Six Months in Montana

Six Months in Montana by Pamela M. Kelley Book Summary

Molly Bishop loves living in Manhattan and managing a boutique luxury hotel. She's about to be promoted to her dream job of General Manager, the role she's been striving for her entire career. 

There's only one thing standing in her way. 

The will of her childhood friend, Christian Ford's grandfather. She hasn't even seen Christian in over ten years, but a recent run-in with his grandfather during a rare visit home, resulted in a new condition to the will. Christian will only inherit the ranch he's been running and the real estate development business that he has expanded, if he marries Molly and stays married for at least six months. 

This is what I would call a cozy romance, it's romantic and sweet and is set in a small fictional town about 30 miles from Bozeman, MT. Warning, if you prefer your stories with the bedroom doors wide open and the windows steamed up, you may be disappointed. :)

I love to cook and try new recipes and if you do too, you may want to check out the recipe I included at the end of the book, for Lazy Lobster Casserole, the dish that Molly serves her guests at the Rose Cottage Inn's first wine dinner. It's a recipe I know by heart and have made a million times and is great for special occasions. It's a holiday tradition in our family to have it every Christmas Eve. :)

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Q & A with the Author

Q-This is a sweet western romance set in Montana with a marriage of convenience plot. Why Montana? Why a marriage of convenience? Hasn't that been done to death?

A-The setting of Montana is actually what came to me first. I was inspired by a close friend who moved to Bozeman in her late 30's because she'd visited the area once and it felt like home. She bought a kayak and joined a local kayak club to make friends and ended up meeting the love of her life. A year later married and now have a five month old baby boy. So now, to me, Bozeman means romance. :) 

I grew up reading Harlequin category romances, and have always loved the marriage of convenience stories. I knew they were popular with western romances, with all the mail-order brides, and I wanted to put a modern spin on it. I loved the idea of a meddling grandfather who plays match-maker from the grave. Having the stipulation that Molly and Christian have to stay married for six months made the premise even more fun. I also have a soft spot for the idea of best friends (in this case former childhood best friends) who end up together.

Q-What writers have influenced you?
A-Where do I start? There are so many! There's a few main ones that come to mind who I really admire. Debbie Macomber is one. I love the sweet romances that she writes and the family focused women's fiction and continuing series. I first discovered her when she was writing for Silhouette and fell in love with her voice. I bought every Debbie Macomber book as soon as they were released. Maeve Binchy is another favorite. I love the warm cast of characters that populate her stories. Danielle Steel is another writer I really admire. My sister and I read all of her books as soon as they are released. We always know exactly what we are getting with her books, a sweet escape with likable people and a story you can't put down. 

Q-What's next?
A- I'm working on MISCHIEF IN MONTANA, which is the third book in this sweet western romance series. MISTLETOE IN MONTANA is book 2, and that's available now and features Traci and Dan, who we meet in SIX MONTHS IN MONTANA. I also recently released a cozy mystery, TRUST, which was really fun to write and is the first in a new series set in a seaside town in Massachusetts.

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Six Months in Montana (Pamela M. Kelley) Book Reviews

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- Loved it4 star

I loved it and don’t regret reading it but they needed more of a story. I wanted to really feel the connection but didn’t

- Six months in montano5 star

A Very nice read. I read it it all in one sitting. No unnecessary angst during the book and the story moved quickly.

- Six months in Montana2 star

Sweet story. No spark or sizzle between the main couple. He has no personality at all. She has very little. Blah.

- Six Months in Montana5 star

The story is refreshing. I enjoy human interest with just the right amount of love and affection. I am not into lust and foul language. Thank you. Looking forward to reading more stories.

- Six Months in Montana1 star

This book was a disappointment for me. Just too much detail for things that didn’t matter, like food or clothes. Not enough character development.

- Six months in Montana5 star

A nice romantic, this author has a way to make you feel like you know the characters and pull you into the story. I couldn’t put the book down until it was finished

- Six months in Montana4 star

A pleasant read without angst. Nice ending with everyone happy.

- Just wonderful5 star

Even though you might guess the ending, the entire story offers a lot of twists and turns with so much love. This is a clean read but with a great story. Loved it.

- Six month in Montana5 star

Great read. Have read for second time.

- Excellent5 star

I started this book and had a hard time putting it down! It was fast moving and interesting. Characters easy to relate to also! Would love to read another book from this author!

- 6 months in Montana5 star

Sweet, sweet love story!!

