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Away in Montana
     

Away in Montana

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by Jane Porter
 

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Beautiful, spirited heiress McKenna Frasier–daughter to one of the Butte Copper Kings--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

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Beautiful, spirited heiress McKenna Frasier–daughter to one of the Butte Copper Kings--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 Valley's new teacher. Sin doesn't want to know about McKenna anymore. He doesn't want to have to help her, and he sure as hell doesn't want to love her. But McKenna has lived so long in his heart that it's her home–even if she doesn't deserve to be there.

But if there is one man who knows how to rebuild a life when all dreams have been smashed, it's fierce, uncompromising Sinclair Douglas. Can Sinclair and McKenna heal enough to find their own Christmas miracle, and one more chance at love?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940156818778
Publisher:
The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date:
12/06/2016
Series:
The Paradise Valley Ranch , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
49,072
File size:
471 KB

Meet the Author

USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author of 50 romances and women's fiction titles, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five times, with her Tule Publishing novella, Take Me, Cowboy, winning the Novella Category July 2014. Today, Jane has over 12 million copies in print, including her wildly popular Flirting with Forty, a novel picked by Redbook Magazine as it's Red Hot Summer Read in 2006 before being turned into a Lifetime movie in 2008 starring Heather Locklear.
Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband three sons, and two dogs. You can learn more about Jane at janeporter.com.

