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At twenty years of age, Nathaniel Maxwell Adams Jr., better known as Nate, fulfills a prophecy he made eleven years prior by moving to Pine Haven. What he hadn't planned in his youth, though, was to become a pastor, especially since his parents adamantly oppose the idea. So, as he shepherds a flock in the growing Montana town, he feels called to another smaller yet no less significant mission field: his mother and father.For years, orphan Hailee Annigan was just a ragamuffin, roaming the Cincinnati streets trying...
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At twenty years of age, Nathaniel Maxwell Adams Jr., better known as Nate, fulfills a prophecy he made eleven years prior by moving to Pine Haven. What he hadn't planned in his youth, though, was to become a pastor, especially since his parents adamantly oppose the idea. So, as he shepherds a flock in the growing Montana town, he feels called to another smaller yet no less significant mission field: his mother and father.For years, orphan Hailee Annigan was just a ragamuffin, roaming the Cincinnati streets trying to keep food in the mouths of her two younger brothers and herself. This often meant thieving, which landed her in the Sanctuary of Hope, a home for delinquent youngsters. There, her life changed, thanks to her patient, loving teachers. Now, at eighteen, she pursues a dream to become a teacher herself and bravely accepts a position in Montana. She still has faith that she'll find her brothers again someday, but for now, she's ready to put the past behind her.When their paths converge in Pine Haven, their lives begin to overlap in ways they can't ignore. And they must discover if God intends for their destinies to converge, as well.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781603742184
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,479,490
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny Zeller is the author of four books and numerous magazine articles in national and regional publications. She is also the author of the humor blog "A Day in the Life of a Mom, Wife, and Author" (www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com). She is an active volunteer in her community, serving as a women's Bible study small-group leader and co-organizing a women's prayer group. Her passion is to use the gift of the written word that God has given her to glorify Him and to benefit His kingdom. When she's not writing, Penny enjoys spending time with her family and camping, hiking, canoeing, and playing volleyball. She and her husband, Lon, reside in Wyoming with their two children. Penny loves to hear from her readers at her Web site, www.pennyzeller.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Hailee tells the story of a sweet romance between Hailee Anniga

    Hailee tells the story of a sweet romance between Hailee Annigan and minister Maxwell Nathaniel Adams, Jr. Their lives come together in a small town in Montana after Hailee travels from Cincinnati, Ohio, to take a job as the community school teacher. As Nate shows her around town and introduces her to the residents he grows attracted to her, and she to him. They come from two different worlds. Nate’s wealthy parents expect him to return home to Boston and become a lawyer in his father’s firm. Hailee’s parents died when she was very young. She fended for herself and her two younger brothers until a policeman caught her stealing food and took her to The Sanctuary, a place for wayward children. Separation from her two brothers causes Hailee great pain as she searches for them in vain. She tacks up flyers before she leaves Cincinnati in the hope one or both of them will see one. She and Nate grow close, but Hailee worries that she isn’t worthy of him because of her past. When one of Hailee’s brothers comes to town, the truth about her misguided youth comes out. Nate’s parents also arrive in town and fall prey to a robber who shoots the senior Mr. Adams. How do Hailee and Nate handle those in the community who want to fire Hailee because of her past, and how do Mr. and Mrs. Adams come to accept her?
    Hailee’s filled with interesting characters that warm the heart and a plot that keeps readers turning pages. I love the way Penny Zeller wove so many little stories into her book to bring the personalities of the characters and their pasts to life. I highly recommend this historical sweet romance with a strong message of faith. It will take the reader back in time to a peaceful community in Montana.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    Great Novel

    I started out reading book one of this series which was McKenzie. I enjoyed it so much that I paid for the next two novels to see what happened to the rest of the family. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys stories of the west and the women who lived at that time. The other book was titled Kaylie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Pretty good book...the style was a bit disjointed

    This author seems to like flashback scenes. As a rule, I don't mind them overmuch, but as the series progressed, her use of them increased. In this volume, it was about a quarter of the book, so I found myself wondering why she didn't write the backstory THEN write the story, and at times it distracted me from the real story. However, I did read it and enjoy it for the most part. I've certainly read far worse, but why the editor allowed this large of a chunk of backstory interspersed within the narrative stymies me. Traditional story line for this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012


    I just typed in my name and it brought me here. Lol.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

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    I thought the first book in this series, McKenzie, was my favori

    I thought the first book in this series, McKenzie, was my favorite. But I have to say this last one was even better. There was so much going on in it that I didn't want to put the book down. Penny also added some wonderful messages in Hailee that you could apply to your own life, marriage, and family. I've grown to love the fictional characters in this series and I'm sad to see it end. I look forward to reading future books by Penny. She is a talented author with a very creative mind. I highly recommend buying all three books in her Montana Skies series. You won't regret it!

