Montana Sky

Montana Sky

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by Nora Roberts
     
 

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When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a ranch worth nearly twenty million dollars. Now his three daughters—each born of a different marriage, and each unknown by the others—are gathered to hear the reading of the will. 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&…  See more details below

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When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a ranch worth nearly twenty million dollars. Now his three daughters—each born of a different marriage, and each unknown by the others—are gathered to hear the reading of the will. 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 each other from danger—and unite against an enemy who threatens to destroy them all?

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.

From the Publisher
“A sweeping tale of three sisters who learn to live, and love, as family when they jointly inherit their father’s ranch.”—New Woman

“Roberts paints a vivid picture of the raw beauty of Big Sky country.”—Chicago Tribune

“All six of the major characters are wonderfully written, with just the right touch of genuineness, warmth, and distinctiveness.”—Library Journal

“Roberts has always been a winner at sexual tension and sexy dialogue…a good read on a long winter’s night.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Crackling dialogue and a snappy infusion of humor.”—Publishers Weekly

“[An] epic tale of love, lust, and overpowering passions…Roberts’s fans will no doubt enjoy this work.”—Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101146064
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
20,849
File size:
794 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“A sweeping tale of three sisters who learn to live, and love, as family when they jointly inherit their father’s ranch.”—New Woman

“Roberts paints a vivid picture of the raw beauty of Big Sky country.”—Chicago Tribune

“All six of the major characters are wonderfully written, with just the right touch of genuineness, warmth, and distinctiveness.”—Library Journal

“Roberts has always been a winner at sexual tension and sexy dialogue…a good read on a long winter’s night.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Crackling dialogue and a snappy infusion of humor.”—Publishers Weekly

“[An] epic tale of love, lust, and overpowering passions…Roberts’s fans will no doubt enjoy this work.”—Booklist

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is truly a publishing phenomenon. With over 250 million copies of her novels in print, she has come a long way since she wrote her first novel in a spiral notebook using a No. 2 pencil. Now she has published over 150 novels and her work has been optioned and made into films, excerpted in national magazines and translated in over twenty-five different countries. "I always have stories running around in my head," she explains. "Once I start putting them down on paper, I just keep going; I just keep writing." In addition to her amazing success in mainstream fiction, Nora Roberts remains committed to writing for her category romance audience that took her to into their heart in 1981 with her very first book, a Silhouette romance.



Nora Roberts continues to write futuristic romantic suspense as J.D. Robb, and her characters Eve Dallas and Roarke have become two of her most popular creations ever. Her J.D. Robb titles are hailed as "a perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedure and steamy romance...truly fine entertainment" by Publishers Weekly.



Reviewers agree that Nora Roberts deserves praise. The Los Angeles Daily News describes her as "a word artist, painting her story and her characters with vitality and verve." Kirkus Reviews comments on True Betrayals saying "Roberts' style has a fresh, contemporary snap." Roberts is said to be "reminiscent of Jacqueline Briskin and Sidney Sheldon" by Booklist, and Rex Reed lauds her saying, "Move over Sidney Sheldon: the world has a new master of romantic suspense, and her name is Nora Roberts." Publishers Weekly claims "Roberts keeps getting better...[her] prolificness shows no sign of abating." They add, "When Roberts puts her expert finger on the pulse of romance, legions of fans feel the heartbeat." USA Today calls Nora "a consistently entertaining writer."



The remarkable Ms. Roberts did not become a success overnight. By the time her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981, she already had three years of hard work behind her and several rejected manuscripts languishing in drawers. Today, according to Entertainment Weekly, "her stories have fueled the dreams of twenty-five million readers." One of America's leading novelists, her books are published around the world. She is frequently invited to promote her novels in other countries. Her recent travels took her to England, Italy, Australia and Japan to meet fans, fellow authors and aspiring writers.



Sanctuary was made into a television movie which aired in 2001 on CBS as "Nora Roberts' Sanctuary." The cast includes Melissa Gilbert, Emmy-winner Kathy Baker and Costas Mandylor. CBS has also optioned The Reef for another television movie. Montana Sky has been optioned by TriStar Television for a two-hour television movie. Her book This Magic Moment became the television film "Magic Moments" starring Emmy-winner John Shea and Jenny Seagrove. Sacred Sins has been optioned for film by Kaleidoscope, and Private Scandals has been optioned by Burt Reynolds Productions. Reflections and The Law is a Lady were selected by Good Housekeeping magazine for presentation as condensed novels. Honest Illusions and Private Scandals were featured as Readers Digest's Condensed Books.


The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly have all featured or mentioned Nora Roberts in articles about writing and the romance genre. She has appeared on ABC-TV's Good Morning America and Cable News Network, and has been featured on the television programs To Tell the Truth, Entertainment Tonight, and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She has been interviewed by local television and radio programs across the country, and she has been featured in dozens of newspapers, including the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, and Atlanta Constitution.

Her extraordinary accomplishments have also received recognition from her peers. The first author ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, and the first author to receive their Centennial Award when she published her 100th novel Montana Sky, she is the recipient of almost every award given in recognition of excellence in romance writing. In 1997, she was honored at the Romance Writers of America National Conference when she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to her awards from the Romance Writers of America, she has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Waldenbooks, and she has been honored by B. Dalton Booksellers, the New Jersey Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and BookRak Distributors.



Nora Roberts is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America, and a member of their Washington, D.C. chapter. She was the keynote speaker at their 1994 national conference in New York. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Crime Writers League of America, and Novelists Inc.

The youngest of five children, she was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She now lives in Keedysville, Maryland.



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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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Montana Sky 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 211 reviews.
kuhlcat More than 1 year ago
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!
Carmen Cruz More than 1 year ago
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!
tko122885 More than 1 year ago
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.
NerdGrl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ma5 More than 1 year ago
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!
rsmithrud More than 1 year ago
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....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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Another great rread from Nora!
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books4me266 More than 1 year ago
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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