❄️🎄💍 "Montana Wedding" (The Blackwell Sisters #5) 💍🎄❄️ - Book Tour & Review #MWPrism
Become the real deal?
Triplet Georgie Harrison will do anything to keep her family including her newfound Blackwell relatives from worrying about her. Which is exactly why she's enlisted way-too-charming rodeo cowboy Zach Evans to be her fake boyfriend for her sister's Montana ranch wedding. The problem is that Georgie's not just tempted to fall for her own ruse she's also falling hard for the roguish cowboy she can never have.
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Book 1: Montana Welcome by Melinda Curtis
Book 2: Montana Wishes by Amy Vastine
Book 3: Montana Dreams by Anna J. Stewart
Book 4: Montana Match by Carol Ross
Book 5: Montana Wedding by Cari Lynn Webb
Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.
Ends December 11, 2020
The last #BlackwellSisters novel took us into Thanksgiving and was a real treat. This is book #5 and it is Georgie Harrison/Blackwell’s story and it is heading into the Christmas holiday (perfect timing, right …).
While Georgie missed the previous outing, this time she is in Montana to attend triplet sister Lily’s wedding. And, that is why I wanted to read this – to see how the series ended. I also LOVE Christmas stories!
Those who’ve read the previous Blackwell Sisters books were introduced to Lily in book #1 (“Montana Welcome”). Webb’s writing style is no different than that of the previous novel written by Carol Ross. In fact, I honestly couldn’t tell it was written by two different authors. However, I am interested in reading the other three for comparison.
This is one of the first Heartwarming line books that I had read over (half) ½ way, in less than three (3) hours, before I stopped. It had relatively chapter lengths and not the LONG 20+ pages ones I am used to for this series. For me, short chapters equals an easier and faster read no matter the length. This was actually a fairly easy read which shocked me. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy the Heartwarming series, but they are notoriously LONG.
In addition, those who enjoy clean reads without the religious, Christian, or faith themes will definitely enjoy this read.
This is the third book by Webb I’ve read, after previously reading “In Love By Christmas” and “Her Surprise Engagement”.
This cover is really intense and super romantic, though this story isn’t really as romantic as it seems.
While I understood where Georgie was coming from and her dedication, she wasn’t really too likeable. Zach on the other hand was honest about what he wanted, and I loved that about him.
Georgie is more or less focused on honoring her late mother’s memory by doing research that will lead her to London, England. She honestly wants to avoid her family, which is sad given how much her mother is a part of herself and her siblings. Though, I could sympathize with the idea of wanting to avoid the extended family – honestly there were a lot of characters to try to keep track of which could be overwhelming.
However, it is Georgie and her approach to her family that really was a sore spot for me in this book. Also, I was a bit perturbed as to why she didn’t put a valuable family heirloom in her purse or carry-on. Have we not heard all the horror stories of vacationing luggage?
The redeeming part was the family camaraderie and chemistry, working as a team, and how well they synchronized in a time of crisis. Georgie’s traveling bag was a source of amusement.
Zach has his own reasons for heading to the Blackwells – he’s trying to save his horse, Rain Dancer, and Ethan Blackwell is his only chance. What he doesn’t know is that Ethan has already lost a horse from the same thing.
A misdirected bag and a lack of a rental puts Georgie and Zach together. Each using the other. Georgie to convince her family she’s doing the right thing, and of course Zach’s own mission. But, what they don’t know – this is actually meant to be.
Georgie seemingly retreats from all the family during dinner, and Zach wishes he had the family she has. What is also sad is that Georgie doesn’t want to get to know the extended family. Zach seemingly fits in much better than Georgie does and Georgie feels like a bad sister.
Lily and Fiona are there – Peyton and Amanda are on their way … much like Georgie’s wayward luggage which by chapter nine (9) is currently in St. Lucia.
Georgie, despite what is going on with her sisters, sees her happiness as saving families rather than having one or being a part of one which is pretty sad. It isn’t until page 152 where she begins to wonder if she is missing out on their bond. But, still feels as though by moving away for research she is honoring her mother. She sees her life as meeting goals, and I really can’t believe she thinks her mother would want for her to move away. Her mother wanted her to embrace her dreams, which are different than goals.
During Georgie’s visit, she meets Pops who has some valuable insight. Zach then relates about his mother who felt him and his late brother ruined her life. So it is interesting to see the disparity in the families.
Georgie and Zach finally see the Once Was Barn and not only find the treasures they need for their scavenger hunt, but also replacement gifts for the wedding. It is here that begins to learn all the possibilities ahead of him.
A bit over halfway, there is a kiss between Georgie and Zach. But, it still doesn’t lead to anything much.
Thomas Blackwell finally shows up thanks to Rudy and Big E. It is here the reader learns about why Thomas left the Harrison girls to be raised by Rudy Harrison. But, in addition to Georgie and Zach’s own motives – they find Big E had a hand in their meeting.
As usual – the fake relationship falls out, but the two find their way back to each other in the typical happily ever after ending. Realistic, dramatic, funny at times, and realistically told, this was one of the fastest read Heartwarming novels I ever read.
There were a few loose ends I wanted to know about – where was Thomas and why was he missing to begin with? This might’ve been answered in the first three books, but I don’t honestly know. I would’ve liked to have known about why Thomas’ military service (enlisted) was different from Rudy’s (he was career Navy, and admiral) for Susan.
I also wondered what happened to Georgie’s suitcase. There was SOME tracking of it – but at the end of the book, there is no mention of where it finally landed.
I also missed Simon’s friend Luke from the fourth (4th) story – “Montana Match”. I really enjoyed him, especially the banter between the two guys and wanted to see what ever happened to him.
One of the things I LOVED about this – the tradition of each “family” having their own tree.
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Goodreads
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Bookbub
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Personal Rating (see rating explanation in this blog: https://readingexcursions.blogspot.com/2020/01/rating-system-2020-changes.html)