Dakota Born [NOOK Book]

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

Lyndsay 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 ...

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Overview


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

Lyndsay 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 astonishment, she decides to stay, to accept the vacant position of teacher. Her decision marks a new beginning for Buffalo Valley and for Lyndsay, who discovers in this broken little town the love and purpose she's been seeking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459246713
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Series: Dakota Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 27,064
  • File size: 420 KB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

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 DebbieMacomber.com.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt




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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  • Posted January 26, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Good Romance with a Few Rough Edges

    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).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    Great Story & Love Story all in one!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    DEBBIE DELIVERS AGAIN

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Boo

    Wolves dont belive in starclan this is stupid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Frosttail

    Love it as all ways gobon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Dakota's story chap. 2

    As dakota walked, he decided that looking for his brother, nontheless anyone, was utterly useless. He had lost his mother, his father, all of his siblings, and he was now stranded in the middle of the forest. He fully intended to die that miserable day. But as he came walking, he found a freshly abandoned clan and they had left some freshkill behind. As he ate the last squirrel, he wondered if this was a sign from starclan. So as he walked, he finally had some hope for once.

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    check it out

    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.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    debbie's romances

    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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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    I always enjoy Debbie

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Another successful series

    Nice series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    NOT Lendable

    Do not buy if you plan on lending as this is not lendable

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Just okay

    Kind of boring - 50 Harbor Street much better. I am from N.D. and thought this would be interesting for me - still trying to get through it - But loved 50 Harbor Street. Great story and mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2009

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    A Must Read!

    This is a must read for anyone who likes romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2007

    Excellent insights into life in a small community

    Not only does this book provide an excellent description of life in a small rural community but it is very well written. I particularly enjoyed the description of the hard working people, the pessimists and the eternal optimists. It is a must read for those of us who were born and raised in small rural communities that struggle to survive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2004

    Terrific Story!!

    Dakota Born was my first Debbie Macomber book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to continuing the trilogy and plan to try more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    My First Debbie Macomber Book and I'm Hooked

    This book was outstanding! I could not put it down! You can't help but feel that you are right there with the characters - you feel that you are living their lives. Wonderfully written, and I look forward to reading more! Have started Dakota Home and it is just as great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    escaping to a place where love endures

    With reeading Dakota Born and Just finishing Dakota Home I have to say that I immediately jumped on-line to see if i could buy the last book Always dakota I am not sure I can wait for the exciting conclusion of this wonderfully written series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2000

    What a great Book!!!!!!

    This book kept me glued!!! I couldnt put it down. I cant wait to read the others in this trilogy. In fact I ordered Dakota Home today. So I will be watching for the mailman, cant wait to get started on the next one. This is the first Debbie Macomber book I have read, and I will read her more often.!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    WHEN ARE THE SEQUELS COMING OUT ??

    I loved this book and am dying to read the rest of this trillogy.

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