Dakota born Hardcover – May 2000
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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.
"[Dakota Born is] a heartwarming tale set in a small farming town on the brink of extinction. Fans are certain to take to the Dakota series as they would to cotton candy at a state fair."
"Dakota Born is more than just a regional contemporary romance. The lead couple is a wonderful pair, and the supporting cast brings North Dakota to life."
"[Debbie Macomber] is skilled at creating characters who work their way into readers' hearts. In this book she masterfully moves the story along while not shortchanging the main plotline."
-RT Book Reviews on Dakota Home
"Macomber closes [Dakota Home] with a cliffhanger, leaving readers anxiously awaiting the final installment to this first-rate series."
"Poignant, moving, compelling, Always Dakota comes highly recommended."
-WordWeaving --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The Gage/Lindsay dynamic was riveting. Their interactions were so real. The way that Macomber develops it, so that you experience both sides, gave me the full picture of their relationship while also allowing you to get to know them as individuals. Their strong personalities really drew me in. I love how intricate these characters are, without ever feeling like you`re in information overload. At the same time, Macomber goes so much further with her characters than just these two. The entire town comes to life in a big way. Joanie and Brandon broke my heart. Getting to know many of the other budding couples was fun as well.
This was a cute, fun small town romance with lots of heart. Macomber melds emotion with real life in a way like no other, creating a world that definitely puts her in the running for the queen of the quill.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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!