Jillian Hart's newest story, Montana Dreams, takes the reader back to the McKaslin family and Prospect, Montana.
Millie Wilson fled her home in Prospect ten years ago, leaving behind her mean-spirited father and more hurt than she could bear. Since then she's been living in Portland, trying to make ends meet while raising her son alone, but when her father's doctor called, telling Millie the old man was dying, she knew she had to return. She just hopes no one sees how much her son looks like the father who doesn't know he exists.
Hunter McKaslin is gun shy when it comes to marriage and women. He learned long ago that marriage just doesn't work - all he has to do is look at his father's example. But when Millie, his high-school sweetheart, comes back to town as a single mother, he can't help but feel protective of her. After all, what kind of heel would leave Millie to raise his child on her own like that?
Jillian Hart's books are always a guaranteed pleasure, and Montana Dreams is no exception. Her characters, even Millie's irascible old father, are complex, multi-dimensional people, and Hunter is a hero you long for Millie to surrender her heart to.
This is the first of the McKaslin series I've read, but I'll be looking for the others. I'd love to get to know this family better.
A free copy of this book was provided for me by the publisher for my unbiased review.
Millie has returned to her childhood home with her son because her father has cancer and is dying. She only plans to stay until he passes and she can sell the family farm and return to her life. She hopes to avoid seeing Hunter the man she left behind and who she bore a child he does not know about. Hunter can not believe Mille is back and he plans to stay clear of her but he can't help but still care. Will these two find love a 2nd time?
Love inspired are more novella then novel so when reading these books sometimes I wish they could be longer and this book fits that bill for me. I did enjoy it and wished it could have had more time to develop.
What I liked: I liked Millie and Hunter a lot. I have not read any of the other books in this series so I don't know the back story to Hunters dad but I felt sad he seemed to think marriage so poorly because of his father. Millie had been taking care of herself for a long time so I was glad to see Hunter wanting to help her out and Millie letting go a little and taking help from others.
What I did not like: Millie's dad was a complete jerk and I just wanted to smack him. Also the way the whole telling Hunter that he was a father and how he reacted really could have used more time it was squished all at the end. I don't think it was bad just could have used another few chapters.
Over all I thought this was a sweet short story. I just wish there could have been a few more chapters to better tie everything together.
Montana Dreams could be a story written by many young women who fall in love, show their love, and become pregnant out-of-wedlock. Millie handles her situation by leaving the man she loves and choosing to raise the baby on her own. She doesn't come to this conclusion easily, but after opening her heart to Hunter, he remains adamant that he will never get married or have a family.
This story of love and forgiveness is written in many relationships in the book. How can Millie forgive her father when he himself hasn't changed or asked for forgiveness? Can Millie keep her heart safe from Hunter while she is in town caring for her father? Does she want to?
I enjoyed reading the continuing story of the McKaslin family. They live real lives with real problems... ones many of the readers can relate to!
I received a complimentary e-book from Love Inspired Harlequin and NetGalley.com for my honest review.
Hunter McKaslin has always been sour on romance and marriage. Walking around with a chip on his shoulder that must have been a chunk of his heart. Bitter and unhappy. After reading Montana Dreams you will know why. This section of the McKaslin clan had a bad seed for a dad. It's three families combined from one man's hurtful actions. Only they have built a strong loving family. Hunter did all he could not to be like his father, in the end was he more like him than he thought?
Millie Wilson never wanted to return to Prospect, Montana. She left a world of hurt behind her ten years ago. A hateful father and a man who could never fully give his heart to her. Forced to return to care for her dying father she comes face to face with her past, Hunter McKaslin. She also has a secret_.can she hide that from all the caring people in this small town as well?
Come and revisit with Brooke, Luke, Brianna, Brandi and Colbie and of course Hunter. This close knit patchwork family and their joyful antics always bring both tears and smiles to this readers face. And there is always a cute bovine to bat her lashes at the handsome cowboys or pull their hats off. Not everything is always joyful but it all works out in the end. This book is the fourth book in series four of the Mckaslin's. Mick Mckaslin's family tree and the twenty-second in the complete McKaslin series.