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That Girl Montana   By: (1866-1934)

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That Girl Montana by Marah Ellis Ryan is a captivating novel that takes readers on a journey through the challenging yet rewarding life of Montana Young. Set in the late 19th century, the story unravels against the backdrop of the American West, where Montana, a courageous and resilient young woman, defies societal expectations and faces numerous obstacles as she navigates her way through life.

Ryan's writing style is remarkable, effortlessly transporting readers to the rugged landscapes and towns of the West. Her vivid descriptions and attention to detail bring the era to life, making it easy to visualize the sights and sounds of the time. From the wide-open prairies to the bustling streets of mining towns, every setting is expertly crafted, providing a rich and immersive reading experience.

At the heart of the novel is Montana Young, a remarkable protagonist who challenges the norms of her time. From an early age, Montana exhibits a fierce independence and a determination to forge her own path. As she grows up, she faces numerous hardships and heartbreaks but never loses her resilience or her drive to pursue her dreams. Ryan skillfully portrays Montana's character development, allowing readers to empathize with her struggles and triumphs.

That Girl Montana also explores themes of love and relationships. Montana's romantic entanglements add depth and complexity to the story, highlighting the delicate balance between following one's heart and the expectations imposed by society. The various relationships she forms throughout the novel, both romantic and platonic, further highlight the importance of loyalty, trust, and support in her journey.

One aspect of the novel that stands out is Ryan's ability to create a diverse and vibrant cast of supporting characters. From cowboys to Native American tribespeople, each character she introduces brings a unique perspective and contributes to the rich tapestry of the narrative. Their interactions with Montana help to shape her journey, allowing her to learn valuable lessons about love, acceptance, and the power of resilience.

Overall, That Girl Montana is a captivating and emotionally charged novel that explores the triumphs and tribulations of a strong-willed young woman in the American West. Marah Ellis Ryan's impeccable storytelling and well-developed characters make this book a must-read for lovers of historical fiction. The vivid setting, compelling plot, and themes of resilience and self-discovery will keep readers hooked from beginning to end. Whether you're a fan of the genre or seeking a novel that celebrates the indomitable spirit of women, this book is sure to captivate and inspire.

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Made in the United States of America

Copyright, 1901, by Rand. McNally & Company.



"That girl the murderer of a man of Lee Holly! That pretty little girl? Bosh! I don't believe it."

"I did not say she killed him; I said she was suspected. And even though she was cleared, the death of that renegade adds one more to the mysteries of our new West. But I think the mere suspicion that she did it entitles her to a medal, or an ovation of some sort."

The speakers were two men in complete hunting costume. That they were strangers in the Northwest was evidenced by the very lively interest they took in each bit of local color in landscape or native humanity. Of the latter, there was a most picturesque variety. There were the Northern red men in their bright blankets, and women, too, with their beadwork and tanned skins for sale. A good market place for these was this spot where the Kootenai River is touched by the iron road that drives from the lakes to the Pacific. The road runs along our Northern boundary so close that it is called the "Great Northern," and verily the land it touches is great in its wildness and its beauty... Continue reading book >>

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