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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts surpasses herself once again, with a novel as sweeping and extraordinary as the Montana sky itself....

When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a ranch worth nearly twenty million dollars. Now his three daughters - each born of a different mother, 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.   

For Tess, a screenwriter who just wants to collect her cash and get back to Hollywood, it’s a nightmare. For Lily, on the run from her abusive ex-husband, it’s a refuge. And for Willa - who grew up on the ranch - it’s an intrusion into her rightful home.

They are sisters...and strangers. Now they face a challenge: to put their bitterness aside and live like a family. To protect each other from danger - and unite against an enemy who threatens to destroy them all...

©2006 Nora Roberts (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

What the critics say

"Roberts balances the tension and sometimes gruesome action with three romances, crackling dialogue and a snappy infusion of humor." ( Publishers Weekly)
"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." ( Library Journal)

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Fairly predictable

Just an average listen, at points I was finding myself wishing it was over already cause I could predict what was likely going to happen, which I was correct. Wouldn’t recommend as a great read.

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Sexist, iffy narrator, violence

I have become a fan of Nora Roberts' books during COVID-19 seclusion - I enjoy the cozy atmosphere, the easy romance and how you know the good guys will always win. This had all those factors, but I found myself rolling my eyes over some of the He-man attitudes of the love interests - I think even cowboys can be enlightened and I don't find the thought of being shaken by man or picked up and thrown caveman style very sexy. The narrator was ok in some parts and off in others - some strange whiny tones for the older voices sounded cartoonish and some of the men sounded just like the women. Lastly, while I expect her books to have some mystery/thriller/nail bite elements ( I can take some violence or knowledge of it) the description of the violence in this one was very disturbing for me. A lot more detail that left me wanting to fast forward.
Overall there was a good mystery angle, but this was not my favourite.

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love love love

one of Nora's best novel s. suspenceful, with hidden secrets and lots of romance. awesome read

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Poorly researched and laughably predictable...

Well, all I can say is I’m appalled that this book even got published, and if all her other novels are as irritating and factually inaccurate as “Montana Skies” ...how did this woman ever become a famed writer?? Are people nuts?! Nora Roberts, you need to do your research before you endeavour to write a story about ranching and horses. It is abundantly clear you know nothing about horses, or you would never have written about a yearling being “put through its paces” and galloping around a pen with not ONE (bad enough...) but TWO people on its back. Absolutely ridiculous! A one year old horse cannot be ridden... their skeletal structure, vertebrae and muscle mass are not developed enough to take the weight of a person on their back, let alone two!! Heck, even at 3 years old, it’s pushing it!! It’s tantamount to strapping weight onto the back of a human toddler! For heaven’s sake, DO THE RESEARCH!!

As for the romance side and love interests, the foregone conclusion of “which sister was going to end up with which guy” and the in-your-face predictability of the trite and cliched “steamy sex scenes” left me either infuriated or cringing! You most certainly don’t need a crystal ball to calculate the outcome...

I know one thing... I won’t be bothering with another Nora Roberts novel. My raised blood pressure from plain annoyance cautioned me that one was quite enough...

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Not as good as I remembered.

I remember really liking Nora Roberts and this story in particular. Now, I find Ben's confidence irritating and scary. The way he and Nate tell their women how things are going to be... I hate it. And I really liked Nate too. I'm going to finish this. I WILL finish this. But I hope not every relationship is like that in Nora Roberts' other books.

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Good story, poor narration

Good story but I could barely tell the difference between most of the characters voices and the male voices didn't come across as male at all.

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Total Entertainment

Enjoyed the characters and story line. Will capture your attention. A completely surprise ending. Another great book by Nora Roberts.

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So Unexpected...

I enjoyed this story of a Rancher Who Did It Mystery... liked the different voices that the narrator used.. of course I love a good romance story..

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  • Heidi
  • 2009-08-10

FANTASTIC READ

Now this was truly a good book - I almosted wanted it to be a trilogy but Nora did a great job putting them all together and not doing anyone any injustice.

The story line was great - the twist totally a shock - left me with a "huh" and then I just couldn't shut it off because I had to see how it ends!

Erika Leigh is a great narrator - thank you for making this book come to life!

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  • Leon
  • 2008-10-22

Great book that kept me at the edges of my seat!

This has probably got to be one of my favourite Nora Roberts book,the suspense and mystery along with the interesting characters kept making me want to listen!

