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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, 277 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Five Star (ME)
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The Rad Books
Nov 01, 2016 The Rad Books rated it really liked it
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This review was written for theradbooks.blogspot.com.

Summary:
Molly, a middle aged woman stuck in an unsatisfactory marriage, is attacked by a moose as she is out in the woods. This close-call with death makes her realize how unhappy she is; upon recovery she decides to divorce her husband and make a new life for herself. After staying in a friend’s cabin for a bit, she falls in love with a dilapidated building in an old mining town. This building, known as The Bluebird House, has a mysterious p
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Wilhelmina
Jan 15, 2013 Wilhelmina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa
Jun 15, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
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.
Connie
Feb 27, 2012 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Really enjoyed the story, it was loaded with interesting characters. It was a quirky and fun read.
JR Hassett
Jul 22, 2013 JR Hassett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful read. Historical, mystery, adventure all rolled into one. The characters are well developed, believable, and enchanting.

Nicely done and good for all ages.
Aunty Janet
Mar 06, 2012 Aunty Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pamela Beason
Dec 11, 2011 Pamela Beason rated it it was amazing
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
Booklover
I really enjoyed this book - so much so that I just recommended it to my mom. The main character was a tremendously strong and courageous woman, despite some fragility that stemmed from both an accident with a moose (!) and the end of her marriage. The setting was very interesting, and the addition of an old mystery, plus a food element with recipes at the back, heightened my enjoyment. Definitely recommended.
Karen
Mar 18, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
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.
Nancy Canyon
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.
Kerri Farley
Aug 28, 2013 Kerri Farley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite a different type of writing style than I am used to .... but I LOVED it! It stirred lots of emotions in my ... especially at the end. If you can cry reading a book - it has certainly moved you...and this one moved me!
Keyla Parker
Mar 02, 2016 Keyla Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am left wondering what the future holds for many of the people. I'm sorry the book ended.
Cara Tharp
Jun 03, 2008 Cara Tharp rated it it was ok
This is a great book for the Winter months, seeing as it takes place in Snowshoe, Montana. It's nothing too spectacular, yet enjoyable if you just need something to pass the time.
Nanette
Jun 29, 2015 Nanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-writers
Fun and entertaining and philosophical in its way. What more can one ask for.
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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 ...more
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