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Dakota Born

(Dakota #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7,128 ratings  ·  408 reviews
Returning to the struggling town of Buffalo Valley, North Dakota, Lindsay Snyder seeks to discover family secrets while reevaluating her life, an effort that offers unexpected hope to the town of her childhood vacations.
Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by MIRA (first published 1999)
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Lori Yes. Though the main character's story is contained in one book, many of the other town characters have story lines that continue from book to book. I…moreYes. Though the main character's story is contained in one book, many of the other town characters have story lines that continue from book to book. I feel it's best read in order. The story of the town's revival is uplifting, but the romance portion was disappointing. I have a review posted below if you'd like to read more about the book.(less)

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Anyone else not care for the main male character, Gage? Kind of felt like he needed anger management.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
The only bigger group of male chauvinists than the one in this book is made up of the men currently in the US Congress.
I wanted to take these dudes out of their lil podunk North Dakota town, transport them to an active volcano, and throw them in.
May 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
As a native North Dakotan, I encourage you not to read this book, which is so full of mistruths about the North Dakota experience.

The plot is outraqeous. North Dakota may be viewed as backward by the rest of the nation, but our State Board of Education would never allow ONE SINGLE teacher to teach all of the the subjects that would ordinarily be taught in a ND high school, no matter how remote. That is an affront to the intelligence of the people of my state. The book cover is even more insulti
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Though this book was published in late 1999, it didn't seem dated. It's hard to believe that only 18 years ago, most people didn't have a cell phone and smart phones were only a dream of the future.

In this first book of Debbie Macomber's Dakota series, she managed to capture the plight of the American small farmer. During that time, I remember Willie Nelson using his influence to start Farm Aid, making the country aware of what was happening to the small farmers of America.

Though "true love" d
Cat Tutt
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Mama sure was right on this one! My mom has been a Debbie Macomber fan for years, and it has taken me until now to give her a fair shot. I don't usually {or ever} read things that are strictly contemporary romance, but I had been curious about Ms Macomber, and after seeing Dakota Born on a Goodreads Penpals TBR list, I chose it.

I have to say, I really did enjoy it. I knew how it would end, though not how it would get there, but I was okay with that. Sometimes it's nice to get emotionally inve
This book wasn't quite what I expected. I wasn't expecting so much anger, male chauvinism, stubbornness, and manipulation. I was expecting more sweet romance, perseverance, and optimism in the face of failure.

I did appreciate the variety of female characters and thought the high schoolers were some of the most interesting. Really, none of the men had very interesting character profiles- they were all angry and stubborn and too proud for their own good. Maybe with the exception of Buffalo Bob. I
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Macomber always intrigues me with her emotional and realistic look at the lives of small town characters. DAKOTA BORN was no exception. She breathes life into this town that she`s created. I felt as if I were able to walk the street alongside the characters. All the while, she develops a story with intertwining plotlines, none outshining the others, but with one definitely taking centre stage.

The Gage/Lindsay dynamic was riveting. Their interactions were so real. The way that Macomber develops i
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I needed a light read and this book entirely fit the bill. I just happened to have it on my shelf from an old library book sale. I very much enjoyed watching Lindsay's growth from a city girl to a small town country girl who also finds out that she loves teaching. The impact she has on this small community is wonderful. I also loved that Debbie Macomber brings to light the hardships our farmers must endure. ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This was nice in some respects (especially in getting to know the town), quite slow, and the relationships were a drag through bad matches. Even Gage and Lindsay were a bad pairing-- he's so high-handed I couldn't believe they didn't have any knock-down blowout fights. Given that he made her miserable 90% of the time, and they don't even have a physical relationship, what could she really see as an inducement into marriage? ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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I actually give this a 3.5. It would have gotten 4, but it bugged me the way the couples love and kiss each other with almost uncontrollable passion, then 2 seconds later they are fighting with such zeal that they never want to see each other again. That wore me out. Still, Debbie writes another compelling read, and I will continue onto book 2.
Chloe (Always Booked)
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a really fun start to the series! I thought all of the relationships were complex and pretty realistic and I loved the main character, Lindsay. I liked getting to know all of the town and found each storyline engaging enough that I'm excited to read on with the series. My only complaint was Gage. He was extremely grouchy and resentful from the beginning for no good reason and I thought he was kind of an ass. Overall, I would recommend this book and I'm excited to read on.

Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
The reason I'm laying out big bad three stars to the Debs is that I was amused until the very end. This book was what I expected out of her and more.

I'll give her credit for more cuss words. "Gnat's ass" Oooh, Debbie, you naughty thing you...

The book starts with Lindsay returning to her grandparents' home town and to find it barely clinging to the brink of life. She uses the teacher's position to run away from her problems with her ex-boyfriend, Monte, since he can't put a ring on it with her, b
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book, i will be reading the other part of the trology. I like the way the community come to gether to build the town up and help the school teacher. No the state probley would not allow one teacher to teach all the kid at one time. I have come from a small community, and the school i went too had 3 grade groups in one class. It took me back to that time.
Hannah Prince
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
You know that thing in “whose line is it anyway?” Where the points don’t matter? This is what this romance novel is. I gave it two stars bc I was entertained but honestly I found the relationship between the love interests obnoxiously rocky and he was constantly yelling at her for trying to help. Meh. Dump his ass.
Phylisha Stone
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful story about a dying rural community, A young woman looking for roots and a man who didn't know he was looking for love. ...more
Patricia King
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book love all Debbie macomber's books she always knows how to make an audience sit on the edge of your seat till the end of the book there were such good parts in it that I had tears in my eyes ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story about a woman who decides to leave her home in the south and move to a small town in North Dakota for one year working as a teacher in a small school of less than 20 students. It is part of a three book series (The Dakota Series).
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like Debbie macombers small town series . They strike a chord with me in particular.
I just needed an easy audio while I was running around. I had to fast forward a couple small scenes. Typical Macomber.
Carol Fellenz
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book that says how bullheaded men can be.
Joann M
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There was a slow start to this one but I really enjoyed it by the end.
I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audiobook: 5 seriously frustrating couples attempt romance in North Dakota. Good small town story, horrible relationship stories.
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Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Rayni by: Talking Books
This is a book my mom received from Talking Books. Again, she started it, got me hooked & then went on to finish it without me. I heard snippets of it as I came & went about errands & house work.

Even though I count Ms Macomber one of my favorite authors, I almost had to force myself to finish this book. There were so many characters to keep track of, I wrote a list of them so I could go back & check to see who the character was when their story came up. There are 2 more books in this trilogy. I'
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I tend to go more for the historical or sci fi genre, but I received a few Macomber boons as hand me downs from a co-worker. While not my favorite author, I actually find myself enjoying these Macomber books. This one was a fairly enjoyable read for me. i liked how Lindsay stood for herself and broke herself away from her noncommittal boyfriend to get a new start in this town.

Her attempts to revitalize this small town felt realistic. You could tell she was genuinely trying, and I was cheering he
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Debbie Macomber is a tried and true author, I usually enjoy her books and have no problems finishing them. That is true in this case as well.

This is the first in a trilogy about a small town in North Dakota called Buffalo Valley. It is a typical small farming community that is dying with people leaving town to find work elsewhere. Then the high school teacher dies leaving an opening and a fear of the town becoming a ghost town. Enter Lindsey whose grandparents lived in this town. She needs a cha
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This is Dakota #1. Lindsay needs a change. She has been in a relationship with Monte for two years. He refuses to marry her and she knows she needs to be done with him. Her best friend Maddy has been ordered to take a vacation so Lindsay and Maddy decided to go to Buffalo Valley, ND. Lindsay's family was from there. Buffalo Valley is falling apart. The farmers are going out of business. They desperately need a teacher, so Lindsay decides to take the job for a year partly to get away from Monte. ...more
Stacey Morris
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I want to give this book a higher rating I cannot in her books the women can do no wrong the treat the men poorly, but that ok that means they are strong women. Marriages that work are about being partners NONE and I mean NONE of the women ever change to make the relationship work it always the men I find that sad! Her writing is awesome she paints a story better than most, but not having any faults is not a strong person it a deluded person, I do not want reality or I would be reading non ...more
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