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More than a pleasant surprise - An Entertaining Read! May 13, 2002
Though I might not have chosen this myself, (not having much interest in the West per say...though I live here!) I read it on the recommendation of a friend and really enjoyed it! I was intrigued by the letters or diary entires at the beginning of each chapter which moved the action along and also gave a glimpse into everyday frontier life such as the details of wagon train travel.
The years covered in the book (1856-1879) were extremely pivitol in the settlement of the West in general, Montana in particular and also in the history of the country itself by way of the Civil War and these very interesting characters are set right in the midst of it all. The story spans all these events and many more: cattle coming to what would eventually become Montana, the displacement of Native tribes as the settlers move in and gold is discovered. And there are interesting historical tid bits as well such as a camel on the streets of Virginia City, flour riots (!) when bad weather overtakes the final shipment of the season, and a total eclipse of the sun, no less. The vigilantes are here, hateful neighbors, murderous gunslingers and plots for revenge along with the day to day challanges of life on the frontier.
While the focus is the Brewer family who come west from Virginia, the main story line centers on Clay, their oldest son. He and his best friend, Manuel Lopez become US Marshal and deputy at a very young age. Their job puts them in contact with the Blackfeet Indians, the band of Chief Heavy Runner, where Clay eventually finds a wife.
I really enjoyed Montana Spring and would recommend this book to anyone who wants an entertaining read, painlessly laced with history and focused on the trials and tribulations of a white family, an Hispanic family, a Blackfeet band...all interesting and sympathetic characters. Hope the author has another book in the works!
Montana Spring is a fascinating family saga ... May 11, 2002
I started reading MONTANA SPRING in the morning ... just a few pages, I thought, just a quick peek to see what it was like. Afterall, I had a lot to do that day! Well, I didn't stop reading until 8 that evening when I finally turned the last page. It has been a long time since I've read a book like this -- I literally couldn't put it down. And I cannot praise it too highly! MONTANA SPRING is one of the most enthralling books I have read in a long time. It is reading smooth as good chocolate, and it has eveything ... history, adventure, romance. MONTANA SPRING is told with an immediacy that makes you feel as if you were there ... or wished you were. The author includes diary entries and letters with narriative, and keeps you turning the page to see what is going to happen next.
MONTANA SPRING is a book that will appeal to men as well as women, and it is a book children will enjoy! Infact, MONTANA SPRING would be a good book for American History students to read; it has such a strong feeling for the time and the place. Read this book and I know you will join me in recommending it to all your friends. What a delight!
Montana Spring May 2, 2002
Montana Spring is one of the best new books I have read in a long time. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I laid aside a couple of other books I had by quite famous authors in favor of this one. I hope this author comes out with another book soon. It was a great read. Thanks.