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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  118 reviews
A sweeping tale of love, legacy, and wilderness set between the present day and 1866 in the dramatic landscape of modern-day and territorial Montana.

While on a trip to Montana with her mom, British teen Hope meets local boy Cal Crow, a ranch hand. Caught in a freak accident, Hope and Cal take shelter in a cabin, where Hope makes a strange discovery in an abandoned diary. M
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by The Chicken House (first published September 3rd 2015)
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I am aghast.

I have no words, only spluttering.

I was prepared to give this 4 stars. I was willing to overlook some faults (hang on, tell you in a sec). But then....THEN.

I'm still struggling to articulate because it's almost too ridiculous to believe!

Let me set this up for you (and yes there will be spoilers):

This story is two parallel stories over 100 years apart, both with British girls coming to Montana and falling for cowboys under remarkably similar circumstances; the modern one reading the
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells two stories, Emily and Nate set in Pioneer America, and Hope and Cal, set in Modern America. Normally books like this make me pause, because frankly I read far too many books exactly like this. One set in the past, one modern but both connected. It has to be a truly phenomenal to both catch and then hold my attention; this did.

I absolutely loved both couples, although I was a little iffy on Emily and Nate (because he keeps her at his cabin for so long, but it's not forced impriso
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a remarkable, beautiful story ... One of the few I've read over the years that has managed to bring a tear to my eye! Loved Emily's friendship with Clear Water, the white stallion appearances and the bison storyline especially. History interwoven with love and fate in an amazing setting. Loved it! ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: symposium-2018
This book carried me back to my much younger self, and it is that self that loved it 5 stars worth. A compelling story can make history repeat itself.
emily rose
Soooo.... I really didn't like this book. To be honest, I really hated it. It was just that bad.

I had doubts going into this book and it was even worse than I imagined.

That doesn't mean the book wasn't enjoyable at all. I actually liked the concept of two different stories in two different times. And the story was ok for the first 200 pages. It was easy to read, there were two different love stories happening and I liked learning about Montana.

I didn't love the two love stories, it was often pr

Crow Mountain was fantastic. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to read this as I would have to say it's up there as one of my favourite reads of the year.

Crow Mountain is two stories set centuries apart that come together and mirror each other so fantastically. We have English girl Emily telling her story in 1867 as she travels though the plains of Montana to San Francisco to marry and English girl Hope's story in 2015 on a Montana mountainside while her mum conducts environmental rese
Kate Ormand
Present day: Hope visits Montana with her mum, Meredith, who is an environmental scientist. Hope and Meredith stay with the Crow family. While research keeps Meredith busy, Hope helps Cal Crow with chores, like caring for the animals. 1867: Emily is rescued by horse-trader, Nate, who takes her to a remote cabin where she recovers. While Emily is stuck at the cabin until Nate can return her to town, she helps with chores, meets his family, and is drawn into his way of life. The journey for both c ...more
Chelley Toy
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I was lucky enough to have been invited to the Chicken House Blogger Brunch back in July where I got to hear a bit more about Crow Mountain from both Barry Cunningham and the author Lucy Inglis herself and it left me super intrigued to read the book.

I have to say I was not disappointed. Even after hearing about it at the brunch this book still fully surprised me in the most wonderful way possible.

My heart was swept away by Lucy’s fanta
Laura (midorireads)
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I started this book initially with no idea what it was really about. I understood that it was going to be told in two parallel accounts, one in the present, and one in the past. But I wasn't sure how they were supposed to correspond, besides the fact that both were of English girls, taking shelter in a mountain cabin in Montana, each with a young man who knew of survival. The modern story being that of Hope Cooper and Cal Crow, and the past belonging to Emily and Nate.

Honestly, I enjoyed Emily
JESUS CHRIST. Lucy Inglis seriously knows how to mess with your feels, I feel as if my heart had been shredded multiple times in the last 3 chapters! But holy crow, that was a phenomenal story packed with so much emotion that I wanted to cry. Very different to Lucy's debut in a good way and I absolutely LOVED it. From beginning to end, it was amazing. Now I need time to recover.

