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Friday, January 9, 2015

Montana Darling by Debra Salonen

A Review by Wendy
5 Personally Perfect Stars
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Sometimes when we see a review with 5 stars we may wonder... what is the deal... is the book really this great or is it a review which may have a bit of knee jerk reaction to it...If I sound a little is only because we all have different ways of rating books...

I mention this because a little book, which was part of a series I have been enjoying through Tule Publlishing via NetGalley, hit a personal chord with me. It touched on issues many of our loved ones have had to deal with; Breast Cancer and what is left in the wake of the battle. Those who have been there either personally or through loved ones have read many stories with this at their core... only to skirt over some of the real issues women deal with. This book did not do that. This book built a story around a woman who experienced much... dealt with it and then was released from the personal restrictions she had placed on herself.

Confronting her self image with the help of the love interest Ryker Bensen, Mia becomes who she needs to be. Ryker also is able to heal his own pain and loss through the process of loving Mia.

This book had so much insight, heart and just feelings... you wanted to become part of the community and family friends...It is a credit to the author to take many real, serious experiences we all have been touched with, bring them to a romance novel and have us willingly and happily work through the process. It takes a deft hand and courageous heart. It is also necessary to address things which are not comfortable but need to see the light of day.  

There was, of course, much more to this tale with characters from the past books populating the community of Marietta, Montana; all were intertwined and gave a type of grounding and depth. I have developed a sweet fondness for this Marietta, Montana Community... it draws me in and I always want more...

Not all of the books cover difficult subject matter... I highly recommend this book and the others for your reading experience.

A gifted copy was provided by Tule Publlishing via NetGalley for an honest review.
- Born and raised in Brookings, South Dakota. Youngest of five (much youngest). A Baby Boomer who married her high school sweetheart (our lockers were side-by-side). Mother of two, grandmother of three darling princesses, dog mother of 2.5 mutts.

- Graduate of South Dakota State University with a Master’s degree in Geography and History.
- Job history: taxi driver, flax seed counter, cartographer, rural mail carrier, substitute teacher, secretary/community liaison for Merced College’s Child Development Center, bookkeeper, journalist, author.
- First sale story: June, 1999, to Harlequin Superromance. Total number of books sold to Harlequin =27.
- Honors and awards: Romantic Times BOOKreviews, 2006 Series Storyteller of the Year. Winner: Best Superromance of 2010: Until He Met Rachel. Nominated for Desert Quill in 2008.
- First book published by Tule Press, summer 2014: Cowgirl Come Home. The Big Sky Mavericks series opens Aug. 2014 with: Nobody's Cowboy.

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