"A series not to be missed."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted April 26, 2018
Romance Historical | Romance Western | Holiday
In the year 1889, life in Montana was still very rough even
when sparkling parties took place in beautifully renovated
mansions. For many these parties were the place to be seen
at and, in a strange way, McKenna Frasier had mixed feelings
about just that. On one hand she wanted the people of
Marietta to see that she was doing just fine -- actually she
really wasn't -- but the illusion was important. But she
also dreaded the looks and stares she earned with her
outgoing behavior in New York. Her behavior that polite
society didn't approve of. The behavior that caused her to
be disinherited from her father earning her the title
of the most scandalous woman.
Well that's where the story starts. McKenna back in her old
home town, is lucky to procure a job teaching which also
provides a small very rustic cabin near the schoolhouse.
Definitely not the lifestyle McKenna was used to, but she
was in no position to be fussy. She needed a place to live
and a way to make money to survive. Teaching provided both
in a most meager capacity.
McKenna knew she was in a most precarious position back
home where the stories about her missteps had spread
voraciously and most people turned their back. Most people,
but not Sinclair Douglas. Sinclair and McKenna had a long
standing friendship which in itself was rather notable. The
Douglas family certainly didn't move in the same circle as
the Frasiers. The Frasiers owned the mine that Sinclair's
father had worked in, the one Sinclair still did. His father
had died as a result of working in that mine. But with the
absence of his father Sinclair now was the sole breadwinner
for his mother and sister.
Life makes choices for us. Sinclair had no choice to make.
McKenna did and upon careful reflection it certainly
appears that the choices she made met with disaster to her
Sinclair has never forgiven McKenna for abruptly ending
their ongoing courtship. He knew she had to go and see the
world but she was supposed to come back to Sinclair. He was
waiting until he was aware that McKenna wasn't coming back.
She had moved on. Perhaps it was time for him to as well.
Best intentions I guess. Sinclair just can't help but be
watchful over anything regarding McKenna. Her lack of
basics, friends, and trust. Just how long can a person stay
on the sidelines watching the person he loves suffer. But
it looks as though the decision is going to be made for
AWAY IN MONTANA is part of the Paradise Valley Ranch
series. Admittedly I missed this book and series, but after
reading one in the Love on Chance Avenue series I
that. Jane Porter gives her characters soul. They appear
real and wonderful -- even when not so nice. That is life
and in AWAY IN MONTANA, Jane Porter gives us a birds eye
view of what it must have been like to survive when
conditions put many barriers in the way. Some physical,
others emotional. Doesn't really matter which. As in life
it's how you face your challenges and in AWAY IN MONTANA we
met some very strong minded characters who are determined
to meet those challenges.
Beautiful, spirited heiress McKenna Frasierâ€“daughter to one
of the Butte Copper Kingsâ€”vowed eternal love to Sinclair
Douglas before she left for college and an introduction to
society. Four years in New York and travel abroad have
opened her eyes, making her realize she wanted more than
marriage and a simple Montana life. But when McKenna commits
an unforgivable transgression and destroys her reputation,
her dreams are shattered and she is forced to return to
Montana disgraced, disowned and unmarriageable.
Sinclair Douglas left Butte to escape the Frasier power and
Frasier name, but suddenly all anyone talks about in
Marietta is scandalous McKenna Douglas, Paradise Valleyâ€™s
new teacher. Sin doesnâ€™t want to know about McKenna anymore.
He doesnâ€™t want to have to help her, and he sure as hell
doesnâ€™t want to love her. But McKenna has lived so long in
his heart that itâ€™s her homeâ€“even if she doesnâ€™t deserve to
But if there is one man who knows how to rebuild a life when
all dreams have been smashed, itâ€™s fierce, uncompromising
Sinclair Douglas. Can Sinclair and McKenna heal enough to
find their own Christmas miracle, and one more chance at love?
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