Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn’t realize is that someone else is also back in town.
Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that’s on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he’s fully recovered. It doesn’t take long, though, to discover his father’s ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.
With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?
Wild Montana Skies is the first book in Susan May Warren’s Montana Rescue series, but most definitely isn’t the first book I’ve ever read by her. I’ve read quite a few of her books—my favorites being the Christiansen Family series—and I’ve loved them enough that I’ve made her one of my auto-buy authors, and the fact that I currently own this book is evidence of that. I have to admit, though, when I first added this book to my preorder list, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t be as good as the Christiansen Family novels. And it met my expectations. But not because I didn’t love this book or there was anything wrong with it. The problem was with me. When I started out reading this book, I was comparing it to some of my favorite books of all time. Now it doesn’t matter that those were written by the same author, they were completely different books set in a completely different location with completely different characters. And once I let go of the baggage I was bringing into reading this novel, I found that this is a fantastic book that I am extremely glad to have on my shelves.
Kacey Fairing is a phenomenal character. Not only is she a single parent, but she also serves in the military and won an award from something she did (I’m not giving it away!) on one of her tours, and she struggles with the mistakes of her past and the nightmares of her present. I can’t imagine a better heroine for this story, and I absolutely loved getting to know her better the more I read. Even though she struggled to know how to be a good mom, and how to relate to her daughter, Audrey, I think she did a fantastic job, although I wouldn’t necessarily say the same thing about her relationship—or lack of one—with Ben.
Ben King is a wonderful character as well! His music career has taken him through many ups and downs, but I think the worst thing about it is that it took him away from Kacey. I know that there were other circumstances that affected the situation, but still, I could definitely understand why Kacey was hurt. I will admit though, that Ben is a really good musician and I’m sure it was a good thing he did pursue his music career, and besides, we wouldn’t have had this fantastic story if he hadn’t! Aside from that, I love how much of a protector Ben is, and how he can’t stand to see anyone hurt but is always trying to come to the rescue, as I thought that was just the sweetest thing.
Another relationship I couldn’t get enough of was Sierra and Ian’s. In this book, they were more secondary characters than anything else, but I still really loved getting to know them and see them go back and forth on different things. Their relationship was more dramatic than Ben and Kacey’s, so it definitely added another enjoyable element to this novel. I’m not going to say that they were on the best of terms when we left them at the end of this book, so I hope that we get to read the rest of their story before the end of the series.
All in all, I really loved this novel, and I can’t wait to read more Montana Rescue books! I am definitely giving Wild Montana Skies all five bookshelves, and I can’t imagine not giving it a place on my all-time favorites list. This story had tons of action, romance, and unexpected events, and it kept me hooked until the very end, so I highly recommend it!!! And, of course, if you like this novel, I strongly suggest you check out the Christiansen Family series. You’re bound to love it!
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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Susan May Warren and Revell Publishing.