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Satisfying Series End

    Penny Zeller brings her Montana Skies saga to an end with the sweet love story of Nate Adams and Hailee Annigan. Orphaned and separated as children, Hailee spends years searching for her brothers. When she arrives as the teacher in Pine Haven, Pastor Nate Adams discovers unique attributes that exceed Hailee’s teaching abilities. Meanwhile, Nate struggles with family issues when his socialite parents cannot comprehend why their son would forgo a career as a Boston lawyer to settle in a wilderness town as a preacher. Penny Zeller offers the reader a glimpse into God’s far reaching plans for individuals as Hailee and Nate face each challenging situation. This novel provides a satisfying conclusion to the series. I highly recommend Penny Zeller’s Montana Skies trilogy, McKenzie, Kaydie, and Hailee.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    Awesome Finish for the Series

    In this third book of the Montana Skies series, Hailee has answered an ad wanting a new teacher in the Montana Territory and she gets the job. While she is anticipating the new job opportunity, she is still unsettled about leaving Cincinnati because of her two brothers. Hailee and her brothers were separated at a very young age when their parents passed away and she hasn’t seen them since, despite her attempts of trying to find them. She believes God will still bring them to her, even if she is a long way from home.

    After visiting his aunts McKenzie and Kaydee in Pine Haven with his grandmother when he was a youngster, Maxwell Nathaniel Adams, Jr., better known as Nate decides then and there he will move to Montana as an adult, despite what his parents will think. And years later, he did just that, and now is the new preacher in town. Of course his wealthy and high society parents thinks this is just a phase Nate is going through with religion and all and are sure it will pass and their son will come home and work in the family business like he is suppose to, so they say.

    This is another sweet, awesome book by the wonderful storyteller Penny Zeller. To sum up Hailee in one word would be WOW! Again, wonderful, unique, loveable characters woven into a story so enjoyable I was homesick for this heartwarming little community in Montana. I don’t want this series to end!

    So much happens in this book. Nate and Hailee find they are attracted to each other. Hailee is still looking for some word from her brothers; Nate’s parents come for a visit only to be victims of a tragedy, and that’s just some of the good stuff. And now the questions I know you are wondering. Will Nate and Hailee find love, or will Nate decide to move back home to Boston with his parents? What will Nate’s parents think of Montana and will they survive the tragedy that happens to them? Will Hailee’s brothers see her ad’s posted around Cincinnati and contact her? All this and more in this third book in the Montana Skies series. And I gotta say, I loved that Nate chose Montana, after growing up in a extremely different lifestyle with more money than his family knew what to do with. The Montana Territory was pretty much the extreme the other way with life being more difficult and money not easy to come by.

    I rec’d a complimentary copy of the book from the author. Thank you so much Penny! The opinions are mine alone. I was not ask to write a positive review of this book.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Excellent Series Finale

    There is always a feeling of great excitement and anticipation when I go to the Post Office and find the latest book by Penny Zeller waiting there for me. I was not disappointed when I picked up my copy of Hailee either. I could barely wait to drive home, crack open the cover, and begin reading. The pages flew by all too quickly and I reached the final page long before I was ready for it. Once again, Penny has written an emotional and heart-warming story of love and adventure in the vast open spaces of the Montana frontier. The descriptions of life in in the late 1800s are so vivid that you feel as if you are one with the story. I became so engrossed in the plot that I ceased to feel like a spectator, but instead felt as if I were living the story right alongside Hailee. Hailee and Nate are both such likeable characters that you can't help but desire for them to be together. Hailee, however, feels unworthy of Nate's love because she has a secret past. When that past is inadvertently revealed to the townspeople and the parents of her students, Hailee's chance of a future with Nate seems doomed. Can Hailee expect mercy from those whom she has deceived? Will Nate be able to forgive her for her wrong-doing? What Hailee and the citizens of Pine Haven fail to take into consideration is that the misdeeds of her youth have long been forgiven and forgotten by the only One who truly matters. Since God has forgiven her, is it wrong for Hailee to hope that Nate will do likewise? Why won't the residents of the town that Hailee has already grown to love forgive her too? Many years ago, the English poet Alexander Pope wrote the words, "To err is human, to forgive Divine." This is the truth that Penny Zeller has so ably portrayed in the pages of Hailee. God's forgiveness is easily obtained but it is the job of the Great Deceiver, the Father of Lies, to try to convince us that our sins are so vile that forgiveness is not possible. For a story that truly depicts the reality of Christ's mercy and forgiveness, I recommend that you read this excellent book.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Another Great Book for any age

