Mystic Montana Sky

Mystic Montana Sky

by Debra Holland

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Overview

Mystic Montana Sky by Debra Holland

A caravan driven at breakneck speed through the hills of Montana is the least of Magdalena Baxter’s concerns. Evicted from their home, and due to soon give birth, the Gypsy woman is forced to follow her husband, Oswald, a drunk and abusive miner who hopes to find work in a neighboring town.

Despite calling Sweetwater Springs home, wealthy banker Caleb Livingston clings to his elitist East Coast ways. While this may have brought him prestige, he’s missed out on romance at every turn.

When Caleb’s buggy collides with the Baxters’ caravan, Oswald is instantly killed and Maggie goes into labor. Caleb manages to keep his guilt and terror at bay long enough to make her comfortable and deliver her baby, a harrowing and ultimately endearing experience. Can Maggie—now stranded with her newborn child—learn to trust again? Will Caleb overcome his sense of obligation and highbrow conceit to open his heart to lasting love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503936751
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Series: Montana Sky Series , #6
Pages: 720
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Debra Holland is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Montana Sky Series, a collection of heartwarming historical Western romances. In 2013, Amazon selected Starry Montana Sky as one of their Top 50 Greatest Love Stories. She has received the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, and has been a three-time finalist for the award as well. She is also the author of the Gods’ Dream trilogy, a fantasy romance series, and The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving, a nonfiction book. In addition, she is a contributing author to The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing. She resides in Southern California with her two dogs and two cats.

