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Always Dakota (Dakota #3)

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Local rancher Margaret Clemens is taking a chance on happiness, and going after what she wants for a change. And what she wants is marriage to cowboy, Matt Eilers. Regardless of what her friends and family say, and despite all the rumors, Margaret wants Matt anyway. Oh...and she plans on having his baby, too.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published 2000)
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Carla
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debbie-macomber
I didn't like this book as much as I liked her other books - Montana, Blossom Street series, etc. I think my dislike stemmed from the Axel subplot and the handling of Shelley's pregnancy.

Having friends/family who have endured the adoptive process, I really disliked the way Axel was taken from the couple. I work as a volunteer GAL, and the first mandate is to keep the child feeling stable. Unless the home was truly unfit (and this would be determined by a caseworker as WELL AS a CASA volunteer),
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Margie Gundelach
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book - read it in less than one day! You'll probably ejoy it more if you read th first two books of the trilogy first. These are the first Debbie Macomber books I've - I am now a fan!
Jennifer
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Two tales dominate this book. We learn more about Buffalo Bob and his Buffalo gal. Then there's Margaret who decides she's going to marry the bad boy in town because she knows she can give him what he wants: her ranch passed on to her after her father's death.
Dee
Two-haiku review:

She was raised like boy
Falls for neighboring rancher
He's a real A-hole

Ongoing side plots
Didn't love these characters
Good end to series
Kristen
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 3 of her Dakota Series. Will be looking into getting the last book
Erin
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I rarely go looking for a Debbie Macomber book, but when I happen to pick one up, I always seem to enjoy it. They aren't overly serious or thought-provoking, but they provide a nice dose of escapism when you are in need. What I always enjoy about Macomber's books is that she makes you believe that people tend to be good at heart, and that life doesn't have to be overly complicated, if you just stick to what is important. I also enjoy that her books tend to run in series or trilogies, so you get ...more
Lynn
Very disappointed, the story of Matt and Margaret was a very small part of the book, there was not enoug h detail of her finding out his screw up and it went from one story to another and I was so confused most the time I could not enjoy it. The story I was interested in was a failure in that I did not remotely think Matt was redeemed and found the whole nasty woman surrendering her kid a token plot device of trying to clean up that horrid relationship and Margarets willingness to take all the c ...more
Connie N.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feel-good, romance
The 3rd in the Dakota series started out slow, but I really liked it by the end. I didn't think I was interested in reading about Margaret and Matt since they hadn't appealed to me as interesting characters in previous books, but as their relationship developed, so did their personalities. Actually, this whole book seemed to deal with various people living good lives despite setbacks in their pasts. They had to mature and deal with the consequences of their histories. Calla...Bob and Merrily...S ...more
Jill
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
I have to say, I was pretty disappointed with how much of the book was actually about Margaret and Matt. I felt like their story line was pretty much finished before the book was halfway done, and there were just little tidbits about them later that were neatly wrapped up. That being said, I did like "visiting" Buffalo Valley again.
Jane(Janelba)
What a beautifully written end to this trilogy. I loved every page of this series.
Nancy Morse
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved what I thought was the final book in the series. Imagine my surprise to find out there is a 4th one, which I am reading now.
Lisa
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Margaret wants to marry Matt. She sees something in him that nobody else does. Matt's girlfriend cooks up a plot for Matt to marry Margaret; get all he can from her, divorce her and then marry the girlfriend. Only Matt falls in love with Margaret. Too late he finds out that he has both women pregnant. What a mess!
Bob figures out that Merrily has kidnapped the little boy only to keep him safe from the abuse of his parents. Bob does the right thing and the authorities take the little boy. Bob and
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Julie Akeman
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful ending to a trilogy, though there is one more book, it's a short one, a quick return to Buffalo Valley. The main story in this one is the mannish rancher's daughter finally gets married, though they guy wasn't 'in love' with her at the time, and he just got out of a relationship with a conniving woman who wanted him to marry the rich ranch daughter, then divorce her so she could marry him...and when he refused to have anything else to do with her she tries to wreck vengeance in his lif ...more
Ellen
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have not read the first two books of this trilogy; however, I still liked getting to know all the characters in this small town. Multiple story lines kept me hooked and lots of sadness and happiness throughout made it worth the read.
Now, to go find the first two so I can really know more of their stories.
Massanutten Regional Library
Leslie, Central patron, June 2017, 4 stars:

This is the 3rd and final book in the Dakota Trilogy. Debbie Macomber always does a great job tying up the stories of the character while also making you wish there were more stories.
Tara
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great conclusion to the series. One thing I like about Debbie Macomber is that she shows that marriage is hard and life doesn’t always turn out the way we think or hope it should but people can still find happiness, even in spite of all the complexity of life.
katinameow
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wow. What a miserable group of whiney, sniveling, idiots. Also, what terrible communication they have! Honestly... say what you mean, mean what you say, and grow the eff up. I can't believe I reread this, but once I started, I had to finish the book. Again.
Heather Bridson
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great read by Debbie Macomber! I love her writing style and her characters. This one has a wonderful bunch of characters in another small town, all interconnected and all going through their own issues. Love, loss and redemption. Just a wonderful book!
Mya
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always a good time reading about these little communities that Debbie Macomber creates.
Lisa Garcia
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the entire series
Mary Beth
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Margaret Clemens is taking a chance on happiness, and going after what she wants for a change. And what she wants is marriage to cowboy, Matt Eilers.
Katie
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I actually quite enjoyed this little series by Debbie Mac. The rebuilding of this small Dakota town, the many characters, etc. Satisfying stories!
Jessica
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars for "Always Dakota"

Book 3 of the Buffalo Valley series. Great read and would highly recommend!
Margaret Yelton
It wasn't as good as many of her books are, but it was a decent read.
Sheila Martinez
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The end to the Dakota series was very sweet. It was definitely my least favorite of the three books, but the town is a great escape. Fun read.
Michele
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the first two books in this series, but even so, this was easy to read and relate to the characters in the book without their previous backgrounds.
Charlene
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another example of Macomber's talents as a storyteller.

In Always Dakota Macomber continues her story of Buffalo Valley with a kidnapping, a run-away and deception - all elements that made this story unlike most of Macomber's other series. With these added challenges, Macomber masterfully weaves the story through the lives of the Buffalo Valley families and tells a story of beauty, forgiveness and the powers of honesty and love.

Casey
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Debbie Macomber but I just didn't like this book or (honestly) this series very much. I felt like the main characters were either victim (her) or jerk (him). I just couldn't get past that.
Sue
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reread
Kayla
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a cute book!
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“truth, I can’t tell you what I would’ve done. I was deeply relieved when you suggested talking to that attorney Maddy recommended.” “At the time, I thought we did the right thing, too,” Bob added with bitter insight. But he’d been wrong, and he’d suffer from that mistake for the rest of his life. “You and Merrily aren’t talking much?” Bob shook his head. “It’s too painful... I don’t have anything left inside to give her.” The minister followed Bob into his private office and sat across from him. “You need each other now more than ever. Merrily needs you more than you realize and—” “Yes, I know, but—” “And you need her,” Pastor Dawson finished.” 0 likes
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