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Reviewed by Dr. Jordan Alexander for Readers' Favorite
The Montana We Knew: A Love Story by Carla Ewing Brooks is more like two love stories. The first is her love of the land, nature, and a treasured cabin near North Fork perched amidst the beauty of Montana’s wilderness. As a reader, you’ll be transported to yesteryear and follow her journey over the years, learning about her independence and growing a sense of connection and freedom only granted by the outdoors. The details of the cabin, the outhouse, the sauna, repairs, and bears - you'll feel like you know this special sacred place as well as Brooks does. If you’ve never visited Montana, you will add it to your bucket list after hearing about the author's adventures by canoe, car, and on foot. You’ll meet bear cubs, a pug dog, and a grizzly while sharing the author's ongoing love affair with Montana. There’s never a dull moment in nature, and Brooks takes the reader on all the highs and lows. Get away from the city to the countryside but beware of how 'progress' and property developers impact the wilderness, peace, and solitude forever.
Brooks's second love story in The Montana We Knew is her love for family, children, and husbands – spoiler alert - yes, she has more than one! I enjoyed following the author’s personal love story, how she grew as a woman, overcame the challenges of divorce, survived being a single mom, and flourished into a balanced and strong heroine in her own life story. The author tells it like it is, and sometimes her matter-of-fact details will make you laugh out loud. I recommend The Montana We Knew as a book that will take you to the wild and let you bask in the beauty of the simple pleasures in life. Indeed, Carla Ewing Brooks is a great role model for finding yourself, what you love, and the importance of standing up for what you love in life.