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Lisa T. Bergren has a knack for making places come to life and characters thrive in her stories. Once Upon a Montana Summer is no exception. Adi was a wonderful character and role model. How she handled all the ups and downs—from her grandpa being set in his ways to the stalker and even Chase's pursuit of her—is admirable. If you want a story with a smart, well-to-do, sometimes stubborn but mainly loving main character, this book has it.
In addition, Chase is adorable and swoon-worthy and basically what every girl should want in a guy. He wasn't unbelievable in his actions or dialogue. He was actually kind of a big dork that really loves wildlife, which only made him more adorable. There were times where he literally made me crack up while reading.
The side characters were intriguing as well. I love the spotlight on a grandfather-granddaughter relationship because I don't often see those in books. Gramps was a fun character, and I like how he helped Adi understand life to its fullest. I also like Chase's sister-in-law, Bea. She was just amazing and deserves her own story. (*wink wink*)
But what captured me the most about the story was the setting. Glacier, Montana is a real place, and Lisa literally brought it to life with her gorgeous descriptions. While reading, I started looking up information about visiting Glacier National Park because her writing made me want to visit the place myself, which isn't the first time her stories had conjured wanderlust in me. (I'm still waiting on that trip to Italy...)
I also liked the plot of the story. As I've said, I don't usually care for contemporary romance, but the added layer of Adi's famous status along with the stalker was not only intriguing, but it was nerve-wracking! Near the end, I was practically biting my nails to see how it all turned out. It was way more intense than I expected, but in the best possible way.
Overall, Once Upon a Montana Summer is a sweet contemporary romance with a sometimes sappy and predictable relationship but with an added dash of suspense. I think anybody looking for a fun, quick, clean romance would enjoy this book.
~I read an early copy of Once Upon a Montana Summer by Lisa T. Bergren provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.~
Adalyn Stalling has lost twice in love. As first a contestant on the TV show THE ONE she thought she was going to be the one picked-but another was chosen- the next season she was asked to be the star of the show and choose among many bachelors. Once again Adi found love, and yet once again it fell through. Now known as “America’s Sucker-Punched Sweetheart” Adi’s boss is asking her to take a leave of absence-just until the media backs off. But Adi has picked up a stalker. Enter Chase Rollins. Chase is a childhood friend who arrives just in time to help Adi escape to her childhood home in Glacier Montana. Adi arrives to see that her grandfather is in poor health and has let their tourist cabins fall into disrepair. She sets in to renovate and get the cabins fixed for the summer tourist season. Adi also spends time getting to know Chase-her childhood friend and crush. Mending her broken heart, Adi hopes that nobody will recognize her. What none of them count on is how determined Adi’s stalker is to find her.
I really enjoyed ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER. I loved the setting of Montana. The descriptions were beautiful. I loved the romance between Chase and Adi that bloomed at a carful and carefree pace. And lastly I loved the bit of suspense with the stalker. Reading his plans and thoughts kept the story moving along at an exciting pace.
While I enjoy a good series, I really enjoy when a book has everything I need in one volume; romance, suspense and a “happily ever after”. Lisa T. Bergren never disappoints in a new story and she is always a favorite of mine. I highly recommend ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER, you won’t be disappointed!
**I received my copy for review purposes from the author. All opinions are my own**
I really enjoyed ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER. I loved the setting of Montana, the country side and the resort area where Adalyn’s grandfather rents cabins to the tourist who come for a get away. …..Adalyn Stallings has lost twice in love as she participated in a T V show “The One” and now she seems to be the center of the media’s attention. Adi’s boss is asking her to take a leave of absence-just until the media backs off. But now someone is sending her flowers and stalking her and she is afraid it is not just a fan but possibly someone who could be dangerous. Chase is a childhood friend whom she has not seen in years, arrives to plead with her to come home because her grandfather is ill and heeds her help. Adi escapes to her childhood home in Glacier Montana. Adi arrives and finds her grandfather so glad to see her but he is in poor health and their tourist cabins are sorely in need of repair. Adi begins fixing up the cabins and she and Chase are finding the attraction they once had for each other is blooming once more……Also the stalker has followed her here and rented one of their cabins……..Bergren has woven mystery, suspense and romance in this Montana summer and written it in a most interesting way to keep you reading…..If you enjoy a well-written contemporary romance with a bit of suspense, you will love this book.
“Life is full of broken eggs, Adi girl. The trick is to figure out how to be a good omelette maker.”
This is the first book by Lisa Bergren I have read and I cannot believe I’ve waited this long to pick up one of her books. Once Upon Montana Summer is a contemporary romance with quite a bit of suspense thrown in for good measure. The writing is fluid and easy to read and the plot is cohesive. The characters are memorable and so easy to love (except the stalker, of course....he’s totally scary). Adi is a strong woman but sensitive and heartbroken after being humiliated twice on reality dating shows on national TV. Chase is a protective park ranger who’s always loved Adi and is there for her when Adi needs to hide away from the paparazzi. Then a stalker enters the scene and makes the storyline and the relationship between Adi and Chase more intense. If you enjoy a well-written contemporary romance with a bit of suspense, you will love this book.
Most of this book is set in Glacier National Park, and since I was able to visit there a couple years ago, it was very easy to visualize where all the action was taking place, and that increased my enjoyment of the book.
I don't usually enjoy books about celebrities and stalkers (and I didn't enjoy the stalker parts of this book either), but Bergren does a good job of focusing on the true, inner person rather than the celebrity on the surface. She also does well at contrasting true, Biblical love to shallow, Hollywood style love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Lisa Bergren is one of my favorite authors because she writes such suspenseful stories. Very excited to hear when this contemporary romance book would be coming out but surprised of the story background that many people may be familiar with when they read it that makes you want to keep reading. You fall in love with the characters and feel as a protective mama bear of the main character, Adi, and her adventures in love! Thank you Lisa Bergren for writing another book I could not put down. This one was a sheer thriller!!
I found Lisa T Bergen a few years ago in an online scavenger hunt and instantly fell in love with her books. I read nothing else until I had read all of the books that were out. When a new book comes out, I feel as if I pounce on it like a cat! I’m not going to lie, when I realized that this was a suspenseful romance, I got a nervous because I’m a huge scaredy cat, but I conquered my fears and I’m so glad I did. The book was AMAZING from start to finish! I had such a hard time putting it down. Characters were well developed and I could almost feel a part of the story.
I’m not gonna lie, I don’t read romance, and I don’t read contemporary. BUT, Lisa Bergren has been an auto-buy author for me for years now, so when I had the opportunity to be a beta reader for OUAMS, I took it. This is a super cute, quick read and the split third person POV kept things interesting. I wanted to be a park ranger "when I grew up" for awhile, and loved the outdoorsy aspects and level of detail that went into this story. If you’re into inspy romances, this is definitely a can’t miss.
~I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.~
A modern day romance with nods to the past. Family, love, mystery, suspense...it’s all there.
So many love stories are predictable, and while there is certainly nothing wrong with that, it is refreshing to be surprised by a story. Lisa intertwines love and suspense beautifully. There was never a dull moment.
I can always count on Lisa’s books to move me, and this one is no exception.
Once again Lisa Bergren delivers a exciting tale that invites readers to escape reality and join the characters on their adventure to discover love and purpose. The added suspense of a stalker creeping closer to his target, combined with sweet romance, kept me captivated page after page. Another favorite to add to my collection by this author!
"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review."