    The first two books in this series were great! I have reviews for them on here for McKenzie and Kaydie. Be sure to check those out if you haven't read them. Penny has created some great characters in her books. Hailee is no exception. I love Hailee and Nate even more than the others, if that is possible.

    Hailee is a sweet young woman despite the hard times she has lived through as a child. She is very sensitive and caring. It would have been easy for her to be harsh and closed up inside herself. Despite the fact that God worked a miracle in her life she still believes that if people knew what she had done as a young girl they would hate her.

    Nate is a young man that seems wise beyond his 21 years. He is kind and patient even with those who test him greatly. I loved the cousin relationship between him and Davey. After getting to know Davey as a little boy in the first two books and then to see him as a 17 year old was fun. I love seeing characters in other books that I enjoyed in the previous ones.

    As the last two, Hailee is a great book for any age. I would recommend this book especially to young girls who love to read and need something wholesome with good life lessons in them. For both of these young characters you see how they allowed God to lead them down the path they are on. Keep up the great work, Penny!

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

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    Sweet Historical Romance

    Penny Zeller is an author whom I had never heard of until I started reading book blogs, but the more I read about her christian books the more I wanted to read one. Luckily for me I had the opportunity to read "Hailee" and all I can say is what a wonderful storyteller. It is so easy to see how God works thru Penny. The stories she weaves allows us to relate to characters who are struggling with personal issues, but those characters realize that God truly has the answers, a reminder that we all can use from time to time.
    The story "Hailee" transports us back to July 1893. Hailee Annigan is about to embark on a new future, while she is excited to begin her new life as a teacher in Pine Haven Montana, she hates to leave Cincinnati not knowing what happened to her two brothers, Philip and Reuben. You see Hailee and her brothers were orphaned as children, and when Hailee provides food for her siblings the only way she knew how,by stealing, she is caught, which caused her to be taken to The Sanctuary of Promise a home for wayward children, a place that literally changed her life. The only problem was she was separated from her brothers Philip and Reuben that day and has no idea what happened to them. Now its years later and as she leaves Cincinnati she wonders if she will ever see her brothers again. When she arrives in Montana, she meets Nate Adams the preacher who hired her. The two hit it off and Nate starts to have feelings for Hailee, but Nate comes from a prominent background, and Hailee is afraid that her background may come out and she will be judged because of it. Will Nate and Hailee find true love together? Will Hailee ever find her brothers again?

    "Hailee" is the third book in Penny Zeller's Montana Skies series but can easily be read as a stand alone work. I haven't read the first two books but had no problems following this story. I loved the way the author uses words to paint a picture of the story she is telling. I could just envision the scenes of the book playing out in my head. From Hailee cutting her hair to alter her appearance when she was stealing food, or when she stole her teachers wig. I could also feel the desperation that she must have felt knowing her brothers relied on her but she was unable to go back to them that final time.I liked the way the author used flashbacks to reveal the main characters past.The two main characters were easy to like. Nate's parents wanted him to be a lawyer, but he wanted to become a minister and moved away from his family to accomplish his goal, although I think his parents believed he would tire of the life and come home for his schooling. Hailee's joy in landing a teaching job was tempered by the fact that she may never find out what happened to her brothers if she left Cincinnati.

    I was totally delighted with this story and the positive christian themes that were woven through out. If your a fan of historical fiction that have wonderful characters a positive message and a nice romance woven in then run out and purchase the Montana Sky Series, because if your like me you are going to want to read all three books! Highly recommended!

