Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Review: "Finding Love in Big Sky, Montana" by Angela Ruth Strong

Nothing makes me want to read a book more than hearing it has been or will be made into a movie! Finding Love in Big Sky has already been filmed, and I'm eagerly awaiting news of when and where to watch it. In the meantime, I thought I should read the book.

Bright Star Ranch led him to her–but will he stay?

Josh Lake is forced to head home for the holidays after he’s suspended from his job in the city, but running into Paisley Sheridan could be exactly what he needed. Not only does she board him at her ranch in exchange for his advertising expertise, but spending the Christmas season with her in Big Sky, Montana, brings more joy than he’s felt in a long while. Is he willing to give up the lavish lifestyle he’s worked for in exchange for the gift of love?

The last thing Paisley wants for Christmas is to spend time with Josh Lake—the guy who broke her heart in high school—but until her bank loan goes through, she has to take all the free help she can get. Unfortunately, Josh seems to want back in her life again, and the town’s quirky coffee shop owners don’t help by hanging mistletoe at every opportunity. Will Paisley succeed in driving him away, or will she find the healing needed to have hope for a future together?

Genre: Sweet romance/western
Release Date: September 2016

Finding Love in Big Sky, Montana is a sweet second-chance romance set during the Christmas season. Paisley and Josh knew each other as teens but lost touch after high school. When he turns up in Big Sky just before Christmas, he and Paisley reconnect. As Josh helps Paisley on her ranch in return for a temporary place to stay, they get closer, and their romance is both sweet and humorous. 

While the novel is, of course, mainly a love story, the side characters really shine. I especially loved Dot and Annabel, two elderly best friends who run Big Sky's coffee shop. (If you've ever seen the wonderful Hallmark Christmas movie Matchmaker Santa, Dot and Annabel may seem familiar!) And then there's Sam, Josh's brother, who definitely deserves his own love story. (Apparently he got it in the next book in the series!)

I loved the romance. I loved the characters. But I did feel that the book went on maybe slightly too long - there are so. many. conflicts: disease, money trouble (for both main characters), domestic abuse, work conflicts. It's a lot for one book to hold, and I did find myself skimming/speed reading as I reached the last quarter of the book. Overall, though, I did enjoy the story, and I'm finding I'm a big fan of Angela Ruth Strong's writing style. I'm glad I read the book. Now bring on the movie! 4 stars.

Buy the book (Amazon ad).

Read my review of Strong's Christmas Ella (in the Once Upon a Christmas collection, 4 stars) and Husband Auditions (5 stars).

Follow the blog tour:
Texas Book-aholic, April 27
I luv the books, April 27
Inklings and notions, April 28
The Sacred Line, April 28
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 29
For Him and My Family, April 30
Rebekah Reads, April 30
deb’s Book Review, May 1
Locks, Hooks and Books, May 2
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 3
Christian Chick’s Thoughts, May 3
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 4
Vicky Sluiter, May 4
Bizwings Blog, May 5
Back Porch Reads, May 5
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 6
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 7
Miriam Jacob, May 7
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, May 8 (Author Interview)
Mary Hake, May 8
Blossoms and Blessings, May 9
A Baker’s Perspective, May 9
Simple Harvest Reads, May 10 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Enter the Giveaway:

To celebrate her tour, Angela is giving away the grand prize package of a movie package with a $25 gift certificate to the movies, popcorn, popcorn bowl, and an autographed copy of Finding Love in Big Sky, including author notes in the margins!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Twelve years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. Her book Finding Love in Big Sky filmed on location in Montana and will air in spring of 2022. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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