Montana Sky

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When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies - and a ranch worth nearly twenty million dollars. Now his three daughters, each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others, are gathered to hear the reading of the will. Willa, the only one who knew her father, boldly expects that everything will be hers. Tess, who has flown in reluctantly from Hollywood, just hopes to fly back with as much cash as possible - and as soon as possible. And Lily Mercy would be grateful for anything; she has ...
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Overview

When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies - and a ranch worth nearly twenty million dollars. Now his three daughters, each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others, are gathered to hear the reading of the will. Willa, the only one who knew her father, boldly expects that everything will be hers. Tess, who has flown in reluctantly from Hollywood, just hopes to fly back with as much cash as possible - and as soon as possible. And Lily Mercy would be grateful for anything; she has learned to expect disappointment, even cruelty, from men. But the women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year. They are sisters ... and strangers. Now they face a challenge: to put their bitterness aside and live like family. To protect one another from danger, and unite against an enemy who threatens to destroy them all. And finally, to weave together three very different worlds in this beautiful and isolated place called Montana.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Having published 100 novels in 15 years, Roberts (True Betrayals) just keeps getting better. In life, Jack Mercy, owner of the 25,000-acre Mercy Ranch, garnered more enemies than friends. His death promises to do the same, since his will forces his three grown daughters, half-sisters and virtual strangers to one another, to live together at the Montana ranch for a year or forfeit his estate, worth up to $20 million. If any die during the year, the survivor(s) will inherit the fortune, assuming they last the 12 months. Giving it a go are bossy Willa, part Blackfoot Indian, the only sister who lived on the ranch and is capable of running it; Tess, a sassy Hollywood scriptwriter who wants money but balks at a family reunion; and meek, divorced Lily, grateful for refuge. As the siblings settle in, someone begins committing barbaric acts against animals and then humans: Are these the random crimes of a psychopath? Or are they a devious distraction in a sinister game plan? Roberts balances the tension and sometimes gruesome action with three romances, crackling dialogue and a snappy infusion of humor. Setting her rich narrative against majestic scenery integral to the plot, she again demonstrates why, in 1986, she was the first author inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame.
Library Journal
Three half-sisters come together at their late father's ranch in Montana. The terms of his will dictate that all three women must live together at the ranch for one year. If not, his enormous estate will be given to charity. Willa has lived all her life on the ranch and feels anger and resentment at her father's decision. Tess is a glamorous Hollywood screenwriter. She merely wants the cash and a quick escape from the desolate countryside. Lily, trying to hide from an abusive ex-husband, is only too happy to have the opportunity to stay in one place. Their evolving relationships with each other make up the heart of the story. It wouldn't be a Roberts novel if during their year of forced togetherness each sister didn't become romantically involved with tall, handsome cowboys. All six of the major characters are wonderfully written, with just the right touch of genuineness, warmth, and distinctiveness to make readers emotionally invest in their stories. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Margaret Hanes, Sterling Hts. P.L., Mich.
Kathleen Hughes
Best-selling romance writer Nora Roberts is in her element here, spinning a meandering, epic tale of love, lust, and overpowering passions. When millionaire Montana rancher Jack Mercy died, he left behind a ranch worth nearly $20 million, several enemies, and three daughters, each from a different marriage (and unknown to each other). Willa, the bold, rash cowgirl daughter, fully expects to inherit everything; Tess, the snooty Californian, is a gold digger and proud of it; and Lily, the timid, abused, and shy sister, just wants someplace to stay. However, the terms of Mercy's will dictate that before any of them can take a share in Mercy Ranch, all three must live together for a year. Of course, sparks fly and claws are bared as the women spar continuously, fall in love with a couple of burly ranch hands, capture a psychotic murderer who is killing people around the ranch, and ultimately realize their true sisterly feelings for each other. Despite the occasional depictions of mutilated people and animals that are sprinkled throughout the story, Roberts' fans will no doubt enjoy this work.
Kirkus Reviews
Three bridegrooms for three sisters: Roberts (True Betrayals, 1995, etc.) stylishly moseys into Big Sky romance.

