing
A Boston belle journeys west and begins to see just how magical life and love can be in this rugged, wide-open land...

This line along drew me into the story. Not much of a historical fan, I was surprised to find Elizabeth Hamilton to be an engaging character. Traveling west to get away from her new sister-in-law, Elizabeth brings with her all of her stiff backed notions of life and propriety.

Nick Sanders is ever the gentleman to Miss Hamilton. Watch as he tries to hide his growing infatuation wi
Feb 16, 2013 Cyndi rated it did not like it
This is one of the worst books I've ever read. The plot is nonexistent, the heroine is utterly unlikeable, the hero is so bland I can barely remember is name, and the secondary characters served no purpose except to make the heroine seem more "perfect." The writing style was horrendous; how the author got this book published is beyond me.
Jan 08, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait to read or listen to more from the Montana Sky Series. Debra is a wonderful author that brings so much to her writing. She tells a tale of love, lost, pain why making you feel alive, warm as she warms your heart. You can feel the characters coming out of her stories, reaching out to take you in.

Debra writes a compelling story of hurt, pain as she takes you through Elizabeth life as her brother brings a wife home. What a shock that was, Elizabeth has always wanted a sister and pray
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Wild Montana Sky by Debra Holland

A sweet western historical. From posh upper class Boston to the wilds of Montana, it's fun to notice how Elizabeth's attitude changes the longer she stays in Montana. From her thoughts about clothing to propriety, the west makes a real woman something more. One who can shoot and protect her family.

This was my first audiobook. I liked it. I found myself walking around the block at lunch so I could hear more. Some of the dialog made me laugh that I probably wouldn'
Nov 23, 2015 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Loved this sweet, enjoyable story! The tender respect and the constancy of love shown by Nick, the hero is sigh-worthy and yet I could understand Elizabeth's hesitancy at accepting it. It was a joy to watch her growth from a Boston high-society maiden who had everything done for her and who had been groomed to marry a rich man to a competent flesh and blood woman who could handle herself and adapt to the rugged land of Montana. The story came to a head in an exciting conclusion that I couldn't p ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Terri rated it it was amazing
First let me say, I read / listened to this book in audio format via I love audio books which allows me to be hands free to do other things, even drive and still read a book too! Audio books tend to breathe life into the stories like a heartbeat, offering multiple voices and accents and tons of excitement!

Set back in the old western days, this book is about the life of a well bred woman (Elizabeth) from Boston, who suddenly finds her brother married which in turn makes her want to l
Jul 14, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 h
Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald
My Review is Available on Audible.

I absolutely loved this book. This was the first historical romance that I've read since I wasn't eleven years old. My mom wasn't a reader and never paid much attention to what I was reading. Looking back not all the books I read was age appropriate but I grew up much faster than most at my age.

With Wild Montana Sky age isn't an issue. I think if my daughter was eleven and asked to read this story then I wouldn't have a problem at all letting her read it. This
Jan 10, 2012 Annalisa rated it liked it
Another free Nook ebook. I like a good historical romance and this makes me want to visit Montana!

Amazon Product Description:
A "Sweet" Romance set in 1893 Montana

With the tragic death of her fiancé, Elizabeth Hamilton believed she’d never love again. The comfortable life she’s settled into with her brother in Boston, is upset when he abruptly marries. Displaced by her spiteful new sister-in-law, and hoping to find a home for herself, Elizabeth allows handsome cowboy Nick Sanders to escort her fr
Kelly Mccurdy
May 18, 2013 Kelly Mccurdy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Every romance reader in the world!!
Recommended to Kelly by: Debra Holland
This was the first true romance novel that I have ever read. I am glad that this was the first one that I have read. This book is a historical romance that is set in the late 1800's. Debra paints a picture of the wild west, and of 19th century Boston. You can see the homes that they live in, and how they dress. I get mad at Genia and Laurance because of the way that they treat Elizabeth. Nick is the cowboy that wants to be loved, and only has eyes for Elizabeth. Mr. Livingston wants to have Eliz ...more
Carol Greenwood
Feb 20, 2016 Carol Greenwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Bostonian lady finds love in Montana..

Elizabeth's brother has brought a bride home to the Hamilton's home from New York. Her new sister-in-law is quite condescending toward her, letting her know her new place in the household. Nick shows up at the house with a letter from Pamela Carter, her dearest childhood friend. Elizabeth boards a train for Sweetwater, Montana.
Leslie Mesmer
Jul 25, 2012 Leslie Mesmer rated it it was ok
I love a well written romance from the old western days. This unfortunately was not one. It is an ok read if reading something heavy and just need a break or at the beach and `are distracted.
The writing was amateurish and the characters childish in believability.
The `cowboy Nick, falls in love with a painting of Elizabeth way before he meets her. When she arrives all he can do is moon over her like a love sick school boy with no confidence. Poor me, she'll never love me gets kinda old fast.
Aug 23, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wild Montana Sky

Ms. Holland captured me with this book - Wild Montana Sky. This was my first book read by this author, but it won't be my last. As I read, I was able to picture myself in the time and place of the setting. I could hardly put the book down. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting something to read that is clean and very exciting.
My rating: 3 stars (barely)

Oh mercy. Where shall I start?

I was so close to giving this book 2 stars but I chose 3 instead. I feel like there was a good story plot in the authors mind but it just didn’t do it for me. I just don’t know how to describe it.

Elizabeth (the heroine) hasn’t gotten over her fiancé’s death… a death that happened 11 YEARS AGO! While reading this, I’m thinking, “Seriously? 11 years and she’s STILL mourning him?” But still I read on.

Then there’s Nick (the hero) that lives s
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USA Today Bestselling author Debra Holland is a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and one time winner. She’s the author of the award winning Montana Sky Series, sweet, historical Western romance. Book Two, Starry Montana Sky, was selected by Amazon as one of 50 Greatest Love Stories. Debra is also the author of The Gods’ Dream Trilogy, fantasy romance. Painted Montana Sky ...more
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“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.” 3 likes
“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.” 2 likes
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