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Mystic Montana Sky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I tremendously enjoyed every minute of this heartwarming return to Sweetwater Springs. "You cannot go into labor," Caleb ordered, anxiety clenching his innards. "The baby is coming!" She enunciated every word. "The doctor is a long day's ride away in Sweetwater Springs, and there's no woman for miles. You'll just have to wait." As the contraction eased, the tightness in her body relaxed, and she gave him a wan smile. "Does everyone always do what you say?" 'Is that levity in her voice? At a time like this?' "They comply if I know what best, and I usually do." Debra Holland takes readers back to historic Sweetwater Springs, Montana in a colossal way for the town's pompous banker's story in MYSTIC MONTANA SKY. Caleb Livingston has been a snobby presence in the series since its inception. I've been patiently waiting with bated breath for him to receive his comeuppance and, happily, that time has officially arrived. I have to admit that I mistakenly thought it would be impossible for the author to remake Caleb into a likable character as he's been villainized for so long. (Debra - I beg your forgiveness for my lack of faith.) I am amazed and delighted to report that Debra Holland pulled off a miracle as I can now commiserate with not only Caleb, but also his equally snooty sister, Edith, and her cocky son, Ben. In their defense, all three had been raised under the influence of the privileged and racist beliefs of a wealthy Bostonian family. MYSTIC MONTANA SKY is the long-time-coming story of Caleb Charles Victor Livingston and part gypsy Magdalena 'Maggie' Baxter. As the story opens, Maggie is uncomfortable riding in her vardo with her abusive husband pushing their horses and conveyance at breakneck speeds. Nearing time for the birth of their child, she pleads with her husband to slow down, but her appeal only makes him madder than he already is after losing his job at the mine and being evicted from their home in Morgan's Crossing for his brutality. As they careen around a bend, she is thrown from their vardo as her husband loses control... Caleb's mind has wandered as he approaches a bend in the road on his way to Morgan's Crossing on banking business. He is quickly jolted back to his present day circumstances to see a vehicle barely miss his carriage and collide into a tree. He hurriedly secures his wagon and finds one female survivor. His relief is short-lived as he finds himself way out of his comfort level when he is forced to act as the woman's midwife as she goes into labor. It was going to take a strong woman to tangle with Caleb - and Maggie is just what fate ordered ably assisted by a precious little bundle named Charlotte Victoria. The baby certainly turns the Livingston household topsy turvy with her magical cuteness. Caleb had always expected to marry a woman of his same breeding, but love may re-order his intentions. Debra is one of my favorite authors. Her books are always well-written and solidly plotted with strong, endearing characters. Her stories have never once disappointed me. I tremendously enjoyed every minute of this tale. I highly recommend MYSTIC MONTANA SKY to anyone who enjoys sweet and heartwarming historical western romances. My review is published at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
STORY LINE: Once again we return to the close-knit community of Sweetwater Springs. We find the stiff, snobby, prejudice banker and hotel owner Caleb Livingston on his annual journey to Morgans Crossing for business, driving a little distracted and too fast. He will meet, in a dangerous curve, the vardo of Oswald and Maggie Baxter. The accident kills the abusive Oswald and Maggie is in labor. Caleb, through necessity, will deliver Maggie’s baby. Come along as Caleb finds he is not the man he thought he was, Maggie discovers happiness beyond compare, and the town of secondary characters gather around these two. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: Author Debra Holland always fills her stories with emotion; this story will grab you from the first page and will not let go until the last page of the book. Even then, you are panting for the continuation of Sweetwater’s residents story. In a time period when Gypsy and Negro Blood was disparaged, treated less than human, snubbed, and looked down upon, Caleb Livingston finds himself reconsidering his opinions. Ms. Holland skillfully developed Caleb’s character from one who cuts himself off from life, lived on the sidelines, and looked down on others less fortunate to become a man with a compassionate and giving heart. Maggie’s portrayed as a sweet woman who was horribly abused by her husband; Ms. Holland does not shy away from sensitive issues in her writing rather she handles them with skill and care. Maggie’s baby, Charlotte, plays a leading role in Ms. Holland’s story-line. Not only do Maggie and Charlotte impact Caleb, we watch as Caleb’s snobby and critical sister comes under their spell to become a caring woman with feelings she’s not afraid to show. There are several plot lines and secrets in this book and Ms. Holland skillfully developed and paced each one to form a solid intriguing book. Ms. Holland gives just enough of the back story of the previous characters; I wanted to immediately buy all the books. Ms. Holland has a talent for interweaving each book and characters as their stories continue and intertwine together. Each book is a standalone; I can not wait to read the others in this series. RECOMMENDATION: 5+ STARS I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a clean, solid, well-written story-line by a talented author. I am never disappointed in Ms. Hollands books. Book Review copy received via Netgalley in return for an honest book review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to start by saying I have read all of Debra Holland's Montana Sky series and Mail Order Brides of the West series and have loved each and every one of them. With that, I have watched Caleb's character over most if not all these books and as the staunch, upright, stiff, Bostonian banker, but this story shows him in a brand new light and I think the real Caleb. I think this could very well be my most favorite story in the Montana Sky series yet. This is a story of guilt for Caleb over the accident that killed Maggie's husband even though she told him of the abuse. He has to deliver her baby out in the wilderness because there was no way he could make it back to Morgan's Crossing or into Sweetwater Springs. In the time he was with Maggie, she telling him what he needs to get out of her caravan for the birthing and the baby, she seems to cast a spell over him from first meeting. The birthing experience moved his hard heart further to a soft more gentle Caleb. But he is very angry at her dead husband who abused her so much and risked her and the babies life because he was driving the caravan too fast on mountain curves. When she is able to be moved since not only the birth but the bruises and injuries from the accident, they head to Sweetwater Springs. Beautiful little Charlotte is already in Caleb's heart and he is also seeing more in Maggie than he thought. He takes them to him mansion in Sweetwater Springs for Maggie to recuperate and both her and baby Charlotte to watched over and protected. This story is of the guilt, the chance to see a baby born and being the one that brought her into the world, a softened heart that makes Caleb laugh which I don't remember him doing from other stories and love that seeps in, in spite of him trying hard not to fall. A gypsy woman, not his typical sophisticated women he has met and fallen for, and last a chance at love and family. But does that happen as Maggie feels out of his league for sure and isn't sure about women he might have been in love with before. This is a beautiful story as it seems baby Charlotte gets into the hearts of the most harden Edith and changes so many people. My love for this story is a great surprise that I would love him as much as I do now. I didn't really care for the old Caleb but when you read this story you will see why I love the new Caleb. There are so many things going on in this story, the characters are complex and so different and to have so many of my favorite characters from the past stories this is just an amazing story. Thank you Debra Holland for writing this story for Caleb. Thank you for writing this whole series that I have loved so much and I can't wait to see what it next. This is a must read story, but I do recommend that you read the entire Mail Order Brides of the West and the Montana series to get the background stories of amazing characters. I can tell you, you won't be disappointed in these stories at all. I received this ARC for my honest and unbiased review.
AnnieMarch26 More than 1 year ago
Caleb has been in The Montana Sky Series right from the start. He is a product of his time and environment so I made allowances for his snobbery and prejudices since he did show us glimpses of his goodness. That being said, I didn’t like him very much because of his treatment of the orphan twins in book 2. Although he was actively looking for a wife, he didn’t have any luck finding her because he was searching for a woman that would fit perfectly into his life. He saw himself as quite a catch and never considered what he could offer a wife. It was sad yet comical when the women he decided to pursue were won by others. I really didn’t hold out much hope that he would find his match. When I started reading this story, I was immediately hooked. I really shouldn’t be surprised because I have been a Debra Holland fan for years. Still, I was surprised that I became so invested in Caleb’s story and was actually rooting for him to finally find his love. I was also amazed when other characters that I had previously not cared for showed real change and growth. This story definitely worked it’s magic on me because I enjoyed every minute of it. I am looking forward to the audio-book version and will get it as soon as it is available on audible.com because the only thing better than reading Debra’s books are enjoying them in the audio format. I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting to see just what kind of woman Caleb would end up with and I was not disappointed. The changes that come over Caleb as he is taking care of Maggie and her daughter were amazing to see and the powerful message of love was just beautiful. Caleb is the snobbish banker/hotel owner of Sweetwater Springs. And he feels that he is the catch of the town. So why do the women always pick someone else over him?? He just can't understand it . All of the well educated and sophisticated women are turning him down. But when a life changing accident and event cause him to take measure of his life what will he actually see? And will he like it? Maggie has had a horrible marriage. Beaten and belittled, she is just existing. Her pregnancy gives her something to live for. But when her husband causes an accident that kills him and leaves her badly injured and in labor what will she do? Caleb and Maggie embark on a very traumatic and emotional journey. The birth of her daughter delivered by Caleb changes her. And changes something in him that will forever stay. But Maggie knows that with her Gypsy blood she will never be good enough and she doesn't want to be with him out of a sense of duty to her. Finding her strength she will take a stand and live her life for herself and her daughter. Not depending on a man for her well being. Caleb has other ideas though. Can he make her believe that he could change so much as to love a gypsy and love her daughter as his own? Will this mystic gypsy magic work its charm on Caleb once and for all?