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Away in Montana

(Paradise Valley Ranch #1)

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Beautiful, spirited heiress McKenna Frasier–daughter to one of the Butte Copper Kings—vowed eternal love to Sinclair Douglas before she left for college and an introduction to society. Four years in New York and travel abroad have opened her eyes, making her realize she wanted more than marriage and a simple Montana life. But when McKenna commits an unforgivable transgress ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Tule Publishing
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Wendy'sThoughts
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Porter Fans, Marietta Montana, Tule Publishing, Historical, Romance
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: Marsha Spohn
4 Not Victims of The Times Stars
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Over the years I have read about a place called Marietta, Montana. There have been many tales referring back to those who were there from the start... back when Cowboys were really serious Cowboys and Women...well women....

Had better know their place and what the rules were...
Because make no mistake...in the 1800's....there were many rules about all the things a woman could and could not do.... and if she pushed that line a little too far...or fell in love
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Carrie
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
McKenna Frasier had fallen for Sinclair Douglas when the pair were very young and McKenna has the opportunity to tutor Sinclair. But McKenna's family was incredibly wealthy and Sinclair's father simply worked in the mines which seemed to also be the path that Sinclair himself would head down one day.

When it came time for McKenna to leave for college and an introduction to society she pledged her love to Sinclair but as the years past McKenna found herself to be having to much fun in the big cit
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Elaine
I have read quite a few of the Montana romances but have to say this is the first one I’ve read that was set back in the 19th century. It starts on October 26th, 1889 and is a real page turner! It was great to meet the ancestors of so many of the characters familiar from contemporary stories set in this location - and whilst it isn’t necessary to have read any of these stories to enjoy this one, I loved it from start to finish!

McKenna Frasier is the daughter to one of the Butte Copper Kings and
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Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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The rules for women in the late 1800’s were far, far different than those we face today. Then a mistake, even a perceived mistake could cost a young woman her reputation, and just about everything else, for in that time a woman’s reputation was her fortune… no matter her wealth. McKenna Frasier was young, beautiful, headstrong, stubborn and convinced that the stupid rules of society didn’t apply to her. They were ridiculous and she ignored them when it suited her, ev
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Vicki
I absolutely love historical fiction, mainly because I'm rarely disappointed. And I definitely was not disappointed by what I thought would be just another Christmas story. Away in Montana is a really good with a little of everything: romance, love, betrayal, friendship, loss of friendship, judgment, history, and so much more. The story takes place in the late 1800's and tells of McKenna Frasier and Sinclair (Sin) Douglas relationship since they were very young teens.

The story reminded me just
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Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
Away in Montana (Paradise Valle Ranch Book 1)

The love story of McKenna and Sinclair. McKenna left New York on a scandal and in now back in Paradise Valle disinherited, poor and ow working as a teacher. Sinclair as love her sense they where children but now she will not marry him. Can he win her back? Good story.
Aura
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Fun and short romance set in Montana in the 1880's. McKenna is a not so young (25) beauty who comes to a small town in Montana as a teacher. Everyone in town knows she is an heiress who was disowned by her father and disgraced by a man back in NY. Here in Montana she faces Sinclair, her teen love and a man she was supposed to wait for but whom she dissed. I liked this fairly clean romance. Its always nice to read about Montana, good american values and strong female main character.
Jackie
15 years have passed and MacKenna Frasier returned to Marietta Montana disgraced, disillusioned, disowned and utterly humiliated thanks to a lapse of judgement that cost her every creature comfort she cherished.

Now a school teacher living in a one-room log cabin the former heiress is one step above total poverty and learning every day just how tough life can be for a woman in her position.

Sinclair Douglas never expected his first and only love to return to Marietta and now that MacKenna is back
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Susannah Carleton
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A childhood friendship turns into love, but independent, wealthy MacKenna Frasier does not realize how special her relationship with miner Sinclair Douglas is until she believes she has lost it.
Taco Tuesday
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I appreciated the feminism in the story (something that doesn’t often come up in historical romance novels), but I was frustrated with the heroine at times. I’ll probably read the next book in the series.
Sydney Blackburn
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I did not think my first "this book insults readers" review of 2018 would come so soon. Surprise!

