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Given to Fly

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Can you break your vow if it's the only way to save yourself?

Annelise thought her purpose in life was to get married and have babies. That's what her family and church have been telling her since she was a little girl. But when her marriage turns rocky, and she struggles with her weight and infertility, she fears the childhood dream thrust upon her will never come true.

ebook, 392 pages
Published March 15th 2017 by Mountains Wanted Publishing
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Alice Rachel
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of beta reading this book, and it was so wonderful and heartbreaking and enraging and heart-lifting and heartbreaking and... you got it. A roller-coaster! : )

Annelise is a beautiful human being! If you like reading about good people, she is it! One can't help but empathize with her.

Her husband is the worst d***bag...Ugh, I wanted to kick him in his useless nuts. : /

Annelise is a strong female too, fighting body shaming, a family who cares more about appearances than they do
Bobbi Wagner
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Annelise is a woman who is a kindergarten teacher and just married her college sweetheart. She is slowly learning that life isn't always so peachy after you say I do. She thought that her purpose in life was to get married, have children and go to church. What will happen when she slowly realizes that her thoughts may not be reality? What will she do when her marriage starts going down a rocky road? How will her not being able to get pregnant effect her and her marriage? She is insecure with her ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I struggled with this one.

We are first introduced to Annelise and her husband Aaron a year after their wedding. Annelise had overheard a conversation that her then fiancé was having with his friends. It was a very disheartening comment that was made that any woman would have confronted their future husband about.

And this is where I felt that Annelise was weak, she let the comment go and still went forward with the wedding.

A year later, Annelise is wondering if she made a mistake. Indiscretions
Jared Gallant
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book Ms Montgomery. She has really hit her stride with this work. It is rare to find as real and flawed characters as she has written here. Annalise starts as a meek and downtrodden woman, trying to make things work in her flawed marriage. Her metamorphosis is realistic, methodical and powerful. Even her husband Aaron, while detestable, is a real and genuine character that exists in the real world and not just in fiction. The over-arching story is one of realistic, heartbreak, ...more
Greta Cribbs
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've known about this book for a long time, but was somewhat wary of reading it based on the first line of the blurb, which says, "Can you break your vow if it's the only way to save yourself?" As someone who cherishes my religious beliefs and who also views marriage as a beautiful thing that's always worth fighting for, I feared this book would be an attack on all the things I hold dear. Not that I don't respect an author's right to tell a story from her own point of view, even if it differs fr ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read the entire backlist from this author, and have to say that with Given to Fly, she has really found her stride. This book was excellent. Annalise was a very relatable protagonist with a husband who not only didn't pay her attention in the ways she needed as a spouse and a woman, but flat out belittled her for her external looks. It made me so angry that I wanted to reach through the pages and smack some sense into him! Annalise is a teacher and through her job meets a widowed dad, Tre ...more
E-Reader Addict
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love a book that challenges me to think about what I believe and why. And wow, I did a lot of thinkin’ during this book! (and it's taken me five days to write this review...)

I originally had about a three page review written. It was a little ranty, but also helped me articulate my thoughts about this book - the story, the characters, how things went down between the heroine and the “hero” (I’ll get to that in a bit), but then decided against publishing it all. But I think writing it all out wa
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
“You’ve been given to fly my love. You just need to believe you can.”
My first initial thoughts on this book were extremely conflicted!! I wanted to hug, comfort, and smack the crap out of the main character Annalise, or Annie, all at the same time. From the moment she hears her fiancé speak about their future together, pre-wedding, she questions everything! “I know she’s fat but she’s a good person. And she’s a he**uva cook. I mean d***! Did you try this dip?” This comes from her fiancé Aaron! H
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Given to Fly by K.L. Montgomery Rated 4 stars

Annelise has the almost perfect life. She has the cop husband, who sometimes adores her, a great job, preschool teacher, and is only wanting one thing. She would like to get pregnant. It's not working out too good in that area and that makes her a bit sad. Sadly keeping her problems with infertility quiet are not an option anymore. One evening with her large family was all it took for the beans to be spilled. Now everyone seems to know about her probl
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whoa! This story, wow! My heart was breaking for Annalise the entire time I was reading it. Even just thinking about her makes my heart hurt. Maybe because I felt a very strong connection to this character. This story is about a woman, Annalise, who must choose between what she has been taught her entire life or to make a stand for herself. Annalise does not have a very good support system in her family, except for her younger sister. The rest of the family, in my opinion is a piece of work! (An ...more
Sara Oxton
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Given to Fly by K.L. Montgomery surprising four-star read. This is the first book by this author I have read, and won’t be the last. I have been waiting to read this book since I read the synopsis and through it sounded like a really interesting read, and couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it.
Annalise has always been raised to believe to do the right thing, get married, have babies, be a good and loving wife with dinner on the table. Follow in the footsteps of her mother and Grandmother and the
Kaitlynn Taylor
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Given To Fly- K.L. Montgomery

