the 2nd book in the Big Sky Country-Jolie one of the three sisters growing up with a powerful, emotionally distant father, left her beloved mountains and made a new life for herself far from the family's ranch. It has taken years for her to realize what she's missing...and now she hopes to reclaim all that she lost. (inside page)
Coolness from her family hostility from the townspeople and the threat of danger make Dr Jolie Maxwell thankful forher neighbor and his two children..Can their be more?
second in a series, but good read on its own.
It took sixteen years for Dr Jolie Maxell to move back to Paradise Corners, Montana. Her family's appeal to move closer and the death of a patient caused her to reevaluate her priorities and stimulated the change of location. As she watched her patient Wendell Hill die with no money but a plethora of mourners, Jolie had realized there would be few to mourn her if she passed. Such a realization caused her to seek her family, despite the many years of troubling relationships. What she found was animosity on the part of her hometown, suspicion and rumors abounding. Her brother's in huge trouble and her father's trying to ignore a serious heart condition. She also found the dream she thought would never be hers.
Building contractor Matt Dawson came to Paradise Corners seeking relief from a questionable Chicago neighborhood for his children. Four years ago his wife passed away from cancer. She'd been his love, his inspiration and his dream come true, and her passing left both him and the children bereft. Having had one beautiful relationship, Matt doesn't expect another to come his way, although the children could really use a mother. But when his daughter becomes ill, Matt finds himself relying on Jolie for more than just medical care.
A multi layered plot lends A MONTANTA FAMILY by Roxanne Rustand complexity and charm. The secondary characters, including a sheep guarding llama and puppy afraid of dust bunnies, bring a bit of humor to a tale filled with deep, intense emotion. The secondary human characters neatly tie the novel to the other parts of the miniseries without bogging down the pace of the plot, allowing the novel to read well as a stand alone, or part of more complex work. Further, the hero and heroine are well-balanced, believable characters living with ordinary challenges and extraordinary circumstances. The hero's daughter's diabetes also lends realism, both propelling the plot and creating an interesting secondary plot line. Very highly recommended.
AMAZON.COM READER'S REVIEW
Dr. Jolie Maxwell oldest of the Maxwell sisters doesn't expect a royal welcome from her family when she finally comes home. But her brother's in serious trouble with the law, and her father's health is failing. They need Jolie.
The townsfolk also need Jolie they haven't had a local doctor in years. However, they're not happy about having another Maxwell in their midst. In fact, one of them will do anything to drive her away.
Coolness from her family, hostility from the townspeople and the very real threat of danger make Jolie appreciate the friendship of her new neighbor, Matt Dawson and his two young children.
Although, when it comes to Matt, friendship is only part of what Jolie wants.
Dr. Jolie Maxwell-oldest of the Maxwell sisters-doesn't expect a royal welcome from her family when she finally comes home. But her brother's in serious trouble with the law and her father's health is failing. They need Jolie. Townsfolk need her too, they haven't had a doctor in years....