Book Review: Beneath Montana’s Sky by Debra Holland

Beneath Montanas SkyTitle: Beneath Montana’s Sky

Author: Debra Holland

Series: Montana Sky Series

Publisher: Montlake

Release Date: June 30, 2014



Book Summary:

Plain and timid, debutante Pamela Burke-Smythe is a wallflower at the high society Boston balls she attends, overlooked by possible suitors. One-by-one, her friends become engaged, and Pamela resigns herself as to life as a spinster.

When rancher John Carter becomes guardian to his orphaned godson, Nick, nothing he does seems to help the grieving, angry boy. At his wit’s end, he believes that a wife might help draw Nick out, and lonely himself, John’s been thinking along the matrimonial lines for a while anyway. But small Sweetwater Springs, Montana, has no suitable candidates. He decides to visit his great-aunt Hester in Boston and bring back a wife who is kind and compassionate, can be a mother figure to Nick, and who can adapt to the hard life on the ranch.

Hester, who’s also Pamela’s godmother, plays matchmaker for the two. John responds to Pamela’s kind heart and believes he’s found the ideal woman. But Pamela never thought to marry a stranger and leave Boston, and her family and friends are against the idea. She musters all her meager courage to defy her loved ones and seize her only chance at marriage.

After a whirlwind courtship, the couple marries and travels west. Pamela discovers a run-down ranch house, a bunch of unruly cowboys, a sullen boy, and a different way of life. Can their new marriage survive the challenge?

Set in 1883, Beneath Montana’s Sky, is a prequel to New York Times Bestselling author Debra Holland’s Mail-Order Brides of the West Series and Montana Sky Series.

1880s Mail-Order Brides of the West Series in order:

Beneath Montana’s Sky

Mail-Order Brides of the West: Trudy
Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie
Mail-Order Brides of the West: Heather
Mail-Order Brides of the West: Lina
Mail-Order Brides of the West: Darcy (August 2014)
Mail-Order Brides of the West: Kathryn (August 2014)

Watch for more exciting Mail-Order Brides of the West books to come.

Montana Sky Series

Wild Montana Sky
Starry Montana Sky
Stormy Montana Sky
Painted Montana Sky
Montana Sky Christmas
Sweetwater Springs Christmas
Glorious Montana Sky (Fall, 2014)


Cheryls review

Delightfully uplifting and sweet. I laughed out loud on several occasions when Pamela moved to her new home in the west. My teenage daughter was with me as I read. Now she is anxious to give this book a try too. Fun loving characters drew me in and made me want to learn more about them. I am looking forward to enjoying more of this series!!! This was a great introduction to Debra Holland. I can’t wait for more!

5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it!

Content: 1-2 mild swear words

Source: personal copy

This book can be purchased at Amazon.


  1. Cheryl,

    Thanks so much for reviewing Beneath Montana’s Sky. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    Debra Holland