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Calder Brand

(Calder Brand #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  65 reviews
A Beautifully Written Historical Romance Saga

Return to the roots of romance legend Janet Dailey’s most beloved family—the Calders—in this first book in a brand new series set on the beautiful, unforgiving American West, where the only thing more vital than hard work is the love of an unforgettable woman.

The Calder family patriarch is known throughout Montana as a formidab
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Hardcover, 356 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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    Calder Brand (Calder Brand #1)

    Release date: Feb 23, 2021
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    Sharon Huether
    Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: first-reads, western
    Joe Dollarride a young man hired to herd cattle from Fort Sam Houston to Dodge City.

    A stampede separates joe from the other drivers. His horse broke a leg and fell on him. No one saw him under the horse and left him. He suffered broken ribs and managed to hobble to the next town.

    The doctor had died and the doctor's niece( Sarah ), who had wanted to become a doctor helped Joe recover. Joe and Sarah fell for each other. After a few weeks she finds our that she is pregnant.

    She and her son Blake mo
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    Julie - One Book More
    Calder Brand is a spin-off of the Calder Saga, a wonderful historical romance series! The plot is well-paced and engaging, and the characters are dynamically developed. The story follows Joe Dollarhide from age sixteen to twenty-eight, so you really get to understand him and his motivations. Believing that he was left for dead during a cattle drive, Joe’s need for revenge consumes him. However, he also wants to own his own farm and have a family. He has to reconcile his need for revenge with his ...more
    Pelusa Rivera
    Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
    Wow its a little freaky I was thinking to myself last week that it has been a while since I read one of Ms. Dailey's book so needless to say when this showed up in my quier I was ecstatic and requested it and am happy that I did.
    Joe had gotten hurt on the job and that is where Sarah comes in since she is at her uncle because she wants to follow his footstep and become a doctor. While taking care of him, she falls in love but Joe doesn't feel that he is good enough and leaves. Years later he had
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    HR-ML
    Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
    Montana 1891, then backwards 12 years. The first
    half had mostly Western, the 2nd had some romance.
    I would've appreciated more romance, with a better
    hero.

    Joe and Sarah spent much of this story apart. Joe was
    abandoned for dead after a cattle stampede & sought
    revenge against wealthy cattle owner, Bentean Calder,
    for this. Joe was a cowboy, a cattle rustler (not by choice
    the first time) & later a rancher. His mentor taught him
    to 'break' wild horses by gentling rather than punishing
    them. Sara
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    Meg Rice
    Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I thank Good Reads Giveaway for sending me this adventurous story filled with memorable characters, from Kensington Publishing Corp. Calder Brand is one of six in a New Americana Series. I expect several of them will become future reads. The cattle drive and ranch settings took me back to childhood memories of beloved calves, cows, and horses.

    Joe Dollarhide, male protagonist, dreamed of owning a prosperous ranch. He endured the work required to rise in the ranks of cowboys on his first cattle d
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    Elise Larson
    Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A worthy successor to the magnificent Calder Saga! FIVE GLOWING MONTANA STARS!

    WHAT A SURPRISE! When I read the blurb for this book, I couldn't believe my eyes. How could Joe Dollarhide possibly be the hero? Didn't he die on Benteen Calder's first cattle drive to Montana, when cattle "trampled him into the ground" during a stampede? That's what we were led to believe in This Calder Range. (A few spoilers ahead, but I won't reveal the ending.)

    It turns out that Benteen--more concerned about roundin
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    Anne
    Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Calder Brand by Janet Dailey is a historic, cowboy love story, but it is so much more. It is about the American dream. And the dream came true. Joe Dollarhide is on a cattle drive. It's his first as he is only 16, but he has big dreams. He has gone into town with another drover to pickup merchandise ordered by their boss. With time to kill, he and his friend head to a whorehouse. To be fair, Joe didn't know where they were going. Before they made it, Joe spied a couple of men attaching a young w ...more
    Jan Fore
    Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Calder Brand
    Janet Dailey
    February 23, 2021


    Joe Dollarhide was 16 years old when he left his Texas home to join the Calder Cattle Company to bring a large herd of cattle up to Nebraska. It was a first job for him. He had learned hard work by helping his folks run the farm. Today he will find that being a wrangler’s helper would be beyond difficult. By the end of the day when he ate his beans and biscuits for supper and laid his bedroll out on the hard ground, he realized what a tough road he had ch
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    Keila
    Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2021
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    Ess
    Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
    This historical ‘romance’ follows the Joe Dollarhide in the old American West as a 16 year old teenager to a 28 year old ‘man’. This story read more like a saga with Joe’s petty and immature need for revenge against Benteen Calder, a man who Joe alleges left him for dead, but in actuality did not. Joe falls in ‘love’ with a female named Sarah and leaves her, marrying another woman and fathering a child with his now wife. I am laughing in bafflement by all of these unromantic things happening in ...more
    Perrin Larton
    Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
    I was a bit confused at first with this book. Using the Calder name in the title of this book made me think this was a book about the Calder family that we know and love. It was a bit about the Calder family, but not very much. Once I read more, I understood this was a book about an employee of the Calder family who had an unfortunate incident happen to him and he felt he was left behind.

