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Dakota born [Hardcover]

Debbie Macomber
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1999 Dakota
Debbie Macomber invites you to come and meet the best friends you could ever make...Lindsay Snyder is a newcomer to Buffalo Valley, the little town struggling to make ends meet. She might be an outsider but she's also a breath of fresh air and she can see that, while the houses need a coat of paint, there's also a spirit of hope. Escaping heartbreak, Lindsay finds comfort being back in the place she spent childhood holidays. She's excited to see the family house again, to explore family secrets and find solace...she's not expecting to make a whole host of new friends. From Hassie Knight, town matriarch, and ex-biker Buffalo Bob Carr, to Gage Sinclair, the good-looking farmer who's wary of this new city girl. Lindsay was never expecting small town life to be for her. But she's starting to discover all the best reasons to stay...
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Setting: Buffalo Valley, North Dakota
Sensuality Rating: 3

In Dakota Born, veteran author Debbie Macomber introduces readers to the town of Buffalo Valley, North Dakota, a struggling farming community. Buffalo Valley is dying. But its citizens won't give up on the town where generations have lived, loved, raised families, worked hard, and died. When Savannah-born Lindsay Snyder decides to accept the teaching position in Buffalo Valley, she brings a breath of fresh air with her. Lindsay is trying to escape a stalled romance and learn more about her family, especially her grandmother Gina, who lived her entire life in the tiny town. Buffalo Valley has its share of characters, including Hassie Knight, the matriarch of this small community; Buffalo Bob Carr, the ex-biker who won the local watering hole in a poker game; and Gage Sinclair, the handsome farmer whose roots are deeply planted in the fertile soil of this North Dakota village. But Gage refuses to believe that Lindsay will find any reason to stay so far from the bright lights of the big city she recently called home. And Lindsay despairs that Gage will never comprehend that she has the best reason to remain--love, for him. With its many story lines, Dakota Born is more novel than romance, but Macomber's loyal enthusiasts and those new to Macomber's magic touch will be rooting for the little town that won't say die. --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, the author of  Hannah's List, Summer on Blossom Street, Twenty Wishes and the Cedar Cove series, is one of today's leading voices in women's fiction. A regular on every major bestseller list with more than 140 million copies of her books in print, the award-winning author celebrated her third publishing "triple crown" in September 2009 when the latest in her Cedar Cove series, 92 Pacific Boulevard, scored #1 on the New York Times, USAToday and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. That same month Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook debuted on the New York Times list at #8, and her hometown of Port Orchard, Washington, on which her Cedar Cove series is based, welcomed readers from 42 states and seven foreign countries to the first-ever, five-day "Cedar Cove Days" festival. Debbie's popularity is worldwide with her books translated into twenty-three languages. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of eight grandchildren. They live in Washington State and winter in Florida. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK !!!! June 23 2004
By Sandi
Format:Mass Market Paperback
By Far, THE BEST book I have EVER read (and I've read ALOT) !! I LOVED the story, the characters, the town !! You HAVE to read this trilogy !! I'm starting on the second one now. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved this town Nov. 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this town and the people, i have read the first two and am waiting the arrival of my 3rd, wish they could go on and on....way to go debbie!!!!!`
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series July 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Really got you into this small town and you didn't want the series to end! Great group of books!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dakota Born April 8 2000
By Betsy Lord - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I received Ms. Macomer's latest book "Dakota Born" in the mail yesterday and finished reading it this morning. I thoughly enjoyed it. Having spent most of my life in a small town I can relate to this story. The characters of Lindsay, Gage, Brandon, Joanie, Rachael, Heath, Buffalo Bob, Merrily, and Hattie are all appealing and well developed. Their lives all entwine with each other for a very entertaining story. I was especially glad to see Lindsey and Gage finally get together and Gage's half brother Kevin get to live his dream. Was disappointed that the problems Brandon and Joanie are having did not get resolved in this book. Also, the storylines of Rachael and Heath, Sarah and Dennis, Buffalo Bob and Merrily left me wondering. Hopefully there will be more of their storylines in "Dakota Home". Cannot wait until September 2000 to see what happens in Buffalo Valley. Great book which I couldn't put down - ENJOY....
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant romance April 6 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Buffalo Valley, North Dakota appears to be a town doomed to die in spite the courage and desire of the locals to preserve their lifestyle. Adding to the townsfolk's worries is the recent death of the schoolteacher with no replacement prospect imminently on the horizon.

