Book Review: Wild Montana Skies

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May WarrenWhen I saw a new contemporary novel by author Susan May Warren would be released this fall, I got very excited. I am a huge fan of In Sheep’s Clothing (and the subsequent Mission: Russia books: Sands of Time and Wiser Than Serpents), plus I lived in Montana, the setting of this new book, for 4 years while attending college, so I was ready for something great with Wild Montana Skies.

Injured in more ways than one by a war overseas, helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing returns home to Montana to start a new life — coming to terms with her emotional scars and learning to be the mom that her daughter needs. One thing at least she knows, she will be helping people by piloting search and rescue missions over the gorgeous and deadly Glacier National Park wilderness. But then she learns who her new partner will be, it becomes apparent that leaving the past behind won’t be so easy. The man who broke her heart will now be her constant companion.

I liked Kacey. I liked her history, her story, her personality. But I struggled to sympathize with her decisions in regards to her daughter. Perhaps my own recent experience of becoming a first-time mom made it hard for me to comprehend how a mother with a support system would choose to leave her daughter to be raised by others in order to become a military helicopter pilot, gone far more than she is home. There are so many other ways that Kacey could have moved forward with her life given the family and support she had. Alas, it is not my choice, but the authors’, to create her back story. In other ways, I was able to identify with Kacey, and I think I would have liked to have her for a friend.

I also struggled at times to relate to Ben, this novel’s hero. But, as the book wore on, I will say that he grew on me, perhaps the way he grew on Kacey. By the end of the novel, I was rooting for him too.

The setting of Montana definitely played a role in this novel, though I think I would have liked it to have been stronger. Search and rescue missions of the wilderness of Glacier National Park were indeed intriguing, but I know from personal experience that Montana also has a lot of unique culture, be it the verbiage, the attitudes or even leisure activities. I would have liked to have seen the influence of the Montana that I know and love in more than just the physical setting.

With themes of faith, life, actions and consequences, fresh starts, and forgiveness all rolled into a fast-paced contemporary fiction, it was an easy selection for me. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t say Wild Montana Skies is great, but it is good. Definitely worth picking up for an easy suspenseful read. I finished this in record time and enjoyed the process.

I received a complimentary copy of Wild Montana Skies from Revell Books, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.

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