5 Stars Review

Wow!! This was such an incredible story; it was beautiful, breath taking, eye opening, and a definite tearjerker. Given To Fly by K.L. Montgomery is a 5 star book. It was definitely one of my favorites this year!

Annelise is a young woman battling infertility issues, body issues, and is fighting to save her marriage. She’s a strong, thoughtful, and caring woman who deserves so much more than what she’s being given. Her family is unsupportive and at time
Lucy Berson
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A 4 star read for Given To Fly by K.L. Montgomery.

We first meet Annelise Lowe, as she is preparing for her wedding to her fiancé Aaron. Annie is a preschool teacher and Aaron is a State Trooper. She comes from a very religious and strict family. For the first 6 months of their marriage, they have been trying to have a baby. With no luck on conceiving, she goes to a fertility doctor and learns that she has PCOS. One of the possible causes, could be that she is overweight. She has a memory flashb
Ladyjovi Stone
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished Given To Fly, the new story by K.L. Montgomery. I absolutely loved the book, it was an amazing journey of self-discovery that everyone should read. Given To Fly is the story Annalise, a preschool teacher who is married to a man who doesn’t seem to be very interested in his wife. She has spent majority of her life trying to please everyone else and doing what is right according to her church. While trying to lose weight and overcome her infertility Annalise discovers some secr ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had read other Montgomery books, and seeing this one, I was quick to snag it as she is an author that you want to read everything written.
In Given to Fly we meet Annelise, who is in a marriage she probably shouldn't have entered. Raised in a very religious home, she wouldn't dare voice her doubts to her family. They haven't been entirely supportive of not only her weight struggles but now her struggle to conceive. A preschool teacher, Annelise has a way with children. When she meets Trek on h
Jenni Bishop
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Annelise Lowe is a pre-school teacher who loves her job and has done what was expected of her, always pleasing everyone, her family, church and her husband Aaron. Annelise’s family is definitely different and they preach the lord to one and all and are more than happy to call Annelise out for being different in their eyes, they berate her and put her down without a care for her feeling. After getting married Aaron and Annelise have made having children their main priority but getting what they w ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Given To Fly by K.L. Montgomery is the tale of Annelise Lowe. Annelise is the average girl who isn’t 100% secure in her body, questions her upcoming marriage yet doesn’t trust her gut and thinks she deserves the not so great things that have come her way in life. Annelise’s husband, Aaron, is a real jerk. He’s a state cop who isn’t the most supportive, loving husband yet shows enough love to keep Annelise wondering about whether his love is true or not. "It's always so hard to tell genuine compl ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Given to Fly
Author: K.L. Montgomery
In this book, K.L. Montgomery has written about real life characters in real life situations. The different aspects delt with in this book are: being overweight and being critcized for it, teen pregnancy, the choice of keeping a baby or adoption, infertility, adulty, emotional/physical threats to self, religous beliefs being used against you, family interference, death of a spouse. This book is ok for anyone to read there are some situati
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Given to Fly is such an amazing read! The standalone novel by K.L. Montgomery is a story of hardship, trust and love. It truly is an incredible read.

The novel tells the story of Annelise Lowe, a married woman in a rocky marriage, and is also struggling with problems with her fertility and the judgment of her deeply religious family. She then meets Trek Blue, a parent to one of her preschool students, and they embark on a friendship that possibly could turn into more.

