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Montana Cherries

(The Wildes of Birch Bay #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,107 ratings  ·  330 reviews
After her mother’s tragic death, Dani Wilde had no choice but to abandon her dreams. She left Columbia University and returned to her family’s Montana cherry farm, intent on being a maternal figure to her brothers. Now the kids are grown, and it’s finally her time to fly. Her sights are on New York City, and nothing will stop her—not even an old flame with gorgeous green e ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Montlake Romance
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Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but yet i didn't fall in love with it. I did love the unique plot and the
Cherry trees. The way Law describes it just sounds so enchanting.

Dani's mother passed away so she returned home to Montana to take care of her brothers and father. Now she is set to return to NYC to start her marketing job in a month when Ben returns to Montana with his daughter he is just getting to know.

Ben didn't have a traditional childhood but he is determined to make his daughters life a good one
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

While not a bad book by any stretch, I struggled through the whole story. This book is loooooong, like tediously, painfully long. The audiobook was 11 hours long, and it FELT 11 hours long.

I also struggled with the romance. I didn't care much for Dani and I didn't love how she was with Ben. The romance was also not the main focus of the story, with the bulk of the plot dealing with family drama.

In the end, despite a very competent audiobook narration, I couldn't wait to be done with it. Not to
So, I Read This Book Today
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An astounding, painful, cathartic book you SHOULD read “Triangulation: a tactic used by narcissistic parents to change the balance of power in a family system. For example, rather than allowing two siblings to work together, the Narcissistic Parent insists that he or she be the go-between. This controls the way the information flows, the way it is interpreted, and adds nuances to the conversation.” – Band Back Together, adult children of narcissistic parents resources“Bad things do happen; how I ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is so much more than a sweet romance! It explores familial relationships and dynamics in a moving manner, with the focus on Dani Wilde and those around her. Dani was at Columbia University when her mother dies. She gave up her studies to return to the family Cherry farm in Montana to bring up her younger brothers who are now grown up. She plans to return to live her own life, starting a new job in a month’s time.

That’s when her first lover, Ben, returns to Montana, bringing with him his fou
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**My thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is the first book that I have read by this author and after this book, I would certainly not hesitate to read more of her work.

This book may be light on the romance, but the drama of the story really grips you with the emotions that both Dani Wilde and Ben Denton feel.

For Dani, after having taken care of her father and brothers since her mothers death 10 years ago, she is FINALLY on the ro
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. I loved Ben. He is a wonderful man who is doing his best to learn how to be a good father to his four-year-old daughter. He is also a great friend and very much in love with Dani who he had become close to years ago when visiting her brother.

Dani is a good sister and daughter who had given up her dreams to return home and take care of her brothers after her mother died. Now that her brothers are all grown up, she has decided to go to NYC and live out her dr
Deanna Stevens
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader, but it is a rare occurrence that I can’t put a book down until completed. That happened to me with Montana Cherries! I am now a fan of author Kim Law. I loved the dynamics between Dani and Ben. The sub stories were as much an integral part of the story as Ben & Dani. If you are looking for just a light romance or chick lit this isn’t for you! This is a book about love, forgiveness, family and learning how to heal! Not to diminish the love story it is there, but the family dy ...more
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

3 Cherry Loving Stars!!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Montlake Romance via NetGalley

Ok, so I did quite enjoy this book, I just didn't fall completely in love with it.  I loved most of the characters especially Haley and Jenna, but it was Dani that didn't win me over in the end.  She started out strong for me but ended up weak. :(

Dani Wilde has taken care of her family but for once its time she takes care of herself.  In her past one weak moment has been Ben Denton so when he return
Clare O'Beara
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-romance
This romance is set in Montana, but the cherry orchard is only an occasional backdrop, with one chapter in the middle where we see a harvest. The rest of the time we are mostly indoors or around the town, watching Dani and her contentious, divided and unhappy family tearing apart and trying to explain what went so wrong in their lives. Re-enter Ben, a young man from a similarly divorced Hollywood family, home to Montana with a little girl who has been suddenly landed on his doorstep after a flin ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for my honest review. This book is different from Kim Law's other books and I really enjoyed it. It has me wondering if my mother in law has this same disorder that was mentioned in the book.
Dani Wilde gave up her dreams to return to Montana to help her dad and brothers after her mom dies in a car accident. After they are all grown to adulthood and her brothers and their dad start to follow their dreams she has the opportunity to go to New York and follow hers. But than comp
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Firstly I would like to thank the lovely author for kindle providing me with a copy to read and review, this is my first time in reading anything written by this author.

After tragedy strikes home, Dani Wilde has no choice but to abandon her dreams and return back to home base, everything was falling apart around her, and being the eldest it was her responsibility to take care of her younger siblings.

But what happens when an old flame returns too?

When things start to heat up for Dani, past memori
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dani Wilde was the sole person who glued her family together. It doesn’t matter if her dreams of attending Columbia and live a normal college life came to a halt. She was needed by her family, and she came back for them.

But now, her brothers have settled down, and it was time for her to make her dreams of going to New York come true. She will go there, nothing will stop her this time, not even an old flame.

Ben Denton is coming back home, alongside the daughter who was pushed into him by an ex. H
Cocktails and Books
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is definitely a book about relationships and what do you do when the foundation that you’ve been living on for so long is ripped from you.

Dani had given up an Ivy League scholarship to come home and help raise her brothers after her mother was killed in a car accident. We meet her when she is in her early 30’s and she finally feels like that job is “done” and she is getting ready to leave the family farm to resume her dreams.