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Gripping story

    This is the third book in the Montana Skies series and a great third book. I had McKenzie in my top ten of last year and I would happily add Hailee to my top reads this year. Hailee has come from a sad childhood her parents died and she is left to help look after her two brothers one of who has a turned foot and uses crutches. She and one brother try to find work but are to young and Hailee resorts to stealing food. she is caught and separated from her brothers and taken to a institution where she is loved and eventually earns her teaching degree. She heads to Montana and here she meets Nate who is now the pastor of the church and the nephew of both Mckenzie and kaydie and had left Boston to be a pastor. Hailee is scared her past will come out and she wont be accepted. Nate has some issues of his own to deal with also. What I love about the book is seeing both Hailee and Nates stories as we see flashbacks of important events. This book deals with assumptions, acceptance, and understanding. I also love how we get to see people I loved from the other books back in this story. There are a couple of children in this book that threaten to steal this story at times.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011


    After reading Hailee I found I wanted to go back and read McKenzie and Kaydie. This author's writing pulls you in from the very first paragraph. I didn't want to put the book down. I could feel Hailee's desire to find her brothers and her indecision about moving away from the only city she has known in her life. I also empathized with Nate's decision to move away from his family to forge his own life. I recommend this book.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

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    Sweet Christian Story

    This is a really feel good story! A great read to snuggle down with!
    You will find some parts that you wish you could be there and help those little children!
    The descriptions are wonderful...can just picture Pine Haven Montana, and all the different people who live there! When you come from a city in the late 1800's to rural Montana it had to be a real eye opener!
    Throughout the book there is a strong faith in God, loved how he is interwoven with each individual and works in their lives.
    This is the third book in the series, and you do not have to read the first two to enjoy this one. It can stand alone and enough information is give to make you aware of who everyone is. Enjoy Hailee's and Nate's love story!

    This book was provided by Publisher Whitaker House, and I was not required to give a positive review!

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Another good book by Penny Zeller

    In 1965 we stayed in a nice hotel in Downtown Denver. Only a few months later the place sat vacant, an eyesore on the street while the building awaited demolition to make room for a new high rise business building.
    So when I read about Hailee Annigan and her brothers trying to survive in a vacant hotel, it was easy for me to imagine the orphans living in such a place, working at the jobs they could find, but sometimes stealing so they could eat.
    But I'm getting ahead, or should I say behind? Penny Zeller opens the story with Hailee tying up ends so she can travel to her new teaching job in Montana. Among her tasks is posting her new address around downtown Cincinnati so her long-lost brothers can find her.
    In the best use of back story I've read, Penny Zeller turns back the clock and we're with Hailee and the boys in the dark unheated building, wondering where the next meal will come from and whether one of them will be caught by police.
    After several narrow escapes, Hailee is caught. Her thievery lands her in jail, but then her home becomes the Sanctuary of Promise and her brothers disappear.
    Thus begins a story of struggle, worry, and eventually hope and romance. But what if her suitor discovers her background?
    Penny Zeller does a great job with this book, creating characters, and taking us from the present to the past. I ordinarily skip much of the back story, but she didn't tell it, she showed it in vivid detail, and I enjoyed it.
    This another good book from this author and I recommend it.

    Note: I was provided a free review copy.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    Refreshing Read

    Hailee, an orphan separated from her two younger brothers, and Nate, raised in wealth in Boston, cross paths in rugged Montana. She comes to Pine Haven to be the small town's schoolteacher and Nate is the town's pastor. They discover an instant attraction for the other. From separate lifestyles can they forget their pasts and have a future together? Zeller gives us a story with many twists that keeps the reader turning pages. Her strong characters and vivid descriptions of the small town lend to an interesting read that will remain with you long after you turn the last page.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    So Sweet!

    Love can be a treacherous mix of romance, danger, trials, and joy. Penny Zeller's Hailee packs all that and more into the story of one family's life as they navigate the wild west. Hailee must cope with a long distance move, lost family, and romantic interests she's not entirely prepared for. With a growing faith and dear friends, Hailee learns how to juggle the journey God has placed her on.

    Penny winds a captivating tale of love and adventure through Hailee's story. It's an enjoyable read that is well written and promises to make your heart sing.

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    Posted August 15, 2011

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