Annelise is a sweet, kind w
Laura Furuta
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given to Fly
By: K.L. Montgomery
5 out of 5 stars

The story Given to Fly by K.L. Montgomery is a contemporary romance book. This is the story of Annelise Lowe. She is a pre-school teacher who has always done what is expected of her. Getting married and then having children are top priorities. She is married however having children turns out to be a bit more of an issue. Between her weight and infertility, the dreams that have been thrust upon her seem like they will never come to be. Annelise is a
Sade Rena
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that i’ve read of K.L. Montgomery and I wasn’t disappointed. This book followed Annalise a sweet preschool teacher who wanted nothing more than to have a baby and make her husband and family happy. Even if it meant that she isn’t true to herself. Her husband was a total douche and she deserved so much more. Now Trek, he was good for her both as a friend and as a lover. He challenged her and forced her not to settle and do things for her and not her family. I felt that thi ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Given To Fly by KL Montgomery. This book 4 stars! Ok so in Given to Fly we go on this real life roller coaster with Annelise. Annelise is this amazingly wonderful saint of a preschool teacher she is what some would call a larger woman, she like most people have struggled with her weight her whole life. Annelise is married to a guy she has known for a while and dated for about four years. She is happy and in her mind (an families) the next step to a happy church going marriage is having a baby. W ...more
Elise Larson
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FIVE SHINING STARS for this stunningly beautiful story of love and self-discovery!

OH MY GOSH!! I relished this story of an ordinary woman who lives her life as so many of us do, chained to the expectations of others (family, spouse, church, community) until she finds the courage and strength to follow the needs of her own heart and fly! This book grabbed my deepest emotions from the very first page and had me aching for Annelise, hoping she would finally decide to leave her miserable marriage to
Vondetta Carter
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Annelise is preschool teacher who is married to a state trooper. Her life has turmoil from almost every angle. The only escape she has is with her preschoolers. Bailey is a special little girl who lost her mother to a terrible disease. Her father is nearly at wits end, but enlists the skills of Annelise to help him.
Aaron is her husband, but he is not the type of husband she deserves. Aaron has secrets galore and none of them good. Annelise has a very demanding family but only her younger sister
Terry Moskowitz
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Annelise is living the life her parents planned for her. She is married and not pregnant(sore spot for her parents). Goes to work everyday, church on Sunday, and every decision she makes she thinks about what her parents would think.
As she realizes her marriage is a farce and her life is not what she wants, she also gets a new student in her class and takes her under her wing, her Father Trek is also nice to look at.
As Annelisse starts moving on Trek becomes her confidant and things start to ch
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Annalise is a preschool teacher which she loves and suit her personality with her kind hearted nature and beautiful soul. Aaron is a cop but also is her awful husband who don't appreciate her in the slightest all he do is make feel bad about herself body shaming her watching what she eats and also reminding her she's eating the wrong food plus treating her like a door mat but Annalise is stuck with what to do at a crossroad and not sure whether she should go against everything she's been taught
Lori Amey
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than a 5 star read

This was my first book by this author. It didn't take long before the story captured my heart and wouldn't let go. All my emotions were on high alert, this was a very emotional story for me. I truly fell in love with Annelise and Trek, I found myself routing for them to get their happily ever after. They were both broken in some way, but together they were able to save each other. They both had a heart of gold. What I took away from this book is that you must be true to yo
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
only got 58% . h has no fucking self respect! And yes that's the problem, not her family/ community. I'm from the same environment but at some point even i realized enough is enough.
its disgusting that even after months of knowing she stayed the same, didn't confront her husband at all, he continued to see other people on the side and she only got checked once for std! I'm noxious just thinking about how she even verbalized her rationality for doing nothing..... it's weakness to not want to cha
April Wall
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!
When you grow up in a ultra conservative religious family, what are you supposed to do? All our lives/ her life Annelise was told her lot in life was to get married and have children. However when you discover things aren't the way they appear, do you stick with what is "the appropriate" thing to do according to your family. Or do you do what's right for yourself and take a leap of faith and step out ..
Diana Haley
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, LOVED This book!

Being a kindred "fat girl" who has been blessed to be happily married for 45 years to a wonderful man who loves me no matter what the scale says made this book ring so true to me. One shouldn't have to spend their life trying to live to other people's ideas of what you should weigh or do with your life. It's your life to live to the fullest, finding happiness wherever you can. Bravo to Annelise for following her heart!
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K.L. Montgomery grew up in Greencastle, Indiana. She studied psychology and library science at Indiana University. After a career as a librarian, she now writes novels and wrangles three sons and three cats at her home in rural Delaware which she shares with her partner Mike and the aforementioned creatures. She has an undying love of Broadway musicals, the beach, the color teal, IU basketball, pa ...more
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