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Always Dakota (Dakota #3)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  3,323 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews

Buffalo Valley, North Dakota, has become a good place to live--the way it used to be. People here are feeling confident about the future again.

Stalled lives are moving forward. People are taking risks--on new ventures and lifelong dreams. On happiness. And one of those people is local rancher Margaret Clemens, who's finally getting what she wants most. Marriage to cowboy M

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Published (first published 2000)
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Oct 22, 2009 Carla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debbie-macomber
I didn't like this book as much as I liked her other books - Montana, Blossom Street series, etc. I think my dislike stemmed from the Axel subplot and the handling of Shelley's pregnancy.

Having friends/family who have endured the adoptive process, I really disliked the way Axel was taken from the couple. I work as a volunteer GAL, and the first mandate is to keep the child feeling stable. Unless the home was truly unfit (and this would be determined by a caseworker as WELL AS a CASA volunteer),
Margie Gundelach
I really enjoyed this book - read it in less than one day! You'll probably ejoy it more if you read th first two books of the trilogy first. These are the first Debbie Macomber books I've - I am now a fan!
Two tales dominate this book. We learn more about Buffalo Bob and his Buffalo gal. Then there's Margaret who decides she's going to marry the bad boy in town because she knows she can give him what he wants: her ranch passed on to her after her father's death.
Aug 18, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I rarely go looking for a Debbie Macomber book, but when I happen to pick one up, I always seem to enjoy it. They aren't overly serious or thought-provoking, but they provide a nice dose of escapism when you are in need. What I always enjoy about Macomber's books is that she makes you believe that people tend to be good at heart, and that life doesn't have to be overly complicated, if you just stick to what is important. I also enjoy that her books tend to run in series or trilogies, so you get ...more
Very disappointed, the story of Matt and Margaret was a very small part of the book, there was not enoug h detail of her finding out his screw up and it went from one story to another and I was so confused most the time I could not enjoy it. The story I was interested in was a failure in that I did not remotely think Matt was redeemed and found the whole nasty woman surrendering her kid a token plot device of trying to clean up that horrid relationship and Margarets willingness to take all the c ...more
Connie N.
Aug 16, 2012 Connie N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feel-good, romance
The 3rd in the Dakota series started out slow, but I really liked it by the end. I didn't think I was interested in reading about Margaret and Matt since they hadn't appealed to me as interesting characters in previous books, but as their relationship developed, so did their personalities. Actually, this whole book seemed to deal with various people living good lives despite setbacks in their pasts. They had to mature and deal with the consequences of their histories. Calla...Bob and Merrily...S ...more
I have to say, I was pretty disappointed with how much of the book was actually about Margaret and Matt. I felt like their story line was pretty much finished before the book was halfway done, and there were just little tidbits about them later that were neatly wrapped up. That being said, I did like "visiting" Buffalo Valley again.
Aug 28, 2014 Dee rated it liked it
Two-haiku review:

She was raised like boy
Falls for neighboring rancher
He's a real A-hole

Ongoing side plots
Didn't love these characters
Good end to series
What a beautifully written end to this trilogy. I loved every page of this series.
Nancy Morse
Jan 11, 2017 Nancy Morse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved what I thought was the final book in the series. Imagine my surprise to find out there is a 4th one, which I am reading now.
Julie Akeman
Jan 08, 2017 Julie Akeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful ending to a trilogy, though there is one more book, it's a short one, a quick return to Buffalo Valley. The main story in this one is the mannish rancher's daughter finally gets married, though they guy wasn't 'in love' with her at the time, and he just got out of a relationship with a conniving woman who wanted him to marry the rich ranch daughter, then divorce her so she could marry him...and when he refused to have anything else to do with her she tries to wreck vengeance in his lif ...more
Mary Beth
Nov 20, 2016 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Clemens is taking a chance on happiness, and going after what she wants for a change. And what she wants is marriage to cowboy, Matt Eilers.
Mar 20, 2017 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another example of Macomber's talents as a storyteller.

In Always Dakota Macomber continues her story of Buffalo Valley with a kidnapping, a run-away and deception - all elements that made this story unlike most of Macomber's other series. With these added challenges, Macomber masterfully weaves the story through the lives of the Buffalo Valley families and tells a story of beauty, forgiveness and the powers of honesty and love.