Needing to escape her troubled relationship with no future, Savannah resident Lindsay Snyder flees to Buffalo Valley. She remembers spending many happy summers in the hometown of her grandparents and hopes to recapture some of those feelings rather than remain in a fruitless relationship. Lindsay signs a contract to teach at the high school for one year. Instead of the anticipated boredom, Lindsay loves the job almost as much as she loves local rancher Gabe Sinclair. However, though she tries very hard to belong, the townsfolk make her feel like an outsider and Gabe refuses to open up his heart because he expects the outsider to return to Georgia.

DAKOTA BORN is more than just a regional contemporary romance. The tale centers on the residents' reverence to the spirit of small town living even when the future seems very bleak. The lead couple is a wonderful pair and the support cast brings North Dakota to life more so than the movie, Fargo. It is the local residents who turn New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber's latest work into a triumph of the human spirit leaving fans wanting an earlier release to the remaining two novels.

Harriet Klausner
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mom Couldn't Put it Down! April 20 2000
By Maudeen Wachsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although I haven't yet read this book, I wanted to give an outstanding recommendation via my 80-year-old mother who was born and raised in North Dakota and was a schoolteacher there in the 1940s. She grabbed the book from me while we were traveling in the South Dakota together earlier this month and despite her complaint of "small print" (she has vision difficulties) she couldn't put it down. She couldn't stop remarking on how much she was loving DAKOTA BORN. For a person who reads only one or two books a month, this is outstanding praise.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a five star book Jan. 11 2001
By K. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dakota Born is the story of Lindsay Synder who, deciding she needs a change in her life and needs to get away from ex-boyfriend Monte, moves to Buffalo Valley to become a teacher. Buffalo Valley is a small town that has fallen on hard times and is on the verge of becoming a ghost town. Lindsay brings hope for the future to the town.
Dakota Born is an absolutely wonderful book. The characters are very well developed. They all interact with each other as is often the case in small towns. The characters are all very likable (well, maybe not Monte) and believable. I found Brandon and Joanie to be two characters in the book that I really liked and was hoping would resolve their problems (hopefully in the second or third book they will).
This book runs the gammit of emotions. There are funny parts and parts that will bring tears to your eyes. Ms. Macomber writes about people and places that you can believe in and cheer for until the end. This is definitely a book you'll want to read more than once.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to this trilogy... April 26 2000
By "kleo76" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I liked both of the main characters in this book. Lindsay takes her life in her hands and moves to a small town, and I appreciate that kind of gumption. Gage obviously cares about the town, his family, and the land. I thought that he would be boring (small-town farmers aren't an automatic turn-on for me), but I was wrong. He actually is very conflicted about his responsibility to his family and his need to find love. Although I liked Lindsay and Gage (they made me want to move to a town like Buffalo Valley!), I still didn't feel any sparks. Their love sortof blossomed, they had a small stumbling block, then it turns out OK. There didn't seem to be any huge conflicts, and that's what I usually like about Romance books (just my own personal taste). Maybe this one was just a little to real-life like for me.
I also enjoyed following the other love stories that develop throughout the book (a widow and the rich guy in town, a married couple having trouble, a single mom and a younger man, and the bar owner and his girlfriend who regularly takes off for a couple months at a time). The issues these characters play out are mirrored in the main characters' relationship and I enjoyed that. These "other" love stories are both poignant and funny. At times they were more interesting than the main characters' story, and I look forward to following these stories in the next two installments of the trilogy.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and am looking forward to the next installment in the trilogy - Dakota Home. I'm guessing that it's about Maddy (the soon to be ex-social worker) and Jeb McKenna (the recluse who lost a leg). There should definitely be some sparks there!
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