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Always Dakota (Dakota #3)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,757 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Mira Books (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),
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
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
Connie N.
Aug 21, 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
Jul 29, 2010 Jill rated it liked it
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.
Apr 30, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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.
Margie Gundelach
Jun 26, 2010 Margie Gundelach rated it it was amazing
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-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.
Linda C
Sep 26, 2012 Linda C rated it really liked it
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
Debbie West
Jul 06, 2014 Debbie West rated it it was amazing
great book! i read 1st, but not 2nd in this series. but it wasn't too hard to catcch up. debbie MaComber ccan make me laugh or cry! i was rooting for Margaret& Matt,, as well as Buffalo Bob& Meredith, and for Sarah& Dennis& Sarah's daughter Calla. i was ready to give calla a piece of my OWN mind before the story ended! ha! Mrs MaComber writes clean books, with characters who know and love our God our Father! Great job by Mrs Macomber as always!
Shannon Brady bardsher
Great read!

I have really loved this series - laughed and cried several times. My only complaint, the only one - is the format and typos. Thai book isn't even broken up into chapters. Many times the next line skips you to a whole new subject. I realize this isn't the author's fault but it really disturbs the reader. Seriously considering giving up Kindle secondary to this very poor quality.
Aug 28, 2014 Angie rated it it was ok
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
Newton Public Library Iowa
Book three of the series was just as good as the others. This book showed how decisions made can affect your future life long after the relationship is over, and that there isn't a happy ending to every story.--Tracy H.
Jan 09, 2016 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cried my eyes out! Ugh! All the relationships! Typically, I don't like that in my books, but it worked in this series. I wanted to know more about all the people in Buffalo Valley.
Betty Melton
Apr 22, 2014 Betty Melton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A Town to raise a child or three. Sentimental story were with a building story line.Definitely on my list of recommendations
Aug 11, 2011 Tiffany rated it liked it
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
Sharon l childers
Jan 28, 2015 Sharon l childers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always Damota

It was a good book .You have to stay with it . A lot of good people in this bok .

Jan Mcleod
Jan 03, 2013 Jan Mcleod rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2016 Rita rated it really liked it
Third book in this series. Really liked it-can't wait to get the next one, although it's the last.
Jul 08, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Can't wait to get the next one. I will be sorry when the series ends.
Don Nelson
Buffalo Valley, ND continued - Margret and Greg
Connie Glasgow
Debbie Macomber is a wonderful author - love her books.
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
Mae R
Apr 01, 2016 Mae R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret & Matt
Apr 19, 2014 Cathie rated it liked it
somewhat predictable. There are a couple surprises. Overall a good book and series.
Medea Royal
Jul 14, 2015 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
May 05, 2015 Helen rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, ebook
Jun 29, 2011 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this trilogy 'just because' but did not love it. I really don't 'love' anything that Macomber writes -- her work is too saccharine, too contrived for my taste. This book Always Dakota, is the final in the trilogy, and the end seemed rushed -- almost like, Oops, I've got to wrap this whole thing up in 10 pages?? Which she proceeded to do, but to me, it was just ho-hum. If you're a fan of Macomber, you'll probably enjoy these books, as she does stay true to her style of writing.
Jun 18, 2015 Janine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series, usa-state
A bit simplistic.
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Dakota (4 books)
  • Dakota Born (Dakota, #1)
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