Kelly Woznik
Oct 19, 2016 Kelly Woznik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book
Maureen Wilson
Mar 03, 2017 Maureen Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
damn good
This was a really good book. At first I thought the relationship between Margaret and Matt seemed really and I found them very dull but as the story progressed, their personalities started to develop and I was able to get into it.
I liked the storyline of Buffalo Bob and Merrily as well, I felt their pain and joy throughout this story. We got to see a lot more of Calla’s story and finally some reconciliation between her and her mom. Reading her story I wanted to smack her for the way she was tre
Linda C
This volume of the Buffalo Valley series deals with Margaret Clemens and Matt Eilers. Margaret has loved Matt for years but is a rough rancher with little knowledge of her feminine side. When her father passes and she inherits is large ranch she proposes to Matt. Matt is seen by the town to be a hard working rancher but a ladies man and rather shallow. He is dating Sheryl, a beautiful conniving waitress when Margaret declares herself. Sheryl wants him to take advantage of the situation and marry ...more
Nov 18, 2016 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read the other two books in this series a few years ago and feel in love with Buffalo Valley and its residents. I loved how the books jumped from perspective to perspective of those who lived and worked in the town. This final chapter did not disappoint. All the questions and the loose ends from the previous two books was wrapped up by the end of this one. I loved how this book focused on Margaret and Matt’s journey. It was uplifting and easy to love.
I always find this author’s novels enchant
Shental Henrie
Sep 12, 2016 Shental Henrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third and final installment to the DAKOTA TRILOGY is just as good as the first two.
DM is able to take small town life and make it interesting and engaging. Through the whole story, you get to know a ton of characters. It is fun to get to know so many. DM is a talented story teller to be able to weave so many characters in her stories.

This third book is about Margaret Clemens and Matt Eilers. She is a woman in a man's world and is the sole heir to her father's cattle ranch. She is also determ
T. Rosado

4.5 STARS!

The first two books in this trilogy were nice reads and I was prepared to feel the same about this third book in the Buffalo Valley trilogy. Yet, by the time I was reading Always Dakota, I was so caught up in the lives of these citizens in Buffalo Valley, I couldn't not enjoy the experience. I hesitate to say that this was the best in the trilogy, but I think it felt the most rewarding. The first two books had a central story (romance) with various intersecting story lines. Although th
Feb 22, 2011 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-romance
Synopsis: "Local rancher Margaret Clemens is taking a chance on happiness, and going after what she wants for a change. And what she wants is marriage to cowboy, Matt Eilers. Regardless of what her friends and family say, and despite all the rumors, Margaret wants Matt anyway. Oh...and she plans on having his baby, too."

My Review: I was really looking forward to this book, of all the characters so far in this series (and there are an insane amount) she is the one I thought I would connect with t
Marilyn Renaudin
Sweet heartwarming story

The people in this story are fabulous. So interesting a study of human nature. Lovely plots that keep you riveted .
This was a similair writing style like her Cedar Cove series. There were several families/characters stories featured. The book kept alternating between them. My complaint with this is there are so many different people and sometimes it was only 2 pages or so of one story and then on to another. I eventually knew the characters and was able to keep track. Another problem with this style is there are stories that are more interesting and sometimes other stories that are more frustrating. At first ...more
Valerie (He Said Books Or Me)
In these four books, we get to visit North Dakota and the tiny town of Buffalo Valley. In each book, we get a closer look at the town, the people who live there and their lives. I enjoy Debbie’s books because you can tell that she tries infuse things that are natural to the place in her writing. She mentions a few real cities in North Dakota, as well as the University of North Dakota in her books. I also enjoy that there is elements of romance in each of the stories. While romance is not always ...more
Holly Doyal
Feb 01, 2017 Holly Doyal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan Mcleod
Dec 31, 2012 Jan Mcleod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the last book of the Dakota trilogy, many conflicts and situations are resolved, or at least better. However, Margaret and Matt face a new serious situation that could dissolve their marriage forever.
Buffalo Valley is thriving again. New business have sprung up and others are in the works. People are moving into the town, and several babies are born.
This is my second reading, and I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first. The plot was not dull or slow,and the characters were ea
Barbara ★
I really liked the first two books in the series but this one just wasn't the same caliber. Maybe had I read them recently instead of over 5 years ago, I might have been more invested in the story. Unfortunately, Always Dakota comes across as a bunch of short stories combined one paragraph at a time into the semblance of a story. There is no clear hero and heroine but four or five separate couples finding love and experiencing problems. There were tons of POVs that really detracted from the over ...more
Medea Royal
Jul 02, 2013 Medea Royal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished the last book in the Dakota trilogy and I have to say what a way to end it. Loved everything about the book especially the way that Calla finally saw what she was doing to her relationship with her mother and needed to fix the rife between them. Also the story between Matt and Margaret ended the way it should have ended because Matt needed Margaret just as much as she needed Matt. I am really glad I read this trilogy because it shows how true life can change in a heartbeat wherever ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading my last book (a terrorist thriller where the storyline was so convoluted you couldn't follow it), I was ready for a "light" read. Debbie Macomber never fails to provide these type of books. Always Dakota is indicative of all her books, with multiple characters who all have problems to overcome and relationships to develop. Each storyline is neatly wrapped up by the end of the book in a satisfactory way that leaves the reader feeling good.
Betty Silvia
The book was very easy to read but it still feels very much like an afternoon soap opera. Tons of interpersonal relationships. Having read the first 2 books of the series, I've invested time into getting to know these characters. I loved getting to know Margaret. She seriously brought back memories of my small town in North Dakota because there was someone like here there as well. Loved the ending of the book where messy situations resolve. Will continue with the series....
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