Full review to come.
Sally Boocock
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I would put it on a par with Nelly Dean. A beautifully told love story 100 years apart. Loads of information regarding native Americans. The main protagonists in both centuries were totally lovable and you could feel the awkwardness and humour between them. It's a YA book but totally suitable for adults too. ...more
MattandCathy Brandley
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. It is a love story intertwined between the past and the present.
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
3.5 stars

Interesting story! Liked the story and characters and everything but didn't connect to it emotionally in a way that I wanted.

Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis was another hugely fun read. I have to admit that I didn't know very much about the story before I decided to dive into the book. And you know what? Crow Mountain was hugely interesting and something that felt a little bit different as I was reading.

Crow Mountain has two time lines, a story set in the modern day and another set in the
Leah Moyse
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a Young Adult Historical/Modern day romance story. Although outside my usual comfort zone, it has to be said that I was quickly drawn in and I found it thoroughly entertaining.

Firstly 1867 in Montana with Emily and Nate. Emily and Nate's story occurs when upon Emily trying to travel across America a disaster occurs and Emily is left alone, save for the care of Nate who rescues her and takes her back to his home and looks after her and what develops is an unlikely story of love.

In mo
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a while to get into at first but after page 70 it starts to get interesting. Major event near the end which made me throw the book across the room twice (then apologise to it). Twist at the end which was a bit confusing but it was explained a bit later. Overall, it's a great book. ...more
Not doing it for me sadly. Moving on
Sarah Tregear
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this. Made me cry so much sitting in the garden with the dog. I had to wipe my nose on a lurcher.
Vera Conceição
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, when you're least expecting you find a pearl like this.

Beautiful, simply a beautiful story.
Rhi Anna
Apr 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I think I got this book from one of my kids book orders from school. I'd never heard of it, but it sounded good.

It wasn't terrible. If the author were to have written an entire book about Nate and Emily, I would've loved the hell out of that. I want to get my hands on all kinds of books about the Old West and pioneers now.

Hope and Cal were boring. The feud felt tacked on, as did the deaths. Why?! Why did *insert spoiler* have to die?!?! But I didn't really care what happened to Hope and Cal an
Newport Librarians
If you are looking for a little mystery, some romance and plenty of adventure in the stunning western mountains of Montana, this story will satisfy you. The reader is drawn easily into parallel tales, though separated in time by more than 100 years (1867 and present day), of two 16-year-old English women and their challenging adventures in Montana that of course, involve falling for rough-and-tumble partners. The story revolves around difficult choices that both women face: what do they want fr ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautifully written story. It follows two storylines occurring hundreds of years apart. Two families rooted in Montana, rooted in hatred and revenge. One trying to live in peace while the other circles them causing pain and havoc.
A diary from the 1800's written by a young woman coming Friday m England to marry. Found by a young English girl on a work trip with her very opinionated mother. And as the story in the diary unfolds, so does her own story.
The characters are well written and th
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Crow Mountain! The book brought the historic tale of Nate and Emily into fruition in the modern story of Hope and Cal. Their intertwined tales take place in Montana one hundred and fifty years apart. The historic content, following the end of the Civil War, what was taking place in Montana- the attempted extermination of the buffalo and removal of the native Americans- all enhance the telling of Hope and Cal's story and give depth and background to what was taking place to them. It made ...more
3.5 stars. There were parts of this story that really worked and others that didn't. I liked the concept of linking the two stories although some of the events and coincidences were a little implausible and convenient. The historical romance "Stockholm syndrome" was initially a little disturbing. An escapist read. ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book left me speechless.
My heart was broken because of Nate, I wasn't ready to be broken hearted for Cal as well.

Good thing that the ending is beautiful.

This deserves a 5 star. I've never been hooked this year on a book after reading this.

Add to your to read now :)
Mary Farrell
I know this book will get criticism for a few things, but I loved it. Great read.
Yip Jung Hon
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mmm...such a delicious read. And I love it when there's a connection between the past and present. ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel an obligation to write a review, just to say this book was an amazing journey. I cried, but in the end they were happy tears.
Zoe (Zthecapybara)
Great book, close to tears by the end (but in a good way). As a lover of nature and adventure this book was just what I love about a good book. Remember, love conquers all.
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