    Joe Dollarhide is young and ambitious. He wants what the Calder's have, a spread of land and a ranch. When he
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    Jodi
    Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: janet-dailey
    The book is a western, and from what appears to be a spin off of a larger series. irst book read in this series. I have not previously read about the Calders. I received this from Netgalley - thank you. The book takes off from the beginning and does a good job following Joe and Sarah. The relationship develops and is interesting to see the interactions. Joe Dollarhide is nearly 16 when readers meet him on a cattle drive from Texas headed to Montana. He is left for dead after a freak thunderstorm ...more
    Madoka Kamimura Mason
    Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Janet Dailey brings us the story of Joe Dollarhide and his journey as he looks back remembering all the events that brought him to this moment as he contemplates going out in the snow to exact his revenge. He is reminded of how not only luck and fate had played a role in his life, but also hard work, heartbreak, and perseverance. We are taken back to the beginning of his journey when he left his family's farm in Texas to join the cattle drive with Chase Benteen Calder and the adventures it broug ...more
    Lyndi
    Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley-2020
    Joe Dollarhide has dreams of owning his own ranch someday, but to do that he needs money and experience. He joins a cattle drive for Benteen Calder from Texas to Montana. After a stampede leaves Joe lost and severely injured, Benteen orders his crew to abandon the search leaving Joe for dead.
    Sarah has travelled to Montana to live with her uncle, hoping to become a doctor like him. In a chance reunion with the man who once rescued her, she nurses Joe back to health and falls in love with him. Bu
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    TheHauteBookworm
    Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Enjoyable read with likable characters and a page-turning plot. The story is told as a flash back memory from two perspectives, Joe’s and Sarah’s; however, it mostly centers around Joe’s story and perspective. The story brings us into the world of 1879 with a cowboy determined to make a life and name for himself and a young woman determined to be a doctor. Their journeys take them through times of love and times of hurt.
    And what an incredible journey it was! Joe said it best, “Luck and fate had
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    Kevin
    Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Though I wonder about the need for expanding the Calder Saga with other series set in the various eras of the original books (yes, I see this as the beginning of a series or series that will also intersect with Webb and Chase), I have to admit that, like the New Americana series, it is good to see the classic Janet Dailey return.

    Joe Dollarhide is nearly 16 when readers meet him on a cattle drive from Texas headed to Montana. He is left for dead after a freak thunderstorm and vows vengeance again
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    Kim
    Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: reviewd, fav-authors
    Joe Dollarhide wants to be like his boss on the cattle drive north to Montana. When he’s been left for dead that turns his admiration into revenge. On a stop in Dodge City Joe comes to the rescue of a young woman. Sarah Foxworth is on her way to live with her great uncle a doctor. Her dream is to become a doctor. When Joe and Sarah meet sparks fly and they can’t stop thinking about each other. Their lives will intertwine bringing them together several times. Revenge and love just make these two ...more
    Paula
    Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Calder Brand is the first of a new Calder Series by Janet Dailey. While the Calders are part of this story is it really Joe Dollarhide and Sarah Foxworth’s story. A romance but more a sage as their lives cross, separate then cross again.

    In some ways I was reminded of Lonesome Dove with the cattle trail, the dangers, the harshness of the land and some of the people. The story has dual POVs of Joe and Sarah which is great because much of the time they are apart. Easy to read, pulling you into the
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    Flora
    Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Finally, a book I often could not put down! This is more like the Janet Dailey I knew and loved. The writing is excellent and the storytelling is great.

    If I had a complaint, it would be that the ending is somewhat unsatisfactory and even a bit comical, considering the all-consuming urge for revenge that Joe had and how it affected his often poor life decisions. I would also have preferred a more convincing romance instead of love after a few days.

