I had the privilege of reading a number of Susan’s novels of late and loved each of them:
It is great to be on a new journey with Susan May Warren and Wild Montana Skies fast became my new favourite. The pre-sequel, If Ever Would I Leave You adds depth to two of the characters and I recommend it before starting this one. Wild Montana Skies is a story of redemption shared in a relatable and down-to-earth way woven with biblical truths. I love Ben and Kacey’s brokenness and the honesty surrounding past mistakes. Sierra and Ian balance out the lead characters and keep the story moving in interesting and unexpected ways. The supporting characters are well rounded and enjoyable too. The action packed in around relationship developments makes this a book that answers many of my story cravings. I loved it from page one and the cliffhanger has me waiting for book two! All in all, a great start to a new adventure and highly recommended.
Favourite quotes from Wild Montana Skies
“That’s exactly what God is going to do. That’s what he means when he calls himself the good shepherd. He restores your soul, gives you new strength, and then he leads you in the right direction. And it has nothing to do with whether you’ve made a mess out of your life. He is the good shepherd for all the sheep who call his name – whether you’re a white sheep or a black one.”
“And maybe that’s his MO – using the debris of our mistakes to show us how he can save us, rescue us from our dark places.”
From the back cover of Wild Montana Skies:
Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn’t realize is that someone else is also back in town. Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that’s on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he’s fully recovered. It doesn’t take long, though, to discover his father’s ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart. With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?
I also picked up and devoured the Montana Fire series about smokejumpers. The huge effort that goes into forest fire fighting isn’t something I was familiar with so I enjoyed both the romance and the tension of the action. Our two leads are relatable and passionate, I thoroughly enjoyed them both. Barely had I finished Where There’s Smoke (Book One) and I had to pick up Playing With Fire (Book Two), having enjoyed the first so thoroughly I was surprised to enjoy the second even more. The characters are more complex, jaded and fragile. I love Liza, her honesty is heart-wrenching and the action is taken to a new level. It will come as no surprise, book three, Burnin’ For You, is currently being read on my Kindle!
From the back cover:
She’s a smokejumper afraid of fire…
Kate Burns is a legendary smoke jumper, known for her courage and willingness to risk everything to get the job done. Only she has a secret, one she won’t admit to anyone.
He can’t forget the love they once shared…
Supervisor Jed Ransom commands the Jude County Smoke Jumpers with a reputation as a calm, level-headed leader. Kate is the only one who’s ever gotten under his skin.
They must face the flames together…
A raging wildfire in the mountains of Montana brings Kate and Jed together to train up a new team of jumpers. Suddenly, they must face the past they’ve been running from and the secrets that keep them apart. When an arsonist goes after their team, Kate and Jed must face their deepest fears—and learn to rely on each other as they fight a blaze that could destroy them all.
In this first book of the Montana Fire: Summer of Fire trilogy, Kate and Jed are about to discover that where there’s smoke, there just might be a chance to start again.