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  • DK
  • 2015-07-07

Montana Sky EXCELLENT by Nora Roberts

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Mean old Jack Mercy has owned a ranch in Montana forever, with his daughter Willa, working at her his side. He's never given her an ounce of affection, encouragement or anything a daughter craves from her father. However, he has taught her life on the ranch, what needs to be done, how to do it and do it well.

When he dies there's a huge surprise to Willa when the will is read. It turns out that he has two other daughters by two other women. The condition of their inheritance is that they all live and work on the ranch together for one year.

This is a big challenge for social light from the East Coast & a diva from the west, in Hollywood. They decide to give it a try each focused on her own reason. Willa, because ranch life is all she's ever known. Tess, the West Coast Hollywood – with her eye on the amount she can receive for selling off her portion at the end of the year. Lily, who is running from an abusive husband. Where better to hide then rural Montana?

The angst of the sisters trying to get along and adjusting to life on the ranch make for some fun shenanigans and, for me, a few giggles. But suddenly a body turns up, things get very serious very quickly because these women live alone and only one knows how to shoot a gun.

We are introduced to several men, ranch hands, businessman, an attorney, and potential suitors. There are a lot of characters to keep up with but each one is necessary to the plot.

As bodies continue to turn out, each in a more disturbing manner than the prior. They learn how to shoot guns, patrols are set up to police the area – everyone in the town pitching in.

Though I was able to make an educated guess as to who was causing all the problems, it wasn't until less than an hour left in the book and I had no clue as to who or as to why. Fortunately, Nora Roberts ties up each loose in a satisfying way.

I thought that this book was a historical set and a historical setting, but it was not. I suppose it COULD be considered a historical book as they don't mention email or text – but they did mention FAX machines!

Sometimes it is hit or miss for me with Nora Roberts, but this one was definitely a hit and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

I recommend for those with tastes similar to mine. Constant action, romance and mystery.

The narration was exceptional especially when the number of characters are factored in. I mentioned that I had a hard time keeping up with the characters in a few places.However, the narrator performed in a way that after a few seconds I was caught up again.

Notes: Descriptions of violence, on humans and animals & some scenes (not graphic) that would be considered mature themes.

If my review has helped you make a decision whether to purchase this book or not, would you take a moment and select yes immediately below this text. Thank you.

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  • Thomas
  • 2011-05-13

Okay maybe it's a corny story, but I liked it

I really enjoyed this book. So what if it was a little bit corny, I don't care, I liked it. In fact I liked it so much that once I started listening to it I kept driving the rest of the day and all night. I liked it.

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  • Susan
  • 2009-12-20

A western saga at its best

This is a wonderful slice of life story that spans an important time in a young woman's life. Willa has depth and character that stands on its own. This is the story of her coming of age and attaining womanhood. Her love interest, Ben, is more than enough man to handle this western woman. A great listen.

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  • Amanda
  • 2011-04-29

Possibly my favorite from Nora Roberts!!

This book is fantastic!!! Great setting, Great characters that you really get to know and love or hate. There is a small amout of violence but nothing that completely turned my off from this great book. Well worth a credit! Enjoy!

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  • Peggy Wagner-
  • 2012-04-30

Loved it!

Where does Montana Sky rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

One of the best I've read

What did you like best about this story?

The story was great.

Have you listened to any of Erika Leigh???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I hadn't heard this narrator before. She did a good job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I had seen the TV movie of this book and had decided not to buy the audio book. I finally changed my mind and am really glad I did. It was well worth the price.

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  • L.W.
  • 2011-09-19

Gripping

This story is gripping. Heartwrenching, heartbreaking and good. I like every thing about the storyline,characters. Even if it scared the stuffing outta me. NR's bad guys are terrifying. The narration was really good. However, I had to "adjust" myself to enjoy some of the voices. The narrator did a great job of givng each character their own voice. Not all are easy to listen to but she did a great job. This story scared me silly. And I did not figure it out. I would like to listen again but I am not sure I can. Scary but really good story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2008-09-22

more violent than expected

The story had some really great qualities that I almost missed due to the graphic violence described which is why I did not rate it high. I was not expecting the violence and almost did not continue the book, until I came up with the idea to fast forward through the violent scenes. I wish I was aware of the nature of the story before purchasing this book.

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  • Christie
  • 2011-05-29

Excellent

This is my Favorite Nora Roberts book. I think this is also because of the great Narrator!
Highly recommended

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