My expectations for this book were pretty low after looking at the poorly photoshopped cover--ninety percent of the time if the cover is slipshod, so is the story within. Having low expectations in general is quite good--it gives me a lot of room to be pleasantly surprised, and I'm usually not disappointed if it's exactly as poor as I expected.

And yet.

This is how the book opens, the very first parag
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Fiona Marsden
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: If you like short sweet historicals
Recommended to Fiona by: Netgalley
This is a historical set at the end of the 19th century in the town of Marietta made popular by the Tule contemporary novellas set in Montana.

Sinclair Douglas and McKenna Frasier grew up in Butte, a big city at the time. He came from a poor mining family and her father owned the copper mine empire. You can see where this is heading.

Sinclair met McKenna at school. She was in his sister's class and he was older. Despite the difference in class, they became friends, even when he was forced to leave
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Julie Barrett
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Away In Montana by Jane Porter
Book starts out with the teacher and she's been invited to the Bramble House Halloween party.
Book catches you up to speed, it's 1880s and she is there as a schoolteacher.
Sinclair Douglas is a miner manager and he's broken it up with McKenna. His father had died in the mine and he had taken over his job.
She was to marry him according to her father's rules but she wanted no part of it. She had returned to the area and was now hired as a school teacher.
As he takes her
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Shelagh
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have an infected foot. It's been driving me up the wall with pain and frustration and so today I decided to do the right thing by it and rest. This, of course meant reading, and Jane Porter's latest novel beckoned me. Away In Montana is, I think, Jane Porter's first historical western and I can't tell you how pleased I was that my sore foot gave me the perfect excuse to read.
This story sang to me from the first page. I just couldn't put it down. McKenna, with her stubborn streak and Sinclair,
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Becky Burciaga
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After having so many stories revolving around the town of Marietta, Montana, it was delightful to read the story of how it all began in the late 1800's. I hadn't realized, prior to reading, that the book was a historical romance, or that it takes place in the very same town of Marietta that I'd come to enjoy reading about.

Ms Porter did a remarkable job of setting up the historical foundation for all the stories to follow for the town and the Sinclair Douglas family. Her depiction of how hard li
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Bette Hansen
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!! I've enjoyed most of the Marietta stories and it was fun to read the history of one of my favorite fictional towns. McKenna and Sinclair were friends throughout their youth. Their feelings went far deeper than friendship but in 1889 society's rules said that the two could not be together. He was a poor miner and she was an heiress. After going off to college, McKenna's strong will and resentment towards the rules society placed on her leave her with broken dreams and a damaged reput ...more
Margaret Sholders
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh Jane you tore me apart! I have most of your books. They know mostly that there is some fun and everyone is really OK. This story starts at the beginning of Marietta. I had tissues in my lap so I could grab one quick. Sinclair worked for McKenna's father running his mines until he couldn't take it anymore. McKenna was sent west to Montana because she was fallen. Now she is in a cabin and teaches the children. Once upon a time they loved each other but she was only for herself. His sister Johan ...more
Denise Stout
McKenna, the fallen daughter has returned to live her life as a teacher. Most of her town has spurned her, but the love she left behind, Sinclair has shown her grace. It's obvious they still love each other, but they need to forgive each other while McKenna must learn marriage is not giving up independence. Several obstacles and a mine accident puts their love to the test. McKenna promises to marry him if he survives and Sinclair holds her to that promise. This second chance love set in the late ...more
Maria Cox
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blurb

McKenna Frasier is the daughter of a copper mine magnate. Her family is wealthy and she has social status. McKenna is destined to have a pampered life.

Sinclair Douglas is the only son of a poor mining family. Sinclair is forced to leave school to work in the mine when his father dies unexpectedly. Mining is brutal, but Sinclair takes his fate in stride.

Five years his junior, McKenna is his sister’s friend. In spite of the difference in social circles, Sinclair and McKenna have a genuine fri
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Grace Tolman
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read from this author. I've had it in my Kindle library for a while now but was looking for a book that fits this season, or at least the upcoming Christmas season, that I decided to finally break it open, so to speak, and read it.
I'm glad that I finally read it because I had a fantastic time with Mackenzie and Sinclair's story. The author did a good job blending their past with the present. I didn't feel lost at all even though the back story was yet to be revealed in the nex
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Loraine Oliver
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Away in Montana is a really quick but good red. It is by Jane Porter and the first book of a series, and I can't wait to read more!