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Away in Montana 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BookSnuggle 21 days ago
Away in Montana by Jane Porter is book number one in the Paradise Valley Ranch series. This is McKenna Frasier and Sinclair Douglas' story. This story takes place in 1889. Things were definitely different during that time especially for women. If a woman made a mistake, it could cost her everything. McKenna and Sinclair 'Sin' have a history and their relationship did not end well. McKenna has been forced to return to Montana due to her reputation being destroyed. She has also been disowned by her wealthy father. McKenna is lucky to get a job teaching school. Sinclair doesn't want to help McKenna or love her. But, will Sinclair move on with his life or take a chance on McKenna again? Will McKenna and Sinclair get a second chance at love? This story was an emotional and sweet romance during a difficult time for woman. Be prepared for surprises and twists in this story. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved this book! I'm a big historical fiction fan, especially historical romance. I enjoy both the authenticity that history provides as well as the richness of the details. I dislike historical fiction that gets the history wrong. In Away in Montana, Jane Porter gives us a great blend of history and romance. The history is not so detailed that the story gets bogged down in it, but rather adds the extra details that makes the setting come alive. The romance is wonderful. I love McKenna, her willingness to own her own mistakes and stand up to those around her. That's a special kind of strength, and to have a woman do that in 19th century Montana, made me a huge fan. Sinclair Douglas feels real. He's a hardworking, salt of the earth, honest, straight-forward man of the West. He personifies all the qualities we want to believe our early ancestors had when they settled the West. Both McKenna and Sinclair have to decide when and how to fight for each other and for their love. Again, it feels real. Life and love is not easy, and it wasn't easy in 19th century Montana, and it is not easy for McKenna and Sinclair. But it is so worth it. I highly recommend this book!
Dawncatlady 3 months ago
Mackenna and Sinclair have been in love since school days but a huge divide of mine owners daughter and son of a miner. The reader is swept back to 1880s Marietta to watch these two work through scandal, observed norms for society and the opening of the west. Historical Marietta Montana draws you in to find the history of modern residents. Definitely recommend this to bother historical readers and to Marietta fans. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
grandmareads102 5 months ago
McKenna Frasier enjoyed a privileged life. She took it for granted until she lost in all. Her impetuous and fearless nature cost her everything. Now she's shunned by society. Her father disowned her, but this feisty lady finds a job as a teacher in Paradise Valley Montana. Will she be strong enough to face the man who loved her and waited for her until she broke his heart? Sinclair Douglas had been a miner who risked his life in her father's copper mine. Now he's successful and well respected and she's an outcast. This story is an emotional and heartbreaking story of taking a chance and risking your heart a second time to get a HEA. I admired McKenna. She didn't give up when she was ostracized. She squared her shoulders and learned from her mistakes. Sinclair can't stop caring for McKenna. What a hero! She broke his heart but he's always there to help and support her. I fell in love with him. I couldn't stop reading until I knew that they could put the past behind them and reconcile. I loved reading about the early settlers of Marietta. Jane Porter had me in tears. Away In Montana is a treasure. I experienced the heartbreak and the passion. I'm keeping this book to reread. I loved the characters and the setting. I liked seeing Mr. Graff and the Brambles. I need to have patience because the next book in the series won't be released until mid-2017.
KerryACroucier 5 months ago
Wonderful Read! Jane Porter took a chance and ventured into historical western territory, and, I can happily say, it is more than successful. The beginning of a new series, Porter introduces us to the fledgling town of Marietta and the beginning of some of the great families that founded it. The characters are strong and well-developed and the story is extremely well-written. McKenna Frasier grew up in Montana, the pampered daughter of a mine owner. She attended public school where she met Sinclair Douglas. When she left for college back East, she promised to marry him on her return. McKenna loved her life after college. One misstep and she was ruined and disowned. Now, McKenna is back in Montana and trying to make it on her own way as Paradise Valley's first teacher. Sinclair worked hard to move up from lowly miner to a position that would allow him to provide for McKenna as his wife. He moved up to run the mine is Marietta, where he also earned enough to invest, eventually buying his ranch and walking away from the mines for good. As time passed, he realized that McKenna wasn't coming back to him and he worked to move on. Now she is back in his life, and moving on is a little bit harder. McKenna is reinventing herself, and he wants to be sure she succeeds, at least as a friend. The spark is still there, can these two find their way back to each other. I loved these characters. Both are strong people and determined to make their way. I loved seeing Marietta in 1889 and learning more about the time and area. I enjoyed this so much, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Bette313 5 months ago
Loved this!! I've enjoyed most of the Marietta stories and it was fun to read the history of one of my favorite fictional towns. McKenna and Sinclair were friends throughout their youth. Their feelings went far deeper than friendship but in 1889 society's rules said that the two could not be together. He was a poor miner and she was an heiress. After going off to college, McKenna's strong will and resentment towards the rules society placed on her leave her with broken dreams and a damaged reputation. She has no choice but to return to Marietta. Sinclair has spent this time working hard and raising his status in life. No longer is he a poor miner, he is a mine owner and someone who demands respect. Sinclair is not happy about how the town is treating McKenna when she returns and vows to do everything in his power to help her. Keeping her out of his heart again will be the hardest thing he's ever tried to do. This one is very well done and definitely a book I recommend.
ElisabethWA 6 months ago
