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Title:
Montana sky
Author:
Roberts, Nora.
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Publication Information:
New York : [Penguin], 1996.
Physical Description:
438 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Three sisters, born of different marriages and unknown to each other, gather for the reading of their millionaire father's will. They are shocked to learn that before they can take a share of his $20-million ranch they must live on it together for a year. The novel describes their menage with their infighting and romances.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780399141225

9780425233511
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Book

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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 10, 1950. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981. Since then, she has written more than 200 novels. She writes romances under her own name including Montana Sky, Blue Smoke, Carolina Moon, The Search, Chasing Fire, The Witness, The Perfect Hope, Inner Harbor, Dark Witch, Shadow Spell, The Collector, The Villa, The Liar, The Obsession, and Shelter in Place. She writes crime novels under the pseudonym of J. D. Robb including the In Death series. She has been given the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

(Bowker Author Biography) Nora Roberts is the author of nearly 140 novels, including several #1"New York Times" bestsellers, with more than 106 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Maryland.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Best-selling romance writer Nora Roberts is in her element here, spinning a meandering, epic tale of love, lust, and overpowering passions. When millionaire Montana rancher Jack Mercy died, he left behind a ranch worth nearly $20 million, several enemies, and three daughters, each from a different marriage (and unknown to each other). Willa, the bold, rash cowgirl daughter, fully expects to inherit everything; Tess, the snooty Californian, is a gold digger and proud of it; and Lily, the timid, abused, and shy sister, just wants someplace to stay. However, the terms of Mercy's will dictate that before any of them can take a share in Mercy Ranch, all three must live together for a year. Of course, sparks fly and claws are bared as the women spar continuously, fall in love with a couple of burly ranch hands, capture a psychotic murderer who is killing people around the ranch, and ultimately realize their true sisterly feelings for each other. Despite the occasional depictions of mutilated people and animals that are sprinkled throughout the story, Roberts' fans will no doubt enjoy this work. (Reviewed January 1 & 15, 1996)0399141227Kathleen Hughes


Publisher's Weekly Review

Having published 100 novels in 15 years, Roberts (True Betrayals) just keeps getting better. In life, Jack Mercy, owner of the 25,000-acre Mercy Ranch, garnered more enemies than friends. His death promises to do the same, since his will forces his three grown daughters, half-sisters and virtual strangers to one another, to live together at the Montana ranch for a year or forfeit his estate, worth up to $20 million. If any die during the year, the survivor(s) will inherit the fortune, assuming they last the 12 months. Giving it a go are bossy Willa, part Blackfoot Indian, the only sister who lived on the ranch and is capable of running it; Tess, a sassy Hollywood scriptwriter who wants money but balks at a family reunion; and meek, divorced Lily, grateful for refuge. As the siblings settle in, someone begins committing barbaric acts against animals and then humans: Are these the random crimes of a psychopath? Or are they a devious distraction in a sinister game plan? Roberts balances the tension and sometimes gruesome action with three romances, crackling dialogue and a snappy infusion of humor. Setting her rich narrative against majestic scenery integral to the plot, she again demonstrates why, in 1986, she was the first author inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. 150,000 first printing; $200,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild featured alternate; author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Three half-sisters come together at their late father's ranch in Montana. The terms of his will dictate that all three women must live together at the ranch for one year. If not, his enormous estate will be given to charity. Willa has lived all her life on the ranch and feels anger and resentment at her father's decision. Tess is a glamorous Hollywood screenwriter. She merely wants the cash and a quick escape from the desolate countryside. Lily, trying to hide from an abusive ex-husband, is only too happy to have the opportunity to stay in one place. Their evolving relationships with each other make up the heart of the story. It wouldn't be a Roberts novel if during their year of forced togetherness each sister didn't become romantically involved with tall, handsome cowboys. 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. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Margaret Hanes, Sterling Hts. P.L., Mich. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.