About the Book
Book: Finding Love in Big Sky Montana
Author: Angela Ruth Strong
Genre: Sweet romance/western
Release date: September, 2016
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?
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About the Author
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.
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Having my book made into a movie is a dream come true, and getting to be an extra on the set in Montana blew away all my expectations. There’s nothing like walking into a world you created and seeing your imaginary friends come to life.
I knew what was going on before anyone told me. I pointed around the set as I narrated: “They are going to hang that star on the barn. The horses are named Butch and Sundance. And that big red truck is going to break down because I WANT it to break down.”
I got it all right except for one thing. “Actually, Angela, the truck really did break down.” Oops.
Not only was I in on the inside jokes, but I kind of made them up. For example, during the “almost kissing” scene, Josh’s brother walks into the kitchen to look for ice cream. The actors got a good laugh afterwards whenever they were practicing the kissing scene because the actress would turn away with an “I’m going out for ice cream.”
I was only on location for one day, but it was the best day. I saw them film both kisses, the mentor scene, and we were extras in the cowboy ball. (I’m the one in the blue dress who signs up for the silent auction.)
However, my husband Jim was really bummed we couldn’t be there for the scene in the auto repair shop. He took his own coveralls just in case he could be an extra mechanic. We joked with the actress about it, and when we watched the final cut, we were surprised to see her call back into the shop to a “Jim.” I messaged her to ask if she did that on purpose, and she said she did. Such a sweet tribute.
On our last day, we ate breakfast at the Western Café (another film location) with the director, and we visited the jewelry shop where my hero had a necklace made for the heroine with the logo of her ranch on it. Jim gave me the exact same necklace for Christmas.
Everyone was so fun and nice, and even if I someday get to have another book made into a movie, I don’t think it could top this experience. I really hope you enjoy both the novel and the film. And may the message of how “you are a treasure” carry you forward toward your own dreams.
This story is a great example of two people who are emotionally lost in the world. They each seek to find a purpose for their life as they unravel their past. We may be happy where we are, but are we where God wants us to be?
Paisley has a big job ahead of her restoring the ranch with little to no funds. I liked her attitude of never giving up and opening her heart to help Josh out. The connection they had was a long time ago but maybe they can repair their friendship. At least Paisley has help at the ranch now so perhaps things will turn around for both of them.
Josh is not having a good day when his idea is stolen and everything he has worked for is gone, How will he prove that he was cheated out of a big job? Right now all he has is a car and a place to sleep at Paisley’s ranch. Oh that word pride sneaks in as Josh has no money, can’t get anyone from his company to call him back and is stuck working for free at a ranch. There is one thing that Josh says that really stood out to me. When he says, “A scar is proof that I’m stronger that whatever tried to hurt me,” that really made me think. How many scars do you carry that made you stronger? Was it the scar of rejection that helped you become more confident? Whatever those scars may be , remember that God healed those wounds and gave you freedom from whatever was trying to keep you away from Him.
This feeling of never being good enough, or wanted by anyone seemed to follow our characters. Paisley especially had this thought planted in her from something that happened to her at one point in her life. The hardest moment in the entire story is the confrontation between Paisley and her dad. The cruel things he says to her broke my heart. This was an emotional scene to read and then I understood Paisley so much more. The back and forth struggle she has had in sharing her feelings makes sense now. After the way her dad has always treated her, it is hard for her to trust anyone. The story is a sweet look at how God will direct your path and turn mourning into joy.
“When you find God’s direction, it doesn’t only bless you. It blesses others as well.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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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!!
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Thank you for sharing your review of Finding Love in Big Sky Montana, the cover is beautiful and I liked the synopsis, this is a must read for meReplyDelete
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This is one of my favorite books from this author!ReplyDelete
Love your books Angela!ReplyDelete