Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1)

Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1)

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by Debbie Macomber
     
 

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Buffalo Valley, North Dakota. Like so many small towns, it's dying. Stores are boarded up, sidewalks cracked, houses wanting a coat of paint. But despite it all, there's a spirit of hope here, of defiance. The few people still left in Buffalo Valley are fighting for their town.

Lindsay Snyder is a newcomer. She's an outsider, even though she spent childhood

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Buffalo Valley, North Dakota. Like so many small towns, it's dying. Stores are boarded up, sidewalks cracked, houses wanting a coat of paint. But despite it all, there's a spirit of hope here, of defiance. The few people still left in Buffalo Valley are fighting for their town.

Lindsay Snyder is a newcomer. She's an outsider, even though she spent childhood vacations here. Now she returns to see the family house again, to explore family secrets and to reevaluate her life.

To her own amazement she decides to stay. Her decision marks a new beginning for Buffalo Valley—and for Lindsay Snyder, who discovers in this broken little town the love and purpose she's been seeking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778329602
Publisher:
Mira
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Dakota Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
71,704
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Ten-year-old Lindsay Snyder woke rigid with fear. For a moment, she didn't know where she was. The room was as dark as coal and hot, terribly hot. Then she realized she wasn't home in Savannah where the air conditioner cooled the worst of the summer heat. She tried not to be afraid, but she was.

The ghost stories she'd heard at camp that summer returned to haunt her. A sudden chill raced down her spine as she recalled the tale of Crazy Man Charlie who was said to tear out people's eyes…before he murdered them. Somehow, Crazy Man Charlie had found her. Everyone else must be dead. Everyone but her. The dream remained vague, and she tried to remember the details and couldn't.

Slowly she sat up in the darkness, prepared to confront whatever danger awaited her. As she did, she remembered she was at her grandparents' house with her parents and two sisters. They'd arrived that evening after driving for what seemed like days and days to North Dakota.

Her eyes had begun to adjust to the night, and Lindsay climbed out of the makeshift bed in her grandma's sewing room. She tiptoed past her two sleeping sisters and down the hallway to the kitchen for a glass of water.

A sound came from the living room and she froze at the thought of meeting Crazy Man Charlie face-to-face. Holding her breath, she flattened herself against the refrigerator door.

Then Lindsay saw her Grandma Gina, silhouetted in the moonlight that streamed through the big window. The heavy curtains were pulled open and her grandma stood by the brick fireplace, head bent. Lindsay would have rushed to her for a hug and told her all about the crazy man and how scared she'd been, but she didn't know her Grandma Gina as well as she did her Grandma Dorothy. So she stayed in the kitchen, waiting for her grandmother to notice her.

Except her grandma hadn't heard Lindsay and didn't know she was there. Lindsay could see that her grandmother held something in her hand, but she couldn't tell what it was. Grandma Gina moved closer to the fireplace, but it wasn't light enough for Lindsay to see what she was doing.

Lindsay's eyes widened as her grandmother leaned forward and touched the fireplace. A sort of scraping sound followed and a brick slid out. It was a hiding place! A secret hiding place.

Fascinated, Lindsay watched as her grandmother slipped whatever she held in her hand inside the opening. The brick made the same sound as it went back into place.

"Grandma?"

Her hand over her heart, Grandma Gina whirled around. "Good heavens, child! You frightened me."

Lindsay hurried into the living room, and toward the fireplace, but she couldn't figure out which brick her grandmother had moved.

"What are you doing up?"

Lindsay looked away from the fireplace. "I had a dream about Crazy Man Charlie."

"Who?"

"I heard stories about him at summer camp." She ran her fingers along the fireplace, trying to work out which brick had moved. "What did you hide in here, Grandma?"

"It's nothing, child."

"But I saw the brick move."

Her grandmother shook her head. "It was…just a trick of the moonlight."

"But Grandma, I saw."

Her grandmother crouched down, meeting her eyes. "The stories frightened you."

Her wrinkled face was marked with the streaks of tears that glistened in the moonlight. "Grandma, are you crying?"

"No…no," her grandmother insisted. "Why would I be crying?"

"But that's what it looks like." Lindsay raised her hand to her grandmother's cheek and brushed her fingertips tentatively against the soft skin.

Her grandmother tried to smile, but her lower lip quivered.

"Are you sad?" Lindsay asked.

"A little," she whispered, and hugged Lindsay close, so close she could feel the beating of her grandma's heart.

"I'll draw you a picture, and then you won't be sad anymore."

"You sweet, sweet child. Now let me take you back to bed."

"I'm thirsty."