Away in Montana by Jane Porter is so hard to put down. It's the best thing I have read in a long time. It's emotional and passionate, and it takes the reader through the whole spectra of emotions when reading it. It's set in the 1880's in rural Montana, and it's a love story. But it's so much more. How two people can be destined for each other. It's simply a must read.
Kristyl21 6 months ago
McKenna Frasier and Sinclair Douglas were as good as committed to marriage when she left for New York to enter college promising to return to her. While McKenna is out in society Sinclair is working in her fathers mine and building there future home. The longer McKenna is gone the more the two grow apart. When McKenna destroys her reputation she returns to Montana to rebuild it. Once they are back around one another feelings come up again but can they move on with there past hurts. I wouldn't normally pick up a Historical Romance book. I'm glad i read this one though, it kept me interested and excited for more.
EileenAW 6 months ago
I loved Jane Porter’s historical story, Away in Montana. This is the first book in the Paradise Valley Ranch series which will give those readers who love the Marietta, Montana stories a glimpse at the town’s founding families. This is story features McKenna Frasier and Sinclair Douglas. After being forced out of polite society for what was considered scandalous acts and being disinherited by her wealthy, mine owner father, McKenna returns to Montana to become the first teacher in Paradise Valley. There she meets her old friend, the boy she always loved, Sinclair, not sure if he has forgiven her. The story is one of second chances at not just finding love but also accepting that love. I loved this insightful peek into 1889 Marietta. Many names were familiar, Sam Graff and his hotel as well as Mr. and Mrs. Bramble. We were also given a look at the way residents celebrated when Montana became a state. Another aspect that I enjoyed is the timely reminder of how women were once treated and how few freedoms they actually had during that time period. McKenna is a forerunner of the women’s reform movement. She strongly wanted freedom and equality for women as was evidenced by her actions and words. This was a fun, wonderful and entertaining story with very loveable and authentic characters you want to cheer on, hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written with complex characteristics. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
jboehmke 6 months ago
I loved this book! I really like a good historical romance. Being transported to frontier Montana and getting a peek at what life may have been like back then is such a treat. McKenna and Sinclair were great characters. She is trying to get on her feet after being disowned by her father and dropped from high society. Sinclair has made it on his own in Montana through hard work. Although they were childhood friends, things had changed between them. I loved seeing how much they still cared for each other after years apart.
girlfromwvaKY 6 months ago
This is book #1 in a new series by Jane Porter. McKenna is a spirited and beautiful heiress; the daughter of one of the Butte Copper Kings. She has vowed her love to Sinclair before being introduced to college and society in New York. Traveling abroad and spending time in New York has opened McKenna's eyes to what she really wants. She wants more than just marriage and a simple life in Montana. McKenna does something unforgivable and it destroys her reputation. She is forced to return to Montana with her dreams shattered. She is shamed, cast off and certainly not marriage material anymore. Sinclair left Butte to escape the Frasier name and the power that goes with it. It makes it hard to escape when all anyone in Marietta talks about is the scandalous McKenna. She has come back to Marietta and become Paradise Valley's new teacher. Sin doesn't want to have to help her, he doesn't want to know about her, and he definitely doesn't want to love her anymore. McKenna doesn't deserve to live in his heart, but that is where she resides. Sinclair Douglas is tough and fierce. He knows how to rebuild a life when all the dreams in it have been smashed. McKenna Douglas hopes to heal, but she isn't sure there is one more chance at love or a Christmas miracle in her future. Love this story. I love the descriptive way it is written; it takes you in and you can feel, hear, and see what is going on. Very moving & beautiful.
momof3boysj 6 months ago
McKenna, the fallen daughter has returned to live her life as a teacher. Most of her town has spurned her, but the love she left behind, Sinclair has shown her grace. It's obvious they still love each other, but they need to forgive each other while McKenna must learn marriage is not giving up independence. Several obstacles and a mine accident puts their love to the test. McKenna promises to marry him if he survives and Sinclair holds her to that promise. This second chance love set in the late 1800s Montana is a beautiful love and Christmas story!
Splashesintobooks1 6 months ago
Loved this historical romance set in Montana! I have read quite a few of the Montana romances but have to say this is the first one I’ve read that was set back in the 19th century. It starts on October 26th, 1889 and is a real page turner! It was great to meet the ancestors of so many of the characters familiar from contemporary stories set in this location - and whilst it isn’t necessary to have read any of these stories to enjoy this one, I loved it from start to finish! McKenna Frasier is the daughter to one of the Butte Copper Kings and grew up in Butte. She went to school there and swore eternal love to her friend’s older brother, Sinclair Douglas, before going off to study and explore far flung places. Whilst she was away, Sin worked hard to better himself and try to be more worthy of her love. She, however, didn’t return to him but became notorious because of her flaunting conventional expectations. Shamed, disinherited by her father, she has to earn her own living and takes on the job of teacher in the wilds of Montana. That’s where she discovers Sinclair has also moved to but now he’s a ranch owner and well respected in the community. Her selfishness drove them apart but the two still love each other, even if not prepared to admit it! With his family determined to prevent McKenna and Sinclair getting together, another potential and favoured bride in waiting and coping with the harsh basic conditions, this isn’t going to be easy - things will go with a bang in the end but will that bring them together or tear them apart forever? With great characters, superb writing, totally enthralling and an explosive plot, this is a superb addition to the Montana stories and a brilliant start to a new series. I’ll definitely be looking out for more in future and have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys these genres. Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
ljtljtljt 6 months ago
