Book 21 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge is Caroline Fyffe’s Montana Snowfall.
‘Y Knot, Montana Territory, 1886
When Roady Guthrie, longtime foreman for the McCutcheon ranch, takes time off to go bear hunting, he never expects to find a young woman asleep in his hunting cabin in the midst of a snowstorm. Worried what their unchaperoned situation will do to her reputation, Roady is uneasy when the snowfall keeps them stranded–just long enough for him to lose his heart.
Sally Stanford has a secret–one that sent her running from St. Louis to Y Knot and into arms of her sister. A secret that would shatter Roady’s high opinion of her, if he knew. When Sally realizes her plan is doomed to fail, she turns to the only man she trusts.’ (Thanks Amazon)
So, Montana Snowfall is the 7th in the McCutcheon Family series, but the first that I have read. Having not read the others, I couldn’t tell you if it was necessary, although I would say not – I didn’t feel as though I was missing any vital information about any of the other character, or any back stories.
Sally Stanford is a new character to the story, as we are introduced to her as she journeys to Y Knot to stay with her sister, carrying a secret that she feels no one must ever find out. On her journey to Y Knot she meets Roady Guthrie, a foreman for the McCutcheon’s who is out bear hunting.
This novel is set is 1886 America, and as such, much of the story is set around morality, relationships and appropriateness. It highlights how difficult it was for a woman at that time, but also that it wasn’t impossible to find a man to be compassionate and caring in times of need. This novel is a delicate and enduring love story between two people who both have their own issues but are able to come together and help each other.
I did find myself racing through this novel a little at times; it was sometimes a little slow moving with maybe not enough drama for me. However it was a lovely read with enjoyable, believable characters. Whether I read another in the McCutcheon series remains to be seen, but as a stand alone novel I found Montana Snowfall to be an easy, pleasant read.
Rating: 📖 📖 📖