This book has all the good things in a romance, love, hate, hard feelings broken promises and redemption. It tells the story of McKenna Frasier, a 25 tear old young woman full of life and beautiful, the heiress to the Copper Kings Mine, and her fall from grace after going to college and then after travelling and staying in New York until she was totally disgraced an
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Kerry Croucier
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jane Porter took a chance and ventured into historical western territory, and, I can happily say, it is more than successful. The beginning of a new series, Porter introduces us to the fledgling town of Marietta and the beginning of some of the great families that founded it.
The characters are strong and well-developed and the story is extremely well-written.
McKenna Frasier grew up in Montana, the pampered daughter of a mine owner. She attended public school where she met Sinclair Douglas. Whe
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BookSnuggle
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Away in Montana by Jane Porter is book number one in the Paradise Valley Ranch series. This is McKenna Frasier and Sinclair Douglas' story.

This story takes place in 1889. Things were definitely different during that time especially for women. If a woman made a mistake, it could cost her everything.

McKenna and Sinclair 'Sin' have a history and their relationship did not end well. McKenna has been forced to return to Montana due to her reputation being destroyed. She has also been disowned by her
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Lynda
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars for this book. Normally I thoroughly enjoy Jane Porter's books. This one however missed the mark. It desperately needs a good editor. There are so many mistakes - misspelling, words in the wrong place (although spelled correctly so autocorrect wouldn't pick them up), excess information that wasn't needed and stopped the story flowing, and scenes that didn't quite make sense (the hero exited a room twice without reentering it, for one example). It also didn't flow as well as her other ...more
Katrina Epperson
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful

This is a great historical about second chances at love. Travel back to Montana in the late 1800's and meet McKenna. She is the new teacher in the small town of Paradise Valley. Why would a young woman move from New York, where she has been a spoiled and pampered daughter, to move to a small town to become a teacher? Upon her arrival she planned to rebuild her life, but that was easier said than done. She wants to prove to herself and her father that she could take care of herself with
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Rafaela
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uplifting, frustrating

McKenna is all over the map. Rich, pampered, spoiled believing her position would forever protect her from the consequences of her actions is caught completely off guard when her latest exploit results in disinheritance, loss of reputation and her place in lofty society. Sinclair has always loved McKenna but feels he was strung along, and treated like a fool after so many years waiting for McKenna to agree to marry him. Sinclair can't understand what is holding her back. He
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Marcia  Haskell
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Montana is about to join the Union, a woman’s role is very restricted and men are expected to control everything, there family, their business and their wives. When you have a young woman who went to college, entered society and made friends with the wrong man, she is disinherited by her father. She decides to return to Montana and teach. The place she has moved to is the home of the man who loved her and was deeply hurt when she didn’t return to him after graduating from college. The interestin ...more
Donna Huber
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since discovering the universe of Marietta, MT I can't seem to get enough of these sweet, clean romances. So far I've only read the Christmasy ones, but they have all been enjoyable. While the others were set in present day, this one is set in the 1850s. These are the great-grandparents to some of the characters in the other novels. It was really great to see the beginnings of this town. My eyes were watery through most of the novel as MacKenna struggled with being totally on her own in a town w ...more
Mary
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Fallen Woman??

I enjoyed the overall story. I did find some of McKenna's thoughts repetitive, but they were needed to show her thought process. I was in love with Sinclair from the beginning & at first was frustrated with McKenna's treatment of his feelings. Progressive in her thoughts & the way she felt like men could do anything without consequences helped me to understand her actions. Sinclair's determination to marry her even after being hurt by her so many times showed how deeply he loved
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Adele Zeller
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.

Warm and endearing. Made me so emotional. There was so much love in this story. Heroine seems to have been such an airhead in the past creating a scandal causing her father to disown and dump her on her own. Father not a good one but heroine lands back in her fathers mine town seeing and reacquainting with her one and only love. Few more twists and turns but ends with a nice HEA.
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