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Dakota born Hardcover – May 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 379 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA Books (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551665603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551665603
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
-Publishers Weekly

"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."
-Publishers Weekly

"Poignant, moving, compelling, Always Dakota comes highly recommended."
-WordWeaving --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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By Jonel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 4 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Macomber always intrigues me with her emotional and realistic look at the lives of small town characters. DAKOTA BORN was no exception. She breathes life into this town that she`s created. I felt as if I were able to walk the street alongside the characters. All the while, she develops a story with intertwining plotlines, none outshining the others, but with one definitely taking centre stage.

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.
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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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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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By A Customer on 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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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f997e7c) out of 5 stars Dakota Born April 8 2000
By Betsy Lord - Published on
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
HASH(0x9f9866c0) out of 5 stars Poignant romance April 6 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f986864) out of 5 stars Mom Couldn't Put it Down! April 20 2000
By Maudeen Wachsmith - Published on
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
HASH(0x9f977798) out of 5 stars Absolutely a five star book Jan. 11 2001
By K. Morgan - Published on
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
HASH(0x9f7b3144) out of 5 stars Looking forward to this trilogy... April 26 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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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