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by Rae Ellen Lee (Goodreads Author)
The place: Montana. The time: the present. After a nearly fatal encounter with a moose and a terrifyingly close brush with middle age, Molly reassesses her life. The result: she ends her stale marriage and moves to a small mining town where she purchases The Bluebird House, an old bordello. She hires Ben, a handsome carpenter - and poet, gourmet cook, and mountain man - to ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Five Star (ME)
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This book is hard to categorize because it includes a bit of everything, but that's why I loved it. The setting is a rural area so small I'm not sure it could be called a town, with quirky characters that you will grow to appreciate just like the protagonist does. There's a historical mystery from the frontier days and a developing romance with a local man who might be a killer. Lee's writing style keeps the reader present on each page, and the story definitely kept my interest from the first pa ...more
Another nice book by Rae Ellen Lee. Obviously she is very familiar with the area of Montana which she writes about. Although this is a work of fiction,the story seems to follow the account of her life which she tells in "I only Cuss", and "My Next Husband", but even so, it is rather enjoyable. The ending was a little too predictable in wrapping up all the loose ending so quickly and neatly, but all in all, a nice book to read.
This was a combination of a good chic lit/ woman gets her life right book, but it was also a murder mystery, ghost story. As a plus it takes place in Montana in the winter time so the extreme cold and heavy snow was a nice allusion for this hot and steamy weather we are having right now.
I enjoyed this story and loved the characters.... ''The place: Montana. The time: the present. After a nearly fatal encounter with a moose and a terrifyingly close brush with middle age, Molly reassesses her life. The result: she ends her stale marriage and moves to a former mining camp where, for the price of a used car, she buys The Bluebird House, the site of an old bordello. She hires Ben--a carpenter, poet, gourmet cook and mountain man--to help her renovate the building. Molly can't help b ...more
Very charming book about a woman who has found an opportunity to completely reinvent her life. She buys an old bordello in an old mining town and makes it her house. Writing is very good for a newbie, story is semi-autobiographical. The main character does get her sensibilities too easily alarmed, so you get a little frustrated with her prissiness. But great story about Montana.
Rae Ellen Lee's writing is dramatic, detailed, and full of adventure. A bit of the paranormal enters the book about midway...which I loved. But most of all, I like stories where a character is forced to change. The main character changes her life for the better: an injury, a relationship complication, a move, and a new life. Be sure to put it on your list.
Rae Ellen Lee grew up on a stump ranch in northern Idaho. She worked for the U.S. State Dept. in Washington, D.C., Switzerland, and (then) Yugoslavia before attending the Univ. of Idaho, where she earned a degree in Landscape Architecture. Employment with the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho and Montana followed, until 1997, when she resigned and moved to a sailboat, The Shoe, with new husband, Tom. S ...moreMore about Rae Ellen Lee...