She released Lindsay and led her into the kitchen, where she took a glass from the cupboard and filled it with water.

Her grandma had let the tap run and the water was nice and cold. Lindsay gulped it down, then put the glass on the counter. "What did you hide in the fireplace?" she asked again. She didn't understand why Grandma Gina was pretending like this.

Her grandmother gently stroked the hair from her face. "You didn't see anything."

"But I did." Walking over to the fireplace, Lindsay tried really hard to find the spot her grandmother had touched. She pushed and prodded at various bricks, but nothing moved.

Her grandmother joined her. "Lindsay, look at me."

Lindsay turned around.

Her grandmother crouched down again. The tears were back in her eyes and she hugged Lindsay tightly. "What you saw is our secret, all right?"

Lindsay nodded.

"But I want you to forget all about it."

Lindsay didn't know if she could.

Her grandmother held Lindsay's face in both hands and stared at her intently. "Promise me you'll never tell anyone what you saw."

"All right, Grandma, I won't tell anyone. I promise."

"Good." She kissed Lindsay's cheek. "Now let me tuck you back into bed…."

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Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at www.DebbieMacomber.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Port Orchard, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1948
Place of Birth:
Yakima, Washington
Education:
Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
Website:
http://www.debbiemacomber.com

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Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
SuperMomof4 More than 1 year ago
Some of Debbie Macomber's books are on my list of all-time favorites. Unfortunately, this book won't join that list. It was an okay romance which had moments that were really good. Unfortunately, the story jumped between too many characters for much continuity and some of the story lines were simply boring. It was quite obvious that this book was set up to be part of a series and several of the story lines were left hanging. I love Ms. Macomber's writing so I'll definitely return for more of her books, but I'll probably skip the rest of this series. As with most romances, there was a fair amount of sexual content (probably a mild PG-13).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dakota Born was such a good book, I finished it in two days! The love story about Gage and Lindsay was so touching and the whole book just held my interest and I couldn't put it down. All the characters in the book were great. I'm reading Dakota Home right now and can't wait to finish it. I have purchased the third Book. Can't wait to read it. The story lines in these books are something you want to keep on going. You just want to read more about them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
True to form Debbie Macomber delivers a truly great read. Her charaters are interesting and you'll fall in love with the Dakota's. So snuggle up with a cup of tea and enjoy the trip.
Pure_Jonel 11 months ago
Macomber always intrigues me with her emotional and realistic look at the lives of small town characters. DAKOTA BORN was no exception. She breathes life into this town that she`s created. I felt as if I were able to walk the street alongside the characters. All the while, she develops a story with intertwining plotlines, none outshining the others, but with one definitely taking centre stage. The Gage/Lindsay dynamic was riveting. Their interactions were so real. The way that Macomber develops it, so that you experience both sides, gave me the full picture of their relationship while also allowing you to get to know them as individuals. Their strong personalities really drew me in. I love how intricate these characters are, without ever feeling like you`re in information overload. At the same time, Macomber goes so much further with her characters than just these two. The entire town comes to life in a big way. Joanie and Brandon broke my heart. Getting to know many of the other budding couples was fun as well. This was a cute, fun small town romance with lots of heart. Macomber melds emotion with real life in a way like no other, creating a world that definitely puts her in the running for the queen of the quill.
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Donna777 More than 1 year ago
Dakota Born was a great book as are all of Debbie Macomber's books. I can't put them down until I finish them and when I do it leaves me wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dakota Born, for me at first was hard to follow,there was so many characters at the beginning but it turned out to be a good book.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
the dakota series deals with romances of women that have had a bad experience in teir lives and want to start over. they find men that have also had bad experiences and then between them they find love. romances as only debbie can write them.
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ndsualum More than 1 year ago
This first book in the Dakota series got me interested in the entire series, so have read #1 and moved right into #2 when I finished #1 the other evening. Debbie Macomber begins to develop her characters in this first book so we get to know some current townspeople and well as those who are moving into Buffalo Valley and will change the town forever. Have read all of her Cove series as well as Blossom Street series and this is not quite the "page-turner" as the other series are, but enjoying it none the less.
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I've been reading the Dakota series to psych myself up for my upcoming trip to North Dakota (that's a very long story). I found this book to be pretty vapid but entertaining, much like a monster truck rally. I never once uttered the eight deadly words - "I don't care what happens to these characters" - but the story was predictable, the conflicts were silly and the ending was atrocious. I guess the $5 price tag got me to buy and read the next in the series, which is much better and shows Macomber getting a more mature feel of her characters and setting. Good beach/checkout/colonoscopy prep reading.
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