    But having said all that, this is the type of wri
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    Shavona Thompson
    Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I have read all the books in the original Calder Series by Janet Dailey and was hoping this revival of the series would be as good as the original. I was not disappointed. Left to die by Benteen Calder, Joe Dollarhide is determined to get even. After several years of a dishonest lifestyle Joe comes to the conclusion the only way to settle the score is through legal means. There is plenty of suspense and drama as well as romance. Janet Dailey has a talent for creating a story that transports you ...more
    Sue Negrillo
    Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Set in the 1800s. Cowboy Joe Hindendollar at 16 leaves Tx on a Bull drive to Montana. He’s young and green. Makes mistakes. In a thunder storm his house throws him and is buried under him. He gets separated from his crew. Almost dead, some bull rustlers find him makes him join them. Then he finds guy who trains horse the gentle way. He gets shot and his old buddy takes him to a nurse to help him. He falls in love with her. But she says she is going to medical school. So he leaves to go to Montan ...more
    Nissa
    Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Calder Brand comes out February 23rd, 2021 and is a beautifully written story that will transport you back in time to late 1800’s Montana. Joe Dollarhide starts as a young man of barely 16 on his first cattle drive from Texas to Montana, during which he found love, if only for a moment, and was left for dead after a stampede by Benteen Calder. After surviving and being rescued by a troublesome pair, Joe experiences a lifetime of hardships (and some luck) while never losing sight of his grudge to ...more
    Kimberly
    Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Review featured at www.books-n-kisses.com

    This is the first in a new series by Janet Dailey. Janet Dailey has been around for what seems like forever and I have loved all her books. Her name isn’t as well known as others like Danielle Steel but Dailey ranks right up there with the greats.

    In this story we meet Sarah and Joe who have a second chance at love. They met and were together years ago and now Sarah is back in Joe’s life and their son in tow.

    I really love Dailey’s stories. She is a perfec
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    Tara Peters
    Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
    A book about a young boy who wants nothing more than to own his own ranch who leaves Texas at sixteen and takes a job with the Calder’s. Time and time again Joe finds himself in precarious situations but fate or God help him. When Mr. Calder leaves him for dead, after a search where they can’t find him, Joe is nursed back to health by Sarah.
    Years later, he is married with a son and he finds out that he has another son. I understand why he wanted revenge on Benteen, but it did appear to be the
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    Carol Deegan
    Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I believe this book is a spin-off of an earlier series by Janet Dailey, but this book can be read as a stand-alone without having read that series. Set in the late 1800s, through this book we are given a glimpse of how tough life on a cattle drive is, and how determination can lead a person to pursuing their dreams. I am always impressed by a book that draws me in and won’t let go, and this story definitely did that. The writer also does a very good job of describing life during that period of t ...more
    Amy Vida
    Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I obtained a complimentary copy of Calder Brand in exchange for an honest review. This was a one of the best books I've read in a long time. The plot was well thought out and developed, and kept me engaged the entire time. The timeline was what I enjoyed most. Because this book followed Joe from 16 to 28 years old, nothing about the plot was rushed. It was refreshing to read about Joe and Sarah's real life struggles just to survive, and their journey to seeking their happily ever after. This was ...more
    Rosie Trzewik
    Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This is a western story about a young cowhand Joe Dollarhide and getting revenge for being left behind gravely wounded from a thunderstorm stampede. He manages to safe himself, but is put in another dangerous situation, The story is about how Joe matures and the choices in life he makes. He falls in love with Sarah at a very young age and knows he is to young, but the paths cross again and again. It was be in the stars. This is a sweet story about basically growing up and learning what is really ...more
    Nancy
    Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you NetGalley, Janet Dailey and Kensington Books for the ARC of Calder Brand. This is my personal review.
    Calder Brand is the first in a new series by Janet Dailey.
    The story tells about Joe Dollerhide. Joe is a young cowboy who joined the cattle drive for Benteen Calder. On the cattle drive he goes into Dodge City with one of the other men and this is where he meets Sarah.
    Situations happen and Joe must find his own way to get to the life he wants for himself. He knows after meeting Sarah sh
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    Heather
    Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Calder Brand by Janet Dailey
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

    Publication date: February 23rd

    If you have been following me for a while now then you know I love Historical fiction, especially set in the westward expansion. If you give me some romance also, even better! Calder Brand did not disappoint.

    We follow a young man, Joe Dollarhide, who has joined up on a cattle drive. Joe is eager to learn and eventually find land of his own. He looks up to his boss and wants to be just like him however, tragedy happens. Joe is left
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    Chris
    Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This is the first western type book that I’ve read in years. It brought back the memories of all the Louis L’amour books I had read in the past. It reminded me of the Lonesome Dove story but with a plethora of plot twist and turns. Some of the turns I could see coming and it makes you think that you’ve got it all figured out. But I have to admit that the ending caught me by surprise. Oh the romance only added something the old westerns lacked. You can usually tell what I think of a book by how l ...more
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    Janet Anne Haradon Dailey was an American author of numerous romance novels as Janet Dailey (her married name). Her novels have been translated into nineteen languages and have sold over 300 million copies worldwide.

    Born in 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa, she attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska before meeting her husband, Bill. Bill and Janet worked together in construction and land developme
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