Jack Mercy was a mean "son of a bitch" when he was alive, and as a corpse, buried with his Stetson and his bullwhip, he's not much better. According to his will, his three daughters, who've never met and whom Jack had by three different wives, must live together for a year at his big Montana ranch house in order to win their inheritance. During the long winter, the women bicker and bond and get entangled with three sexy, strapping fellows. Roberts has always been a winner at sexual tension and sexy dialogue, and so the reader gets to see not one but three couples get past the preliminaries and into the sack. The youngest sister, cowgirl Willa, manager of the Mercy ranch and daughter of an Ute mother, matches wits and strong wills with Ben McKinnon, lusty part owner of the Three Rocks spread. Lily, from Virginia, is a delicate, bird-boned creature who's been battered by her husband, but is now taken under the wing of Adam Wolfchild, Willa's Indian half- brother. And, finally, Tess, a sharp-dressing, wisecracking screenwriter from Hollywood who couldn't wait to get back to Rodeo Drive, stays to marry Nate, a frontier lawyer who raises horses, graduated from Yale, and loves Keats. Providing the usual Roberts suspense is a serial killer who guts and scalps his victims—not only humans but (in the newest romance-novel manifestation of evil) calves, cats, skunks and deer. ("Why would anyone do that to Bambi's mom?" wails Tess.) Roberts also includes a genuine, successful red herring, virgin territory for most romance writers, and incorporates all the important rituals of the genre with her customary skill and humor.

A good read on a long winter's night.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515120615
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 160,319
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    eh

    This book bothered me for many reasons. The first of which, but not the most important, being that Lily, who was in an abusive marriage and recently got out of it and filed a restraining order against her ex, meets and marries someone within 9 months. I would think that an abusive relationship would make her more traumatized and more apt to be cautious when entering a new relationship.

    Another irritant were her other two sisters, Willa and Tess. They, of course, fell in love with the other two hot guys in the novel, but they also learned something from them. And in return, the guys learned...oh, wait, they didn't learn anything. Aren't relationships about give and take? Learning from each other to become better people? The men, apparently, were perfect, while the women had much to learn. (It's hard to convey sarcasm in a blog...)

    I'm also not a fan of points of view changing from paragraph to paragraph. I don't mind if it changes after a scene or after a chapter, but not within paragraphs. It gets too confusing when you're trying to figure out what the characters are thinking or feeling. Too much bouncing around.

    This book paralleled the other book about three sisters living on (or near) a ranch that I read earlier, "True Colors". I was hoping that this one would rate a little above that one, but I'm not so sure. The characters were a bit deeper, and the mystery of the murderer helped to hold my interest, but overall the little details about the women and about relationships bugged me. I'm hoping I haven't lost my taste for romances, because some can be quite entertaining!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Such a great book. A must read!

    Nora Roberts is so clever with words and descriptions. Loved the details, action and multiple romantic stories against a wonderful Montana setting. The TV movie unfortunately did not do justice to this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    Good Book

    I have always thought that the book is almost always better than the movie. In this case I was right. I like the movie but the book was so much better! Things that happened in the book were not even in the movie or it was changed in the movie. I really liked this book. I liked the characters had so much more depth to them. I will read this book again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Nora Roberts "Montana Sky"

    Once again Nora Roberts delivers a captivating story. Three sisters with only one thing in common, their deceased father Jack Mercy, are thrust into a situation none of them saw coming. The middle sister, Lily, is running from a troubled and abusive past. The eldest sister, Tess, hails from Hollywood. Accustomed to the finer things of life, she is perhaps the most irritated to have her perfect and comfortable life disturbed. The middle sister, Willa, has her world turned upside down as her father's tyrannical grip reaches out to control her life from the grave. No one is sorry to see Jack Mercy die, but his actions have far reaching effects that change the lives of many people. Hunted by the past, the sisters must face the dangers that await them together, or be torn apart forever from those they come to love. If they are successful not only will they gain the fortune of Jack Mercy's legacy, but they will find the true bond of sisterhood that will last a life time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2009