In the mon
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was my first book by Kim Law. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book had it all: second chance romance – check; in love with your brother’s friend – check; single father of an adorable little girl – check!

Dani returned home during her freshman year of college to help take care of brothers after the death of their mother. Years later, now that her youngest brother is graduating from college, she is finally preparing to leave home to begin her own life that was interrup
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ben has returned to Montana after his ex-girlfriend surprised him with a 4-year old daughter. He was floundering in his sudden parenthood and his efforts to bond with his daughter were failing miserably. He was smart enough to know that he needed help, so he reached out to the Wilde family, because they - particularly Dani - had once shown him what a family could be.

Dani has spent years putting her family before herself. As her brother Gabe said "Our big sister has held our butts to the fire mor
Kristi, A Book Fanatic
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2015, arcs
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Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I wonder if the author named the book Montana Cherries only because of the cherry farm or because it also involves a woman's first love. Clever.

I liked all of characters in this book. Everyone made sense together. The family dynamic seemed weird at first, but as things progressed it made more and more sense. The characters were (mostly) believable in the way they felt and acted towards each other. The psychological issues addressed were interesting and made me enjoy the book even more because it
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy for an honest review.

I have read several of Kim Law's books and enjoyed them all. I started this one expecting a light romance, but it was anything but light (except on the romance).
I would have put this in the family drama genre. The Wildes are a large, damaged dysfunctional family suffering the after effects of a mentally unstable mother. If you are a fan of watching a psychological drama unfold, this is the book for you. It was well written and intense. I was draw
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most interesting romance novels I've read in a long, long time. The plot and the characters were very well written and realistic. This storyline reaffirmed to me that things are not always what they seem, and that people are the products of their childhood or their childhood as they perceived it. I could not put this down as I got more involved in the characters and the storyline.

I'll be looking for more novels by Ms Law and wonder if there are more books to come that involve
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of boring filler

As I was reading this book I kept thinking the story dragged in certain chapters. Certain topics in the book were mentioned in multiple chapters. At the end of the book the author mentions she had to lengthen the first copy for it to be published.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I saw this cover and fell in love with it and immediately had some expectations of it. The story centers around Dani Wilde whose mother tragically dies when Dani was attending Columbia University, so she quit her education so that she could care for her brothers.

As luck would have it, I love children and this book has little ones, especially the 4 year old daughter of Ben who pursues Dani romantically. The way Ben became caretaker for his daughter made me sad, but I don't want to give it away.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Road Trip

I started this book on the road to North Carolina from Pennsylvania on Audible. Once in NC I switched over to reading and it was almost impossible to set down. Will be getting Montana Rescue ASAP to enjoy some more time with the Wilde family.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Montana Cherries by Kim Law is an emotional, poignant and ultimately uplifting novel of healing. Although there is also a romantic element to the storyline, the main focus is on Dani Wilde's struggle to come to terms with the wounds from her past.

Following her mother's death, Dani gave up her dream of attending college to return home and care for her younger siblings. Fast forward fourteen years, and she is on the verge of making her long awaited move to New York. She is finalizing her
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

I have recently become a huge fan of Kim Law. I actually met Kim at a Reader/Writer Conference two years ago, but at that time I had never read any of her work. I received a copy of Ex on the Beach, but since I only read on my Kindle now. I set it to the side. Several month ago, I downloaded the audio for Ex on the Beach and took advantage of the Kindle Unlimited program and read/listened to the book and fell in love with her writing. Since then, I have read all of her books, so I
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Stars

Dani Wilde had given up her dreams to help raise her brothers after her mom had died in a car accident. To uphold her mom’s memory she raised them the best she can as her mom would’ve raised them. But they are all grown, and now it’s time for her to live her dream. As things start to fall apart, reasons and excuses come up for her to stay. But her brothers will not have it and will tell her the family secret hoping to push her pursue her dreams instead. Nothing is what it seems, and
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Montana Cherries by Kim Law is an intriguing read with dynamic characters. Montana Cherries is not just about Dani, but about her whole family and how they continue to struggle with the past...even if they have different memories of it.

Dani was an interesting heroine. She gave up a lot for her family and never moved forward again until now. I admired this about her, she put her family ahead of her own dreams. But even though everyone is grown up now and living their own lives, I felt like Dani s
Kay Pflueger
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I am a fan of Kim Law and was excited to receive this book and to be given a chance to review it. I expected it to be similar to other books of hers that I have read but found it to be atypical of those books. The book deals with the sensitive issue of mental illness but this does not become evident until several chapters into the book.
Dani Wilde is the only girl in a family of 6 siblings and she took over the role
Scarlett Ian
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I have previously read quite a few Kim Law books and I'm a huge fan; the way she writes paints such a picture it's like a movie. So naturally, when I stumbled across this one I didn't hesitate to add it to my list. This author writes such a moving story in Montana Cherries. The Wilde children had to deal with so much hurt and pain growing up that it's a wonder if any of them will be okay or have healthy relationships. I'm hoping that each sibling gets a book of their own because I would be so up ...more
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Kim Law is an award-winning bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her fifteen novels (and three novellas) are set mostly in small towns and contain a fun mix of drama, family & friends, and laughter. Oh . . . and sex 😊 Her latest release, Montana Dreams, was released September 25th and is book four in The Wildes of Birch Bay.


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The Wildes of Birch Bay (6 books)
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