- Meh1 star

Characters were very flat. The story focused on random things instead of their “love” story. I use the word love loosely because we don’t even see them fall in love they just kinda say it halfway through. Would’ve been nice to know what the characters are supposed to look like as well instead of trying to guess

- Sweet title2 star

Sweet easy read. However there were too many unnecessary details about things, and I wish the story would have had more depth between the main characters.

- Amazing5 star

It was so good

- Six Months in Montana5 star

What a delightful old fashioned romance with great characters and ambiance! Can’t wait to read another or try lazy lobster casserole!

- Six Months in Montana2 star

This was a decent book that didn’t take me long to read. What I did not like was the actual writing itself. There were many repetitive sentences and situations throughout the book, the grammar wasn’t the best, as I found mistakes, and the ending was predictable.

- Six Months in Montana5 star

Great story. I’m anxious to read the other books in this series.

- A fast easy read5 star

This is a very predictable plot, but still quite satisfying. The characters are nicely drawn & of course, quite likable. One of my favorite things about this book & the one other I’ve read by this author is that she lets you fill in your own imagination about the bedroom scenes. I often find myself skipping ahead on many books because the sex scenes are so over the top explicit. The discretion of this author is much appreciated.

- it turned out surprisedly amazing4 star

I kinda not like romance novels.I downloaded it by accidentally.And I read this just to bore myself to sleep.But it surprised me then took me overnight to finish it and couldn't help writing down my complements with lack of sleep early morning. I'd like to read it again soon!

- Six Months in Montana5 star

Thoroughly enjoyed this story

- Good read5 star

Kept me busy while I was sick

- Six Months in Montana5 star

Easy read. Finished it in one evening. Great story line and characters. Will read more by the author. Elizabeth B.

- Six Months in Montana5 star

Great book!

- Six months in Montana4 star

Well done. Nice to read a story without a lot of false tension. Good editing. Nice to read a book written by a neighbor. A reader from Kingston MA.

- Six months in Montana3 star

I enjoyed the story and the main characters but got tired of how verbose about food recipes and decorating.

- Good romantic read4 star

Read this novel in the evenings just before bed to relax. Really like the characters and the overall plot. Only negative was how quickly the ending wrapped up.

- Finding Yourself!!5 star

Great reading from start to finish! This is one of those reads you just can't stop reading! There's more than a romance here. It's also finding yourself and determining if your happiness means family more important than a profession.

- A great story!5 star

A great story! I'm not sure why but I love stories about arranged marriages. There's something about two people falling for each other when pushed together and the 'age is wisdom' thing (since most are arranged by grandparents). I really enjoyed Christian and Molly's story. The old friendship that was reignited and built on, their ease with each other, and natural flow of their relationship was perfect without a lot of drama. Her ability to overlook and understand Isabella shows Molly's maturity and self-confidence which make her perfect for Christian.

- Six Months In Montana4 star

This was a really sweet short book! I could feel myself pulled into the emotions of the characters? I loved being able to read it in one day.

- Terrible1 star

Where to start? When you start reading you have this feeling that it is going to be a good romance...and yes there is good romance between the food and wine. The author was hungry while writing this book or just wanted to write a cook book. There is no development between the main characters. If you take all the description about the food you can read the book in 30 minutes maximum. Too boring, extremely boring. I don't understand why it has some many good reviews.

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- Six Months In Montana2 star

Story line is a bit flat. Needed more character development and it felt rushed.

- Six months in Montana5 star

Wonderful read I couldn’t put in down just a little intrigue but enough to wet your appetite. Keep up the good work .

- Good summer book3 star

It is a feel good and easy read. Perfect for a summer day!

- Six Months in Montana3 star

An okay read.

- Conflict?2 star

There was no driving conflict or real chemistry between the main characters, so the story felt a bit flat to me.

- Six Months In Montana5 star

Great book. Looking forward to reading more in the series.

- Six months in Montana4 star

Excellent read, loved the story line!

- Six months in Montana4 star

Came across this book by accident and l am happy to say l truly enjoyed. Relaxing on a holiday break with a good book is the best therapy so thank you Pam. The topper was one of the recipes mentioned in the book at the end. I will try it again it out when l get home

- Mr4 star

I have read six months in Montana and I could not put it down. I enjoyed how Pamela Kelley writes, it is very down to earth, just the perfect amount of information to give a pleasant view of surroundings.