    AWESOME

    Great Book!! It will have you turning the pages all the way up to the very last page. Just when you think you know who the killer is, NR throws in a twist and you think it's someone else. I was guessing all the way up until they told you the name of the person (I can usually figure it out way before that). On top of that it has STEAMY hot sex!! I enjoyed getting to know each of the sisters and watching them let their guard down to find love and each other. It's a book about romantic relationships, friendships, sibling relationships, it's thrilling, exciting, funny, and sexy! It's a must read -- I might even read it again next summer.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Loved this book!

    Great book! Romance and mystery all in one! Great surprise ending it isn't what you think it will be. Just purchased 2 more of her books to go along with the other 20 I already have!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Wonderful read

    Montana Sky is packed full of mystery, suspense, drama, hissing and back-biting, romance and friendships, new and old. It's a great book for any reason: relaxing, book clubs, sunbathing, etc....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2008

    Montana Rocks!!

    Okay, so I first started reading Nora Roberts' books when I was eleven years old. Montana Sky was the fourth book I read by her. The characters are amazing because each has a different personality and they all work together in an unique way. Tess, Lily and Willa are sisters who share the same father. The father was a complete jerk. He leaves them with 1/3 interest in his ranch. The catch...they have to live there for a year together. The book might start out slow for some but as you read, you feel yourself being sucked into the story. Warning...there is a lot of death and gore so if you are weak stomached...heads up. I found the book to be beautiful and empowering. Three women form a bond and fall in love...proving that love (all kinds) conquer even the worst of times. There are many twists and turns that leave you hanging. I have read this book so many times that I had to go buy a new copy. Amazing!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    The book that got me hooked

    I've been reading Nora Roberts since 98. This was the first book I ever read of hers, and is completely responsible for the over flowing book shelf dedicated to her in my house. Nora Roberts is an amazing author, and this book is the shiniest drop in her sea of words. Worth a second, third, and even forth read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Nora Roberts Fan

    I loved this book. At first it started off a little slow but once the story got going it was GREAT! And BEN-- :) I LOVE BEN! His personality just radiated sexiness. I loved how Ms. Roberts still had you guess who the killer was right up to the end! GREAT job!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2007

    Amazing up to the last page!

    I have read several Nora Roberts books but this is a favorite! With 30 pages to go I still had 5 suspects, very good writing! It was a heartwarming story full of tender moments and some steamy ones too! Excellent suspense and just enough gore to keep you turning those pages!! Well Done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2007

    A must have

    Each of the Mercy sisters has their own unique personality. Willa was my fav. She may have been a bit bossy, but she knew exactly what she's doing. Tess is the arrogant and almost useless, yet funny blonde. And Lily is the quiet and sensitive, yet the only one who doesn't fight. This book was so very entertaining. Not one of Nora's Top 5, but in her top 10 best novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    Absolute Best!

    This is by far THE best book I have ever read. I fell in love with Big Sky country and couldn't wait to see what would happen to these sisters and their men!! IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL AS A MOVIE!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Another great one

    Another great rread from Nora!

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    I loved this story. Nora Roberts gets you hooked from the begin

    I loved this story. Nora Roberts gets you hooked from the beginning. First book I've read of hers....can't wait to read the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Ceromony

    To all cats keep kit in nursery at all times and with a plder cat and one mpr thing. If y warriors sees astralgod on our territory you may kill him if he dosentvleave

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Avid reader

    Couldnt put it down!!!

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Very good read, did not want to put down!

    Very good read, did not want to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Awesome

    I watched the movie ot was sooooooooo awesome i have not read the book but i amgoimg to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Haven't read it

    I saw the movie they made for it. It was a good movie.

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