Jane Porter has another winner with Away in Montana, the first book in her brand new series, The Douglas Ranch of Paradise Valley. This is a historical romance, a genre that I usually do not enjoy. However, anything written by Ms. Porter is an automatic purchase for me. This book blew me away with its engaging plot, three-dimensional characters and emotional circumstances. I read it in one day and I am still reflecting upon its genuineness. McKenna Frasier had it all. She was smart, beautiful, and lived the life of luxury. Her father owned a few mines and was quite wealthy. In addition, McKenna was his princess. Before McKenna left for college, she promised the love of her life that when she returned, they would settle down. McKenna's unique experiences at school, in New York City and abroad, only added to her need to be independent. A woman's reputation meant everything during the late 1800s, and McKenna destroyed hers by dating the wrong man. She thought she was above the societal norms of the time. As a result, she was shunned by society and her father, which left her virtually penniless. She was lucky to find a job as a teacher not very far from where she grew up. Her new life is incredibly lonely and she lives in a cottage that is not fit for any human being. The son of Irish immigrants, Sinclair Douglas grew up very poor. He was almost sixteen when his father died in one of Frasier's mines, and he had to quit school in order to support his family. He was now the breadwinner, working very long hours in the dangerous mine that his father died in. Sinclair knew he had to work himself up into management in order to prove to McKenna's unscrupulous father that he was worthy of her hand in marriage. In addition, as a manager, he knew he had a better chance of keeping his miners as safe as possible. Sinclair was successful in his career and invested his money wisely. Now he owns a successful ranch not too far from his hometown, however, his mining expertise remains in constant demand. McKenna is always in his thoughts and he is hopeful that one day she will be his again. This is a compelling holiday story, and the summary above is only a glimpse of the significant happenings that are going on. I felt the connection between McKenna and Sinclair immediately, and their pasts colliding with the present are replete with a powerful sensuality. I felt every emotion known to woman while reading this book, and my heart ached throughout most of the story. McKenna and Sinclair get a second chance at love, and the author does a terrific job of evolving their happily ever after. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
sbart84 6 months ago
I love visiting Marietta, Montana but this story is set in historical period of the late 1880's. You will see some familiar family names and places in Marietta that we all have become to love!! McKenna and Sinclair have a history from years previous but McKenna did not want to settle down, the little rich girl wanted to experience life but all it got her, was the title of being scandalous. She has know been disowned by her family and is now the new school teacher in Marietta. Sinclair has always loved McKenna, the poor boy in town. Now the wheels have turned and Sinclair has made it beyond rich. His heart still belongs to strong, independent McKenna but can he change her mind. I loved this book!!!! The banter between McKenna and Sinclair is wonderful. McKenna is such a strong independent girl, nothing will stand in her way. Sinclair, just needs to find away into McKenna's heart, he won't give up! I can't wait to read more historical romances set in Marietta. I highly recommend this wonderful story!!
CatmomJD 6 months ago
If you have ever wondered about Montana Born’s fictional town of Marietta before it became the modern day Marietta we all know and love, this is the book for you. The year is 1889 and McKenna Frasier has returned to Montana after a scandal left her the disgrace of New York society. Her father has disowned her too. She is starting her life over as a school teacher and living in a modest cabin without the luxuries she was accustomed to. She has avoided Sinclair Douglas, her first love, since returning. She couldn’t face him after the mistakes she made while living in New York. But he was always in the back of her mind as her one true love. Sinclair has worked hard for everything he has, starting as a teenager working in the mines that McKenna’s father owned. Sinclair now owns a large ranch with cattle and making a good living for himself. The only things missing in his life are a wife and children. When Sinclair sees McKenna at The Bramble’s Halloween party, he has to talk to her. He never stopped loving her. But his heart was broken by the way she left him waiting for her return while she studied, traveled and eventually falling in love with someone else. Even after all of that, Sinclair still can’t help but want McKenna to be his wife. But his mother and sister have already picked out a woman for him, Ellie Burnett, the daughter of a Texas cattle rancher. Will Sinclair be able to convince McKenna that they are meant to be together or will he give in and ask Ellie to marry him? The writing in this book is very impressive. I could tell each scene was well thought out and researched. The characters and their backgrounds were interesting and I enjoyed reading about the ancestors of the modern day Marietta characters that I have come to know so much about. This is a great kick-off to a new series.
jbarr5 6 months ago
Away In Montana by Jane Porter Book starts out with the teacher and she's been invited to the Bramble House Halloween party. Book catches you up to speed, it's 1880s and she is there as a schoolteacher. Sinclair Douglas is a miner manager and he's broken it up with McKenna. His father had died in the mine and he had taken over his job. She was to marry him according to her father's rules but she wanted no part of it. She had returned to the area and was now hired as a school teacher. As he takes her home in his carriage after the children's party he learns she gave up the stove and put it in the schoolhouse so children would be warm during winter months. He's going to make it work, make things right with her... Story goes back in time to when she tutored Sinclair til his father died in her father's copper mine. He wasn't allowed to be passed to the next grade til he could read and write. His mother and sister visit and let it be known in their own way she'll never be Sinclair's and not to hurt him, again. Loved hearing of the fashion business and Montanas' statehood and especially the events in the mine. This book contains mysteries, romance, drama, action with twists and turns, nature and frugal living and history. Other books in the series will be out in June 2017 and the following year. Received this from the author and this is my honest review.