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Publisher's Summary

After a grizzly bear kills Antonia Valleau's trapper husband, she packs her few worldly possessions, leaves her home in the mountains of Montana, and treks to nearby Sweetwater Springs, seeking work to provide for her two young sons.
Reeling from the loss of his wife during childbirth, Erik Muth must find a nursing mother for his newborn daughter to survive. For their children's sake, Erik and Antonia wed, starting a new life together on his farm on the prairie. But it's no easy union. Antonia misunderstands Erik's quiet personality. He finds her independence disconcerting. Both hide secrets that challenge their growing intimacy.
When Indians steal livestock from farms around Sweetwater Springs to feed their starving tribe, the outraged townsfolk demand retaliation. Erik and Antonia must work together to prevent a massacre. Will a marriage forged in loss blossom into love?
©2015 Debra Holland (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Linda Townsend on 11-21-15

An Emotionally Intense Historical Western Romance!

Where does Healing Montana Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Healing Montana Sky was an extremely emotional story - more so than any of Debra's other books I've read - but the tale was engrossing and I didn't want it to end. It's very hard to compare it to others I've listened to as it's the first I've listened to that dealt with the loss of loved ones and of the process of moving on from the loss. Even while addressing the sorrow, the book did not leave me sad, but rather hopeful for a new tomorrow.

What did you like best about this story?

Some sections were admittedly difficult to read, but there were plenty of bright spots to offset the sadness. There was also much wisdom to be savored in the characters' thoughts and words. While there is much sorrow in the tale, there's also positivity and the threads of a bright future. I was not depressed at the end, but hopeful for a new tomorrow.

Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

I would have to say Antonia. Natalie aced her accent while keeping Antonia's words clean and clear. I had feared I would have issues understanding Antonia when I transitioned from the kindle version, but I did not thanks to Natalie's voicing of Antonia's character.

Please know that I read the first half of this book and listened to the remainder; It was an easy transition and I thoroughly enjoyed both editions. As Natalie has for the previous books, she does a great job capturing the essence of each of the characters and seamlessly differentiating between them. She has a very pleasing voice and, under her care, the story flows smoothly and quickly keeping listeners spellbound.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were two. The first was when Antonia opened a book at her first home. She could not read and had never held a book before. It made me feel so fortunate to be able to read.
Here's a very short snippet from that scene:
She stopped before the shelf of books and took one down. She'd never held a book before and reverently turned the pages, looking at the incomprehensible print and wishing she could understand the meaning of the words.
Henri drifted close to peer over her arm. "What's that?"
"A book. There be stories in here."

The second was when another rancher shared how he had coped and learned to love again after losing his wife as Erik had done. I felt it was a very moving scene with much wisdom shared. Here's a short snippet from that scene:
“The guilt passes?"
Jonah nodded, his eyes grave. "Mostly." He took off his hat and ran a hand through his shoulder-length blond hair. "Hard to be grieving one wife and yet developing love for another." He put his hat back on. "Confusing as all get-out."
Erik let out a slow breath, relieved to be understood. "Yes."
"You can treasure the memory of one and love the reality of the other.”

Any additional comments?

HEALING MONTANA SKY by Debra Holland is a realistic, emotionally intense installment in her Montana Sky series. It's always a treat to revisit Sweetwater Springs, Montana and the interesting array of characters who populate the area, many of whom I've become quite attached to, thanks to the previous books.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By A.P.Reader on 06-21-16

Only love can heal two broken hearts

Would you listen to Healing Montana Sky again? Why?

Yes! I love this story of how two people, both grieving deep loss are forced to become not only family to one another but also end up healing each other's broken hearts.

What did you like best about this story?

I rarely get emotional with a book. They are merely fun escapes for me, but this story almost had me in tears within the first few chapters and cheering out loud by the end of the book. This story was beautifully told!

Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

I loved the way Natalie performed Antonia. It is difficult to make someone who is uneducated not sound stupid and Natalie did a wonderful job at endearing Antonia to the reader without causing the reader to pity her. You could tell how intelligent Antonia is even without growing up going to school.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As I said before, I almost cried in the first few chapters. It was very emotional and very sad. Debra brings you into the greif of loss without it being depressing. But the end of the book, though you could feel the hope and joy that only mending hearts could bring.

Any additional comments?

The deeper I get into this series the more I love it and don't want it to end. Debra has a wonderful ability to weave story after story to bring this wonderful Montana town to life! I love that Sweetwater Spring's citizens are not perfect, but they love the land and depend on each other to conquer the land and establish a place of love and life.

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