Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Release/Review: Away in Montana by Jane Porter


Away in Montana (The Douglas Ranch of Paradise Valley Book 1)by Jane Porter

Beautiful, spirited heiress McKenna Frasier–daughter to one of the Butte Copper Kings—vowed eternal love to Sinclair Douglas before she left for college and an introduction to society. Four years in New York and travel abroad have opened her eyes, making her realize she wanted more than marriage and a simple Montana life. But when McKenna commits an unforgivable transgression and destroys her reputation, her dreams are shattered and she is forced to return to Montana disgraced, disowned and unmarriageable.

Sinclair Douglas left Butte to escape the Frasier power and Frasier name, but suddenly all anyone talks about in Marietta is scandalous McKenna Douglas, Paradise Valley’s new teacher. Sin doesn’t want to know about McKenna anymore. He doesn’t want to have to help her, and he sure as hell doesn’t want to love her. But McKenna has lived so long in his heart that it’s her home–even if she doesn’t deserve to be there.

But if there is one man who knows how to rebuild a life when all dreams have been smashed, it’s fierce, uncompromising Sinclair Douglas. Can Sinclair and McKenna heal enough to find their own Christmas miracle, and one more chance at love?

Author Bio:

Jane Porter

Jane Porter



Born in Visalia, California, I'm a small town girl at heart. I love central California's golden foothills, oak trees, and the miles of farmland. In my mind, there's nothing sweeter in the world than the heady fragrance of orange blossoms on a sultry summer night.

As a little girl I spent hours on my bed, staring out the window, dreaming of far off places, fearless knights, and happy-ever-after endings. In my imagination I was never the geeky bookworm with the thick coke-bottle glasses, but a princess, a magical fairy, a Joan-of-Arc crusader.

My parents fed my imagination by taking our family to Europe for a year when I was thirteen. The year away changed me (I wasn't a geek for once!) and overseas I discovered a huge and wonderful world with different cultures and customs. I loved everything about Europe, but felt especially passionate about Italy and those gorgeous Italian men (no wonder my first very Presents hero was Italian).

I confess, after that incredible year in Europe, the travel bug bit, and bit hard. I spent much of my high school and college years abroad, studying in South Africa, Japan and Ireland. South Africa remains a country of my heart, the people, the land and politics complex and heart-wrenching.

After my years of traveling and studying I had to settle down and earn a living. With my Bachelors degree from UCLA in American Studies, a program that combines American literature and American history, I've worked in sales and marketing, as well as a director of a non-profit foundation. Later I earned my Masters in Writing from the University of San Francisco and taught jr. high and high school English.

I now live in Seattle and Hawaii with my three sons. I never mind a rainy day, either, because that's when I sit at my desk and write stories about far-away places, fascinating people, and most importantly of all, love. I like a story with a happy ending. We all do.

My Review:

 Away In Montana by Jane Porter
Book starts out with the teacher and she's been invited to the Bramble House Halloween party.
Book catches you up to speed, it's 1880s and she is there as a schoolteacher.
Sinclair Douglas is a miner manager and he's broken it up with McKenna. His father had died in the mine and he had taken over his job.
She was to marry him according to her father's rules but she wanted no part of it. She had returned to the area and was now hired as a school teacher.
As he takes her home in his carriage after the children's party he learns she gave up the stove and put it in the schoolhouse so children would be warm during winter months. He's going to make it work, make things right with her...
Story goes back in time to when she tutored Sinclair til his father died in her father's copper mine. He wasn't allowed to be passed to the next grade til he could read and write.
His mother and sister visit and let it be known in their own way she'll never be Sinclair's and not to hurt him, again.
Loved hearing of the fashion business and Montanas' statehood and especially the events in the mine.
This book contains mysteries, romance, drama, action with twists and turns, nature and frugal living and history.
Other books in the series will be out in June 2017 and the following year.
Received this from the author and this is my honest review.

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